‘Good Health is Good Business.’
– Paul Drechsler, CEO Wates Group Limited
Creating a healthy ‘Work / Life’ balance is a vital undertaking for any worker – with more being asked of you as an employee in today’s modern workplace, keeping healthy has never been more important.
Many people spend long hours working, and it can be easy to neglect your own needs in favour of pushing harder to achieve more. However, being productive is not just about how long you work – but how well; and to be truly productive this state needs to be sustained. It requires you to work smartly – focusing on producing results in the shortest amount of time with the lowest amount of resources required, whilst still maintaining your own health and mental well-being.
57% of employees who said they were very stressed at work felt less productive and disengaged, while only 10% of low-stress employees reported feeling this way. Tower Watson
Top Productivity Tips
It is not an easy state to achieve, but here are 10 Simple Tips to help you get more out of your working day:
Start the Day with Breakfast
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel, and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Tony Robbins, Life Coach
By eating in the morning, you are providing your body with the fuel it needs to focus on the tasks ahead – starting the day with breakfast will help to improve your concentration once you are at work.
Make The Most of Your Time
Depending on your journey to and from work you could spend hours on your commute. Make the most of these previously wasted hours by scheduling calls that you can take during your journey, listen to interesting podcasts; or catch up industry news and articles.
Prioritise and Put into Perspective
It can feel overwhelming when you are faced by either a large number of small tasks, or a few big ones. Take a moment to step back and evaluate your list – prioritise which items need your attention first. Then break those tasks down into their component parts, take them a step at a time and it will feel easier to manage because you’re not focused on an overwhelming whole – but small simpler steps.
Follow the 2 Minute Rule
If you have small tasks that will take only a couple of minutes, get them out of the way as soon as you can – by putting off the small jobs, they have a tendency to build up and possibly become an issue later in the day. Keep a list of your tasks, and mark them off when you’re done – these jobs may not require much from you, but it can feel rewarding to see the number of tasks left reducing.
Don’t Leave the Worst for Last
Get your least favourite tasks over and done with early in the day, it will help to improve your focus and mood. It also gives a sense of accomplishment to have something that may have seemed difficult or problematic done and out of the way.
Take Regular Breaks
It can be easy to burn out if you try working at full speed all day. Our brains aren’t wired to work that way. Try using the Pomodoro Technique – work for 25 minutes then have a five-minute break. You’ll still get your work done, but you’ll feel much more refreshed and focused.
De-clutter Your Workspace
Sometimes taking a break from the screen or a task is needed – but that doesn’t mean that you have to immediately take on a new task or item on your list. Take a few minutes to clear your work area – a messy desk can make you feel anxious, stressed and overwhelmed Organise your papers and throw out any scraps of paper or rubbish that may have built up, and you’ll soon feel much better and ready to get back to the task at hand.
Drinking more water gives you more energy, keeps you healthy, helps you stay fresh and alert, and gives you an excuse to get up for bathroom breaks so you’re not stuck in front of
your computer screen all day.
Know When To Stop
Being a perfectionist can lead to overload if your tasks are taking too long. Do your best in the time you have, and keep your inner perfectionist in check.
Recognise and Acknowledge Your Limits
When you take on too much your work suffers. You can end up disappointing people, missing deadlines and ultimately you let yourself down.
Sometimes you just have to say no, just remember- there’s nothing wrong with that.