4 Tips for Getting More Done, More Comfortably
Even with a good night of sleep and the best intentions, it can be challenging to stay productive at work. Whether we’re hot, tired of working, or just wishing we were on vacation, staying focused is even harder. Throw in work-related stress and strain from distractions and uncomfortable work spaces, and you’re toast! Thus, here are some tips that might help you stay on top of your game and manage your time better. They are my daily go-to’s for better, more productive days.
Prioritize your day. Instead of checking emails at 9am, start your day with more important tasks or items on your to-do list. Usually, even if you’re not a morning person, you’re starting off fresh and hopefully before you’ve hit any snags. Only check your voice mail or e-mail once or twice a day, and keep your own messages short and direct. Don’t let low priority tasks interrupt you constantly throughout the day.
Use white noise. “White” noise fills in the sound spectrum so that you’re not focused on any one specific sound. Office-wide sound masking can lower distractions by up to 51 percent by covering the excess conversations and noise in an open floor plan. You can also try a personal sound machine, if you don’t have control over the sound quality in the office.
Limit distractions and interruptions. Try establishing a “no-interruption” time of about an hour to focus on important tasks (see first tip). Start by turning off all your own distractions, like your phone and e-mail. Spend this time in focused concentration. Turn on a white noise machine to cover office noise(see second tip). You can even post a sign indicating that you currently cannot be interrupted, and a time when you will be available again. You can repeat this focused time throughout the day to make the most of your time.
Improve your posture. Typing/working however and wherever you want sounds great, but takes a toll on your body. If you can, adjust your chair to properly fit you, from the height of the seat so that your feet are flat on the floor to the backrest on your chair to fit the curve of your spine. You could also add portable lumbar support if your chair does not fully support your lower back (even a rolled up towel can do the trick!). Then, move your arm rests low enough or out of the way while typing to allow free arm movement. Finally, be sure your hands are in a neutral typing position. That means no weird positioning (even while mousing!) or cocked wrists.
They might not all work for you, but some of them just might help you keep going without losing your train of thought or motivation.