Working in an office is part and parcel of growing up. There are a wide range of careers that will push you toward a comfortable desk where you will work away at a multitude of different tasks throughout the day. Unfortunately, even the most comfortable office environment is conducive to employees and managers losing focus and not being productive. When your team struggles with productivity, the entire company can end up getting hurt. As a result, many managers are looking for cool things for office workers to do that will enhance their productivity while improving the company's collective morale. Today, we are going to look over a few different ways you can approach embracing your office work ethic, so keep on reading!
Improve Your Office Productivity Level!
No matter how disciplined or motivated you are, there are going to be times when you simply allow your mind to drift away. Something like a modern whiteboard with motivational phrases can help but not perfectly solve the problem. Don't worry, you're not alone. It is human nature to lose focus at times. As a result, offices everywhere have to deal with the issue. While there is nothing wrong with the occasional break, allowing productivity to take a dive can be problematic in the long term for the overall health of your business. So, for the sake of your company, consider implementing any (or all!) of the following five productivity-boosting tips!
1. Schedule Mini 'Vacations' Throughout the Day
The best way to stay focused on the task at hand is by having something to work toward. If you are expected to sit at your desk for four-hour blocks divided only by a lunch break, it is going to be pretty easy to lose your focus. You'll feel like there's no point in staying absolutely on track because you have so many hours to catch up. In order to fight this concept from a mental perspective, take time to schedule 'mini vacations' throughout the day. These can be five to ten-minute blocks every hour or every other hour where you do whatever you want. Check up on your favorite sports team. Flip through your Instagram account. However, set a timer and make sure you get back to work after your time limit is up.
2. Pass on Unnecessary Meetings
Meetings are intrinsic to office environments while also being the most problematic aspect of their environments. Managers and HR teams like to think that meetings are the lifeblood of the company but they usually aren't. If a topic can be handled over a quick email, opt to shoot an email out to your employees. Don't drag everyone to the break room in order to talk about a simple topic.
3. Don't Delay, Do It Now
If a task only takes a couple of minutes, don't put it off. While we might feel compelled to prioritize larger tasks over smaller ones, the truth is that we are more productive when we feel like we have succeeded. By lining up your easiest tasks up front, you'll be able to build up some solid momentum as you move forward throughout the day.
4. Keep a Productivity Board
Set up a dry erase paint board in order to keep track of tasks, goals, and proposals. By having this visual aide set up in the center of your office, you and your employees will be able to actually see what needs to get done. Some people are visual learners, so having this kind of visual assistance can be a great motivator for people. If nothing else, your visual board will give you a way to delegate tasks while keeping everyone accountable. You can even make a game out of the board, though that takes some time in order to set up.
5. Give Yourself a Break
Nobody is perfect. There are going to be times when you come into the office and just struggle to get going. Whether you are dealing with something from home or slightly under the weather, you can't blame yourself for failure. Let yourself 'lose' once in a while. Soak in the defeat and then set it aside and get back to what you were doing.
Working in an office environment can be tough, especially when you feel like you aren't making as much progress as you should. If you want to keep your office morale up while boosting productivity, use some of our tips to get you going. With hard work and a little discipline, you'll find your stride in no time.