Being efficient in the workplace is a struggle at every level, but it’s detrimental if you find yourself in a management position.
Efficiency at work isn’t the most complicated thing in the world, but you do need a strategy about how you’re going to manage your time. Lack of efficiency at work is one of the most popular reasons employees find themselves fired. Not to mention, if you’re billing clients hourly, you may find yourself losing customers. Do you ever find yourself wasting time, or coasting through the day? Here are some tips that will help you right away.
1. Set self-imposed deadlines
Remember when you were a kid, you were crushed on time to complete a homework assignment, leaving it to the last day.. It was never your best work because you were rushed and if any problems came up, you have no time to deal with it. Getting office work completed on time is no different. Setting yourself deadlines ahead of the actual due date is an incredible way to manage your time more effectively and allow yourself to be more focused on one task.
When there is an alert on our phone… there’s no one in the world that wouldn’t be distracted. Turning off your notifications will both keep you on task and proactive, not reactive. The best way for you to manage your notifications is to set a time for you to have a look. For example, every hour have a quick browse and if necessary reply and manage your notifications. Remember, not everything is an emergency. You don’t have always have to respond instantly.
It may sound a little over the top and unnecessary, but trust us… it works! Making your office feel and look like a nice place to be is a great way to both increase efficiency and productivity. Adding elements such as plants, photos, pictures, candles, flowers etc. will make you feel more joyful in your workplace and increase your productivity at the same time. If you’re going to spend eight hours in the same place, you might as well enjoy the view!
It may seem counterproductive, and against what we’re advocating, but stay with us here. Taking regular breaks is a very common and important way to improve your efficiency in the workplace. Research has shown that taking breaks gets your blood flowing. Take a walk or gym. Sometimes that’s all you need to clear your head and get your focus back.
If you work in a office, you most likely spend your day sitting down at a desk all day. Meetings are a great opportunity to mix things up. Over the past few years we’ve seen the increase of standing desks. Don’t think you can stand all day? How about a standing meeting? Standing during meetings is a great way to increase your productivity. Standing breaks up your routine, gets your blood flowing, and allows for you to remain focused and increase your efficiency!
We work with a lot of entrepreneurs, small business, and top performing managers. Their biggest complaint? They don’t have enough time in the day. You know that you need to post to social media, but you also need to hire a new employee. You really want to get your signage re-designed, but you haven’t had the time to sit down and think up an idea. It’s important that you surround yourself with people who can take on the tasks that promote your business, but you just don’t have time to complete. Hiring an agency or putting aside some maintenance hours is a great way to make sure that your design work is up-to-date and website is functioning at peak potential.
Blueprint Agencies offers a series of solutions for business owners who feel overloaded with their responsibilities. Talk to us about workflow applications, website maintenance, and full branding strategies. Let us take that off of your place so that you can get back to doing the things that you love. Feel free to contact us and we can show you what we’re working with over at Blueprint. Click here for our contact information.