Being productive is essential to seeing the very best results you can create at work. It doesn’t matter who you are, from the boss to every single person stuck behind a desk in the workplace. We all have to get as efficient as possible. But that doesn’t mean pushing yourself harder. It means navigating yourself smarter.
Having your head in the wrong space
It might seem negligible, but feeling tired and maybe a bit miserable in the morning is going to have a huge impact on your own workday. It’s easy to let mornings become a write-off, which means you have to push yourself twice as hard for the rest of the day. It’s worth waking up early to enjoy a bit of time at home. Have a proper breakfast, get a little exercise in, and perhaps even try meditating. Being fresh and ready is going to carry you the whole day through.
Losing track of your tasks
If you have no organized approach to your workload, then you’re more likely to work on a very limited understand of which high priority job you last heard. However, you could be temporarily forgetting those tasks that really are urgent or spending too much time on little jobs that just slow your real goals down. Keep a to-do list and make sure you take the time to prioritize tasks properly and manage your time. Consider keeping a to-don’t list for those tasks that can keep waiting, for instance.
Letting distraction take the wheel
How are you getting all those tasks? Are too many people asking for help when you’re otherwise busy? That’s a work distraction, just as spending too much time on Facebook is. Make sure you’re tackling both internal and external distraction. Consider blocking social media in the office at certain times, as well as making proper processes for requesting help, instead of interrupting someone to have a full-blown conversation about it.
Taking the long way around
Then you need a closer look at how you actually do the work you need to do. For instance, if HR is on your agenda, are you manually creating and searching through a whole series of spreadsheets, or making the data more manageable in HRMS software? You should always be looking for the tools that help you do a job more efficiently.
Doing it all yourself
If you’re in the position to do so, then always remember that you are able to spread the work around a little. Consider delegating tasks to your staff, but ensure those tasks have some training value for them or else you’re just giving them busy work, too. Or you might even want to consider outsourcing if it’s a job that consistently slows your workflow right down.
You need the mix of the right mindset, the right environment, and the right tools to really hit peak performance. Once you do, you might be surprised just how much of a difference you see in your own work. From there, it’s all about trying to spread those practices around the whole business.