Being more productive at work isn’t rocket science, but it does require being more deliberate about how you manage your time. Here are some ways you can harness new scientific understanding to help your office be more productive.
1. Have your breakfast every morning
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but just how important is it for your productivity? Lots of people skip the first meal of the day to save calories and lose some weight. Not only does that not work for weight loss, but it also contributes to poor productivity.
Your first meal of the day is what kick-starts your metabolism and replenishes blood-sugar levels so you can focus and be productive throughout the day. When blood-sugar levels are low, it’s much harder to focus and you’re more likely to feel tired, irritable, and impatient.
Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast ! Eating in the morning will increase your performance at work. Try to eat within an hour or two after you wake up so that your brain is able to function optimally.
So, boost your productivity at work with a proper breakfast every morning !
2. Take a short break
It sounds counter-intuitive, but taking a short breaks during work can actually help improve concentration. Some research has shown that taking short breaks during long tasks helps you to maintain a constant level of performance; while working at a task without breaks leads to a steady decline in performance.
Use your break time for some light exercises may actually help improve productivity, too. Getting your blood pumping could be just what’s needed to clear your head and get your focus back.
3. Give yourself something nice to look at
Some research shows outfitting an office with aesthetically pleasing elements eg. plants, can increase productivity by up to 15 percent. According to studies done on workplace and productivity, the most significant factor in determining an employee’s ability to focus is their physical environment. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your productivity about 20%.
Jazz up your office space with pictures, candles, flowers, or anything else that puts a smile on your face !
4. Say no to multitasking
Multitasking is a very bad idea. It is not a strength or ability to admire, it’s not an important skill for increasing efficiency, the opposite may in fact be true. Psychologists have found attempting to do several tasks at once can result in lost time and productivity. Instead, make a habit of committing to a single task before moving on to your next project.
Focus on doing one thing at a time. You won’t save time by trying to do two or more at once.
There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. If you feel the need to increase your productivity at work, resist the temptation put in longer hours or pack more into your already-full calendar. Instead, take a step back, and think about ways you can work smarter, not harder.