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.