Whether you’re the head honcho or a part-time employee, your goal when you come to the office is the same as everyone else’s: to get the job done. For most employees, the goal is not simply to get the job done, but to get it done quickly and efficiently. What follows are tips on how to move things along. This blog is all about office productivity.
Plan Your Day
You know yourself and when you’re most likely to be focused. Take advantage of the times when you really need to concentrate, and keep tabs on when you start to lose interest. Some folks are morning people, and if this is you it’s best to get right to it when you clock in. If you peak in the afternoon, get smaller tasks done throughout the morning so you can reserve the big tasks for later on. The key is to know your own rhythm. What you want to avoid is getting so busy multitasking that you can’t get anything done at all!
An empty stomach is a major distraction. That’s why it’s important to eat a balanced breakfast and a healthy lunch, and to have some nutritious snacks throughout the day. This article has great ideas for brain foods. Regardless of what you eat, it’s good for the company and for you if you eat away from your desk. You need to regroup, recharge, and relax so you can come back ready to get to work. If this isn’t possible, then at least close the books, shut off the computer, and mute your phone.
Get to know the people around you at the office. You might find that Bob in accounting is great at editing, or that Sally in the mailroom is an expert in PowerPoint. The point is, you won’t know who can help you out unless you have a good understanding of what each of your coworkers has to offer. Bring breakfast in once in a while. It’s a great way to get everybody talking to each other.
Those are our tips for increasing productivity at work. What tips of your own would you like to add?