Being productive at work is something that almost everyone struggles with from time to time. For most people it’s only an occasional issue, but for others, it can be a challenge for most of every day. There are lots of little tricks that you can employ to increase your focus to get more done in each day. Here are five easy tips that would almost seem like the opposite.
1. Do Not Check Your Email Constantly
It’s much better to have two or three relatively set times to check your email each day than to stop what you are doing each time the email alert dings. You will actually spend less time overall in your day if you have set times to go in check your email, respond to the ones that need your attention, and file away the ones that do not.
2. Take Occasional Short Breaks
It might seem more efficient to sit at your desk all day, but that’s not actually the case. Getting up, stretching your legs and taking a quick walk to get some coffee, use the restroom, or grab a quick snack can completely refocus you back to the work at hand. They key word here is “short.” These breaks need to be no longer than 5 minutes. But just those few quick minutes can get your blood flowing and your brain pumped up to get back work to in a focused manner.
3. Set Goals for Each Day
Every job comes with a million little details that must be done. The phone needs to be answered. There are emails to be responded to. These little things can get in the way of the bigger jobs that need your attention. In order to stay productive, it’s good to make a list of the things you need to do that day. That way you have it right in front of you what is really important. Each time you cross off a job, there is a little feeling of satisfaction.
4. Take A Few Minutes To Surf The Web
Every couple of hours, it can be a nice gap in your work to stop and visit your favorite sites. Read a quick blog post or a gossip column and you can return to the important duties that you need to be focused on. Giving your brain a few minutes to relax and focus on something pleasant will make it easier to concentrate on the things that might be boring and hard to focus on.