Between a busy social calendar and poolside cabanas calling your name, it’s easy to let productivity slump during the warmer months. If you’re looking to optimize your performance at work this summer, follow these quick and easy tips!
At Your Desk
One of the easiest ways to increase productivity at the office is to stay organized! With more social activities and sunshine vying for your attention it’s important to stay on task with laser focus.
Every morning, make a to-do list for the day so you know exactly what you need to accomplish that day. If you’re running out of time or finding it difficult to tackle your list, set notifications on your phone that remind you when it’s time to start each new task.
When you hear a ping, it’s time to move on or reorganize your list so you can hit your goals!
Clutter, especially at your desk, is a notorious productivity killer. If your desk is overloaded with papers, bags and sticky notes, set aside 30 minutes each week to reorganize and throw away papers you no longer need.
If you’re finding your de-cluttering efforts difficult, opt for a filing system for your desk or drawers so you can file papers and other clutter-causing items. What’s on your desk should be the task at hand, not last week’s task.
If you’re looking for more space on your computer desktop, consider switching to a dual-monitor system. VARIDESK offers a dual monitor arm accessory so you can organize your workstation with ease.
Double the monitors, double the productivity!
Out of the Office
It’s common knowledge that spending time out of the office to relax and unplug is important for optimal performance when you return to the office. Whether you’re getting out of town or simply planning a trip to the local beach, take time this summer to slow down.
To ensure you’re feeling good at the office and beating burnout, plan a mini-vacation over the weekend. Your trip doesn’t have to be grandiose – spend an afternoon with a good book at the beach or turn off your cell phone (gasp!) for a few hours to disconnect.
You’ll be shocked how much better you feel at work when you let yourself relax a little. In fact, Entrepreneur Magazine claims, “You get more done quicker when you step back and recharge the brain and body.” (Entrepreneur)
Another tactic for stopping a slump in its tracks is getting out of your normal routine. Sometimes, the best way to beat a slump is to make little changes that create big movement.
Try walking to work instead of driving or spend a few hours working from a local coffee shop. A simple change of scenery or in your routine can help your creativity flourish so you can conquer tasks with a new outlook.
What’s your summer productivity hack? Leave us a comment telling us how you are tackling your to-do list this summer!