September 9, 2016

Habits to Start to Become more Productive

by TrueNorth Desks

We all want our time at the office to be time well spent. But distractions or bad habits can keep us from being our most productive. There are a few simple habits you can start to help you increase your productivity at work, allowing you more relaxed time off. Working at a standing desk is one way to be sure you are your most productive while in the office. An adjustable height desk allows your body to keep moving and your mind to stay fresh and focused on your tasks. In addition to working at a standup desk, check out these other habits you should start to increase your productivity.

Set times to check emails

Most likely, you get a notification for every new email. Whether it pops up on your computer screen or dings on your smartphone, it can be hard to ignore these notifications. But checking your email a few times every hour can be a huge waste of your time. It interrupts your train of thought and leads you away from your current assignment. Most likely, these emails are not of an urgent nature. Instead of checking emails constantly, decrease the amount of times a day you check them. Set a reminder on your phone to check it once or twice in the morning, then again in the afternoon. And do not worry about missing a beat. If someone needs an urgent response, they will find a way to get in touch with you via text or a phone call.

Tackle your most daunting projects first

Often, you may save your most intimidating work for later in the day. But when you wait until the end of the day, your mind will be tired and your level of concentration may be lowered. Tackling your biggest or toughest tasks in the mornings means that you are giving it your absolute best. These more difficult projects will be accomplished faster and easier when your mind is at its best. The feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish will help you to be even more productive for the rest of the day.

Get and stay organized

End each day by making a list of the most important things you will need to get done the next day. List them in order of priority and difficulty, putting the above habit into full swing. Put away any papers and items that you will not need first thing in the morning. Find all of the items you will need in the morning and organize them at your standing desk so that they will be easy to access. Clean off the top of your stand up desk and get ready for a fresh start.  
If you are really “working for the weekend” then put these few good habits into place and you will be able to have a fun and relaxing weekend knowing that you spent your time in the office being as productive as you could be. If you are not already working at a standing workstation, check out our standing desk brochure.

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