Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than an unproductive day at the office. If you have nothing to show for all the hours of hard work you’ve put in, there won’t be any motivation to go on. Meeting deadlines and completing tasks at the desired standard can be a challenge and in doing so you need all the help you can get. So here are a few tips on how you can achieve your best performance at your office.
Work out your priorities
Don’t burden yourself with tasks that are due for next month, next week, or even tomorrow. Work out the 5 most crucial tasks for today and concentrate on those only. Having a pile of tasks before you can often demotivate you or lead to procrastination, because of which you won’t get to meet any obligation in an effective manner.
Meetings, no matter how important they are, can often be a huge time-eater. Research has proven that the average office worker spends about 30 hours on unproductive meetings each month. Yet, almost all organizations engage in several meetings, allocating hours and even days on organizing them, spending thousands of dollars on booking venues and finally, a whole lot of effort to arrive at a specific location, on a specific day, at a specific time. All this is a bit too much to be concerned about in a competitive corporate environment. Which is why it is always advisable to take a minute to re-evaluate whether it is a “really needed” to hold a meeting. Technologies such as telephone conference call services, video call systems and email can help achieve all there is to a meeting, using much fewer resources. If it is a must to hold a meeting, be sure to make it less than 20 minutes long.
Spend free time effectively
This refers to any free time you may find during work hours. Given the immense load of work an employee handles on any given day at the office, tendency is usually to spend free time on anything but work. However, if you can use these breaks to check your office voicemail system, send a few mails or maybe arrange your workstation in a proper manner, the ultimate outcome would be reduced work load and hence, a much relaxed corporate employee.
Leave your workstation for lunch
An average employee spends about 5 hours and 41 minutes a day at their workstation according a research study. Leaving your workstation for the lunch break can impact the workplace enthusiasm in a positive manner and provides a much needed sense of relaxation. Spending time away from the workstation also gives an opportunity to walk around and enjoy the fresh air which energises the body and mind, while setting the perfect tone to get back to work.