How to become more productive
Practically every employer is concerned with employee productivity. We all want to make sure we are getting the most work out of our employees because we are paying them to do jobs that we just don't have the time to do anymore. Employee productivity may not be as high as your individual productivity and this is often because employees do not have as much time and money invested in the company. They are just working for the company, not fighting to keep it alive like you are. How can you become more productive and encourage your employees to become productive? Follow these tips:
Take a break
Here is a surprising number for you to learn, 80% of the work you do will be useless. Only 20% of the work you do will be your best work. Why does this happen? Quite often people are simply burned out with their current jobs and they just cannot find the motivation to work hard. They are energized in the morning, but by the afternoon all of their creative energy has flown out the door. So what can you do? Take a lesson from Nike and start asking your employees to change their hours and include daily exercise in their work routine. Many of the employees at Nike will take a 1-2 hour break in the middle of the day so they can go for a run, play tennis, basketball, go swimming, etc. Phil Knight, the owner of Nike, has found that his employees are happier and more productive because they are allowed to take breaks from their work and do something physical. Exercise is the best way to energize your body and to boost your creative energy.
Prioritize your workload
To make sure you are turning in productive work, prioritize your workload. You may have 10-20 meaningless tasks and about 4-5 important ones. Place the important ones first and try to accomplish them before the little tasks. Once you get the big ones off your plate, you will feel more accomplished in your job and you will recognize how hard you have worked. Use a calendar to write down all of the tasks you need to do along with their deadlines. This is the best way to keep yourself on task and to avoid losing focus when you are at work.
Hard work in the morning
With the different tasks you need to accomplish, always put the hardest ones in the morning. Most people are more awake and creative in the morning hours. Put your lunch break off an extra hour if you feel like your creative energy is running wild. After lunch, it can be hard to get back into the same mindset and to accomplish the harder tasks. Set the smaller tasks to be done after your lunch break as they can help to break up the rest of the day as you wind down the day to head home.
Take time to relax
Once you complete a task, take a few minutes to relax. Go for a short walk or head to the break room to detox for a little while. Your brain needs time to relax and you need to let your mind wander a little bit. Stretch your muscles and move your body as it is easy for it to cramp up when you are sitting for long durations. Make time to laugh and joke with your co-workers. This will help to create a relaxed working environment and people will become more productive when they are relaxed. Taking a few short breaks here and there will give your eyes and your body the rest and rejuvenation it needs to keep working hard for the rest of the day.