Business Productivity: 9 Things You’re Forgetting to Do

things you forget about business productivity

 

You busy bees are trying so hard to be productive that you forget to take some time for yourself. Here is my top 9 things I’m sure most of you are forgetting to do to improve your business productivity.

 

# 1: Take a step back

Sometimes, we are so stressed that we don’t see the big picture. The solution to your problem may be a lot closer then you think. No matter the problem, if you are feeling stuck and unproductive, stop everything for a minute and take a step back. It could even help to do it literally. Stand up and change your point of view. This should help you be more productive when you go back to your desk a few minutes after.

# 2: Take breaks

This one goes along with # 1. I suggest you take a good 5 to 10 minutes off every hour. This may sound a lot but from my experience, it actually improves your productivity. When you try to push trough your weariness, you may think you are working but you are not, at least, not productively. Get up, go to the water cooler, walk around a bit and go back to your desk. I promise you will feel refreshed.

# 3: Cancel meetings

This is not the first time I confess my hate for meetings. I think that a bunch of people sitting around a table discussing over and over about everything and nothing at the same time is a huge waste of time and productivity. Assignments and status reports can be dealt with great online collaboration tools such as online database software. If you really have to discuss topics in person, try walking meetings instead of sitting ones. My spouse an I have our most innovative ideas during walking meetings. We have them at least three to four times a week.

# 4: Meditate

You may think I fell on my head while meditating for suggesting meditation as a productivity tip. Don’t worry, I didn’t. Meditation improves your capability to focus on the task at hand by improving your concentration. It is also through meditation that you can find the best solutions to your most intricate problems.

# 5: Clean your desk

I don’t think you can work properly and productively if your desk is a mess. The state of your desk reflects the state of your mind. Straighten up your papers and files and you will feel more focused and organized, thus more productive. If you can’t keep your desk organized throughout the day, at least clean up before you leave at night. You will feel more positive seeing a clean desk when you come back the next morning.

# 6: Clean your computer desktop

Especially if you are working in front of a computer for a living, your desktop is just like your desk. It reflects on how organized (or not!) your mind is. It’s a great habit to save your files at the right place the first time you create it. No matter if you save it on your hard drive or in a repository, make sure you have a good no nonsense folder system you actually use.

# 7: Do your own performance review

I like to do this at least one every season. Sit down with a piece of paper and assess your own performance at your job. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can you best employ your strengths and improve your weaknesses? What goals can you set for the next week, month and trimester? Knowing what your goals are helps boost your productivity. Make sure you break down your goals into smaller actionable pieces so you can feel proud to achieve them regularly.

# 8: Log out of your social media accounts

Raise your hand if you always close all your social media accounts when you are working… I don’t see many hands in the air! Don’t worry, I didn’t raise my hand either. How were we spending our time before Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram just to name a few? How many minutes or hours a day are you spending on social media? Unless you actually work in the social media field, please log out of all your accounts while you are working. It is simply too easy to just have a quick look every few minutes if you keep them open. When you do so, you break your work flow and you loose your concentration. Multitasking is not good for productivity.

# 9: Take vacations

It’s summertime! Summertime must mean at least a week of vacations for each and everyone of us. The world won’t stop turning if you leave the office for a few days. Your business will not crash. Leave the smartphone at the office, write your automatic reply to your emails, give your marching orders and leave. Don’t you look at your emails during your vacations! Play volleyball at the beach, sip rosé wine with friends, go camping or read chick lit by the pool. It doesn’t matter what you do but please, take some time off.

 

What else would you add to the list? Please leave a comment to share with other readers.

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Marie-Josee Porlier

Sales Director at Kohezion
Marie-Josée Porlier is the Sales Director and main blogger @ Kohezion. Ask her your questions about the cloud computing industry, online database software, database applications, legacy systems, business solutions and business productivity. She can be reached at mjporlier(at)kohezion(dot)com.
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