Oct 28, 2012

4 Work Habits to Increase Productivity and Personal Well Being

If you are like most people, you occasionally find yourself feeling stressed, disorganized and just plain achy during the work day. This can lead to a lower productivity level and affects your overall mental and physical well being. There are several things you can do throughout the day to combat these feelings and increase productivity.

Organize Your Desk and Your Day

Planning your day according to priority level of work to be accomplished clears your mind of clutter and allows for a steady flow of productivity. Granted, from time to time a special project or an issue with a client interrupts your schedule, but having your priorities in order allows you to pick up where you left off with ease.

By the same token, a disorganized desk tends to be overwhelming and clutters the mind not to mention wastes time when looking for documents. Keeping a neatly organized desk promotes smooth work flow and eases stress. Another helpful tip is to leave the next project or the next step in the current project in the middle of your desk at the end of each work day. This gives you a reminder the next morning of where you left off the previous day and sets the new day in motion.

Play Music at an Acceptable Level

Background music can do wonders for productivity and your overall mood. Without realizing it, you will find yourself working to the beat. You mind is more relaxed and more able to concentrate on the task at hand when you are in a comfortable frame of mind.

Stretch Your Body

If you work at a desk all day, your back becomes sore and your legs may even become stiff from time to time. Standing up at least once an hour and performing what you can in that position will help to stretch your muscles and relieve any stiffness you experience throughout the day.

Step Outside for a Few Minutes

Take a few minutes a day and get some fresh air. It’ll do your mind and body some good. Take a little mini walk around the parking lot. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. If possible, take your lunch break outside. If there is a park nearby, take advantage of it.