There’s an adage used when discussing business practices. “Work smarter, not harder.” You’re likely to hear it in articles, webinars, and meetings throughout the business world. It’s the sort of phrase that you can hear so often that it begins to lose all meaning. But don’t let familiarity lessen their impact. These words can make all the difference in creating successful, smooth running business. So many companies get wrapped up in pushing their staff and themselves too hard, only to fall on their faces. This is because they were doing the business of beating their heads against a brick wall instead of using the door. Here are just a few simple tips to help you and your business work smarter.
Break up your workload
This doesn’t just mean to separate and priorities tasks. Of course, that is hugely important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go even further with it. Treat each job as a single event. Each event needs its own schedule and venue. That could be as simple as choosing a different location to work at. Some people prefer to work in cafes (even pubs if you can resist temptation) and then move from one to another with each task. This may seem like a lot of effort, but the key is to help your mind focus on the task at hand. You can only imagine how much time is wasted when your mind is constantly switching over to other tasks and problems. Being able to not only priorities your tasks but to be totally focussed on each one is crucial if you want to stay on top of even the heaviest workload.
Posture is one of those things we all know is important but don’t pay that much attention to in reality. How much of different can it really make? The truth is, it can make all the difference in the world. Make sure that your desk is at a comfortable level, that you’re working in natural light if you can. Most importantly, make sure you’re chair is fit for purpose. Don’t think that just because your favorite chair is comfy to watch X-Factor in means that it’s the best place to work. The rule is this: office chairs only. Make sure it’s adjustable, comfortable and offers support in the places you need it. It may seem like a small change but when you’re comfortable it’s that much easier to focus on the work that you’re doing.
This might go against every rule of productivity there is, but breaks are an invaluable tool. A chance to get up from the computer and stretch, to take some time to recharge is important don’t want to burn out. Make a cuppa, go outside and get some fresh air, take a short nap if you have time. Any of these things will refresh your brain and bring you back ready to tackle any problem.
So there you have it! A few things you can start doing straight away that will help you stay productive and happy while you work. Just don’t go overboard on the naps.
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