05 Jun Are these 4 things making you less productive?
Work productivity, we all crave it. Instead of adding tasks to make you more productive let’s look at tasks you can cut out to save you time and be more focused. Below are four I have found to work really well.
Constantly checking your phone or email
The average person touches their phone 2,617 times a day. Wow, that is high! My biggest pet peeve while out with friends is when everyone is on their phone instead of engaging in whatever we’re doing. So put it away or bye bye phone, lol just kidding.
I don’t bring my phone or a camera on vacations. I rarely take my phone out of my purse when I get home. It’s nice to unplug at home, and the same goes for at work. Instead of having your phone in view so that every Facebook, Twitter or sales alert distracts you, put it away whether in a drawer or your purse. I know there may be some separation anxiety, but don’t give in. You can do it! Removing your phone as a distraction will help you focus on the tasks at hand. You’ll also enjoy the moments you do catch up on your social media life more since they will be less frequent.
Constantly checking your email isn’t helping either. 78% of people check their email frequently throughout the day and 66% say that the first things they do in the morning are check email or voicemail. Experts do not recommend this. Instead, take the first 10 minutes of your day and write out 1-3 tasks that will make that day successful. After checking your email, close it completely, disable pop-ups and wait two hours before checking it again so that you have enough time to get in the zone on specific tasks.
Feeling like you must socialize at work
The whole office is talking about last night’s episode. Although you are focused on a task, you feel you have to socialize. It would be rude not to, right? Socializing with your coworkers is a good thing and undeniably healthy for our well-being. However, when in the middle of a task and distracted by office chatter, it can take a while to get back to focusing on your task. In fact, one study showed it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task.
Not taking short breaks
Breaks are different from social distractions. A break is more focused. You should take one at the end of a task you’re working on or when you start to lose focus on the task at hand. A break can be a good time to socialize with coworkers or even get up and fill your water bottle, which keeps you hydrated and increases blood flow. Recent studies show those who give in to taking a break once an hour performs better than those who just keep at it without a break.
What is a great thing to do on a break? Walking just 20 minutes day has multiple health benefits, including improved mood, increase energy, lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, a stronger memory, weight loss, and longer life expectancy. I personally do this for at least 20 minutes, sometimes an hour during my lunch every day. I feel so much happier and more motivated when I come back. Walking also improves creativity and most of my best ideas for work come while I am on my walking break.
Sitting all day
It can be a bad habit to feel the need to sit all day at our desks. If I am sitting for too long I either get fidgety or more tired. Mix it up! If you don’t have a standing desk because, well, they are very expensive, make your own standing desk. Mine is made of a box that I wrapped in pretty paper. My monitor, fortunately, does move up and down so I do not have to move it off the box. Books or a tissue box sit under my keyboard and mouse to add height to those as well. Studies suggest that sitting more than six hours per day makes you 40 percent more likely to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than three hours, even if you exercise. Eeek!
Exercising, unplugging and socializing are all good for your well-being. While increasing productivity you’ll also increase your overall happiness in life. So try it out! Let me know which you enjoy the most and if has made a difference in your productivity!