Do you or your employees seem sluggish or distracted while at work? Here are 5 ways to increase productivity in the workplace that you might not have thought of.
1. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is a problem most people don’t know they have. After the meals and few beverages consumed during the day people normally feel fine even though they are only a few percentages off from being dehydrated. Tiredness and anxiety are just a few symptoms of being dehydrated. Ever suffered from those symptoms or seen an employee with those symptoms? Thought so. Being sluggish or stressed at work doesn’t help you be productive. In fact it does just the opposite. Hydration is the key. Get yourself a refillable water bottle and hydrate! Many companies offer their employees water filtration systems, so they know they are getting the cleanest water possible. Also, the good news is there are lots of food out there that can help on your quest to hydration, such as oranges, grapes and even salads, all are filled with water!
2. Follow the 90 Minute Rule
Really this needs to be (2) 90 minute rules.
First, sleep in 90 minute intervals. A full sleep cycle is 90 minutes, so only sleep 7.5 hours, instead of the normal 8. When you sleep 8 hours you are actually interrupting your REM phase of sleep, which is the most important.
Secondly, when at work take a break every 90 minutes. Stay focused for 90 minutes. Do not falter. That’s 4 breaks in an 8 hour work day. Not only will this make the day go by faster, but also keeps you concentrated on the task at hand. You will be surprised at how much more you can get done when applying this rule. Use your break times to exercise, snack, drink water (stay hydrated) and talk to co-workers.
3. Maintain a Schedule
Ok, so you have probably thought of this, but we think it is still very important. Creating a weekly schedule can keep you focused and on-task. It also keeps you accountable for those upcoming dates you are sure to forget when the week gets overwhelming. Staying on schedule is hard sometimes, but having all the “to-dos” in one place can be super helpful.
4. Be proactive
Your valuable time can be wasted by being reactive to a situation rather than controlling it before it happens. What does this mean? Basically give 100%. Check and double check for mistakes. Assess and plan for all possible outcomes by doing your research. Surround yourself with the best team possible. Put in the extra time now to make whatever you are doing the best rather than spending time fixing it later.
5. Weekly 10 minute Team meetings.
This tip is a must! If you want you and your team to be productive, then you have to know what you’re aiming for. Set a goal and meet 10 minutes a week with your team to discuss results, individual progress and next steps. Holding everyone accountable in group settings keeps their “head in the game.” No one likes being that person who is under preforming.
I hope these tips helped in your quest to increasing your workplace productivity. If you have any good tips, please feel free to share in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.