A lot of people make the mistake of believing in order to get more done, they need to work more. This is actually what causes the burnout culture. Instead, what you need is to find a way to be more effective at what you do. Improving your performance and productivity is not an easy task and it’s not the same thing for everyone. Still, once you achieve it, you’ll get better at virtually anything that you do. With that in mind and without further ado, here’s how to improve your work performance and productivity.
1. Set proper goals
You need to have proper goals in order to achieve anything. First of all, your goals need to be feasible in order to avoid driving yourself insane while pursuing them. Second, you want them to be challenging in order to actually have a sense of accomplishment when you manage to complete them. You also need to be aware of Parkinson’s law, which states that setting deadlines that are too long might result in being a lot less productive. For instance, if you have 2 days’ worth of work and someone gives you 7 days to do so, chances are that you won’t even start (or won’t do much) by day 5.
2. Minimize multitasking
One of the things you want to do in order to increase productivity is to improve your ability to focus on one task at a time. So, how do you avoid multitasking? The first thing you want to do is make a better schedule. Second, you want to look for an app that helps you with time management. This will give you a much better insight into how focused you are so far. Third, you want to outsource non-core tasks and delegate them to someone else. According to experts providing managed IT services, by investing yourself too much in tasks that you’re not qualified for, you’re wasting (proportionally) more time and energy than a specialist would.
3. Minimize distractions
Another thing you should avoid as much as possible is all the distractions in the workplace. Sure, your colleagues may be nice people. They could be fun, charismatic, and even captivating buy there’s nothing preventing you from socializing during your breaks or after work. When it comes to other forms of distractions, there’s usually something you can do about it. Instead of being distracted by personal notifications, switch your Google Account from private to work. Set your phone to mute, and buy yourself a quality set of noise-canceling headphones. This way, you will have much better odds at focusing on your core tasks.
4. Have a healthy outlet
Finding a way to vent and recharge your batteries is incredibly important. Remember: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Sure, you can push yourself hard for a certain period of time but without a healthy work-life balance, you will burn out and have great trouble staying focused on the task at hand. There are a couple of things you need to pay attention to. First, you want to have something that you can do on a regular basis. Remember, a hobby that you can pursue twice per year is great but you need something that will allow you to vent on a weekly basis. Spending time with friends and family is also incredibly important.
5. Insist on clear communication
When communicating with people, there are a couple of rules you need to understand. First, just because something is logical to you doesn’t mean that it’s logical to them. So, if you want them to understand something, you need to be as clear and simple as possible. The same goes the other way around, as well. Not everyone will be as good at giving instructions but you need to insist on utmost clarity. Don’t be afraid of annoying them by asking them the same question 10 times. Insist on discussing the topic until you understand absolutely everything. It’s better to make them repeat themselves over and over again than to fail to deliver on your end of the task.
6. Arrive on time
Remember that on time is usually late. So, make sure that you arrive to work a bit early so that you can prepare everything. By arriving early, you’ll get to have your morning coffee, prepare the desk layout, set up everything you need for work, and get going from the early morning. Mistakes often happen because you’re in a rush and you usually start rushing because you haven’t started on time. This is one of the easiest problems to fix on your part. The thing is that this requires a lot of discipline on your end. It also revolves around a healthy work-life balance. In order to get to work early, you need to get up early in the morning. In order to get up early, you need to go to bed early, etc.
7. Keep self-improving
The last piece of advice is quite simple – the more you know, the more productive you are. So, keep learning every single day. First of all, there’s the concept of microlearning, which allows you to adopt a minor skill in a matter of minutes. Second, it would be great for you in the long-term to set aside a part of your income for seminars, online courses, etc. Overall, this will help you to keep moving forward at all times. Moreover, by volunteering for new tasks, you’ll acquire new experiences, which is one of the most valuable forms of learning there is. Either way, you have so many options available.
The most important thing about productivity and performance is that it takes a continuous effort. People won’t give you a pass because you did admirably 2 months ago, nor should they. The above-listed seven tips, therefore, need to become an integral part of your life. By adopting these positive habits, you’ll set yourself up for success no matter what you do. It’s what reorganization of your working capabilities is all about.