Labor Day is only a week away. That signals the end of summer vacations, the beginning of school and that the pace in business will pick up again with only four months left in the year.
If you haven’t cleared your year’s “to do” list as much as you would have liked or goals you thought would have already been accomplished are still sitting out there reminding you that you still have much to accomplish, below is some human resource support you can take to make this year more productive for you and your company.
Close the Door
No matter what your position, there are times when you just need to close the door to stay focused and keep people from interrupting your work. So many work environments today have open door policies. Everything is a little more relaxed and there are always people looking for a place to sit and chat while they take a break. Or if you have a highly stressful position that requires a lot of interaction with staff and colleagues, your office may begin to feel like a turnstile.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in management or not. Putting time aside to accomplish a task requires focus and concentration. That is difficult to achieve when people are in and out and disrupting your work flow.
If at all possible, shut down email as well while you’re trying to accomplish a task. Email is now considered to be the number one killer of productivity. According to an infographic created by OnlineITDegree.net, businesses lose $650 billion a year due to unnecessary emails, with the average worker costing his or her employer an annual $10,000 because of distractions such as emailing.
When you need to get something done, it's ok to set physical boundaries that allow you to carve out some time and space to meet that challenge.
Get Some Exercise
There is an abundance of research that shows employees who manage to fit some exercise into their schedule are more focused and productive at work. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, employees who spent 2.5 hours a week being physically active were more satisfied with the quantity and quality of their work, reported increased work ability and took less sick time than employees who did not engage in physical activity.
And, it doesn't have to be a lot of time. Find 20 minutes three times a week to get in a workout. It’s better to have a little regular exercise than to start something you cannot maintain and give it up altogether.
Chunk it Up
If you have a goal that is relatively daunting and complex, the thought of just starting it can be paralyzing, so you keep putting it off. A great approach is to break it down into workable chunks and then work until that one chunk is done.
For example, if you have to write a budget report, instead of thinking about writing the entire report, say to yourself, I'm only going to work on Department X's numbers. If you finish it in 30 minutes, you can stop and move on. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and you will be more willing to address it again the next day or next week.
Do What Your Passionate About
If you're like the rest of us, your list of things to accomplish may not always be something you look forward to. Find something that really interests you and start there. When we're passionate about something, it doesn't quite feel like work and it may get your creative juices flowing and unleash energy to focus on less interesting tasks.
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