As we enter 2022, its back to the ‘New Year, New Me’ phase.

Whilst we may personally strive to drink less or eat less, we also want to work smarter, have less stress and pressure and ultimately live our best work lives.

The challenge is getting where to begin?

Methods exist to boost productivity but getting the most out of them involves making them a habit. In this blog we have pulled together a few hacks, that could work for you. However, forming a habit requires commitment.

Did you know it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit?

Create a dedicated workspace

With many of us still working from home, start by finding the perfect location. It’s a good idea to try and make this a different space to your everyday life to separate the work/life balance.

If this isn’t   possible, make your space easy to pack away! Your designated spot should have s good lighting, and if you can, set up your workspace in a place where you can reap all the benefits of natural light. If you do not have natural light, make sure you can light the area well.

Also create storage space for all your supply’s, the less cluttered or cramped you feel, the more productive you will be.

Comfort is key! Invest in a supportive and ergonomic chair, after all you will sit here for hours, so this investment is critical as it will help your posture and relieve potential aches.

Privacy is important – Setting up your workspace to minimise distractions will maximise productivity. For example, working from a secluded, quiet, and minimalistic area where the opportunity for interruption is at its lowest, will help you focus and get things done.

Take regular breaks

Taking a short break to stand, stretch & rest your eyes from staring at a screen may not sound like much, but it is enough to make a big difference to your day

Even small breaks can have a disproportionately powerful impact. Studies have shown that they can improve workers’ ability to concentrate, change the way they see their jobs, and even help them avoid the typical injuries that people get when they’re tied to their desks all day.

Did you know even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity up to 13%?

Stretching matters! – In 2020/21 there were an estimated 470,000 workers affected by work-related musculoskeletal disorders. This represents 1,420 per 100,000 workers, and thus accounts for 28% of all work-related ill health. Therefore its critical to ensure you move and stretch those limbs and joints during the day.

Want to know more? Read the full report here >> https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/msd.pdf

Did you know that a 15 second break from staring at your computer screen every ten minutes can reduce your fatigue 50%?

Set Yourself Goals

Setting goals can provide motivation, direction and can give you a sense of personal fulfilment. When you accomplish the goal, it can lead to satisfaction and further motivation. Set and express your goals positively and be precise. When you have created your goals, give each one a priority. This helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.

Make sure you write all your goals down and make them realistic – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve.

A good rule to follow is SMART goals:  S – Specific (or Significant).M – Measurable (or Meaningful)A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).R – Relevant (or rewarding).T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

Periodically review goals and your  longer-term plans and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience.

Do the hardest or most time-consuming task first

By tackling that difficult task early in the day, your body and mind are fresh and energetic., With the hardest task for the day  completed, the rest of them seem easier to complete. If you don’t do the hardest task first, you are going through the day with a mental burden of knowing that you have it to complete later in the day and fatigue may have set in.

Why do the hardest first?

It creates momentum.

It is a Small Win.

It frees you up to do work that you enjoy.

Stop with the multitasking

Research has shown that task switching decreases productivity and increases the time it takes for you to complete your original task.

More Tasks = More Mistakes. When doing several things at once, your mind is divided between them so it’s only natural that your mistakes will multiply. Can you really afford to make those mistakes?

It’s dampening your creativity – If you devote your attention to too many tasks at once, you will never have a working memory left to come up with ideas and concepts that are truly creative. You are going to miss important details of one or multiple tasks.

It is slowing you down – Contrary to popular belief, multitasking doesn’t save time. In fact, it will probably take you longer to finish two projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would to finish each one separately.

Did you know – It can take up to 25 minutes to resume a task after being interrupted.

 

Like the year before 2022 presents us with a lot of unknowns and none of us know exactly what lies ahead. We know that many of us now work from home, and this is likely to continue.  It is for these reasons that taking a moment to reflect, adapt and fine tune our process and habits can help us be more productive, less stressed and have a happier 2022.