A report released early last year showed the UK’s productivity to be the lowest it has been in the preceding 2years due to uncertainty about brexit.
Low productivity affects a company’s profit margins and can severely affect a countries economy as well.
How can you ensure that you remain optimally productive at work? Here are some tips to get you back on track? We spoke with Recruitment Finance experts New Millenia who have helped set up recruitment agencies across the UK as to some top tips this is what they told us.
- Move More Often
Sitting at your desk all day leads to fatigue and lethargy. Exercise feeds your brain with more oxygen which re energizes you and gives you clarity.
While not all jobs allow you to exercise in the middle of the day, there are still things you can do at your desk or around it.
These include knee huggers; calf raises, glute squeezes, tricep dips and squats.
Similarly, whenever possible, go outside and get some fresh air and natural sunlight. You will be pleasantly amazed by how rejuvenating it can be.
- Turn off Your Email
Email is distracting. So much so, that you might be wasting up to 2.5 hours daily on this alone.
On days when you have a heavy workload and want to be more productive, turning off your email notifications can free up some time to achieve more tasks on your to-do list.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Bad sleep costs Australia billions of shillings from healthcare, accidents and lost productivity.
Poor sleep leads to decreased mental alertness and critical thinking skills.
On the other hand, well-rested employees are less stressed, happier and more focused on their jobs.
To sleep well:
- Have a restful pre-bedtime routine.
- Remove external stimulants from your bedroom.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals right before bed.
- Get a comfortable mattress.
Aside from a notable increase in productivity, you will enjoy better overall health and a better quality of life.
- Eat Well
Aside from your main meals, snack on nutrient-rich foods that will provide you with the energy you need to remain productive.
Some healthy snacking foods include:
- Dark chocolate
- Brown rice
- Salmon avocado
While most people reach for coffee for an instant energy boost, this only works in the short term. And not just that, but too much coffee will ruin your ability to fall asleep, leading to more problems.
- Learn Meditation Techniques
A key difference between productive and unproductive people Is that the former know when to step away and take care of themselves.
Meditation trains your mind to focus on the present. It also reduces stress which allows for more logical thinking.
- Go Easy on Multitasking
Multitasking can give you a false sense of achievement. But that’s all it is: false.
According to research, doing multiple tasks has a negative effect on productivity and can cost you up to 40% of your productive time.
Instead of trying to juggle, have a clear, prioritized list and handle one task at a time. This will have you handle your job in a more coherent manner.
Technology is a life saver. Literally.
If you find yourself taking too much time to do some routine tasks each day, how about automating these tasks?
Doing this will free up your time, allowing you to focus on the tasks that require close attention.
- Work from Home
If you add up the time you spend in morning and evening traffic each year, you would be stunned.
Working remotely helps you get more done in a shorter time frame.
A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that remote workers are indeed more productive, and less likely to quit their positions.
There Is Life Outside of Work
While you implement these steps towards increasing your productivity, remember too that there is life outside work.
Ensure to create time for non-work activities. These activities rejuvenate and feed your soul in unimaginable ways. When you are able to create a work-life balance, you’re much happier and positive about life, and your productivity automatically gets a positive boost.