The #productivity hashtag has millions of posts on Instagram and Facebook and yet, nobody. not one individual or company has cracked the perfect formula yet. The truth is there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ plan where increasing productivity is concerned because people work and respond differently. What we need to remember is that more isn’t necessarily better and while we fine-tune ways to work better and smarter, it is possible that some methods will work while others won’t and that’s alright.
The team at Ojas Way is always looking for interesting things that we can incorporate into our daily lives. We interviewed a lot of entrepreneurs, founders and growth hacking experts, we scoured through a lot of research and looked up articles on how to boost productivity in the workplace. Here are some of our favourites:
Take breaks often- you can choose to meet a colleague for a short stroll or a cup of tea. Remember, short purposeful breaks will energise you and some say, this helps with writer’s block too.
Take a nap- the team at Ojas Way recently wrote about the merits of an afternoon nap. Since a lot of office spaces are incorporating nap pods and relaxation rooms for employees to get some shut-eye, we thought you could try this too.
Start with the most boring and most tedious tasks first thing in the morning. This way once you get them out of the way, you can focus on the stuff you actually enjoy doing+ taking on tasks that fuel your creativity.
How we eat during our workday is crucial. Eat too little and you risk becoming crabby, anxious or dizzy because of low blood sugar but eat too much, particularly sugary foods, and you will be feeling sleepy. Eat nutrient dense, whole foods at regular intervals and you will notice feeling more stable +energetic throughout the day.
Put your phone on silent and turn off the notifications. We all know that feeling when you are in the boardroom and someone’s phone starts ringing or worse off when you are distracted by Instagram when a notification pops up mid-assignment. Resist the urge to check your phone every 15 minutes and set aside a few minutes at lunch perhaps to catch up on your messages and listen to a podcast.
Be flexible with the idea of working remotely. Very often, all we need is a reliable internet connection to live stream video calls and to finish our research. Get used to the thought of working remotely. Who knows, maybe working from your favourite cafe or from this peaceful corner of your home might actually boost productivity levels a few times over. If you never try, you will never know.
Learn the power of delegation. Do you need to be at that meeting? Should you really be drafting out every email? Do other pressing matters need your attention? With outsourcing and delegation, you can hire resources to help you with your tasks while you can work with what fuels+ challenges you. Remember, we only have 8 hours in a day to work and you can only get so much done if you choose to do it all by yourself. When in doubt, delegate.
They say cleanliness is next to godliness and we couldn’t agree more. A tidy, meticulously kept workspace is bound to enhance productivity, increase attention and mental alertness. You could choose to add your own touch with a manifestation/ vision board or some succulents for a touch of green(ery) in the office.
Use your commute time. A lot of us spend it on WhatsApp or Instagram scrolling until its time for us to reach the next meeting. Castbox has some amazing podcasts from thought leaders all over the world in personal growth, development, entrepreneurship and more. If you do not feel like doing this, you can always log onto the insight timer instead and do a 15 minute guided meditation. We promise you will reach the next meeting feeling centred and more at ease.
Remember, more isn’t necessarily more when it comes to productivity and successful people like Tim Ferris have managed to master productivity tricks so they are able to get more done in less time. Don’t forget to log off and tune out every once in a while. Breaks are good for your brain +mental health and you will return feeling refreshed. We, at Ojas Way, sincerely hope you will share some of these tips with your colleagues at work. Have a lovely week ahead. Until next time…