If you are having a less-than-productive day at the
office, the chances are procrastination is the culprit. The quicker the
deadline looms towards us, the more tempting it is to distract yourself with
smaller, less important tasks or, worse, fall into a social media hole. To help
you put procrastination in the past, we’ve come up with five productivity hacks.
Separate your day into segments
One of the simplest ways to increase productivity is to break
down your day into segments and create a series of mini-deadlines. Breaking
down an 8-hour task into 30-minute segments is an easy way to increase your
focus on a particular task, leaving no time to dawdle. Organise your day into
manageable chunks and dedicate a task for each one, with a five-minute break
between each task.
It’s more tempting to procrastinate if you’re surrounded
by distractions. For some people, this could be having too many tabs open at
once, leaving your phone on the top of your workstation
so you can see notifications as they pop up or even checking your emails every
few minutes. At the beginning of your working day, make it a priority to remove
all of these distractions and start with a clear workspace. Turn off email
notifications, leave your phone in your pocket or desk
drawer and close any unnecessary tabs.
Leave the office at lunch
A common misconception is that spending more time in front
of the computer
leads to a higher output, but this is not the case. Sitting at your desk for
hours on end is a recipe for disaster when it comes to productivity. The importance
of taking a break cannot be underestimated and a change of scenery can
actually give you an energy boost and taking time out allows you to relax,
recharge and re-define your goals.
Reward yourself regularly
A bribe or two comes in very handy when you have a day of
deadlines to complete. One way to keep your motivation levels high and stop
yourself from drifting off mid-flow is to give yourself regular rewards. This
way, you’re more inclined to be engaged with your work. It’s up to you what
these mini-rewards are. It could be anything from a five minute social media
break, a new pair of shoes or a fancy
lunch. The important factor is that each time you complete a task you get a
feel-good factor that focuses you on goal-oriented tasks.
Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise
It’s tempting to begin your day by crossing off all of the
small, simple tasks on the to-do list, but it’s more effective to start your
day with the most challenging task. The industry term for this is eating the
frog, which means starting with the task you’re least looking forward to. This
way, you’ll spend less time procrastinating and more time getting stuff done.
Are you a chronic procrastinator? How do you stay productive?
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