If you're having a hard time keeping up with your work, it might be because you're not being as productive as you could be. (We all have those days.) However, there are some strategies that can help you get more done in less time—and they don't take much effort at all. Here are 10 things that always boost my productivity:
Take a walk outside
Take a walk outside. If you can, take a 10 minute break to stroll around the neighbourhood or visit your local park. This is an easy way to get some fresh air and exercise while also getting away from the desk for a little bit. Bonus points if you do this during daylight hours, so that you can soak up some vitamin D!
Connect with your boss
Talk to your boss.
Your boss may be the person you talk to least, but they can also be among the most helpful. Make a point of connecting with them regularly, and ask them for advice on how to get things done more efficiently. They might even have some ideas for you that you haven't thought of yet!
Ask for a promotion or raise:
If you think your boss will go for it (and if not, don't bother), now is a great time to ask for more responsibility and higher pay—especially if your responsibilities are increasing at work! This can help motivate both yourself and others when they see how much effort goes into everything else going well around here too!
Ask for help
When you need to get something done: ask for help if there's no one around and you don't know how to do something. It might be as simple as asking a colleague where the printer is located, or it could be more complicated, like asking for feedback on a project. If you're unsure about how to approach this person, send them an email first. That way they have time to respond before you walk over and ask them in person while they're busy doing something else.
When stuck on a problem: sometimes it helps just talking out loud about what's going through your mind and seeing if someone can provide any ideas or insights into getting unstuck. Again, sending an email first is always recommended so that both parties are prepared when meeting face-to-face after exchanging emails back and forth (if needed).
Make a to-do list
Make a list of tasks you need to accomplish and prioritise them.
Ensure your list is in order of importance, with the most critical items at the top.
Use a calendar to block out time for completing tasks and avoid overbooking yourself.
Get rid of distractions
Close your email.
Don't respond to texts and emails unless they're urgent or require immediate action. Reply when you have time, and make it a point not to get distracted by new messages popping in while you're working on something important—it's easy for that one thing that isn't time sensitive (but kind of is) to turn into four hours of wasted time!
Don't check social media while at work, or even nearby your desk (or open up any other internet-connected apps). It may seem like such a small thing but over time those little distractions add up, especially since we tend to check our phones so often now anyway—and if there's nothing new happening online worth checking out then what are you going there for? If someone wants something from you then let them come get it; otherwise leave the phone alone until after work hours :)
Turn off alerts from email and any other apps that might notify you about incoming messages/notifications: notifications can be very distracting during focused work periods so turning them off will help keep your mind on task without worrying about missing anything important!
Set time limits for tasks
If you've ever tried to set a timer for an important task, only to be interrupted by a co-worker or phone call from your mum, then you already know how difficult it can be to stick with a task until it's done. The trick is to put the time limit in place before you start the task: tell yourself that if you haven't completed the task within 10 minutes, then it's probably not worth continuing.
If there are several small tasks involved in accomplishing one big goal—say writing an article on productivity—then add each of those smaller activities into your timer app and set limits for each of them (for example: 2 minutes for researching and 5 minutes for drafting). If any part of the process takes longer than expected, stop working immediately and move onto another activity.
Once all of your smaller goals have been accomplished within their allotted time frames, reward yourself by taking a break!
Get hydrated and eat some food
Next, you need to get hydrated and eat some food. Drinking plenty of water and eating breakfast will help you stay mentally alert throughout the day. If you don’t like eating breakfast, then have some healthy snacks during your workday in between meals instead. You should also make sure that you’re not skipping meals because this can be detrimental to your productivity.
If you want to be more productive at work, take a break! To refresh your brain and relieve stress, do something that makes you happy. For example:
Eat something healthy.
Take a walk outside.
Do some stretches or yoga poses to release tension in your body and mind.
Get some fresh air by going for a quick walk around the block or going for a run outside (or if this is not possible due to weather or time constraints). It will do wonders for your health and well-being! And don't forget to stay hydrated throughout the day — it will help keep your energy up so that when it comes time to get back into work mode again, you're ready to go!
That’s it! These are some simple tips that will help you be more productive at work in less than 10 minutes.