Last week we began our series on productivity tips, aiming to help you get more done while in the workplace! We mentioned the importance of starting your day off right and the concept of picking a focus word.
There is something beautiful about being productive; not only does it allow us to be efficient but also leaves us feeling satisfied. How great is the feeling of accomplishment? This week we offer you three more productivity tips. These tips are tried and true and we’re sure they will help you tackle that never-ending to-do list!
This is the most commonly used technique for getting things done. Yet, is your to-do list working for you? It’s easy to put out our to-do lists to the side but making your to-do list a priority isan effective way to be productive. The key is to prioritize your list and stick to it!
The evidence is in; listening to music can improve your productivity. According to a New York Times article, research done by Dr. Lesiuk found that information technology specialists that listened to music while they worked were more efficient than their coworkers who didn’t listen to any tunes, “because the music improved their mood.” Not only were these tech nerds more productive, but also came up with more creative ideas at work. So when that three o’clock fog hits and you’re feeling unmotivated, popping on some of your favorite tunes can help you stay driven.
Staying motivated is key to productivity! One way to stay motivated at work is to create incentives for yourself. What are you motivated by? What do you get excited about? Think of a reward (such as a cup of coffee or going out to lunch) and use is as motivation to help you bust through your tasks.
Incentives can be done on an individual level or group level. Entrepreneurial writer, Patrick Hull, writes “Motivated employees can make all the difference in a successful company.” Rewarding employees with incentives does a business much good. Keep workers happy by offering “bonuses, perks, amenities, education, and positive recognition.”
Productivity is about getting the right things done efficiently and not being distracted by the little things that burden us. Oh, how often we get off task. I can’t count how many times I was in the middle of doing something, got distracted by an email, and then realized about twenty minutes later that I had been pulled away from what I was initially doing.
Remember that just because something is urgent doesn’t always mean that it is important. Don’t get side tracked while fighting fires.
With a little effort and intentionality, productivity is possible! It’s also important to remember that productivity is a learning process and there’s always room for growth. Try out these tips and let us know how they work for you.