Sticking to a 9-to-5 schedule can be a very daunting task as well, especially if you have a redundant office job and you feel like the work-related stress is finally starting to get to you. Did it ever happen to you to realize that you simply cannot focus on your projects, or that your mind is playing tricks on you? Do you feel like you constantly wake up tired and that this affects your productivity at work? If so, then here you will find several useful yet efficient tips and tricks that will not only help you boost your productivity and performance at your workplace, but will also help you work less and better!
1. Persuade Other People To Help You
Unfortunately, persuasion is often misunderstood nowadays and people often view it as a negative thing, but it does not necessarily have to be like this. If you feel like you really have too many projects on your hands and you simply cannot cope with your demanding job anymore, then one of the easiest and most efficient things you can do is to influence other people and determine them to help you.
Everything comes down to the concept of reverse psychology: all you need to do in order to resolve an issue is to transfer the ownership of the problem! For instance, if you have several co-workers whose job duties and responsibilities are similar to yours, you can easily talk them into helping you. Even if you are frustrated, make sure to do this in a polite and respectful manner – using a critical tone will only make them uncomfortable and push you farther away from achieving your goal.
2. Cut Down All The Noise
One of the most commonly overlooked factors that can negatively impact your productivity at work is loud noise. Noise can trigger the “Fight or Flight” stress response in our bodies – we are genetically programmed to produce two stress-related chemicals known as epinephrine and cortisol, both of which cause us to feel anxious and scared.
If you work in a loud office with numerous phones ringing all the time and copy machines that seem to work non-stop, then now it is time to do something about that. You can easily cut down the nose levels with some sound-absorbent material, lining walls or even thick curtains designed to soak up all the street sounds. Turn your office space into your little oasis of relaxation where you can work peacefully and undisturbed, away from all the outside disruptions that will affect your concentration.
3. Learn To Prioritize Your Projects
We all procrastinate, to a certain extent, and we all had to deal with projects we hated at least once. If this is your case as well, then you have certainly postponed some of your projects at least once, only to realize that the deadline is getting closer and closer and that you simply have too many tasks to deal with at the same time. This is why it is important to prioritize your projects and to define which ones are truly important and demand your immediate attention.
In order for this to happen, you must firstly become familiar with the strategic priorities of your company as well as with your professional skills and strong points. When you start arranging and organizing your projects based on their importance, you will become more productive, less stressed and with more time at your disposal, at the end of the day.
4. Find Your Office Sweet Spot
Unless you work in a small cubicle, the chances are that there is a “sweet spot” in your office where you find yourself most productive. This can be in one of the corners, away from the looks of your co-workers, or by the window. After finding your office sweet spot, you will feel less depleted and more energetic, by the time the office closes – also, do not neglect the importance of having comfortable, relaxing furniture along with an ergonomic chair!
5. Stick To A Flexible Daily Schedule
There is nothing more stressful or more demanding than a fixed schedule, where everything is organized and anticipated to the last minute. Rigid work schedules can cause you to experience a tremendous amount of stress, this is why you should make your daily work schedule as flexible as possible – try to avoid being too harsh with yourself and with your office-bound counterparts. Remember that you do not carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and tomorrow is a brand new day, too. Unless you have to meet several important deadlines, remember that you (and your health, for that matter) always come first: before your projects, before your job, and most certainly before your boss.
6. Identify And Address What Is Known As Self-Imposed Stress
Sometimes, stress is real and it is caused by situations that are out of hand, situations we have absolutely no control over. Other times, stress is self-imposed: we repeatedly and unnecessarily stress ourselves, creating problems that are often not even there. This is why it is essential to stop this self-imposed stress and to address them.
7. Take Some Time To Meditate!
There are many ways in which you can relieve stress at your workplace, in order to work less and be more productive at the same time. Two of the most efficient and commonly used stress-relieving techniques include melotherapy and meditation. All you have to do is to get yourself a sound system and a CD with your favorite tracks, or even some nature sounds. Listening to a relaxing song, even for only a few minutes a day, can truly help you relax and ease all the anxiety, especially if it has been building up inside you for the past few months and you feel like you are walking on the edge.
At the same time, meditation can be equally efficient for relieving stress, not to mention that studies have revealed meditation can improve neuroplasticity and positively alter the neural pathways in your brain, thus making you more and more resilient to stress and highly demanding situations.
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