Ladies! Are you having trouble staying focused at work? Being productive all the time isn’t always easy, even for the most passionate or successful professionals.
Everyone has moments when they feel uninspired or distracted at work. Getting through the work day is tough when you have a lack of productive focus—but there are many things you can do to get back on track. Follow these 5 easy productivity hacks to maximize your success in the working world.
Take Regular Exercise Breaks
We are constantly told about the benefits of regular exercise. Engaging in physical activity each day can improve your quality of sleep, alleviate stress and anxiety, and help promote a generally positive outlook on daily life. Many business professionals tend to neglect daily exercise for the excuse of being too busy. But it’s entirely possible to maintain a healthy fitness routine even if you have a demanding full-time job. The key is to use your breaks at work to get up and moving. You can also give your muscles a good workout throughout the day by practing some stationery exercises at your desk.
Get Inspired by Other Women
Take some time each day to read about the life experiences of other working women, both in and out of your fields of expertise. The women in your everyday life can also be a great source of inspiration. From your close friends and work colleagues to your mother or grandmother, every woman has a different story to tell. Talk to the women in your life about their own life experiences, goals and successes. By doing so, you can empower each other to achieve great things.
Add Personality to Your Office Space
An engaging workspace inspires creativity and imagination. Decorate your cubicle walls with your favorite artwork or motivational quote. If you haven’t got walls to work with, consider upgrading your office supplies and accessories. Bring a little of your personality and individuality to normally mundane things like stationary. Choose quality pens that write smoothly and feel great in your hand, so you’ll feel glad whenever you have to write down notes, instead of going through the trouble of trying a dozen ballpoint pens that are out of ink.
Be Strategic with Your Time
Time management is a crucial skill in today’s working world. Try compiling to-do list each day, prioritizing your most urgent and important tasks first. Beware: when you try to accomplish too many things at once, your quality of work will likely suffer. Don’t be afraid to delegate non-essential tasks when necessary. For email, try an respond in batches at set times of the day—replying to incoming emails constantly can easily consume your time.
Make Time for Yourself
When you have a heavy workload on top of personal responsibilities, it’s not always easy to find time for yourself. But taking care of your health and happiness is a crucial step to success. To feel your most productive self, you need to feel your best. Make sure to schedule some “me time” each day. Spend this time doing something that makes you happy, whether that’s reading a good book, doing your favourite hobby, or simply relaxing in front of the TV. Taking time to relax and recharge will make a positive difference to your mindset and mood, and help you avoid burnout in the future.
Johanna Cider is a nature lover and freelance writer from New Zealand who dedicates her time to penning articles about business, travel, and lifestyles – when she’s not traipsing through the Kiwi bush on hiking trips with her mates. Her idea of quality quiet time revolves around rainy Sunday afternoons and being fully immersed in a favorite new novel, listening to her collection of film soundtracks or strolling in her local park for writing inspiration. Visit Johanna’s Tumblr page to see more of her published work.