Mar 22, 2018
Everyone allows their attention and productivity to flag from time to time, but you may be surprised at just how much time you’re letting slip through your fingers. In fact, research into our working habits and productivity levels suggests that the average worker is only productive for three hours of an eight hour work day.
From sprucing up your office or coworking space in Shoreditch to careful planning and workload prioritisation, here are The Brew’s best tips and strategies for managing your time in a more productive manner.
Plan for the Week Ahead
Often, one of the most time-consuming and energy-sapping drains on our productivity is the sheer amount of time we spend attempting to juggle our workload and its competing demands and deadlines.
Establishing a clear, defined plan of action for your week ahead can help you to prioritise and make sure that you’re splitting your tasks in the most efficient way. It doesn’t need to be definitive, and will ideally be able to be adapted to accommodate new and unforeseen tasks. Even with this degree of flexibility it can be used to organise your working day, and add some variety to your load. After all, no one wants to find themselves slaving over minute variations of the same job six times in a row.
Rethink Your Environment
Your working environment can have a much bigger impact on your morale and overall engagement than you may think. As we’ve discussed before on the blog, some studies have suggested that your choice of workspace design can actually impact your productivity by up to 17% – whether it’s the imaginative murals adorning the walls of The Brew’s own Eagle House location, or simply a plant or two to spruce your desk up and bring some life to your work space.
The Importance of Relaxing and Re-charging
With an estimated 13% of the UK’s workforce dedicating 49 hours or more to their work, far too often we run the risk of burning ourselves out. Studies have suggested that long hours and stressful working conditions can have a catastrophic effect on our mental health – and this in turn can have a negative knock-on effect on your productivity and the quality of your output.
Avoiding burnout is essential, and one of the most effective ways of ensuring this is to know when it’s time to take a step back, relax and allow yourself to put your business batteries back on charge. Being committed to your work is not a bad thing, but taking both small and longer breaks when appropriate can have significant benefits. Rather than spending more and more time at work, it’s important to make more efficient use of your time.
Some research has even shown that taking a short break up to once an hour can help to prevent your productivity from flagging throughout the working day, while an increasing number of companies are experimenting with unlimited holiday allowance for their employees.
Whether you’re finding yourself flagging in the office or staring vacantly out of the window of your London coworking space, these time-saving techniques and management strategies can help you to ensure that you make the most out of your hours at work.