Ways to Help you Boost your Workplace Productivity in 2023
Becoming more productive at work is something that all of us are pursuing and for a very good reason. Our focus is to ensure that we always get to complete the desired tasks quickly and with exceptional results. There are many different ways you can use to boost your productivity, ranging from getting standing desks to automating tasks, delegating and many others. Here are some of the top ideas you can use in order to enhance productivity in 2023!
Create SMART goals
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. The main focus here is to ensure that you are able to track your goals, identify mishaps and just focus on results as much as possible. Since it’s hard to manage goals, the SMART system is a great option and it can indeed bring in a very good array of benefits.
Eliminate those time-wasting activities
All of us are dealing with distractions every single day. Some are minor, while others will end up wasting a significant amount of work time. This is why it’s crucial to minimize those time-wasting activities as much as possible. Attend only the meetings that matter, and also try to use chat tools or Slack instead of wasting time with long emails.
Remove clutter from your desk
If you’re working with a lot of physical documents, try to eliminate clutter from your desk. Ideally, you want to have a good system that helps organize files or any items you need. You can also transfer this approach to the way you manage digital files too. Staying organized will always boost your productivity, and it will help save a significant amount of time.
Invest in a Height Adjustable Desk
Standing desks are a very effective tool for becoming more productive whilst at work. Simply standing for mundane tasks will increase focus and detail on those boring jobs you usually resent. The benefits of Standing Desks can be seen in a previous blog post that was written, titled “What are the benefits of a Height Adjustable Desk?”.
Ergonomic Furniture in general is an amazing way to boost workplace productivity. We get that this is an investment in itself, however, multiple studies show how the use of Standing Desks can boost workplace productivity significantly. One great example of this is a study conducted in a Call centre. In this research, they compared the productivity on a daily basis of those who used Standing Desks compared to normal “seated” users. Over a period of 6 months, it was found on average than those using a standing desk were 45% more productive on a daily. Impressive huh?
Ergonomic furniture in general is becoming a lot more popular with CEO’s and businesses. It’s no surprise that huge multinational companies like Google and Facebook are offering their employees these fantastic products!
Start using productivity apps
Productivity apps are amazing because they allow you to save time, while also staying organised. Asana, Evernote, Slack, Todoist are a great set of tools, and there are many others to try out too. That’s why it can be a very good idea to check these out and give them a try, you will have a much better result in the end.
What you will notice is that a lot of people try to multitask, with the idea being that they will be able to save a significant amount of time. That’s not always going to work, if anything multitasking will add a lot more pressure and decreased focus on the task at hand. In fact, the better approach is to focus on individual tasks. Once you start doing this, it becomes a lot easier to manage work and deliver exceptional results. With multitasking, it's typical that a lot may be left half-finished or might end up being reworked because it was rushed.
Start using automation tools
There’s no denying that automation can be very helpful. While standing desks are great for your posture and health, automation tools are ideal if you want to help save some time. They can make it easier to tackle those menial, repetitive tasks. There are all kinds of apps you can use here, ranging from Xero to Hootsuite, Zapier and many others. It all comes down to creating a list with the things you want to automate, and then finding the app that will be able to help with that. It’s a very good idea to just test these apps out and see if they fit your needs. Just be warned, these are typically paid software and rightly so. Time is money, right?
Learn to delegate/outsource
No matter how much you try, you won’t always be able to fulfil the tasks you have in mind. So it makes sense to outsource or delegate tasks that are possibly more simple and can be done by another team member that doesn’t have the same responsibilities as oneself. Many of us have the fear of others messing up the task at hand. But the truth is that it all comes down to finding the right person. If you are self-employed and hiring a freelancer, ask for previous work, look at reviews and don’t always go for the cheapest option. A lot of the time, the wage reflects the workers' ability.
Take breaks during the day
What a lot of people don’t realise is that taking breaks during the workday is actually beneficial. In fact, it’s the preferred approach since it can help you unwind and relax your mind. The last thing you want is to deal with constant pressure every single moment of the day. This is why we think that using systems like the Pomodoro approach or taking a 5-10 minute break every hour/ hour and a half can indeed make a huge difference. It will help you re-focus, while also bringing a fresh perspective to your mind.
In a lot of Asian countries, it is especially normal and encouraged for workers to take a nap at lunchtime. It has a lot of cultural connotations attached to it and many believe that it is done to show how hard an individual has been working, however, you can’t deny a nap really does help to re-focus and become more productive.
It’s a very good idea to try and take your time, but also invest in business productivity. There are always challenges that can arise when it comes to becoming more productive, which is why we recommend using these business productivity tips. Simple things investing in ergonomic furniture and automating or outsourcing tasks can really make a difference.
Rest assured that once you start implementing these great ideas you will surely see a boost in your productivity in 2023
- Alex Thorne