Employees typically work from 9 to 5 in a day, which means that they spend almost one-third of their time in the office. Given that lengthy duration, no wonder that being in healthy workspace is just as crucial as having healthy residents. Owing to that reason, encouraging employees to adopt healthy lifestyle is among top concerns for dedicated employers who want to establish healthy workforce.

A survey conducted by Harvard suggested that majority employers (91 percent) believe that adopting healthier lifestyle at work is beneficial to reduce the costs for employee healthcare. Not only does it bring financial advantage, healthy work habits will also shrink sickness-related absences as well as boost greater productivity. If you need some aspirations to begin your healthy campaign, below we share 5 healthy work habits for healthier office life you can start right now:

1. Enough sleep

It is common knowledge that people need at least eight hours of sleep in a day. Unfortunately, not many people actually have the privilege to do that. Owing to one reason and another, people often go to bad late and end up getting less than eight hours of slumber. While in fact, sleep deprivation will cost your concentration, performance, and cognition. Therefore, make sure that you get enough amount of sleep, as this will help you to be more aware and alert in the workplace, and thus increase your productivity.

2. Exercise breaks

Every once and a while, you should take some time to do some stretching at work. Exercise breaks will help your body relax and refresh your mind during tight schedule. Even simple stretching without leaving your desk, or take couple of minutes to walk around the office could help you stay awake at work.

3. Healthy snacking

Often craving for some additional snacks before lunch? Be careful of what you munch! Replace unhealthy snacks full of calories such as potato chips, candy bars, and cookies with better ones such as protein bars, oats, and nuts. You can also store fruits for healthy refreshments. Then for healthier beverages, move from soda or syrup to mineral water, infused water, or iced tea with less sugar.

4. Good teamwork

When co-workers build a solid camaraderie, they can work and collaborate side by side in harmony. Such good teamwork will create healthy relationships among employees, which will help them overcome strain and anxiety in their jobs that might come as the result of conflicts with coworker or unhealthy workplace politics.

5. Work-life balance

If one day you feel like under the weather, do not push yourself to go to work just because of nearing deadline or busy schedule. There is no need to work through the day when you feel that you cannot give your best performance. Being professional and showing dedication to your work can mean anything, but showing up when you are sick does not count. Additionally, it is crucial to maintain a healthy work-life balance by not taking work-related calls or emails after working hours. This practice will help you relax at home, while reducing unnecessary fatigue and stress from being overworked.

Have you ever caught yourself yawning after having that chicken sandwich for lunch? Or do you find it quite a struggle to get through the rest of the day without having a caffeine intake? Well, you are not alone.

Blood sugar levels will rise as your body start processing your lunch. But when those levels eventually fall an hour or two afterwards, your energy levels tend to drop to its minimum point too. When this happens, it comes as no surprise that you often feel tired and sleepy. While it is natural and understandable for human body to call out a rest after awakened for seven hours, being at the workplace requires you to stay awake and efficient after lunch.

What should you do to beat the sleepiness and remain productive while putting in the remaining hours? Read on the following tips on how you can minimise post-lunch dip and preserve your power through the afternoon.

  1. Start your day the right way

The way you start your morning will set the mood for your entire day. It is always a good idea to wake up early in the morning and have light exercise. Not only this will keep you healthy, such habits will help prepare your body and mind. Before going to work, you should have a proper breakfast that will give you the energy to seize the day.

  1. Eat healthy during lunch

While you might need some heavy foods to refill your energy, you should make it as healthy as possible. Avoid unhealthy foods that contain too much oil, sugar, salts, or preservatives such as junk food. Containing lots of calories and less of nutrients, these foods will make you drowsy.

  1. Get some light exercise

Physical activity will help you stay awake because it improves blood flow and thus increases energy. The moment you catch yourself yawning, you should get up and have some light exercise. Be it some stretching on your desk or walking around your office, simple workout will wipe out your stupor and refresh up your spirit.

  1. Listen to your favourite music

Study has proven that listening to music can be a good productivity booster. Put on your headphone and tune in your favourite music to keep you company while completing your tasks.

  1. Start a conversation

When one feels bored of their routine, it tends to be easier for them to get sleepy during work hours. Therefore, instead of talking only to the computer all day, it is crucial for you to get social and start a conversation with your co-workers. Take some time to catch up and engage with your colleagues, and then you can find new nerve to work on your projects.

  1. Take a power nap

While not every company allows their employees to take nap at work, you might be able to sneak a quick 10 or 15 minutes nap during break hours. Taking power nap will help you stay focused even after lunch.

