3 Easy-to-Adopt Habits That Increase Productivity
Your work phone rings and rings. A co-worker stops by your desk to chat. Emails pour into your inbox steadily. An instant message pings at you from your computer screen. A text from your spouse blinks on your smart phone. In this era of constant communication and instant gratification, we are so inundated with distractions that staying productive at work or at home is a challenge for even the most focused, diligent employee.
Productivity is the combination of intelligent planning and focused efforts. While increasing your efficiency is always a work in progress, here are three habits that you can easily develop that will immediately boost your daily productivity.
Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination
Obviously, there is an inherent value in establishing specific objectives and goals in business. But your company’s goals will only be effective if you have a clear vision of how you plan to achieve those goals. Committing to a process that leads to a goal makes it more likely you will achieve it. Don’t just set a goal of improving customer retention; commit to giving two clients per day a quick courtesy call to see how you can better serve them. Don’t just set a goal of signing new business; commit to cold-calling at least two prospects daily. In short, focus on what you will actually do, not just on what you want to happen.
While it may seem counter-intuitive that time spent away from the desk will make you more productive at work, taking short, frequent breaks actually allows you time to refresh and recharge. Breaks will ensure that burnout doesn’t sneak up on you. The Pomodoro Technique, a time-management strategy developed in the 1980s, is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. Work is broken down into 25-minute intervals separated by short breaks. Try focusing on one task for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. Setting a timer can help you track the time.
Celebrate Small Successes
It should go without saying that taking time to recognize achievements, even ones that may seem minor, is good for your company. Celebrating small victories creates sustainability in business growth and increases the morale of employees, who recognize their contribution to the success. A team that is rewarded and appreciated will be energized for the next challenge. So hold a celebratory event with your team. Have fun and laugh a lot. Also, celebrating small successes can build your credibility and instill confidence with your customers by showing that you have positive news to share.
The daily distractions of life aren’t going to change. There are many hurdles to climb on the track to productivity. But with these helpful habits, you will have the tools that you need to be more efficient and successful.