Office frustration is common among employees all over the world. It causes a lot of stress and reduced work productivity. It doesn’t matter how much tensed you are, you have to complete work hours. It results in loss of productivity not only for your employer but also you. According to research 83% Americans are stressed and 65% believe work as major stress factor. Another study shows that annually $300 Billion are lost by employers due to reduced productivity.
So you may either complete your daily tasks while working an extra hour and getting stressed or I may suggest you another way. You may work to improve your efficiency. Productivity does not mean you have to do anything extra. It means to simplify your daily task to use your time efficiently. Productivity does not only improve your office life but also help create work home balance. What I learned from my corporate life, following are 10 ways to increase productivity.
1. Eliminate nonproductive activities
First of all, drop nonproductivity activities. We have specific hours in a day but our activities are unlimited. No human is able to do all the things effectively if he cannot prioritize his activities. Nonproductive activities mean the things that have nothing to do with your work. It may including useless free moments to use of social media. Now, It does not mean you should cut it all. You may work in two ways, completely eliminate or reduce the time for these activities.
2. Avoid complaints and complaining people
Complaints are a disaster for productivity. Complaining is to find excuses for your failures. It means to justify your incapability through external factors. I always witnessed that complaining people are most unhappy people. These people cannot be helped until they help themselves. So, you never want to be among these people. You should clearly understand that resources are always limited. Hurdles and restrictions come in everyone’s way. Success comes to those who find their own way and failure to those who wait for resources. So, Stop complaining.
3. Avoid negative people
Some people are so energetic and full of life that you can feel their life is so amazing. While there are also people who always start with a big “NO”.
This cannot be happen
I can’t do it
Doing this is of no worth
So these are the common talks of such people. These people may be visibly supportive to you but in actual these are just a waste of time in your team. They always try to demotivate other people around. Negativity and complaining behavior are usually co-existed. If you want to improve your productivity, you need to avoid negative people.
4. Office gossips and politics
Although, whispering seems to have no harm but it does. Gossips are little open secrets of people that others discuss in their back. When we gossip about others, at the same time, there is happening same for you at some other desk. Further, it is part of office politics. Once you are in, you always try to keep eye on other activities on one hand and try to save your skin on other hands. This way, you can never take any bold and productive step.
Successful and productive people always very focused. They never bother who is doing what in company or office. They always keep eye on their own performance. Their only goal is to beat their own performance. So, leave office politics. You can not change people but you can do yourself.
5. Over efficiency to win boss
You may have listened that whatever you do, do it for learning not earning. Same apply here. Some people are always in a try to impress boss regardless of actual performance. This technique may be beneficial in short term but in long term it cause you irreparable harm. While you was tail carrying, other people learnt so much new skills and move forward. Here, I do not mean you should not highlight your work. It is your due right and necessary to progress in career path. I am talking about showing off on cost of your learning. After all, there is no replacement of performance and productivity.
6. Regular breaks are necessary
Now, this may seem off the beat. But, regular breaks are necessary for concentration and productivity. Human mind cannot work for long hours with same pace of productivity. Some research suggest that you should take interval after 90 minutes.
7. Deadlines are not always bad
Everyone hates deadlines. It makes you stressed. No one wants to be stressed as it feels bad. But, it is commonly known fact that we are more productive with deadlines. Especially when these deadlines are self-imposed. Deadlines help us to focus. Open-ended tasks are always delayed because we have many more tasks to do. So stick to a timeline for every task and see the difference.
8. Avoid over planning, Implementation is real work
Keep it simple stupid, it is an American design philosophy. Do not over plan things. Make them simple stupid. Remember one thing, planning is only a guideline. Things are accomplished through implementation. So spend more time on implementation rather than planning and no productive meetings. You will agree that meetings always discuss years old recipes with same ingredients. Only difference is the quantity of spices. So, work for implementation and productivity will be increased.
9. One task at a time, No Multitasking
First of all, drop non productive activities. We have specific hours in a day but our activities are unlimited. No human is able to do all the things effectively if he cannot prioritize his activities. Nonproductive activities mean the things that have nothing to do with your work. It may including useless free moments to use of social media. Now, It does not mean you should cut it all. You may work in two ways, completely eliminate or reduce time for these activities.
10. Don’t be a perfectionate, Give yourself margin of being human
In the last but the most important, We are humans. We are not perfect. All these things are really effective to improve productivity but we may only try. If you face difficulty in applying these in real life, do not worry. Just keep trying. In theory everything is perfect but in real life there are so much distractions. But believe me, if you keep trying these steps, you will master them. It feels really proud when you shine through your productivity among the crowd.
Hope this post will help you to improve your job productivity. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us. Have a happy and prosperous life.