When it comes to work, we all know that there isn’t any better feeling than accomplishing all the things you have on your plate. With the current remote working situation, it is understandable that you might not always feel pumped up to work and accomplish the tasks assigned to you.
Sometimes, despite all your attempts to get things done, you might end the day with a backlog of work and no visible progress. The trick lies in not just working hard, but also in working smart. Grinding away at your task is good, but it helps to use a few tips that can make the process of grinding easier and improve your productivity in the workplace.
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Keep That Mobile Away
Let us face it. We all get distracted by our mobile phones and the constant notifications we get on them. Hand-held technology is great and I am ready to sing its praises anytime. However, I cannot deny that it is a time and attention suck. For a few hours during the day, forget about your phones existence. Hide it from your sight and get down to work.
Now, not a lot of us are blessed with the ability to single-mindedly focus on a task. But it does not mean that you cannot aim for productivity.
Schedule certain times during the day where you put up an invisible do not disturb zone around yourself. The aim of scheduling a distraction free block of time is so that you can get a good chunk of work done. This might include plugging in your headphones, and keeping your mobile phone away, or turning off the notifications on it, basically making a commitment to yourself to get things done.
Start With The Hardest
Usually, for most employees, productivity is at its peak at the beginning of the day. So, when you start your work in the morning, you are ready to tackle the day and are fairly well rested. That is why it makes sense to get all the big things done first; when you have the energy to tackle them.
As the day passes, it is common for remote working employees to have drained their energy, this is when you focus on the tasks that are on the bottom line of your priorities. You can do tasks that do not require much of your energy or focus.
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Get Moving Around
Really, staying stuck in your chair all day is not going to help you be productive. Your lower body is pretty much vegetating while your upper half suffers through plenty of awkward positions. Get up, take a small walk, be it to the restroom, or to the balcony and give your lower half some much needed blood circulation. The simple act of just stepping away from your system can improve your productivity dramatically.
Get Your Beauty sleep
Power-naps are awesome! No really, they are. 15 to 30 minute power naps are refreshing and help you tackle problems with more zeal. If you haven’t slept properly the night before, then that power nap is your body’s chance to re-calibrate and get some rest. Well-rested employees are key to increased productivity.
Decide When To Stop
When you know that you are going wrap up at 7 o’clock in the evening come rain or shine, then there’s a marked tendency to finish your work faster.
Set a wrap-up time and stick to it. That way you will not have to work for extremely long hours either. In any case, it is very important to know when to disconnect, so that you maintain that work-life balance.
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Sleep well, eat well, your body is not a machine. It needs rest and it needs food and sleep to function optimally. We realize that it would be great if we could coast through life on a few hours of sleep and minimal amounts of food but reality is different. In order to function with enthusiasm, you need to eat well and sleep well. Treat your body well and your brain will function like a well-oiled machine.
The first step to productivity during remote work is not trying out all of these tips right away. They might set you back a few steps. Instead, adopt the ones that seem doable and then slowly incorporate the others one by one.
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