  1. Change your sleep habit

Lack of sleep often becomes the main culprit behind one’s sleepiness at work. Owing to which, you should make sure that you have healthy sleeping habit of at least seven to eight hours a night.

Work-life balance seems to be one of the most popular buzzwords among HR leaders and employees alike. As the demands keep growing, employees are often required to sacrifice their personal lives to meet business goals. This condition leads to imbalance between professional and personal lives. And apparently, Singaporeans face similar issue.

Singapore, being one of the world’s leading economy, is known for its longest working hours in Southeast Asia. The latest report from Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Labour Market Statistical Information in 2016 notes that an average Singaporean works 45.6 hours per week.

This figure is even higher than OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) finding on global working hours. OECD report in 2016 finds that Mexico holds the longest working hours among other surveyed countries, with ‘only’ 42.8 hours per week, followed by Costa Rica and South Korea.

Singapore government through MOM has advocated a policy to limit the long working hours to 44 hours per week. One of the primary reasons is to achieve work-life balance and create better working culture. However, given the latest stats showing exceeding number of working hours than the ministry’s initial recommendation, it seems that work-life balance is a need of the hour among Singaporean workers.

In 2016, Randstad Award survey reveals 47 percent Singaporean workers continue to work more than stipulated working hours. When we breakdown the percentage, the overtime workers consist of 52 percent men and 41 percent women.

However, employers are not the only ones to be blamed for the difficult realisation of work-life balance in Singapore. Employees are actually fully aware of the consequences of this long working hours. The survey notes that despite heavy work schedules, only 7 percent respondents state they would prefer to work less and 47 percent respondents seem to be contented with their current schedule.

So the question remains: What makes Singaporeans willing to work overtime?

Randstad reveals that the prospect of earning more is the key motivator, with 80 percent respondents stating that money is the major factor. The other factors, why Singaporeans choose working more than spending time at home are career progression and promotion (41 percent) as well as personal development (33 percent).

Interestingly, the same survey also highlights that work-life balance is actually gaining more attention among Singaporean workers. While salary and benefits remain the first factor for choosing an employer, work-life balance takes the second place of most important consideration before Singaporean accepts a job offer. In 2012, only 32 percent respondents see the importance of work-life balance. However, the percentage keeps increasing each year, as in 2016 it becomes 52 percent.

These statistics indicate that while the concept of work-life balance is popular among Singaporeans, it is less put to practice by Gen X, Y and Baby boomers who choose to work overtime. However Millennials in particular prioritise work-life balance, with 71 percent respondents showing strong preference to work more flexibly.

This phenomenon makes Singapore case interesting. While they want to keep their professional and personal lives healthy, they are willing to work more for better income and career progression.

To overcome this issue, the Singapore government has fostered the significance of work-life balance through several policies. Besides working hour limitations, MOM has also launched Strategies for work-life harmony which includes flexible work arrangements, leave schemes, and employee support schemes.

Next read: Happiness at Work. Pleasure or Fulfilment?

The presence of well-connected networks, availability of Internet on Smartphones has made it possible to stay connected anywhere on the move. This advantage, does come with its share of drawbacks to impact personal and professional lives at a point in time.

Now you can also connect with managers and supervisors at home or vice-versa connect with family and kids when at work. This has in turn, made it extremely difficult to draw a work-life balance and keep personal-professional lives separate. While we all intend to do so, somewhere you do notice a blending of both – that doesn’t facilitate productive time away from work or even at work.

The two seem to collide and cross path with each other at every other occasion. In an era where technology has greatly impacted our work-life patterns, you need a strategy to set clear line of demarcation to keep the two realms of your life distinctively apart.

Due to work demands and tight deadlines, many people continue to place emphasis on work over personal life. This is not a good practice as it causes both mental and physical stress due to imbalance between work and life. Separating the two is very crucial to ensure that your body gets enough rest to meet personal and professional life challenges.

While this might sound highly impossible, here are several ways you can make efforts to keep personal and professional life separate:

  • Maintain time discipline

Professionalism could mean anything, and unfortunately, staying at the office until midnight does not count on that. Rather, all you need to do is follow the main rule by coming to work on time and leaving work on time. If your work hours starts at 9, try to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier so that you still have time to prepare yourself before focusing on work.

When your work hours end, avoid lingering around in your cubicle to complete the ongoing tasks. Unless they are very urgent, you can always come back tomorrow to finish them.

  • Overcome procrastination at work

If you are the type who could get easily distracted, then it could make you procrastinate the job, it is time you change the bad habit. Find out what distracts you and try to minimise it as much as possible when you are working. This way, you can use your work time efficiently and more productively.

  • Create different social media accounts

In the present day, social media is no longer used for personal purposes and entertainment alone. Major companies are now using social media to network and drive engagement through relationships with customers, employees, and potential talent.

