Increase Your Productivity at Work

It happens to the best of us. We start off the day with good intentions of getting things done and yet somehow, our to-do list gets longer. We forget to check off some boxes. We add more things. The day ends and we wonder where it went.

If you’re feeling moments of lost productivity, these simple tips will help you re-focus.

 

One Thing at a Time

It sounds simple enough: focus on one task before moving on to the next.

Productivity experts at Indeed say, “When we concentrate on more than one activity at a time, we tend to use more of that time just for transitioning between tasks. This can result in some of the tasks remaining incomplete or being done at a lower quality than if each task had been a sole focus.”

Start with the biggest or most time-consuming item first, if you can. Sometimes you have to deal with whatever is in front of you.

 

Timing is Everything

Experts say look at when you have the most time or when you’re most alert and energized.

Figure out the day when your productivity is at its highest. For some people, that’s the morning and they’re ready to take on the day. Night owls might beg to differ.

 

Give Me a Break

Short five- or ten-minute breaks can help you re-focus.

“It can be tempting to avoid taking the time for a break, but when you neglect to give yourself a time-out for a few minutes, it can harm your overall productivity by resulting in fatigue or burn-out,” according to Indeed. “If this happens, you may not have the energy or motivation to continue making progress.”

 

Take Care of Yourself

It might sound counterintuitive to productivity, but getting enough sleep is quite important.

CEO and Cofounder of Aquifer Motion Chen Zhang stresses the importance of sleep.

“There’s a hustle culture out there where people brag, ‘I stayed up until three and woke up at seven,’” said Zhang. “Long-term that won’t help you. It will cause you to make decisions you wouldn’t normally make because your brain, your body is not functioning the way it needs to. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally is so important.”

 

About Advena Healthcare Staffing

At AHS, we want our agency staff to feel productive and proud of their work.

That might mean picking up evening shifts because you work better at night. Or you may need to re-think your schedule.

Fortunately, when you work for a healthcare staffing agency like us, you have the freedom and flexibility to plan when you want to work and where you want to work.

Advena Healthcare Staffing is dedicated to helping hospitals, health centers, long-term care and assisted living communities staff open needs throughout Kansas. We staff nurses, CNAs and CMAs, as well as DONs and Administrators.

To learn how you can join our team, click here or call Jennifer, our Director of Staffing and Client Relations, at (785) 789-3944. 

Wellness in the Workplace: Little Moments of Self-Care 

As we turn the page to a new year, it’s as good a time as any to focus on self-care and overall wellness. The term self-care has often been synonymous with Eastern medicine practices like yoga, meditation and reiki, or taking a trip to the spa or healing retreat. For many people, that may not be attainable. But there are some simple and easy ways to incorporate self-care every day, even while you’re at work.

 

 

Defining Self-Care

The Journal of Counseling Psychology defines self-care as a “multi-dimension, multi-faceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being.”

In the simplest terms, it’s an intentional that benefits your mental or emotional health. Self-care is whatever you want it to be. That may be going for a walk with your dog, unwinding with a bubble bath or good book, or just getting extra sleep.

 

 

Self-Care at Work

There are only so many hours in the day and many of those are spent at our jobs. Incorporating wellness into your daily routine can be beneficial.

According to popular job search site Indeed, ”practicing self-care at work is an important part of combatting feelings of stress or burnout.”

They recommend the following ways to add little moments of self-care throughout the day.

  1. Pack a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  2. Take breaks outside.
  3. Drink more water.
  4. Socialize with coworkers.
  5. Request time off when needed.
  6. Listen to your favorite music.
  7. Decorate your desk or personalize your workspace.
  8. Learn to be present in the moment.

To read the full article, click here.

Another thing that feeds the soul? Bonding with the residents. Take time to hear their stories and listen to their concerns. Go for a walk around the building, sit outside with them and soak up some vitamin D, or play a quick game of cards.

Supporting Employees

A Harvard Business Review study found that organizations can’t function effectively with “struggling and suffering workers.” Workers want to feel like their companies care about them and support them financially, emotionally and mentally.

 

 

About Advena Healthcare Staffing

At AHS, we want our employees to feel valued and supported.

That’s why we provide resources for support and guidance through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It’s a confidential counseling program available to staff and their families.

EAP services can help the following:

  • Life improvement and goal setting
  • Stress and anxiety with work or life
  • Financial or legal concerns
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Family or relationship issues

Advena Healthcare Staffing is dedicated to helping hospitals, health centers, long-term care and assisted living communities staff open needs throughout Kansas. 

To learn how you can join our team, click here or call Jennifer, our Director of Staffing and Client Relations, at (785) 789-3944. 

 

 

5 Ways to Get Excited about your Work Day

Sometimes there are days where it feels like we’re going through the motions. Wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed and do it all over again. A change of mindset may be all it takes to get excited about your job. Here are five easy ways to overcome the monotony.

Start Your Day with Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can have a positive effect on our mental health and overall wellbeing. First thing after you wake up, think of three things you are thankful for. Gratitude experts believe that the good feelings that come with thinking about happy experiences will continue through the day.

 

Remember Your Passion

It’s worth reflecting on what drew you to this line of work in the first place. Maybe you wanted to help people and change lives. If you’ve been in the same job field for many years, it’s easy to lose sight of this. Remembering why you chose this career can help get you excited about your job and give you a new sense of purpose.

 

Add Value

Think about the value you add to an organization. What are you really good at? What is it that you do that no one else does? Consider all the ways that you contribute to your organization and take pride in that. While we all have parts of our jobs that aren’t our favorite, focus on what you do great and the parts you enjoy.

Share those skills. Teaching or mentoring coworkers can give you a confidence boost in your abilities and the potential to support others.

 

Try Something New at Work

Consider taking on a new project or learning a new skill at work. It will help build your resume and make you more invaluable in your job. It can combat any feelings of boredom you may be experiencing at work.

If you work for a staffing agency like AHS, pick up shifts at a different community for a change of scenery.

 

Have Something to Look Forward To

For some people, the excitement of an upcoming vacation or fun activity is almost as fun as the actual event itself. Chase that feeling every day on a smaller scale. The anticipation of something to look forward to, like lunch with a coworker, may motivate you to get through the day.

 

About AHS

Choose the career you love but with more flexibility. At Advena Healthcare Staffing, you decide when, where and how often you want to work. 

We staff CNAs, CMAs, RNs, LPNs, DONs, and Administrators in hospitals, long-term care and assisted living communities throughout Kansas.

To learn how you can join our team, click here or call Jennifer, our Director of Staffing and Client Relations, at (785) 789-3944.