How to be more productive at work

Our friends at Ocushield, the people behind the award-winning anti blue light filters, have put together some great tips for being more productive at work.

Whether you are an employer or an employee, everyone wants to make every minute of work count and finish at the end of the day happy that they've achieved all that they planned. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. Some days you're productive while others seem to just go by with nothing to show for it.

Here, we’ll look at some of the ways you can make the most out of your workdays:

Making screen time easier

Sitting on your computer all day can leave your eyes and neck muscles sore and exhausted at the end of the day. This is a common condition known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. It’s caused by prolonged exposure to blue light which is a high-energy light emitted by your computer display.

Fortunately, you can make your screen time more comfortable by installing blue light screen protectors or wearing blue light blocking glasses. You’ll be able to go about your work without interruptions and make your workdays more productive.

Time management

We all have 24 hours in a day and what you do in that time is what makes the difference. If you realise that you’ve been getting little done in a day, do an audit to find what’s wasting your time. Once you identify the time stealer, you can make the required changes.

Making a plan for the day is another way of making every minute count. Make a schedule and slot each task in its own time. This will help you save the time that could have used wondering what task to tackle next, and it motivates you to finish one task so that you can get to the next one.

For work projects, you need to come up with a schedule that staggers different tasks to achieve specific goals each with its own time frame. This will ensure that tasks don’t conflict and cause you to end up needing more time to finish the project.

Eating right

Consuming a healthy diet is very important for making you more productive at work. A paper published by the British Journal of Health Psychology revealed that people who ate fruits and vegetables demonstrated a greater sense of purpose and meaning in their work. A healthy diet gives you energy, increases your alertness, gives you strong immunity so you’re absent less, boosts your mental health, and helps you maintain a healthy weight so you can easily do physical work.

A healthy diet consists of protein, starchy base meals, fruits and vegetables, lots of water, less sugar, less saturated fats, and less salt. Remember to take regular meals.

Completing tasks in batches

Doing unrelated tasks, one after the other, interferes with your focus so you end up lagging before really getting into the next task. It can even take 25 minutes to recover from an interruption, which impedes productivity if all that time is lost.

Batching related tasks together will save you the effort of switching gears from one task to the next. For example, you can put all communication tasks like phone calls, emails, and messages together and all writing tasks like reports and articles together.

Beating procrastination

Procrastination causes an accumulation of work and this can be very stressful. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome procrastination but it can be done. The first step is to clearly define what that task is and write down how you plan to get it done. This will help you see how doable the task is and get you started. Next, you need to stop telling yourself you can’t do it and counter it with positive statements that you can. If you tell yourself often enough, you’ll eventually believe it.

Another thing you need to do is break the task into small doable steps, taking into consideration the challenges you’ll encounter and how you’ll overcome them. Lastly, persevere in the task even if you meet discouragement - until it’s done.

Consider putting the above recommendations into practice and you will be a happier and more productive worker.