• 28% of each working day spent on distractions
• 27% of office workers feeling disorganised
• 13 hours on average per week checking emails
So how can we improve our productivity levels in this difficult environment and be able leave work at the end of the day and utter the immortal words’, ‘well, that was a highly productive day, got loads done’. Here’s how…
Schedule email breaks - yes they are important but in your own time. Don’t feel the need to check your emails first thing or if that is too difficult set times for checking your emails in one go. Resist the temptation to check each and every email as it lands in your mailbox. Difficult yes, good for productivity levels most definitely.
Only schedule meetings that really matter – according to Atlassian, the average office worker spends over 31 hours each month in unproductive meetings. Yes of course there are important necessary meetings but if you are calling a meeting then double check that an email to the attendees would not work just as well, if not better. Everyone will be grateful. Just think about how useful 31 extra hours in a month could be.
Create a ‘Top 3’ list – write down the top three tasks you must accomplish that day. Don’t stop until all three initiatives have been completed. Surprisingly you will feel so much better having achieved 3 ‘big things’ and you won’t worry so much about the small tasks still to do. Magic, no. Clever, yes.
Take a break – ideally get active. Studies show that even if you take a 20 minute stretch of the legs that’s sufficient to release those all important mood lifting endorphins. So get out there and breath in the fresh air. It will help…
Achieve a healthy work life balance - yes we know, easy to say and hard to do but it is a proven fact that if you actively engage in a hobby or pastime outside of work it will be beneficial to your productivity levels at work. How so? It is to do with happiness, happy employees are the best employees.