It can be so easy to take our eye off our professional objectives and fall into a daily routine of the same activities. Once this routine occurs it can be difficult to shift back out of it or find the time to re-focus ourselves and regain motivation. The following 18 points look to address and remedy such negativity and maintain a positive vibe along with a high level of productivity. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
Do you make the most of your commute to work? Begin the day by doing something you enjoy that creates a positive vibe, leaving you in good mood. Examples include reading, writing, creative note taking; if you are driving then choose an engaging audio book or podcast. I personally listen to a self made playlist that I affectionately call ‘get psyched mix’, filled with pretty awesome tunes.
2. Arrive Early
The worse way to start the day is by rushing in late and to give your fellow colleagues the impression you condone such behaviour by diving into whatever task springs to mind. Before you know it you’ve spent the first hour working on a task that has no real relevance to your day’s objectives. Arriving at least 10 minutes early you to focus on which tasks need your attention, and if you’re like me, enjoy a coffee to rid that early morning tiredness.
Stop! Naturally the first thing we do upon sitting at our desks is check emails. Unless absolutely necessary focus on completing a task first, leaving the checking of your emails to assigned times throughout the day. Avoid opening new emails as soon as they pop up as it will only distract you from your current activity.
Effective scheduling of the day will help achieve your goals. Begin each day by writing a set of objective you wish to complete, in order of priority. Feel free to schedule a couple of breaks in there to make everything seem less daunting.
5. Time usage
Scheduling will also help plan your time effectively, allowing you to realise if you are making the most of your time. It’s important to focus efforts on what matters most, and leave additional tasks for when time allows.
6. Pace Yourself
If the tasks are piling up then the worst thing you can do is begin to rush through work. There is a higher chance that you will make errors and deliver below-par work that inevitably will require amending. Pace yourself and concentrate on completing the task in hand to a high standard.
7. Break Time
Taking breaks is proven to increase your productivity as they allow you to mentally recover and re-focus on the task in hand. If possible, try to move away from your workstation and into a comfort zone.
While professionalism is important in the workplace it doesn’t mean that you have to be serious all the time. Infuse positive emotions with your work and colleagues and enjoy the contagious nature that it brings throughout the office environment.
Okay, we all have those co-workers that no matter what seem to suffer from a never ending irrational sense of negativity. However, usually people are negative for a reason and whether this is professional or personal it is important to remain compassionate. Rather than being influenced by negativity, ensure that your positivity influences the other person. On a side note; If you are the negative colleague reading this then read over the list a few times and start to make changes!
Office politics unfortunately can affect the best of us, but until divisions are removed it’s impossible for a business to take huge strides forward. Don’t get caught up in ‘being right and proving others wrong’, focus on what is needed to move away from the conflict and towards making progress.
11. Holiday Days
Use holiday days wisely and don’t be afraid to mix it up by engaging in activities that you wouldn’t usually do. Unless it’s essential then remove work from your thoughts entirely. Give yourself time to recharge and reap the benefits once you return to work in an upbeat, positive mindset.
12. Share Results & Support Others
It’s important to feel valued at work and sharing achievements with colleagues allows them to understand the importance of your role. Likewise, be supportive of others achievements and realise that every success promotes the business that you are part off.
Make sure you collaborate with others to achieve mutual goals and influence the business with greater results. Never be afraid to ask for help and realise that in doing so you are learning skills and improving your own work.
14. The Boring Jobs
Every so often we are faced with a mind numbing task that preferably we would choose to avoid doing. Instead, bite the bullet and face the task head on. Avoiding the task will see you using your time less productively and can cause issues with other co-workers who are waiting on completion of the activity. Unless you have an office intern of course, then wave them over in a friendly manner and share the great news about their next task!
Meetings can be a huge time consuming activity and simultaneously the least productive. It’s suggested that walking meetings help focus on the tasks in hand, and conclude with real and achievable objectives that can be undertaken. If you are asked questions during meetings that you are unsure off, never be afraid to go away and give an answer later. Incorrect information can lead to incorrect decisions.
From time to time others will criticise your work either formally or informally. Rather than rejecting these opinions or taking them personally, understand what is being said and use as a base to improve your own work.
17. Changing Environments
As we all know, businesses face change at an ever rapid rate and those who do not keep up will fall behind and suffer the consequences. Make sure you are open and adaptable, and if you are a senior colleague use your experience to guide you rather then to resist change.
18. Health & Wellbeing
Exercise is proven to reduce stress and the resulting feel good factor can boost productivity by leaving you with a healthy and focused mindset. So next time you have a spare evening or weekend, get up and get active! Personally I go running, and while I’m crying every step of the way by the end I feel so relax and focused on my goals.
This can also translate into the office. Make sure you have an ergonomic desk setup to suit your body’s natural posture and there are plenty of exercises you can do while at your desk. If you are having a hard time making your boss part with their cash be sure to point out that ergonomics can save them money too!
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