Somedays work just flows and others…. Finding the will to focus is an impossible feat. Productivity tips for work are endless, it’s often a matter of experimenting to figure out which ones work best with your body.
1. Find a coffee alternative – Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world, but maybe it’s too strong or overuse has made it lose its effect. Many coffee addicts in need of a caffeine boost switch to milder black tea or matcha, while others cut caffeine completely and switch to an adaptogen like ashwagandha for a boost in brain power.
2. Music- Having background noise can help some people focus by creating a second distraction that requires being tuned out. Typically wordless, chill music like classical piano or acoustic covers make great workplace tunes, but to each his own! Perhaps blasting dubstep helps you power through processing change orders.
3. Lists – Visualizing what needs to get done can be a major motivation, whether it’s because it’s not that much or it puts everything in perspective. Lists are also just amazing and therapeutically calming!
4. Start small – Lots to do can seem daunting. Getting a few little things done can make you feel productive and seeing a shorter list can also help with motivation to keep going.
5. OR do the most dreaded task first – That way it’s not looming, and you know how much time you have for everything else on your list. Otherwise, you may end up dragging out other tasks to avoid the big one.
6. Eat healthy – A breakfast of eggs instead of a donut can have a big impact on your mental alertness and productivity at work. The same goes for your other meals throughout the day. Too much sugar can cause focus problems or a general sluggish feeling.
7. Exercise – Restless legs? Jumping thoughts? They could be from pent up energy that needs to be burned. Exercise in general is good for boosting creativity and energy throughout the say. If you can’t make time for the gym, going for a walk on a lunch break can greatly help with work life balance.
8. Sleep! – Sometimes pushing through a need for sleep to finish projects is counterintuitive and only builds up a low functioning brain. Even if you have a lot to do, taking the time to rest and recharge can increase your speed in getting them done the next day.
9. Mental break – No matter how much you love your job, burnout happens. Taking a 15 minute break to read the news may not be in your job description, but if it’s what you need to stay productive at work, give yourself the mental break.
10. Put the phone away – Constant phone notifications create distractions and train your brain to not focus. Oppositely, practicing meditating trains your brain to concentrate…
11. Set a goal – What’s your reward for getting this task done? Stretching, bathroom break, a donut from the conference room? Whatever it takes to get the project done!
12. Set deadlines – Ever find that when you don’t have a deadline you take hours, and when you do have a deadline you take only an hour? Especially as a writer, deadlines can force you to kick it into gear and boost productivity.