Improving Business Productivity & Reducing Stress at Work

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While stress is inevitable in the business world, it can have a negative effect on productivity. As a result, it is important to learn how to reduce your stress levels, increase your productivity, and stay focused and clear-headed throughout the workday. Read on to learn how:

Break up the day

A recent Baylor University study found that taking short, frequent breaks during the workday leads to more energy and motivation, less aches and pains, higher job satisfaction and reduced emotional exhaustion. So be sure to keep yourself mentally strong by taking frequent breaks throughout the day.

Focus on productivity

Focus on your most important tasks in the morning. Not only are you fresh and energetic in the morning but feeling accomplished first thing in the day will give you the necessary momentum to move through the day.

Write it down

Some people feel overwhelmed with a to-do list, but these lists can help you effectively set goals and direct your focus on what needs to be accomplished within a specific timeframe. Studies show that as we age, our short-term memory begins to deteriorate. And because cognitive decline and memory lapses are a normal effect of aging, lists can help us keep track of our necessary tasks and goals.

Enhance your environment

Being organized translates into better interactions with others. Instead of wasting valuable time searching for information—and becoming flustered—strong organization skills will improve your day-to-day environment. Additionally, part of an organization means de-cluttering. Removing clutter can help improve focus and attention in your environment.

Keep out the distractions

It is common to frequently receive emails throughout the day. But stopping to answer these emails during the day can be a continuous distraction that interrupts your thoughts. Instead, schedule a block of time to read/reply to email and stick to this allotted timeframe. In addition to email, social media alerts can hinder your focus. So be sure to turn off these alerts and save them for after work hours.

Meet wisely

Nobody likes to feel as if time is being wasted. As a result, it is important to hold meetings that take into consideration people’s schedules. Always create an agenda to organize your meetings and ensure important points are covered. Stick to this agenda and do not lose track of time. Be sure to leave time at the end of the meeting for questions and follow up.

Learning to manage your stress and improve productivity can be the differentiator between success and failure in the business world. The key is understanding exactly what causes your stress and productivity impediments—and making positive changes immediately.