Concentrating on work for eight hours straight is downright impossible.
Distractions – everything from loud co-workers to the vast rabbit hole of the Internet can steal your precious productivity and a large chunk of your workday without you even realizing it.
Here are a few tricks to help you tackle your work day with ease.
- Take breaks
Counter intuitive – no, it absolutely works. Research suggests that working in bursts and weaving breaks into your schedule is crucial to productivity.
The magical formula? Work for 52 minutes and then take a 17-minute break. Prioritize your tasks and plan accordingly.
Tangy fruits like oranges and lemons can help improve alertness.
Snacking on them also helps you get your daily dosage of Vitamin C.
Glued to your chair for eight hours is a way to lose focus throughout the day.
Make it a point to stand up every so often to get your blood flowing.
The 20-20-20 method
The human brain can easily get overstressed and overstimulated, so mental pauses are critical.
Give your mind a break by testing the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes or so, stare at an object about 20 feet away from you for at least 20 seconds. These breaks also help ease eye strain, which can occur from staring at a computer screen.
Schedule a meeting at 3 p.m.
The panicked preparation that comes with an early-morning meeting doesn’t do anyone any favors.
The best time to schedule that catch up meeting, would be 3 p.m. on a Tuesday The time is late enough in the day where you can get tasks done beforehand but still have time to accomplish items in the meeting.
Schedule a walking meeting
Exercise, fresh air, no computer… what more could you want?
Emerging research shows that walking meetings can boost creativity and employee engagement.
Inhale, exhale, repeat. Deep breaths are like your body’s built-in stress reliever. A relaxed mind = A productive mind.
A guaranteed route to distraction. Today’s culture makes it incredibly easy to multitask, which makes it incredibly hard to complete work efficiently.
Small changes like turning your phone off or disabling desktop alerts, when you’re on a deadline can help boost your productivity and power through your to do list.
New to do list
There is always one item that doesn’t quite get checked off your to do list, making it seem like your work is never done. If this happens quite regularly, try a different method when it comes to tackling tasks.
“Now that you look at the whole picture you’re able to get something productive out of every free hour you have in your workday.”
Leave work, at work
Smartphones have blurred the lines between the office and home, which can quietly destroy your workday productivity. Constantly checking your inbox or taking care of a quick task after hours makes you highly susceptible to burnout.
Try to check out of work when you leave for the day. Home is where the heart is – not where the email is. Your workday productivity will thank you.