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9 Ways to Boost Productivity That Will Make You a Great Teammate
Looking to make yourself a noticeably more productive member of the team? Here are a few steps to help you get there:
1. Track your time.
Unless you have a direct supervisor standing over your desk and watching your computer screen, there is likely little keeping you from sneaking peeks at your Facebook account or going down a rabbit hole of cute animal pictures. A crucial step toward increasing your productivity is finding a way to make yourself accountable for the time you spend.
2. Say yes to “Do Not Disturb” mode.
Nearly all smartphones have this feature, and while it’s designed for distraction-free sleep, it can also do wonders for your workday. Just turn on Do Not Disturb mode any time you need to focus, and you’ll significantly limit outside alerts pinging you out of your groove.
3. Give yourself a break.
While you don’t want your time to drain away through repeated distractions, taking planned breaks from the grind will help keep you sharp. Try methods such as the Pomodoro Technique -- which suggests breaking large tasks into shorter, more manageable chunks -- to build some scheduled relief into your day.
4. Say no to pointless meetings.
According to Elon Musk, “Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time.” You may have only so much control over meetings if you aren’t in a management position, but do what you can to cut out any meetings that don’t have a defined agenda and desired outcome beforehand. You’ll be amazed how much time you gain as a result.
5. Force optimism so you don’t get overwhelmed.
You’ve probably heard the saying “Fake it ’til you make it,” and there may actually be some scientific truth to the cliché. Showing optimism about your task load -- even if you aren’t actually feeling it -- can increase your confidence level and make your assignments easier to complete.
6. Capitalize on your critical hours.
Dr. Dona Matthews, a developmental psychologist, observes, “You are more productive when you spend your best hours on your most demanding tasks.” To knock out more work in the same amount of time, plan to do your toughest work during your most productive time of day.
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