In light of the global pandemic, it’s been a difficult year for businesses all over the world and, as a result, challenging for employees. With so many changes happening internally, you may be wondering how you can boost your own efficiency and ensure you are an essential member of the team, while also helping the company you work for succeed in this challenging economic climate. Here are some tips to get you started…
Break Down Challenging Tasks
When we see a big, challenging task in our diaries, it’s not uncommon to procrastinate and put it off for as long as possible, but this will only stress you out further. Instead, try breaking up big tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks so that they seem less intimidating. A digital to-do list might help you to keep track of your tasks and determine how much free time you have. You may even want to consider timing yourself, either manually or using an online tool, so that you can understand which areas you are better at.
Know Your Limits
Try not to take on too many tasks in one day, even if you are eager to help your colleagues. Having too much on and not maintaining healthy boundaries will make you feel overwhelmed, and you won’t be able to concentrate. Take regular breaks and be careful not to burn out. It’s important to give your eyes a break from the computer and stretch your muscles so that you don’t end up with aches and pains, as this will have a negative impact on your productivity.
Keep Your Desk Tidy and Comfortable
A messy work environment is not conducive of a productive mind. Try and keep your desk tidy and organised so that you don’t have to waste time looking for notepads or other items that are scattered all over the place. Perhaps consider adding a little desk plant and a photo of your family to boost your mood and add a personal touch, so that you feel more comfortable. You should also ensure your desk and chair are a suitable height so that you don’t have to slouch or stretch in order to reach your keyboard.
Consider Your Print Habits
Being efficient in the office isn’t just about boosting your output, it’s also about finding ways to cut down on costs to save your employer some pennies. Have a look into some green print solutions, like printing on double-sided paper or sending via email instead, to help you reduce printing costs or consider suggesting that your company works with a managed print service provider.
Switch Off Your Technology
We are all guilty of putting our computers in ‘rest mode’ at the end of each day, rather than switching them off properly. While this might save you some time the next morning, it will increase your employer’s electricity bills unnecessarily. With that said, remember to switch off your computer when it’s not in use, as well as other technology like the printer and the lights.