1. Plan Before Executing
2. Regular Breaks
Some scientists say that taking breaks every 90 minutes, kind of like your sleep cycle, can make a world of difference. Outside of walking around the office, if it’s an extra hectic day, should center yourself and meditate in your office for 15-20 minutes as it has both mental and physical benefits that ultimately help improve the productivity. This also helps us refocus on what’s important, and process the distractions out of your mind.
3. Invest In Your Space
According to PMC National Institute of Health: “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout the visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” This directly points to a cluttered desk or workspace negatively impacting your ability to focus and get assignments completed in an efficient manner.
Beyond the desk, you’d like to love being able to look up frommonitor and see a clear blue sky on a sunny day, so you should positioned the monitor in front of a window; also keeping the glare off the monitor. Quiet is also important, so you should keep your door shut when you are in power work mode. It’s all about making the space yours, and only spending time in it when there’s work to be done.
4. Mute the Alerts!
5. Moderate Caffeine Intake
The general rule of thumb is no more than 1 cup of coffee per hour. If you decide to stop at 7/11 and grab an energy drink, then you limit yourself to one energy drink per 2-3 hours. Although, honestly, coffee is cheaper and seems to do the trick all on its own. If you want to get a little more technical, European Food Safety Authority recommends no more than 400mg of caffeine in a day.
6. Get In Sync with Your Office
So, you should made an effort to get up from your desk every hour and talking with a different person in your department. You wanted to genuinely get to know them and learn a little about their life outside the office. What you found was that your personal satisfaction and happiness at work went way up. Plus, when you needed help figuring out a complex problem, your colleagues were falling over themselves trying to help you figure it out.
Getting to know the people you work with on a personal level, investing in real relationships throughout the office, made your work easier and your workday immensely more enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to reach out and meet someone new. It’s always easier to get help from a friend.