No matter your career or industry, your success depends on your ability to get things done. As we all know, time is a limited commodity. And if you've entered the brave world of startups, you also know that time is money. To guarantee the success of your business, whatever it may be, you need to make the most of the time you have.
On that note, here are five tried-and-true methods to boost your productivity:
1. Utilize a Workflow System
Depending on your situation, it could be as simple as a good old-fashioned planner. On the other hand, for many, checking out the latest and most technologically-advanced workflow systems is considered top priority. The workflow software available today could transform how you (and your team) do business.
Whatever you decide, remember that the specific system doesn't matter as much as your adherence to it. Choose something that you know you will follow through with on a daily basis and then watch your productivity soar.
2. Weed Out Distractions
It doesn't have to be as dramatic as shooting your TV or deleting your Facebook account. There are good options available to stop you mid-click when you go on a Facebook or Netflix binge.
For other distractions, try to pay attention to what's pulling you off task at any given time, write it down (don't skip this!), and then brainstorm solutions. There are plenty of creative ways to avoid even the most alluring distractions. For example, a common distraction for businesses is having too many long meetings. To get past this, try holding stand-up meetings. Everyone, including yourself, will be more motivated to wrap it up and get back to work!
3. Take Regular Breaks
This may seem counterintuitive, but taking regular breaks is actually one of the best ways to boost your productivity. According to Nathan Kleitman, a groundbreaking sleep researcher, the human brain can only focus for 90-120 minutes before it needs a break. This is called the ultradian rhythm, a basic rest-activity cycle that's present in both our sleeping and waking lives.
Strive to work within this natural cycle and take a 20-30 minute break after every 90-120 minute work session. If you don't take breaks, your productivity will slow down regardless -- so you might as well take a moment to meditate, go for a walk, grab a cup of coffee, or whatever suits you, and then you can return to work revived and raring to go!
4. Be Positive and Work with Positive People
Nothing undercuts productivity quite like negativity. That's why having a happy, positive company culture is such a hot topic in today's business world. Companies have finally realized this basic truth: a happy employee is a productive employee.
No matter what you're doing, work can be difficult and complicated, which makes surrounding yourself with positivity all the more important. So, in order to boost your productivity, consider first your headspace, and second, your workspace.
If you strive to be positive, you will have more energy and less stress. You will be better at solving problems, identifying opportunities, and working with others. If you work with positive people, you will find it's easier to be positive yourself, because what goes around comes around.
5. Join a Shared Workspace
To skyrocket your productivity, consider membership in a shared workspace! Coworking is on the rise, becoming an increasingly important facet of the American workforce. According to a recent study published by Business Insider, by the year 2020, 40% of the American workforce will be freelance.
The more people turn away from traditional employment, the more alternative workspaces will open their doors. Freelancers, remote workers, startups, and other independent professionals should take advantage of this opportunity, because when it comes to being productive, where you work matters more than you realize.
Salt Mine is a 19,000 square-foot productive paradise located in Sandy, Utah. Whether you're a freelancer, entrepreneur, or other independent professional, our large and beautiful workspace has been specifically designed to help elevate your business and increase your productivity. If this sounds like something you're interested in, come visit us and take a free tour.
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