Spent the whole day rushing around, not stopping and all of a sudden, the day is over. Time has escaped you and you have nothing substantial to show for it. Sound familiar?? Well you aren’t alone. Interruptions in the workplace can be catastrophic to an individual’s productivity.
In 2002, it was reported that, the average worker is interrupted seventy-three times every day. After each interruption it takes around 20 minutes to resume to the same level of concentration prior to the disruption, this means that we are never concentrating very well. 1
As a small design agency, it’s safe to say that our days are constantly full of unanticipated events. So how do we look at improving our productivity and remove those bad distractions.
Here are our top 5 tips.
1. Get a good coffee machine!
Obviously, caffeine isn’t the answer to all, but who says it can’t help? Especially when 9-5 is a thing of the past. We all need our fast juice!
2. Set achievable goals
Prep the day before, write a to do list that can be split into achievable sections, being prepared for your day means you can be more productive from the start as you have a goal to reach.
3. Prioritise your workload
Got so much work on you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin? Then prioritise. What tasks will take the longest? What tasks can be achieved sooner and when are they needed by?
4. Take a break
This may seem like a counter-productive tip for getting shit done however if you’re constantly running at full steam, you’re eventually going to burn out. Having a dedicated break to eat, reflect on the day or just turn off for 5 minutes will ensure efficiency and in the long run will keep you running for longer.
5. Remember you’re only human
Having too much work can lead to suffering from stress and create an imbalance between your work & social life. Having a healthy balance can elevate and reignite your passion for work, making you that much more productive come Monday morning.