Improving productivity can have a major impact on your performance and help you reach your quotas quickly. If you haven’t given much thought to what might be holding you back professionally, take some to time to audit your priorities and find out if there are areas for improvement. In a post for CloserIQ, James Meincke shares 10 productivity hacks that you may want to implement, a few of which are below:
Organize your workspace.
It may not seem like a big deal, but your workspace could actually be bogging you down. Consider switching things up to see if productivity gets a boost. Meincke offers a few suggestions to start with:
- Switch to warmer light bulbs and let in more natural light.
- Try working different hours to see when you’re most productive.
- Periodically move around and work in different spaces.
- Block time in a private office or conference room when you really need to focus.
- At the end of the day, organize your desk so it’s ready for the next day.
Streamline time spent on email.
Catching up on emails is a notorious time suck, but it’s important to keep your inbox from overflowing with unread messages–how can you strike a balance? Meincke recommends allotting a specific amount of time for the task: “Try blocking off some time every few hours to go through and respond to emails,” he writes. “This way you’ll be able to move on to your other responsibilities knowing you’re inbox is taken care of until the next block.”
Schedule distraction time.
This seems counterproductive but actually, Meincke believes that setting aside a small bit of time for chatting with a friend, browsing a social network or catching up on a couple chapters of a book will free up your mind later in the day. “Long days at the office can be tough, and if you don’t give yourself time to relax or unwind, you’re going to burn out…By scheduling these ‘distractions,’ it will help you keep them out of your work time,” he explains.
While they may seem small, these hacks can have a big impact on your overall productivity. Even if you feel productivity isn’t an issue for you, consider making just one or two of the changes—you might be surprised at the difference they make!