Productivity Tips to Get You Moving in the Holiday Season
We all know that it can be difficult to stay motivated, whether you’re tackling the workload at the office or you’re trying to get things done around the house. Let’s take a moment to explore some productivity tips that you can use in the workplace.
With the holiday season in full swing, you might be finding it difficult to stay focused on your work. If that’s the case, read on to pick up some tips and tricks for staying productive as the year draws to a close.
There are plenty of distractions in life. Those of us who do most of our work in front of a computer know this better than most. While staying focused on your work is a learned behavior rather than an innate one, there are some technology solutions that can help you keep your eyes on your work.
If you find your attention wandering while you work on your computer, you might consider a program like RescueTime to help you stay focused on your work. Programs like this can help you get a better picture of how you spend your time while you use your computer. Once you’ve spotted inefficiencies in the way you work, you’ll be able to set goals for yourself and ultimately iron out any lapses in efficiency.
If all else fails, you can also block the most distracting websites that might be pulling you away from your work.
Upgrade Your Technology
There are plenty of ways to waste time while you’re trying to stay in touch. You and your company might experience downtime while you’re waiting for your email to get returned. Even traditional telephones can prove to be a time sink.
If you’re looking for an efficient replacement for your company’s aging business phone system, it might be time to upgrade your office to a VoIP phone system instead.
VoIP technology and cloud phone systems are all about staying productive. Even when you’re away from your desk, you’ll be able to make and receive work-related phone calls. With VoIP, all of your mobile devices become a part of your office phone system. We can’t always be at our desks during the busy holiday season, so now you’ll be able to stay connected even when you can’t be in the office.
Develop a Routine
This one might be tough, but it’s worth it. Falling into a familiar routine might seem like the fastest way to succumb to boredom, but it’s actually a fairly underrated technique for maximizing your productivity throughout the day.
Renowned Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is a study in this type of discipline. He’s a master of budgeting his time well, which involves setting aside a similar amount of time to work each day and declining late nights out. He doesn’t cut corners or make excuses: instead, he works with the same intensity and focus, at the same time of day, every day. This is not to say that you can’t enjoy a great social life, but just remember that having a routine is as much about sticking to your priorities as it is about time management.
Indeed, some of history’s most gifted minds maintained their edge in part due to their adherence to a strict daily schedule. Don’t take our word for it, though; have a look at some historical figureheads, including Benjamin Franklin, for some inspiration in developing your own daily routines.
This is just a short list, but hopefully these tips have given you some ideas for improving your own productivity during the holidays.
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