Have you been spending a lot of time in office while getting little work done?
As a popular saying goes – be productive, not busy.
One of the biggest factors when it comes to being productive is lack of distractions. The more distractions you have, the less productive you’re going to be,
So while it may be fun to continuously chit chat with your colleagues or waste a ton of time watching cat videos on Instagram, at the end of the day, these are just distractions.
Another major thing that can impact our productivity is the physical well being. If you are plagued with frequent back pain or headaches, you’re less likely to be productive.
In this article, I am mentioned six super simple, yet highly effective, ways to increase your productivity.
And don’t worry! These wouldn’t take a lot of time and effort. These are simple tweaks you can do right away (even as you read this article).
Drink More Water
Yes, it’s a simple trick that will help you get healthier and a lot more productive.
Your body is made up of 60% of water, and when you don’t drink enough water, you tend to deprive your body of this important element.
And there is a reason why the lack of water can make you less productive. Most of your joints have water in it. When you don’t drink water, it tends to make this less efficient, and in some cases, it pains too. Same goes with your brain, where a lot of it is water. When you deprive it of ample water, you make it less efficient.
A simple trick of drinking more water can easily make you feel better and help in being more productive.
Stand and Work
There was a very popular phrase that has caught on in the past few years – sitting is the new smoking.
Sitting and working is fine, but when you sit and work for long hours and sit in awkward positions, it messes up your body.
Common issues that arise from these include back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, fatigue, etc.
It’s a good idea to sometimes stand and work. There are many standing desks and laptop stands available on the market that will allow you to do this.
Also, instead of using badly made chairs, get yourself a comfortable ergonomic office chair. These would ensure that the time your sitting and working, you’re not hurting yourself.
Work in Batches without Distraction
While you may think that you’re working for a long time, in reality, you’re distracted most of the time.
A buzzing phone or a million open tabs in a browser are likely the reason,
A simple way to get a lot more work done in less time is to work in batches of 25 or 30 minutes. During these batches, avoid checking your phone or talking to anyone else. Use these minutes to just work.
You’ll be amazed how much work you can get done when you avoid these distractions. The idea is to work in batches and then take short breaks. During these breaks, you can check your email or social media.
This technique is called Pomodoro and you can easily find a smartphone app or a web-based app to time your work.
A simple habit of making a plan of what you need to get done the next day can help you increase your productivity.
The logic is simple – when you wake up the next morning knowing what to work on, you don’t waste time wondering what needs to be done. There is something magical about planning a day before and waking up with a clear mind.
Take Micro Breaks
I am sure this is not the first time you’re hearing about this. But yet, somehow most of us don’t apy any heed to it.
Micro breaks allow you to relax your mind and recharge your body. Just like you need to stop and catch your breath when you’re running, you need to stop and give yourself some breathing time when working.
Take a short 2-5 minute break every half an hour. Take a short walk, drink water, stare away and relax your eyes, or do whatever that works for you.
These short breaks are magical as they recharge your mind and body and helps you get back to work with more concentration.
Walk After Dinner
This is possibly the most difficult habit to inculcate among all the ones mentioned in this article.
WHO recommends walking at least 10,000 steps a day, and I am sure most of us hardly do half (or even less than that).
If you have a sedentary lifestyle, walking after dinner (or whatever time works for you), can be one of the best things you do for your health.
Walking is an exercise that helps your entire body and also keeps your weight in check. It also makes your knees strong, which you would really be thankful for in the old age.
And of course, you need to measure how many steps you take. Get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and, if possible, a good fitness band that will count your daily activity and number of steps. Note how active you’re and then try and increase that activity.
While this is something you do out of office, it has a great impact when you’re in office. It helps you keep healthy and improves concentration.
These are six simple habits that you can adopt right away and see the benefits.