We spend a lot of time at work; it is a big part of our lives. Days can be long and sometimes we can fall into a rut. The workday doesn’t need to be daunting. In fact, it can feel rewarding after a productive day. Make the most of your day at work with these productivity-boosting tips.
Create a daily to-do list.
When you first get into the office for the day, think about what you need to get done for the day. Investing in a planner is a worthwhile idea to keep yourself organized. There are plenty of affordable planner options online or at discount stores. You can also use color-coding to organize tasks based on importance so you know where to focus. Starting the day by getting organized can help get you in the right mindset for work and can prevent confusion or disruption later in the day.
Prioritize big projects.
We can all be guilty of procrastination at times, but it’s best to not make a habit out of it. If you know you have a big project with a deadline coming up, put it at the top of your to-do list. Getting started on your big-ticket item first can avoid the stress you might feel after putting it off. It will also help ensure you give it the time and care it deserves instead of rushing to get it finished at the last minute.
If you’re lucky enough to have a day with decent weather, why not enjoy it? At least for a little bit, that is. Refresh your mind with a brief change of scenery. Take a walk around the building, go down the street, or just enjoy basking in the sunshine for a moment. Getting some fresh air can help wake you up and provide energy to keep on with the day.
Take a break.
If you don’t have the ability to take some time outside, you should still try to arrange for a break or two throughout the day. Stretch, walk to the break room, or do something else to give your brain a break. Let’s be honest, working eight hours (or more) without a change of pace or break isn’t realistic or good for us.
Put the phone away.
In an increasingly digital world, it is harder than ever to disconnect. Smart phones play a big part in our connectivity. As great as they are, cell phones can pose as a big temptation for procrastination and distraction during the workday. Take the temptation of constantly checking your phone by keeping it out of sight. Store it in your purse, briefcase or in a desk drawer.
Have healthy snacks.
Do you need a mid-morning pick-me-up or a recharge in the middle of the afternoon? Many of us do. If having a snack is part of your daily routine, it’s a good idea to pick something that can help you get back on track. Instead of picking up a bag of chips or candy, go for an energy-boosting option like a piece of fruit, fat-free popcorn, nuts or veggies and hummus. Not only will your hunger be satisfied, but you’ll also feel refreshed and ready to get back to work.