Productive Employees are More Valuable

Boost Productivity and Get Ahead

In an increasingly tough job market every employee strives for job security and a clear career path. Sadly, many get left behind when it comes to promotions. It is up to workers to stand out from the crowd and make sure that they are noticed when opportunities arise. The first step is to increase productivity, and this is how:

Planning

Alan Lakein said ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. Even if your plan is made up of a couple of to-do lists, it is a plan – and a plan is the number one step to achieve increased productivity. London life coach Bryan Edwards believes in not only keeping a to-do list but also knocking tasks off the list after a while, whether it’s done or not. His strategy works like this:

• Make a new to-do list every day
• List each task in order of priority
• Copy the tasks not completed the previous day across to the new day
• If a task gets copied across more than seven times, do it immediately or scratch it off for good. If it was not a priority for longer than a week, chances are it’s not that important.

Edwards also believes that planning should be done the day before instead of in the morning. This way you can start working quicker, and get more done.

Don’t Get Caught in the Multi-Tasking Trap

People in a Meeting and Single Word ProductivityAlthough many of us love feeling busy and useful, it is often counterproductive to do too many things at once. By placing focus on one thing at a time you are able to complete each task to the best of your ability.

Avoid Distractions

Phones, email, social media and colleagues can seriously hamper productivity. If possible, avoid all of this and simply get on with what needs to be done.

Take Breaks

Make sure you take regular breaks away from work. Take a walk, stretch, meditate for a few minutes or read a newspaper article with a cup of tea. Avoid getting sucked into social media during breaks as it is not really a way to relax and one of the top distractions in the workplace.

Effective vs. Efficient

Being effective means doing important tasks. Being efficient means doing more in a shorter space of time. The rule of thumb for productivity is to be effective first, and then efficient.

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

If you enjoy your work it is much easier to be productive. Employees stuck in a dead-end job they don’t like are usually the ones who lack productivity, even though they may excel at something else. Make an effort to re-think your career choice every once in a while and start planning a change if it is no longer suitable to your needs.

Work Like You Should Be Eating

Some people eat their favorite food first and then struggle through the rest of the meal slowly. If you do it the other way around, you fill up with the not-so-nice food first and can really enjoy the best part of the meal. The same principle applies to work. Once you start working it is better to get through the slog first, and end off with the more pleasant tasks. Things go a lot faster this way. After all, time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?