By Katie Alberico, Account Executive
New year, new you – right? Everyone is back in the office and off to the races. Clients are eager to start activation, and if you’re like me, you are trying to make yourself as productive as possible while also staying awake (insert coffee emoji here). Here are five ways to maximize your workplace productivity:
- Minimize Distractions. Living the simple life is always better when it comes to your desk and work environment. Clearing your desk of cluttered papers, notes and cups can help you have a fresh start before diving in, allowing you to focus only on the task at hand. Forget about those distracting notifications on your phone – turn on the Do Not Disturb feature and flip over your screen. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Make a To-Do List. As old-school as they are, to-do lists are a PR professional’s best friend. Everyone has their own style – most important items first or by date of delivery. I find using the notepad style post-it’s are perfect for me. I can keep it as a notepad, or peel it off and stick to my notebook as I’m bouncing from meeting to meeting, keeping each of my to-dos ever present in my mind.
- Delegation. Knowing when to seek help is an incredibly strong trait. Leaning on your team members during times of high volume is important (and it’s the reason you have a team)! If you are taking on too much with multiple pending deadlines, you may actually be hurting your team and yourself. Divide and conquer to keep things moving on-time and efficiently.
- Take a Break. If you’re go, go, go all the time, you will burn out! Treat yourself to a snack or read that article you saw earlier. Doing something other than work for a few minutes will actually help you focus on your tasks later on. Studies have shown that by sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours with minimal movement will actually make you more tired. Get up and move or take a moment to work from a standing desk if available.
- Prep for Tomorrow. At the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is more work, but taking a few minutes to plan for tomorrow will make a world of difference (see to-do list above). Recapping the day and evaluating what needs to be accomplished tomorrow is a great way to start off on the right foot the next day. It will also help you navigate the water if for some reason an unforeseen issue pops up first thing in the morning – we all know it happens.
We’d love to hear your tips on how to stay productive at work! Tweet us at @TonicLC or leave a comment below.