Here at Merlin we’re all about helping businesses to achieve more on a day-to-day basis.
Whilst our wide range of office equipment plays a central role in this, we also like sharing useful tips designed around productivity and wellbeing. Below are a few suggestions for getting the most out of your working day.
Make your goals achievable
We each need objectives and goals, which come in all sizes and with very different timeframes. The key is to make them realistic and achievable, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and burnout.
The more specific your goals are, the better. For instance, instead of saying you’re going to increase your monthly sales, decide which particular products and services you want to push and how you’re going to do it. It’s also good to give yourself a little wiggle room, as you never know what the next few days may throw at you.
Prioritise your tasks
You now know what you want to achieve, so it’s time to put it all in a logical order. Some tasks will be time-sensitive whilst others just need to be done whenever you get chance, so make sure to invest your time wisely.
Author Stephen Covey recommends placing tasks into the following four categories: Important and urgent; important but not urgent; urgent but not important; not urgent and not important. Most of these are self-explanatory but some people get confused with the ‘urgent but not important’, so a good example is a duty that arises and needs to be done very soon (such as paying a bill), which can be shared with colleagues or even fully delegated to someone else.
Get rid of distractions
There’s nothing worse than really getting into the flow and then being derailed by an unnecessary distraction. Noise from passing traffic, colleagues listening to music and other people’s phone conversations are classic examples, which can often be avoided.
We realise that it’s not always possible to have complete privacy whilst working, but if you save the jobs that require intense focus for periods when you can retreat to a quiet space, you’ll find that they’re much easier to complete.
Delegate when suitable
Many people don’t like to delegate, which even applies to some business owners and those in upper management. However, delegation is actually a skill in itself, as it’s the ability to share workload where appropriate and show that you trust team members with important duties.
When you view delegation as a means of getting more work done both personally and as a business, it becomes a lot easier to dish out jobs. Providing you make the tasks clear and ensure that your staff are capable, you’ll find that productivity increases significantly.
Set aside time for you
Taking a break can actually help to increase the amount of work you get done each day. We all need a few minutes to stretch our legs and take a breather, as it allows us to refresh our minds and look at everything from a new angle. Grabbing a coffee and some fresh air can work wonders, so don’t feel bad for taking five minutes away from your workstation every so often.
Get in touch
We create positive workplace environments that ensure your staff are comfortable, happy and productive. To find out more about how we can help your business, get in touch on 01482 301000.