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How to Be More Productive at Work

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Stuck in a rut? Check out these tips to on how to be ultra-inspired and motivated in the workplace.

The power of flowers and plants.

Flowers and indoor plants are proven to work wonders, especially when they’re taken inside the workplace. Aside from being visually awe-inspiring, they’re known to have that instant happiness effect. As you know, happy employees are more motivated and determined to accomplish tasks and are easier to get along with.

Studies have shown strong evidence linking flowers and indoor plants to amazing benefits, such as:

  • Reduced stress
  • Less tension and anxiety
  • Drop in depression or dejection
  • Decreased anger and hostility

Best of all, the 2015 Human Spaces report discovered that employees surrounded with ornamental and flowering plants in the office had 15 percent higher score for creativity compared to those who work without.

Interestingly, they’ve also been connected to lower absenteeism rate. Experts suggest that it’s because aside from feeling motivated and inspired, indoor plants have positive effects on your immune system as well. One known fact is that they get rid of airborne pollutants, allergens, and harmful chemicals in the air, such as PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyl, and in turn, lessens the risks of allergies and respiratory issues among the workforce.

Feeling awfully stressed at work? Treat yourself to a long-lasting flower arrangement, a cute succulent, or a classy orchid plant for your desk. That’ll surely cheer you up in a snap.

Ditch the distractions.

They say all you got to do is focus, but we all know that’s easier said than done, right?

Whether you work in the office with co-workers or independently at home, distractions will always be there. There’s the constant popping of new e-mail notifications, the ringing of phone calls, your sudden itch to browse your favorite blog or go on a scrolling spree on Facebook and Instagram, your pesky friend or officemate that keeps popping up into your office or on your screen for to update you with the latest office gossip, and the list goes on and on.

The most effective way of dealing with distractions is by being straightforward and consistent. After checking your emails in the morning, turn off the notifications. The same goes for your social networking profiles. While working on a task, do not open your browser unless it’s necessary or work-related. Put up a “busy” or “do not disturb” status on chat platforms like Skype. You can also hang a similar note on your door. Keep unimportant phone calls brief. Tell friends of your crunch time at work and the best time to reach you.

After a full hour or so of diligently working, reward yourself with short breaks. Step outside for 15 to 30 minutes for a change of scenery or to grab a donut or coffee maybe. Pet your dog or play with the kids, if you’re working from home. Breaks are good for you, but be disciplined enough to go back to work after.

Stop multitasking.

We’re all guilty of and even proud to be multitaskers. We commit to too many projects with deadlines so close to each other. We beam when we submit multiple assignments just in the nick of time.  But with that also comes the insane levels of stress that we’re constantly on, which is doing our physical, emotional, and mental health more harm than good.

In addition to being bad for your health, psychologists say that multitasking actually daunts your efficiency and productivity, citing the high probability of errors and the lack of creativity as a cause. Getting your hands full with so many tasks at once also makes you slower.

Writing a to-do list is a good way to help you monotask, or tackle each task one by one and keeping tabs on your everyday progress. Plus being able to tick off each item on your list also gives you that great sense of accomplishment.

 

Do you have more secrets when it comes to revving up work productivity? We’d love to hear them! Write them in the comments below.



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