Going into the office everyday can take a toll on both your mind and body. You enjoy doing your job but it’s not always easy to start every single day as productive as the last. It’s just the nature of an office environment, but you can change things about your environment to make it a more productive and enjoyable place.
Here are 7 strategies that can help keep you motivated throughout the day and keep you productive:
1. Start Strong
Dedicating your first hour to getting as much done as possible sets the tone for the day and gives you a sense of accomplishment that you can ride on throughout the day!
2. Count the Clock
Set assignments for a set period of time then change focus, instead of working on a single project until it’s done. By doing this, you eliminate some of the tediousness of your daily tasks.
3. Listen to Music
Music can help in keeping your focus by canceling out ambient office sounds without distracting others. Be sure to use headphones as to not disturb others. Music that is light on lyrics tends to be less distracting than lyric heavier ones.
4. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is important for countless reasons. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day as it will help keep your mind and body feeling refreshed. Having a water bottle with you also comes with the benefit of making sure you don’t need to get up constantly for water!
5. Leave for Lunch
Taking a lunch break away from the office could disrupt your productivity, however it does provide much needed stress relaxation. Enjoying a outdoor lunch break can provide you with renewed energy, and even speeds up digestion!
6. Cut the Chit-Chat
It’s inevitable that conversation among co-workers will happen but keeping the gossip and banter down helps when it comes to productivity. Getting engrossed in conversation is entertaining but there is a time and place for everything, especially when you have tasks to complete.
7. Break Time
Taking small breaks helps keep stress under control, just how we had recess in school! This applies just the same when it comes to working. Setting specific time periods ahead of time for distraction can help make the rest of the day more productive. Make sure they stay short breaks!
Staying productive during work hours can be challenging, but planning out your day and taking the time to think about what you’re doing really does help. It doesn’t take much effort to plan or try, and results can really pay off!