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World Productivity Day:  6 tips for increasing your productivity

World Productivity Day: 6 tips for increasing your productivity

20th June 2019

With so many distractions in the modern workplace, staying productive can be a real challenge. According to official government data, UK productivity is at its lowest in both the 20th and 21st centuries so, as today (Thursday 20th June) marks World Productivity Day, we thought we’d share our top tips for boosting your productivity in the office.

1 Lists, lists, lists

Most of today’s employees are juggling one hundred and one things at once. That’s why writing a list is crucial in helping them to prioritise their work. Whether you’re a traditionalist with your trusty pen and notebook, or a techie who uses a task management app like Wunderlist, having a list that you update daily keeps you in check, meaning you’re less likely to waver from the job in hand. Plus, ticking off a task always gives a great feeling of satisfaction!

2 Work at your peak

We all have different working styles and habits, and not everyone is at their most productive from 9 to 5. Flexi-working is growing in popularity; it enables employees to work around their busy lives, as well as working at the time (and place) that is conducive to them working at their best. Find out when you’re most productive and, if your employer allows it, take advantage of that time.

3 Train your brain

Exercise is good for the brain as well as the body. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day can have a huge impact on your energy and alertness, helping you to focus in the workplace and be more productive. If you don’t have time to go to the gym every day, you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine, such as going for a walk at lunch or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Our tenants and Club Thrive members are lucky enough to have access to a free on-site gym at Miller House, giving them the opportunity for an energy boost pre or post-work, or at lunchtime.

4 Commute wisely

Commuting can be stressful, but it can also be used for self-development, relaxation or fitness. If you can, walking, running or cycling to work will help stimulate your brain before you even get to the office. If you take public transport, you could use the time to write your to-do list for the day or prepare for a presentation. Or if you drive to work, why not listen to a podcast to relax or learn something new, setting yourself up for the day ahead?

5 Break it up

It may sound contradictory but taking a break from work can help you focus and perform better once you’re back at your desk. Whether you’re grabbing a much-needed coffee, taking a brisk walk or catching up with a colleague, just 15 minutes away from your desk can give you time to refocus and re-energise. At our Thrive sites in Farnworth, Widnes and Wigan, we provide vibrant breakout areas (with free coffee!), giving our tenants the space they need to retreat, reflect and recharge.

6 Teamwork makes the dream work

A study by Stanford University found that working collectively on a task can increase productivity by 64%. Participants who worked together in the study not only stuck at the task longer, but they also showed lower fatigue levels, higher levels of engagement and a higher success rate. Collaboration really is key – read our blog for guidance on how to create a culture of collaboration in the workplace.

The key to performing at your best is to work smart. Try to avoid procrastination and unnecessary distractions, but also take care of yourself – a happy person outside of work is a productive person at work. Now, excuse us while we take a 15-minute break…

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