1. Arrive early, stay later.
We waste so much time sitting in traffic every morning. Wake up earlier, beat the traffic and start your workday before everyone else. This can save you time and allow you to get to your most important tasks right away. Sitting in traffic will do nothing but frustrate you and set a negative tone for the rest of your day. The same goes for when the end of the work day rolls around. Your ability to save these extra hours can increase your productivity levels drastically. Arriving early and staying a little bit later could make all the difference in the world.
2. Identify what wastes your time and find a way around it.
If you have flexible working hours or you’re self-employed, avoid the morning traffic completely by categorizing and prioritizing your tasks and focusing on the tasks that would require your undivided attention, in the comfort of your own home, while you wait for the traffic to subside. In this way, when you get to work, not only would you already have a head start on completing your tasks for the day but you’re able to give time and attention to the employees or co-workers who might need it, in return increasing overall workplace productivity.
3. Plan each day the night before.
This is a total game changer. If you spend just 15 minutes before you go to bed the night before creating your to-do list and prioritizing it, you will have a head start on your day when the morning rolls around.
4. Leave the office for lunch.
This is something so small that can have such a powerful effect on how you work for the remainder of your day. Getting out of your work environment for lunch can ease stress levels, refresh your creativity and help you to re-focus for when it’s time to go back to work. Try taking a short walk to clear your head and plan the rest of your day.
5. Minimize distractions.
This seems self-explanatory, but in this day and age, distractions are everywhere. If you work from a computer, as most do, there is the temptation to check social media and surf the Internet, among many other things. When it’s time to work, work!
Every company has those employees that love to talk about what was on TV the night before instead of actually getting important things done. Set boundaries and try your very best to abide by them daily. Your ability to minimize distractions as much as possible can single handedly increase productivity.
Adapted from 5 Daily Habits That Will Increase Your Productivity Levels by Matt Mayberry.