First, let me say, I swear my colleagues didn’t pay me to write this post. Playing ping pong can increase office productivity. It’s science, people.
A recent post from Enviable Workplace references research from Dr. Daniel Amen, member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, that shows ping pong increases concentration and stimulates brain function.
Don’t have a ping pong table in your office? Here are six other ways to be more productive.
1. Turn off distraction and quit multi-tasking.
At any given time, we have three to four different distractors sitting right in front of us – email alerts, IM chats, cell phone, desk phone, etc. Sometimes this is ok, but to truly turn up your productivity, it’s important to focus on completing the task at hand and that means unplugging for a bit – it’s ok to be unavailable!
2. Pretend like you’re leaving for vacation tomorrow.
Do you ever notice that when you’re leaving for vacation, you get a ton of work wrapped up, you communicate detailed status updates to your team and your files are super organized so anyone can find them while you’re out? What if we finished each day with this mentality?
3. Use a social knowledge base to share information across the company.
Avoid duplicate work and redundant answers by putting a social knowledge base in place to share answers, ideas and content. Companies and individuals have saved hours each week by providing more efficient access to shared information.
4. Eat that frog.
Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The idea being to tackle your ugliest, most daunting task first and then it’s all downhill from there. The book and website from Brian Tracy totally resonate with me.
5. Have a morning routine.
Good morning sunshine! One thing successful CEOs, world leaders, creative thinkers have in common? They get up early because they understand that your brain is at its peak and productivity is highest in the am. Your morning routine should be personalized but can include things like: journaling, meditating, exercising, brainstorming, or planning your day.
6. Schedule working sessions on your calendar.
Do you ever look at your day and just see a calendar with back-to-back meetings? It’s important to regularly carve out time for your tasks. Throughout your week, schedule personal working sessions, disconnect (see item #1 above) and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
These are just a few ideas to help you boost productivity…. now I’m off to play some ping pong!
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