5 Ways to Boost Your Productivity Going into 2018
With the holiday season in full-swing, it’s easy to fall off track and get lost in distractions at work. Who’s going to the office Christmas party? When are the in-laws coming? Do we have enough food for the party next weekend?
Before you fall off the wagon completely, take some time to refocus and finish the year off right. Then take a look at these five ways to boost your productivity going into 2018.
1. Stay Laser Focused on One Task
With so many things on your to-do list, it’s tempting to try and tackle everything at once. But trying to send out emails while working on reports will only drag out both tasks.
Instead of multi-tasking, stay laser focused one task at a time.
A 2010 study found that the brain can only handle two major tasks at one time. If you’re trying to juggle five, you’re overloading your brain.
Focusing on just one task (maybe two) will help you get the job done faster and more effectively.
2. Ditch the Distractions
Even if you only have one task on your plate, it can be hard to stay on track. In today’s world, there are distractions around every corner. Someone just commented on your Facebook photo. Something catastrophic just happened in a country across the world. Your co-worker won’t stop jamming out to his favorite heavy metal band.
Finding a way to ditch the distractions will help you stay focused and get things done faster.
Put your phone on silent. Forget checking the news. Shut out co-workers.
3. Take Advantage of New Technology
Having trouble prioritizing tasks? Are there things you can automate? Research new technologies available in your field, and use them to your advantage. Advanced technology has affected virtually every type of work out there, including some that might surprise you.
- Marketers can use automation software to save time and stay productive.
- Plumbers can use leak detection tools to take the guesswork out of repairs.
- Automotive technicians can use new diagnostic tools to figure out what’s wrong with a vehicle in 30 minutes or less.
Use new technologies to make your life at work easier and your days more productive.
4. Prioritize Tasks
Before starting your day, take the time to make a list of everything you need to get done and prioritize your tasks. Get the most important things done first, and then tackle the less-important things.
The goal is to get these important things done at the start of the day when your focus and performance is at its best.
Usually, the tasks at the top of your list are the most intensive. Getting them out of the way first thing in the morning will make the rest of your afternoon (when we tend to lose steam) easier.
5. Get Away from it All
Chaining yourself to a desk day in and day out can make you dread coming to work. If you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall, a change of scenery may be just the thing to put you back on track.
Take your laptop to the local coffee shop or park to get some fresh air. Working outdoors comes with a host of benefits. Soaking up that vitamin D (in a safe way) will help stimulate your mind and make you more productive.