10 Ways To Enhance Your Productivity

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is crucial. To increase your output, you can either work more hours or work smarter. Keep reading for 10 tips to help you enhance your productivity at work.

1. Make a to do list:
Start off your working day with a to-do list, this sets out your day and doesn’t take up any energy or cause any distraction by trying to remember tasks, it is also rewarding to cross off completed jobs.

2. Do your most dreaded task first:
Whether it’s making an unpleasant phone call or typing up a blog you don’t know how to start, make it the first task on your to do list. This will ensure the task doesn’t hang over your head and repeatedly get put off.

3. Prioritise tasks:
You should prioritise your tasks in order of importance, this ensures that your most imperative tasks are completed by the end of the day. It will mean that important jobs are not rushed at the end of the day or left incomplete. This will result in you feeling more productive, as you will have completed important tasks and avoid spending time worrying that a task hasn’t been completed.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast:
There are countless studies that state the importance of a healthy breakfast, after all the saying breakfast is the most important meal of the day doesn’t come from nowhere. It fuels you for the morning until you get the chance to consume your next meal. The importance of your breakfast is stressed to make sure you’re consuming some brainfood to kickstart your day.

5. Stay hydrated:
Ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day. If you find this a hard task, then we suggest you buy a water bottle with printed time lines to show you how much you should have drunk by a certain time of the day. Not only can staying hydrated help to improve our work productivity, it also helps us to perform better mentally and physically. Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your brain, heart and muscles.

6. Batch similar tasks:
If your daily routine is varied,then try to group similar tasks and schedule to do them in batches throughout the day. Doing this prevents the interruption of other tasks and will allow you to complete tasks faster as your focus will be consistent.

7. Avoid multitasking:
While we tend to think of the ability to multitask as an important skill for increasing efficiency, it could also have the opposite effect. Psychologists have found that attempting to do several tasks at once can result in loss of productivity. Instead, make a habit of committing to a single task at a time before moving on to the next on your list.

8. Get enough sleep:
The recommended amount is between 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night. Not only does sleep help you recover after a hard day, but it is also essential for maintaining cognitive skills, such as communicating well, remembering key information as well as creative and flexible thinking. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor concentration leading you to be easily distracted and have a negative impact on your mood.

9. Keep active:
Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace. This could be taking a short walk in your lunch break to get a change of scenery and some fresh air to help your productivity.

10. Be on time:
Tips to help you do this include: setting your alarm so you have plenty of time in the morning to get ready, preparing meals for your work day and setting out your clothes the night before. Being late to work means you will be catching up all day and will therefore rush to complete tasks. Giving yourself enough time will allow you to be more productive and complete tasks to a high standard.