There’s a reason why offices look a certain way. In a well-conceived office space, everything is productivity-oriented. A passionate professional will always look to boost their productivity – what other reason is there for appearing at the office in the first place? On that note, we present you with a list of valuable tips that will help boost your productivity.
1. Plan before a workday
Many professionals struggle with their minds aimlessly wandering upon arriving in the office, and this is not an uncommon thing – everyone who doesn’t plan their workday a day in advance suffers from this issue. The solution is simple really, and it doesn’t take too long – just prioritize the tasks that need to be completed the following day before leaving the office. No need for anything fancy, a rough outline of tasks that are your priority for the next workday will do the trick. This will make sure that you’re more focused and organized as soon as you arrive at work, lowering the chances of procrastination.
2. Tone down the multitasking
Let’s face it: the world we live in craves multitasking, especially when it comes to ambitious people who are looking to do as much as possible all at once. The obvious downside to this is strain and fatigue, things that, unfortunately, people tend to sweep under the rug, promising to themselves that they’ll rest… someday. This inevitably leads to crashing and burning, potentially even resulting in psychological trauma. So, how does one eliminate multitasking from their life? Unfortunately, this is impossible, at least if success is what you’re aiming at. The only thing you can do is constantly lean towards paring down the list of stuff you have to accomplish during a workday. Sometimes, underestimating yourself isn’t all that bad.
3. Social media will exhaust you
Using social media actually makes you exhausted! There’s this thing called social media fatigue, and the term was coined for a reason – it’s a real thing. Unfortunately, an entrepreneur, an HR professional, and many other positions actually require using big data for work purposes, which incorporates researching through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram.
The problem? Well, you can’t really avoid social media in this day and age and stay up to date with all the goings-on. The solution: don’t socialize through social media on breaks, socialize in real-time.
4. Distinguish ‘breaks’ from ‘rests’
You might think of the exact same thing when hearing about breaks and rests, and they can, indeed, be considered synonymous. However, in professional terms, these two should be clearly set apart.
Breaks are usually designated by the office – they are periods of rest and recuperation that allow you to eat a meal, drink coffee and socialize for a while. What breaks lack in is the fact that they are the same for everyone – there is a designated time period for these, without any regard for an individual employee’s momentary rest needs.
Rests, on the other hand, are five-to-ten-minute periods (much shorter than breaks) during which an employee can cool off. The best part: they actually boost efficiency – these 10 minutes are an excellent investment in productivity.
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5. Aesthetics do matter
…and not only do they matter, but they play an essential role when it comes to productivity. First of all, a truly feng shui environment is always completely devoid of clutter. Secondly, carefully setting up furniture, plants and other aesthetics is of the absolute essence. For example, there is nothing that inspires tranquility better than a cozy and pleasant rug, and tranquility is an essential part of a productive environment. Letting the light in is of the essence – whatever it takes, large windows, skylights, LED lights, if you want a productive environment, you’ll stop at nothing. Get rid of all the useless clutter, diligently work on your office concept and make it look and feel homey and cozy.
There aren’t too many things that are as important as workspace productivity. A productive environment is a prerequisite for a successful business. Plan ahead, cut down on multitasking, stay away from social media as much as you can, learn how and when to take rests and make your office as feng shui as possible.
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Carolin Petterson is a businesswoman and content marketer with years of experience under her belt. She has had the opportunity to contribute to a number of popular business and marketing websites.