Tips for Achieving Greater Levels of Productivity
Posted 1st July 2020
A word we hear a lot in the working world is ‘productivity,’ and we’re encouraged all the time to boost our levels of productivity, as it’s synonymous with hard work. The key with modern working, however, isn’t to work harder, but to work smarter.
With most of us having a busy workload and numerous things to think about while working, maintaining productivity can be challenging. Especially during lockdown; which has seen plans and organisational practices being rearranged – a lot.
We decided to bring you some tips on how to improve your productivity, to make sure the work you’re doing is the best it can be, whilst remaining clear-headed and organised.
1. Don’t be afraid to work (or allow your employees to work) when it best suits.
One of the things we’ve found particularly successful here at Saulderson is working when it’s optimum for us. We have a contracted number of hours work, which can be completed during the weekdays or weekends, morning, afternoon or evening; whenever makes more sense for us, alongside the rest of our lives. This has done wonders for our productivity, as we can work when our concentration and motivation is at its best, rather than adhering to the typical 9-5 schedule that simply doesn’t work for a lot of people. This particularly suits people with families, additional work/jobs and people who just aren’t morning people (no matter how many coffees they drink!)
2. Set mini-goals and deadlines for yourself!
This is probably one of the most crucial tips for us; write down any short-term (and long-term) goals you have and set yourself a time frame to complete them within. This keeps your workload organised and stops you from getting stressed about things that you don’t have to tackle yet. It also helps to label the goals in terms of their priority: “super urgent, important but not urgent, can wait” being some examples. This aids in sorting out some of the proverbial clutter in your mind. For company-based goals, we use ClickUp, but feel free to just use any calendar/diary or notepads (paper or digital) – do whatever works for you!
3. Take regular breaks!
Taking breaks is essential for productivity; it gives your brain time to recharge, allows you to pause your train of thought and stops you from getting too overwhelmed. In addition to this, don’t force yourself to work for too long without a break, as researchers at a Florida University found that elite performers (intellects, athletes etc), who work in sessions of 90 minutes are usually more productive than those who work longer. So, try to give yourself a break, it’s especially beneficial to use the time to move around or get some air – if you can!
4. Finally, don’t put too much pressure on yourself!
Sometimes the best work can be ruined by the desire to be perfect! We’re all human and all have different ways to best achieve successful productivity, try not to compare yourself too much to others, as what works well for someone else might not work the best for you and vice versa. Try to pace yourself, recognise your feelings and this will ultimately produce the best work!