7 Ways to Increase Productivity in The Workplace

productivity in the workplace

Maximizing efficiency in every area of life – be it personal or work-related – has always been a goal of ours. And productivity in the workplace is no exception.

We achieve much more if we’re more effective, get things done faster, work smarter rather than harder, prioritize, focus more easily, develop the right mindset to work without interruptions and even enjoy our work, and never experience burnout, lack of motivation, boredom, or else.

If you too want to stand out in the workplace, increase your chances of promotion, get more done and even work on a side project, stay active and feel fresh throughout the whole work day, here are some tips:

1. Single-task.

Doing one thing at a time is what can help you do your job better and faster. Our minds just aren’t programmed to do many things at once, that’s why multitasking usually leads to investing more time and energy into our work, but not being satisfied with the results and not seeing any progress.

As for the tools and systems you’re already using at work, simplify those too. Most softwares for organizing projects are quite complex. So go with a project management software that lets the entire team collaborate and gives you an instant access to the latest project schedules via the Web.

2. Kickstart your morning.

How you start your day defines how it goes. So if you have an energetic, productive morning, then you’ll build the momentum and will be getting things done till the end of the work day without feeling exhausted.

Wake up earlier for a start so that you’ll have enough time for all that. Then, dedicate that extra time to some positive, healthy, creative and successful activities that will get you in the mood.

Have a quick workout, meditate to clear your mind, visualize your goals, write down a few things that will make today great, create your to-do list, prepare for going out.

All these mini habits, when combined, turn into a powerful ritual that will guarantee your optimum performance at work.

3. Take control of your schedule.

Time management skills are crucial if you want to double productivity in the workplace.

Start with the basics, like analyzing how you’re already spending your time daily and seeing which activities bring you the best results. Then, eliminate some of the rest and focus more on these.

Once you feel comfortable with that and it becomes a habit, start prioritizing. When writing down your tasks for the day, define the most important ones, put them on top, and start with them first thing in the morning. That’s how you move forward and feel accomplished by noon, which motivates you to keep working on the rest of the list.

To take things to the next level in terms of time management and efficiency, use a time & attendance software. It’s made for employees and lets them view schedules and previous hours worked, request shift swaps and time off directly from there, and wait for approval from managers. That saves a lot of time and worries, there’s no real need for meetings and unnecessary communication, as these can often become a distraction from your actual work.

4. Complete quick tasks right away.

Whenever something comes up that takes 5 minutes or less, just do it.

If you schedule it for later, you may procrastinate, forget, or else. And in a day or a few, there will be many more tasks like these and you’ll get overwhelmed. Don’t let that happen. Increase productivity in the workplace by making this simple change in the way you do your job – just get done the things that take no time immediately.

5. Take regular breaks.

If you don’t turn your mind off after a period of focused work and engage it in something else, you’ll lose concentration and will lower your productivity levels.

For best results, work in 25-minute intervals and take a 5-minute break after that. That’s the so-called Pomodoro technique. But you can also turn that into 90-minute intervals in which you’ll get a lot done, and then unplug and do something else for half an hour or so.

6. Create a friendly environment.

What you look at while you work, the place you’re at, the people, the atmosphere – all these affect your performance more than you think. So improve it and let your environment breed success and productivity in the workplace.

First, declutter. Organize your desk, find a place for everything, keep it clean. Add plants, inspirational images or quotes around you. Get a comfortable chair, maybe even a standing desk.

Then, improve your relationship with your colleagues. Connect on a personal level, do favors, share ideas, show respect, be the most positive person in the office, and be polite too. People are part of your environment, and it’s much better for your mental health and work performance to keep it friendly.

7. Be a learner.

Always seek guidance and support. Read stuff connected to your field daily, stay up-to-date so that you can discuss these topics with influential people when the right time comes.

Try new approaches to the way you do what you do. Experiment with different productivity techniques, healthy habits, energy boosters, stress relievers, etc.

There are plenty of things you can start doing to make sure you boost productivity in the workplace and become an employee the company can’t go without. Just focus on getting 1% better daily.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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