It can be extremely difficult to focus on work for a long time, the human body needs regular breaks to recharge. However, if you work on your productivity and set yourself challenges then you will be whizzing through your work at sonic speed. Take a look below for ways you can encourage your own productivity


Have Goals in Mind

Firstly, when it comes to work you need to set goals. Without these goals, there is nothing to work towards and you won’t feel as accomplished. You need praise and you need to feel good, that is just what you are programmed to respond to. Finishing tasks and goals will provide this. When it comes to setting yourself goals you should ideally be following the SMART mnemonic. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Don’t set yourself goals that you can’t meet, this will only lead to you feeling defeated.


Avoid Distractions

This is probably the hardest one of the lot. Back in the day, there were fewer distractions to contend with. Nowadays you have smartphones and other smart technology hounding your productivity. It may seem like you are just checking your phone but if you do it regularly throughout the day then the hours can soon build up. You might be wondering why you are still on the same task hours later and it could be due to your phone. It could also be due to chatting in the office. Everyone loves office gossip but there is a time and a place for it.


Have The Right Equipment

When it comes to working in an office environment you need to ensure that your equipment isn’t slowing you down. If you have slow internet for example then this can cause pages to load slowly and it takes you longer to complete tasks. If you have viruses on your PC or laptop then you will need to deal with these before they put a stop to your working day. If you have a mac then you can download apps and programmes to prevent these. Take a look at malware on mac to find out more.


Get A Good Amount of Sleep

Finally, this is not something you can do in the office unless you have resting cubicles as some offices do. To remain focused and on track with tasks you need to ensure you are getting adequate sleep at night. It is not just about how much sleep you get, you should be aiming for around eight hours each night. It is also about the quality of sleep you are getting. If you are constantly moving around, tossing and turning all night then you will likely wake up exhausted the following day. Not good at all when you have eight or more hours of work to get through. 

Try winding down at the same time each night, this will get you into a pattern and routine that your body and mind will soon get used to. If you do the same thing repeatedly then your body will start doing it automatically without you realising. Also try to avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed, as this can be detrimental to your sleeping patterns.

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