Let’s be honest – we’ve all done it once or twice. We came to work early in the morning, especially on Monday and then decided to settle down a little bit by doing some easy tasks first. Seems pretty normal. However, if you are starting off your day with the easiest tasks on your list, you could be killing your productivity levels for the rest of the day. This could seriously harm your output, leaving you with a lower task completion rate than you should be able to achieve. Here are the top reasons why starting with an easy task is such a productivity killer.
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When you have to juggle work, home life, and social responsibilities, it can often feel as though there just isn’t enough time in the day. In order to get it all done and do it successfully, you need to have a daily routine that works for you. On top of that, you need to have the discipline to stick to it every day. Here’s how to establish a winning routine and then resist the temptation to shift away from the schedule.
Clear the clutter and add some extra functionality to your workspace with these office hacks.
Whether you work from home full-time, or simply enjoy having a workspace in the house when you need it, maintaining an organized space is crucial to your productivity. But when you’re working with limited space and resources, it can be tricky to reach the full organizational potential of a room. Here are a few hacks to help get you there:
The Internet can be an overwhelming place. It’s easy for a simple research mission to turn into an online shopping spree or for your email to arrive in a never-ending stream that you just have to respond to immediately. So with all the distractions at every turn, you might be wondering how to optimize your web strategy in order to get things done. Here’s where to start.
Getting work done is no easy feat for anyone. It’s difficult to sit down and concentrate on one task in a world full of distractions. These distractions also cause stress, which makes work even more unbearable.
The key to getting work done is to decrease your stress, which can develop from a variety of situations — from issues in your personal life to your workload at the office. No matter where it comes from, though, stress hurts your productivity.
So much to do and so little time! This seems to be one of the most common complaints in our hectic society. Whether we are at home, at study or at work, there are inevitably many demands on our time. Here are a few ways to supercharge your productivity and get everything done with minimal stress.
Email – possibly one of the greatest inventions of recent times and also possibly the bane of many people’s existence. Can you remember that lovely feeling when you first set-up your email account and there was only a couple of welcome messages? Akin to the sense of satisfaction that comes with a tidy house, that feeling fades as your inbox loses its shine and winds up crammed with a glut of superfluous mail.
Don’t despair – there are ways to salvage the situation. Follow these simple steps and you could be on your way to inbox zero, or what I like to call inbox heaven!
Meetings. Assignments. Deadlines. Email. Phone calls. Texts. Reports. Trips. Projects. Some days the demands of the job seem never-ending. A hectic day now and then is manageable. String too many together, though, and you risk burnout. How do you spot it? Burned-out employees dread going to work, and, once there, they have negative attitudes and interactions. Eyes are on the clock, watching the hands drag slowly toward quitting time.
Here’s a novel way to prevent burnout: plan for it. No, that doesn’t mean resigning yourself to its inevitability. Instead, see burnout as a potential consequence of your frenetic work schedule, and take steps to prevent it. Make changes both at home and in the workplace, and you can avoid that awful workplace dread.
Procrastination can be defined in many ways. Some procrastinators constantly change the dates of all their tasks, in the end not doing anything at all, while others put off working on small, negligible projects in order to concentrate on big stuff, achieving great results. The former is called unstructured or passive procrastinating – and as much as the passive procrastinators deny it, it’s basically laziness. The latter, however, is nothing of the sort. Referred to as active or conscious procrastination, it can lead to serious productivity boost if used in the right way.
Are you a morning or a night person? When you’re busy all the time, waking up early essentially adds an extra hour or two to your day. Although it can be difficult at first, waking up early can boost your time management skills, simply because you have more time to get things done. It is also reported that waking up early can leave you feeling more refreshed and energised for the day (providing you get enough sleep).