Daydreaming and burnout have become daily occurrences. Whether it’s the drag of going to work on Monday, or the burning desire to hit 5 p.m. on a Friday, maxing out productivity throughout the day can be a challenge. Let’s learn to max it out though by getting more done in less time with the tips below!
As tempting as it might be to jump into your to-do list, most people are more productive when you plan out your day. The level of detail in daily planners should range, depending on the tasks on your list. Plan enough to where you don’t feel stressed, wondering how you’ll get to everything on your to-do list.
Getting up and walking around the office is a great way to take a break from the screens we stare at all day. Getting up, walking around the office and chatting with colleagues for 10-15 minutes can give you the boost you need to refocus and power through your to-do list while avoiding burnout.
Some scientists say that taking breaks every 90 minutes, kind of like our sleep cycle, can make a world of difference. Outside of walking around the office, if it’s an extra hectic day, center yourself and meditate in your office for 15-20 minutes as it has both mental and physical benefits that ultimately help improve the productivity. This can also help you refocus on what’s important, and process the distractions out of your mind.
One of the most tempting distractions in your office travels to work with you in your pocket. Phones love to beg for attention. Facebook updates, text messages, tweets from friends, all of these things prompt your phone to buzz and beep. Keep your work environment silent and silence your phone.
Resisting the urge to chug coffee and Red Bull is tough on those days where just making it to the office on time seems like a victory. Be mindful of the crashes that accompany caffeine chug-a-thons. No more than 1 cup of coffee per hour would be best and if you want to get a little more technical, European Food Safety Authority recommends no more than 400mg of caffeine in a day.
If you take these suggestions to heart and really own your office space, minimize distractions, take breaks and connect with your colleagues, you’ll find that your work will take less time and you’ll have a lot more fun doing it!