Work productivity fluctuates on a daily basis. Here are some simple things you can do to get off the hamster wheel.
Productivity comes and goes. Some days you feel like you’re on fire, getting everything done on time, while others feel like a completely different story. The pandemic has made a lot of us feel like we can’t escape the unproductive days, making it very easy to get stuck in this rut.
While you should always treat yourself with some compassion, it is possible to get out of these ruts by making some changes. Big changes like buying new work desks and switching up your work schedule can work, but small and consistent changes can also add up and make a difference.
Here are 5 small things you can do to improve your work productivity:
Know what works and what doesn’t about your work setup
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If you want to know what’s not working about your work setup, you should write down a list of your routines every day. If you have a particularly productive day, write down what you did that day, whether you worked on the couch or used a different chair. These small patterns can help you come up with a better work routine and can help you avoid certain situations that are not your most productive.
Start by completing one task
The oldest trick in the book is to get one stuff done and then worry about the rest. Usually, the first task is the most difficult, and once you’re past that hurdle you feel like you’ve accomplished more. Make a to-do list and slowly go through the items on your list or write down all of your plans on a calendar. These small activities can help you get out of your slump and feel more productive.
Clean your desk
Work desks are very some of the fastest household items to get messed up, especially when working from home. If you find yourself procrastinating, organize it. Clean and dispose of all your coffee cups, organize your pens, stow away extra notebooks, etc. Switching up the positioning of your desk can also work, reinvigorating your work space and perhaps giving you a better view.
Clean your emails
Another simple and mindless task you can do is to clean up your emails. Organize them according to their purpose and delete all of the junk. Unsubscribing from websites you don’t visit and stores you’re not interested in is also a great use of your time, giving you something to do and the feeling like you’re getting your life together. You have to start somewhere.