Employee Productivity Tips
Over these unusual past few months, we got feedback from our team that they were struggling to stay productive while working at home and navigating their different challenges. At a recent staff meeting, we asked everyone to share their favorite productivity tip so that we can all learn from each other. Since we are in the season of giving, we wanted to share some of these tips with hopes one or two will resonate with you and help make your days more productive and efficient.
Turn your notifications off
It helps give you time to focus on getting tasks done without getting constantly distracted. You can remind yourself to turn them back on by setting a phone alarm.
Create a list for the day
Write down 3-4 things that you must get done so that you prioritize those over the dozens of other tasks that you would like to get done that day.
Give yourself a mental break
Step away from your computer for 10-15 minutes, allowing you to reset and refocus. If you are stuck with something, change your scenery to give your brain a moment to relax!
Try a white noise machine or music
Use a white noise machine or listen to music to block out distractions!
Create a morning routine
Create a morning routine to complete tasks at home before work so you can give your full attention to work tasks without thinking about all the other things you need to do in your house.
Finish your least favorite task first
Start the morning by completing your least favorite task for the day. When that is done, you get to move on to completing tasks you enjoy doing more.
Give yourself an uninterrupted hour in the morning
Try to not open Slack or your email right away in the morning. Give yourself an hour to concentrate before you get distracted with messages and emails.
Whether they be through Asana, on a notebook, in Excel, or on a sticky note, make lists for what you want to get done.
*Bonus: If you write on sticky notes, you get the satisfaction of throwing them away once you’re done with the tasks on them!
Put your phone away
In order to avoid distractions, make sure you set your phone out of reach so you can give your full attention to the tasks at hand.
Get plenty of sleep
Finally, make sure you are well rested, as that gives you have the most focusing potential the next day.