The gig economy has changed the way so many of us earn our living that it can be hard to keep up with. Whether you’re a hard-working freelancer, or you’re thinking about starting a side hustle as a way to earn yourself some extra cash on the side, or you spend a majority of the day in a traditional office, this list of tips will help see you through those tough times and how to be more productive at work. And more importantly, help keep you fresh while you keep your nose to the grindstone.
Tip #1: Stay Focused
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face during the workday is staying focused on the job you’re supposed to be doing. Because even if you know that your client needs this project by six in an academic sense, it’s tempting to check your email, to clear those notifications off your home screen, or to fill up your coffee cup again before you really get down to business. Ignoring the siren’s song of other stuff you need to do might sound easy when you’re on an important deadline, but that isn’t the case for everyone. And, as CNBC points out, lost minutes often add up to missing hours when all is said and done.
One of the best things you can do for your focus is to eliminate as many distractions as possible. That means close any Internet windows, let your co-workers around you know that you have to knuckle down and get this done, and put in a set of earbuds to cancel out the noise all around you. Set a playlist, and start crunching! Alternatively, consider working in an empty meeting room, or even taking some remote time to work in a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of the office. Whatever works to eliminate your usual distractions, do that as often as you can to maximize your productivity.
Tip #2: Have A Pre-Work Routine
Getting yourself in gear is one of the best things you can do when it comes to your productivity. Whether it’s spending fifteen minutes getting coffee and straightening up your desk space, or taking your morning lap around the office and talking to your favorite coworkers, it’s important to get into the proper mindset before sitting down to do the heavy lifting of your day. As Elite Daily points out, what you do in the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day. Think of it like doing some warm-ups before a workout; it will stop you straining your brain, and ensure that your work is on-point when you do sit down at the keyboard.
Tip #3: Give Yourself Regular Breaks
There is nothing worse for your productivity, or for the overall quality of your work than going at it hard and fast all day, every day according to Psychology Today. Remember that you have a water cooler to go to, and ask your coworkers to check in on you from time to time.
Make sure you take breaks for meals and don’t just eat at your desk. You need to have time away from what you’re working on in order to come back to it at full strength. Make plans with some friends and go out to get lunch, if you know folks who are available. Leave time in your schedule to go to the gym, perhaps, as getting the blood flowing can refresh your body as well as your mind during the workday. If you need to, set alarms on your phone to let you know when it’s time to take a break or time to get back to work. Because occasionally you need to click refresh on yourself if you’re going to do the best work you possibly can and ensure that you’re staying productive without eating into the hard edge that ensures you’re doing quality work, as well.
Tip #4: Get A Plant
As Earth 911 tells us, keeping a plant at your desk can do wonders for your productivity. Caring for the plant can help you establish your routine, allowing you to reduce stress and focus on the tasks you have to work on. Plants also freshen the air and add a splash of color to your surroundings, which can lift your mood and help you work that much harder, for that much longer.
While the particular plant will vary based on personal tastes, office culture, and the amount of work they take to upkeep, it’s always a good idea to keep a little green nearby.
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