Productivity, a well-known buzzword that’s an ultimate goal of many entrepreneurs; the funny thing with it is that it’s just about as elusive as the quest for finding the end of a rainbow: no matter how hard you try, you’ll always be dissatisfied with where you’re currently at. The key to satisfactory productivity levels is coming to terms with the fact that “perfect productivity” is nothing but an endless tendency; an ultimate unachievable quest that helps us keep striving for more.
Keeping this philosophical aspect in mind, let’s focus on how to work on bettering yourself with each passing day.
Finding a work plan that suits you is crucial…
…and in order to achieve this, you need to try a variety of different tactics. Some people (and some professions) benefit the most from bursts of productivity, followed by short rest periods, while others find long, long hours of work inspiring and focus-boosting. The thing is, most of the tactics that you might come across online aren’t wrong, just as they aren’t right, and until you’ve tried every single one you find, you can only guess what suits you best.
Without turbulence, there is tedium
Work is not that different from your workouts – after you’ve done a particular routine for months on end, it becomes boring and it will demotivate you, eventually. In truth, boredom is your worst enemy – even if you have a fun and inspiring profession, a daily grind will turn into boredom, and this is where people tend to lose their grip. Shuffling things around in order to bring some form of turbulence into your daily work life will make things a tad more difficult (until you adjust), but will break you out of the loop, inspiring you to think differently and boosting your creativity, which is essential in almost every line of work.
Taking the breaks seriously
The only wrong way of exercising breaks in your daily schedule is the one where you get so overwhelmed by something (erm, social media?) that you end up extending your break time. The main problem with this isn’t only that you’ve wasted valuable work time, but that you haven’t really rested – interaction through social media can be quite exhausting and cannot compare to kicking back and just relaxing.
Respect your own self by respecting your break time.
Rest time is vital
Do not confuse break time for rest time. Breaks are designated, you choose your routine and you do your best to follow through. Rest time is unplanned – it happens when it’s required the most.
Powering through an hour’s worth of work is completely acceptable; even if you don’t feel like it, it’s going to get the job done, plus it can serve as a great motivator afterwards.
On the other hand, pushing through an entire day’s worth of work is extremely counterproductive – no one can efficiently perform a 5+ hours’ worth of grind, and you can rest assured that this is only going to waste your time at best and likely even cause mistakes. Take your rest periods when needed – in the modern business world, every superior will understand where you’re coming from, as long as you thoroughly explain it.
Exercising the feng shui
Regardless of whether you’re working from an office, home, or even a coffee shop, your environment needs to be supportive of your productivity. Everything from choosing a perfect rug, to placing your work desk properly plays a key role in improving the general feng shui in the room. Pick the colors (objects, walls, floor and ceiling) in accordance to your needs – for example, green has a calming quality, while red is aggressive – choose what suits your needs best.
Increasing productivity is something that stretches all the way from creating a fitting work plan and dealing with breaks and rests, to making the most out of your workspace aesthetics. There are many other productivity tips that might help you, but these core ones will hopefully teach you how to change your attitude towards work through-and-through.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in latest business and marketing news. In her free time she enjoys reading about business technology and advertising.