Nobody wants to be a slave for their work forever. He doesn’t seem to be making great strides in his career, nor does he seem to be having much success despite his best efforts. So, how can you become that other person? The one who works hard and does a lot and then also has time to have fun and have fun. Here are some tips to work smarter not harder and doing more to increase productivity:
Consider physical comfort and minimize fatigue
Is your workstation optimally positioned to give comfort and minimize discomfort and fatigue? Poor lighting, glare, uncomfortable or non-ergonomic seats will increase work fatigue and cut back your productivity.
2. Cut out the distractions
The social networks can eat into your work time, so resist the temptation to comment on a friend’s photo or check a video sent by a co-worker or chat with a cousin about their trip abroad. Don’t keep checking your email several times a day. Don’t lean across for a bit of a chat with your co-worker. All these are distractions that slow you down and significantly reduce your output.
The best is to sit in the driver’s seat. Take control by organizing your surroundings. This will help you avoid easily avoidable distractions right from the start.
3. Set targets and let others know about them
When you set deadlines for yourself, you spur yourself on to meet them and complete tasks on time. When you let others know about them, they may well help you or do you the favor of keeping out of your way.
Some people may find it difficult to maintain their goals because they cannot distinguish them from everyday self-improvement efforts. Just choosing to start running every day doesn’t necessarily make it a conscious goal.
4. Don’t eat at your desk
Don’t think that if you work out while you eat, you can get more. Instead, taking proper breaks for meals can give you a good rest that refreshes you for more work.
There are many reasons for you to get up and move around during work hours, Lunch is the best time to get away from your desk, and lunch at your desk can be harmful to your physical and mental health.
We all know lunch at the table isn’t good for you, but we do it anyway. Despite the growing number of wellness programs in the workplace, most of us can’t resist sitting at our desks for lunch and getting a few extra emails.
5. Prioritize and do the toughest tasks first
Do what you dread first; or that which you know is going to be most difficult and time-consuming. You will feel such a sense of achievement and relief after this that other tasks will become a lot easier to accomplish.
There are two thought patterns on this subject: some production professionals believe that before you begin the quickest and easiest tasks, you build a momentum that will take you to the toughest; However, other experts believe that getting the toughest things done first is key to getting things done more efficiently. Now choose what helps you to work smarter, not harder.
6. Keep a realistic perspective
Do not underestimate or overestimate the level of difficulty of a task. Make a realistic estimate of how much time and effort a task will take.
Don’t make it more difficult than it has to be, and also don’t underestimate the difficulty so that you don’t meet unforeseen hurdles.
Whether we tend to are naturally optimistic or additional pessimistic, it’ not possible to grasp what the longer term holds. Therefore, perhaps the most effective is to be a reasonable optimist, someone who maintains a positive attitude but realizes the limits of what you see in the world from time to time.
If we tend to be optimistic or pessimistic, it may be part of us and it can be stressful to change, but it is possible. We become more aware of our thought patterns and learn skills that help us to be more versatile in our perspective.
7. Reduce clutter
If you don’t need it today, it shouldn’t be on your desk. Take just a few minutes at the start of each day to declutter not only your desk, but also your surroundings, and see how much that can improve your mood and productivity.
8. Complete what you start
Once you have the momentum going, make sure you utilize it to complete the task you’ve begun. You juggle multiple balls every day to keep your business and personal life going, but sometimes you have to focus on one task at a time to get them done, or you risk many things being incomplete. Choose what attracts you, in this way you can work smarter not harder.
9. Delegate; really delegate
Delegation means that you assign a task and leave that person to get on with it. It doesn’t mean guidance; it doesn’t mean giving direction or interfering. Try and bridge the trust deficit you may have with a co-worker for this.
10. Give yourself a pat on the back
Reward yourself by doing things you enjoy when you’ve accomplished what you set out to. So what if your boss didn’t give you a well deserved pat on the back; you can do that for yourself!
Too often we fear being proud of ourselves for fear that others will see us as arrogant or boastful, but there is nothing wrong with patting ourselves on the back or sincerely congratulating ourselves when we do something great, little one to have achieved something!
I hope this article helps you to boost your productivity by learning the tips to work smarter, not harder.
- Usman loves to write about motivational content, self-development, and anything related to living a healthy life. He has a passion for helping others to be the best version of themselves.