We all want to get more done in less time but how can we actually boost our productivity? Distractions, growing to do lists and the dreaded afternoon slump…

Here’ are 8 simple tips on how to combat them and improve your work output:

   Get Rid of Distractions
Emails and notifications mean your productivity can be severely affected. Allocate times throughout the day to respond to messages turning off notifications outside of this. Your mobile phone is also a major distraction so turning on airplane mode is the best way to make sure you’re not interrupted.

Take a Break
In a quick survey internally here at EC, 72% of employees said taking a short break away from their desk was the number one way to increase productivity in the aftermath. Take a walk, grab a drink or leave the office for five minutes of fresh air returning to your desk recharged and ready to conquer your workload.

Input = Output
Your diet and water intake can have a significant impact on your energy levels, reducing your attention span and making you feel lethargic. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and instead of reaching for those sweet treats snack on nuts, seeds and fruit.

Clear out the clutter
Believe it or not your work space can have an effect on your work output. Clear out the clutter and it becomes easier to get stuff done. Do this in the evening before you leave the office so you can begin your to do list once you get to the office in the morning.

prioritise - by SmashiconsPrioritise
As well as clearing your desk before you leave the office, write your to do list for the next day with a view to completing your most important tasks first. Doing it in the evening means you can hit the ground running the next day. The morning is usually your most productive time so prioritise important to dos earlier in the day.

Are you getting 8 hours sleep?
The benefits of sleep are widely overlooked. When stress and deadlines take over sleep can be put on the back foot. Sleep is beneficial for a multitude of work related activities including increased decision making power, improved mood as well as being great for reducing stress.

Set Boundaries
Colleagues are often the number one source of distraction. Politely tell people you can’t be interrupted for the next hour or remove yourself from the office finding a quiet spot where you can improve your work output.

Get Some Exercise
Yes it’s great for your body but it can also work wonders for your mind. Regular exercise has been proven to be effective for improving performance at work having a positive impact on energy levels, alertness, focus and memory.

multitask - icon by Nikita Golubev Avoid Multitasking
While you think you may be getting more work done trying to complete more than one job at the one time, this isn’t usually the case. Multitasking slows you down, and has the ability to reduce the quality of your work. Get more work done – and done well – by picking one task and focusing on it until complete.

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