Take a Break! How to Increase your Productivity at Work.

August 10, 2017


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We just spent three amazing days working on the building of our dream home in Fenwick Island. Luckily, my sister-in-law joined me for this trip. The weather was stunning and we were able to spend some down time with family and friends at the beach and some of my favorite haunts.

 

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Did you know that taking a break and getting away from it all can dramatically increase your productivity? 

Let’s take a look at the numbers.  

A Gallup survey indicates that only 13% of employees feel engaged at work. That leaves a shockingly high percentage of unhappy workers. The cost to US companies = $450 billion annually.  

A study at the University of Warwick found that happy workers have a 12% increase in productivity while unhappy workers experience a 10% decrease.  

Based on a Study from Stanford University, the productivity of an employee who works 60 hours a week is a third less than an employee who works 40 hours.  

 

There are any number of reasons for this: 

  1. The person in crunch mode is likely getting less sleep so more tired during the work day. 
  2. Employee becomes less efficient due to stress and fatigue 
  3. Additional work done in the time beyond the first 6-8 hours of the day can lead to negative productivity. The employee may make mistakes that have to be corrected the next day.

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What can you do to change this?

  1. Make sure your first activity is the one that requires the greatest concentration. For most people, their most productive time is the first 4 hours of their day. I do my client work in the morning and book my lunches, coffees, emails and phone calls for the afternoon when I am not as sharp. If the meeting is a client presentation or negotiation, I book it first thing in the morning so I can be sharp.  
  2. Plan, plan, plan. If you have an important deadline – schedule out every piece of it starting with the end result on the end date and working backwards. Give yourself realistic daily goals to work toward the finish line.  
  3. Stop multitasking. You are really task-switching – back and forth, back and forth. Your brain can’t keep up so your productivity slows. Choose one task and stick with it for 20 to 45 minutes. Then take a walk, preferably outside, for 10 minutes.  
  4. Spend the last 10 minutes of your day laying the groundwork for the next morning. What goals do you want to accomplish? Choose your number one item the day before and your subconscious mind will work on it overnight.  
  5. Get home for dinner and get more sleep. Shut off technology. Unless your clients are in the opposite time zone there is no reason to take work phone calls and emails after 6pm.

Don’t be a work martyr. Take a break!

 

Ready to increase your productivity?

Contact me at resovate@gmail.com to set up a consultation.


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