Productivity & Work

5 Practical Steps to Improve Productivity

Have you bagged yourself a 9-5 which covers the bills but leaves you emotionally drained?

Do you slip in to a Sunday afternoon depression after realising that another work week is creeping closer?

Does the word ‘work’ slide you in to a stormy mental abyss?

Well I’m here to help! The following 5 tips are designed to help the happy seep in to your work week.

Here’s to Monyay through Friyay.

5 practical tips to improve workplace happiness and productivity:

1) Disallow Smartphone notifications.

That addictive digital device does not need constant attention. Sever the technological umbilical cord and funnel your energy in to one machine at a time.

Do it now… switch off Instagram pop ups, stop drop down notifications and flick it to silent…

2) Preheat the oven (Prepare your work space).

Ever tried to bake a lasagne in a cold oven after forgetting to preheat it? Environment is a vital element of success, don’t underestimate the benefit of preparation.

When you arrive at work in the morning, organise your work-space to help prepare for a productive day.

My routine is simple, the first thing I do is say good morning to my team. Next, I fill a large glass with water, finish it, then re fill and sit down. After that I physically determine a list of priorities by writing them down and pinning them beside my computer.

This process serves a multitude of purposes.

I connect with others in my environment

I wake up physically and mentally

I become less stressed by organizing my agenda and am better able to focus and avoid distractions.

Without ‘preheating the oven’, it’s pretty easily to free-fall in to frustration and fragment focus.

3) Unite.

Use your vocal chords and verbally communicate with work mates. Give the ‘send’ button a break!

Talking instead of emailing is both efficient and healthy for fostering a positive, open vibe in the workplace.

If you can’t quite break your relationship with email, try sending a meme. Meme’s are hilarious.

Depending on your co-workers serious side, pick a meme that will extract laughter and preferably not get you fired.

And avoid sexual ones. Always.

4) Break on breaks.

This is important!

Break on breaks, don’t distract.

Fend of Facebook and silence snap chat. Stare out a window or take a walk, whatever you choose, avoid further distraction by becoming present. Mindfulness is a powerful tool and is utilised by the best, including Arianna Huffington, Kobe Bryant and Hugh Jackman.

Being bored is not as unnerving as it initially feels after 60 seconds without a smartphone.  Avoid filling up your mental diet with bites of information and meaningless images.

5) Smile

It can inject a little sunshine in yours, and another person’s day.

*Option 6

Quit your job and create a new life deep in the Urewera ranges.

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