Improving productivity is a typical objective at work. But one blogger published a tongue-in-cheek piece about ensuring that your personal productivity tanks.
The post, called How to Murder Your Productivity, opens with a sarcastic promise:
In this post, you are going to learn proven techniques that you can immediately put to use.
I am going to show you exactly how you can:
- Decrease your IQ by 10 points while working
- Make sure you won’t accomplish anything
- Increase your stress levels by at least 100% or more
- Get completely overwhelmed
If you learn the techniques presented in this post, you will:
- Become completely insignificant
- Earn less money
- Repel successful and capable people
- Be slave to the random whims of others
- Get fired from your job or drive your business to the ground
Sounds good? Let’s get started!
Consider reading Jiri Novotny’s complete post for details. However, here are the highlights of how you can do the opposite of improving productivity at work:
- Check email 50 times a day to prevent focus
- Clutter your desk with piles of paper for constant anxiety
- Sit in a crappy chair for physical fatigue and tiredness
- Multi-task to decrease your IQ by 10 points
- Get as many notifications as possible for constant distraction
- Be interrupted as often as possible to avoid getting in the flow
- Build the longest to-do list in the known universe for guaranteed stress
Of course, the author of this post is joking. If you want to improve productivity, you should reverse all of these statements and then put them into practice.
Some of the explanations he gives for those tasks are worth delving into to, even though it’s a no-brainer that they’re sarcastic.
It’s obvious that distractions of email can ruin your flow for the day, but you’d be surprised at how many people still constantly have a tab with their email account perpetually open on their computer. It’s much harder to ignore emails that come in if you’re instantly notified of a new one. Even checking to see if it’s worth your time has the potential to totally ruin the momentum you have on a current task. Just knowing the email is there, waiting for your attention, can really zap your focus.
Working in a cluttered, uncomfortable workspace can be equally demoralizing. That’s part of the reason we firmly believe in letting employees do their work where they’re most productive. If someone needs to come into the office to get away from the distractions of home, then by all means, find a proper space to work within the office! But for the good majority of people, not having to commute in, work at a desk that doesn’t fit quite right, and sit in a chair that was used by six other people before them is less than ideal.
But really, we’ve talked about most of these issues here at AccelaWork. We’ve given tons of email productivity advice, and we’ve reviewed the impact of a messy desk on workplace productivity. Naturally, we’ve reported on dealing with interruptions to productivity growth and the organizational productivity myth of multitasking.
The most important message is that employee productivity is about choices. It’s a question of what we decide to do and what we decide not to do at work.
What choices are you making so you can get more done?
If you’re struggling with productivity in the workplace, then don’t hesitate to reach out. We can help and would be happy to do so! The business improvement consultants at AccelaWork have seen all sorts of organizational problems and we can get you on the fastest route to success.