Alarm rings at five, you wake up half dead from what feels like almost zero sleep. In a zombie like state you walk to the bathroom, you brush then shower and get ready for another of the exact same day at work. Driving to and from work is probably the best part of the day, alone with your thoughts, loud music blaring, you’re probably speeding, not because you want to get to work faster but because that’s probably the most thrill you’re going to get in the whole day. You park about 15 mins early, but just sit in the car thinking, is the money really worth wasting another precious day of your life? But you push through those thoughts and eventually get to work. The tasks at hand are so easy and monotonous that a monkey could be trained to do them, still you put on a poker face and get started. Not even an hour into the shift you’re done with your tasks, so what do you do? You find ways to appear busy, banters with your workmates help keep that last bit of sanity in you. You wish for time to go faster, but a watched pot never boils, and then finally, after what feels like eternity, the work day comes to an end. The drive home brings back a bit of joy and thrill in you, save for that time you’re driving behind the loser driving at 40 in a 60 zone. You get home and cook and clean and watch some TV or read, and get into bed at 9:30 to not feel so sleepy the next day, but wait, you still have to battle the demon that is insomnia! Exhausted with your existential thoughts, sleep finally arrives at 3:30, just for the alarm to ring 5.
Employee engagement, employee happiness, employee BREAKS!? In a movie, that’s where the record player would scratch to indicate something terrible just happened. BREAKS!? “Workers aren’t hired to take breaks; they’re hired to WORK!” That’s one person’s opinion. I think this sentence should be said like this, “PEOPLE are invited in roles to increase production.” Research shows, paradoxically, that taking breaks can supplement and increase productivity. I’m a fortunate man, for many reasons, but incredibly fortunate to work for a company that provides some autonomy, empowers me to make decisions and allows me to empower those I work with. In our growing company, our Marketing Department is comprised of two people; myself and a wonderful person named Amber. Our roles have been set up to support our “happy place” in the context of workflows. I’m empowered to think big, vision-cast, and oversee big projects. Amber comes alongside me and makes sure that while I’m being a dreamer and visionary, the small details don’t get missed. Even though we are in our happy places, there are of course things we have to do that we don’t love. Amber is an incredibly efficient worker-bee, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get tired, frustrated with a process, or straight up burnt out on a project. I saw this. Not just in her, but also myself. What’s the solution? I established a weekly 1-1 over coffee. We think bigger, we bond, and we get things done. Period. As a result of these meetings, we have been become more productive and more connected in thought and communication. What’s the takeaway? Sometimes… Coffee. Just take a break. For you analytical, black & white people, here are a few pointers for you to consider:
Unless you have a job that you absolutely love, which means that you would do it even if you did not get paid, work is most likely not your favorite place to be. However, going to work is necessary to live. Improving your attitude at work will help make work a bit more enjoyable.
Time is our most precious commodity—as I'm sure all of us know—and what we choose to do with it is equally as important.
The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) has conducted extensive research about stress in workplaces. Their work includes several management suggestions including Employee Wellness Programs.
I'm going to start off by being very honest... time management is not something that I am good at... at all. Which is exactly why I decided to take a deeper look into time management strategies.
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As I sit around on the computer all day, every day, applying for jobs, I can't help but think about some of the jobs that I've had in the past. I tend to keep those memories as reminders of what I'm good at, and what I'm not good at.
It's normal to be restless about work, research demonstrates that experiencing stress every day is common among those who work. Most corporate work situations are not relaxing. Slowing down and setting aside a few minutes to regroup enables you to think better and have the psychological space to decide on significant decisions. Everyone in the group needs to recharge and reset. When you don't set aside some effort to relax, you become stressed and exhausted. You'll more than likely accomplish more if you figure out how to relax. So take a full breath, and relax your body and mind. There are some straightforward changes you can make to deal with your work life and how to make work all the more relaxing.
Working can be hard sometimes, so it’s natural for us to shy away from doing what we have to do from time-to-time. Procrastination is a big problem these days, and it’s exacerbated since there are more distractions online than ever before, but additionally, more work is being done online too. Sometimes we just need to knuckle down and concentrate to get work done, be it admin, or perhaps something more creative. So what tips and tricks can you use to complete that thing you’ve been putting off for ages?
If you know me at all, I'm always looking for ways to be more productive. When I have down time at work, I'm running through my list of things to do in my head, and determining the most efficient way to get them done. And I love lists! Here are some of the things I do to stay on target and up to par. Do I stick to them like a religion? No. I'm always trying new things, but I do hope to one day become a creature of habit. A lean, mean to-do list knocking out machine! So without much further ado, here are my top nine ways to increase productivity and stay productive!