Easy ways to improve your work productivity

Whether you are working for yourself, working from home or working in an office, we can all do a little more to improve our productivity.

‘Productivity’ is a word that's used a lot these days and has become a bit of a buzzword. But improving your productivity can help you work shorter hours, get more done and improve your work life balance.

We all want to get more out of our day but we don't always know how to go about it.  Here are five easy ways that you can improve your work productivity.

  1. Improve your posture - Improving our posture has been proven to improve our productivity as well as health. Investing in an ergonomic desk chair will not only improve your productivity but will also help protect your physical health. Working long hours with poor posture can lead to discomfort, pain and long-term problems with our backs and necks and even in extreme cases, as has been discovered by infertility treatment experts over the years, a person’s fertility. So, do not underestimate the importance of having a proper place to sit while you work.
  2. Meeting Schedules – you may find that many meetings can in fact be undertaken through video, rather than in person. Video calling apps can allow you to save on travel time and make the most of your time working.
  3. Take breaks outside - Taking regular breaks is incredibly important for your productivity, we can only stay focused for so long after all. The best way to use the breaks that you give yourself is to get outside. Getting outside to stretch your legs can boost your mood and help you to disconnect from your work for a bit. The vitamin D we get from the sun has also been proven to boost our mood. So taking a walk when you take your break will mean that you return to your desk feeling more positive and focused, ready to tackle whatever task is next. If you're having trouble finding the right moment to take a break, maybe consider time tracking for remote employees. One of these tools can help you keep track of your progress, and to decide when some rest is in order.
  4. Set a good morning routine - A good morning routine can make a world of difference to your day. Your morning routine sets the tone for your day and can leave you feeling motivated or exhausted. Set your alarm a little earlier and use the time you have to create a morning routine that refreshes and energises you. Go for a run or do some yoga to start your morning. Take the time your skin deserves to do a full skin-care routine, pamper yourself with a skin-care range perfect for you and take your time to exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise. Take time to read or journal, pick out an outfit that makes you feel confident, do whatever you need to put yourself in the right headspace to have a good day.
  5. Stick to your work boundaries - Just as important as setting out boundaries when it comes to your work, set out boundaries when it comes to your personal and social life. One of the best ways to stay productive in the long run is to have a balanced and fulfilled life. Make quality time for yourself and the people you love by setting boundaries when it comes to your work and giving time and space to the other areas of your life.
  6. Get enough sleep - We cannot overestimate the importance that sleep has on our productivity. After a good night's sleep our brain will feel energised and sharp, whereas a rough night's sleep can leave us feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Make sure you're setting yourself up for success by regularly getting a good night's sleep.

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