However, you are not advised to blend personal and professional information in one social media account. It will be better if you could use two separate accounts for work and private purposes.

For example, it would be more convenient to log in Facebook and connect with family, relatives and best friends. While for business connections, you can always use LinkedIn to stay in touch with colleagues and business partners.

  • Find activities outside work

Do not make your job as the only identity to define your personality. As a way to refresh your mind from the daily work fatigue, you need to do something different from what you have always done in the office. Find a new hobby which has nothing to do with your job role, such as gardening, photography or cooking. Once in a while, you might also need to take some time off to travel, have vacations, or simply hang out with non-work friends.

  • Keep personal issues at home and professional issues at work only

Just like how you have to leave all work affairs when you are at home, conversely you also have to leave all personal affairs when you get back in the office. Whether it is a problem with your partner, children, or parents, you should be able to put them aside for a while and shift your sole focus to the project you are working on and execute tasks on time, without procrastination.

Next read: Backstabber at Work: The Signs and What Should You Do About It

“Hey. Want to grab some burgers from that new café?”

“Nah. I’m waiting for urgent calls so I’ll just have lunch in my cube.”

Do you often experience similar case as above? When the deadlines are coming close, it makes us feel like we cannot spare those precious 30 minutes to get out of the desk. Everything can happen in minutes, so if we take lunch away from the telephone and computer, we are afraid that we will miss urgent calls or emails. Most workers will agree that eating at their desk is not an uncommon activity. In fact, most of us must have done at some point in time.

There are various reasons why people choose eating at their desk rather than allocating some time to the office cafeteria. Some people think that getting lunch at their cube or desks is okay because it will save them time and is more practical, while some others are simply too comfy sitting on the chair that they do not care to move. Whatever the reason is, lunch is not merely sometime to gulp in food, so you have energy to get the job done.

More than that, lunch should be a great time to refresh your body and mind after hours of being immersed in the pile of work. Instead of efficiency and practicality, eating lunch at desk will bring you more minuses than pluses. If you need to be convinced, check out the disadvantages of eating lunch at desk:

Messy and smelly desk

One obvious reason to never eat lunch on your desk is because it will make your cube all messy and smelly. Desk is the place where you finish your jobs, so you should make it comfortable to keep it clean and neat. If you bring your lunch to the desk, imagine eating sandwich or toast and you accidentally leave crumbs here and there. It will make the table all dirty and ants soon come swarming the desk, not to mention the mess it will create.

In addition, lunch will make your cube smelly, especially if you bring strong smelling foods such as onions, cheese, pickles, sauerkraut, or ginger. Even if these smells are perfectly fine to you, it will spread to the entire room and you can never know how your co-workers will react. So to be safe, it is better not to do such a thing.

Bad work relationship

If you keep refusing your co-workers invitation to eat outside, they would get wrong ideas that you hate socialising with them. Not only will it cause misunderstanding, but you will also lose an opportunity to build interpersonal relationships with your colleagues.

In work relationship, to create better teamwork, it is important to know your co-worker personally. By having lunch together, you can share personal stuffs such as families, hobbies, interests, or simply latest gossips. Simple and light conversation will help you know better your co-workers better and exchange positive vibes.

By doing so, it will create better communication that will be useful in accomplishing projects and tasks. Moreover, if some conflicts among colleagues arises in the future, you will know how to deal with them as you know their characters and personalities.

Unhealthy

What happens if you have lunch while staring at your computer 9 hours straight in a day? Multitasking and finishing the job earlier? Nope. It will only make you unhealthy. First, you will only be stressful as you cannot get your attention away from work.  Second, you have no chance to get up and move from your desk, which is not good for your bone.

Third, staring at the screen too long will make your eyes tired and worsen your eyesight. Fourth, you cannot get fresh air to energise your mind. Fifth, you will have no time for a short-walk after lunch to burn some calories so the foods will not pile up and become fat. Considering all these disadvantages, are you still reluctant from taking lunch break outside of your work desk?

Less productive

Surprisingly, eating lunch at the desk does not make you more productive. Contrary to popular beliefs, eating lunch at desk does not improve one’s productivity and efficiency. If you think that you can focus on the job while munching your lunch, you are wrong.

Our body and brain has physical limitation that needs to be rested, and eating out with your co-workers is the simplest thing you can do to refresh them. After coming back from lunch, you will be ready to maximise your productivity until the rest of the day.

Human beings are not a tireless robot. At the workplace, lunch is the perfect time when you can get mental breaks to keep your health and sanity. If you happen to read this piece while lunching at your desk, then move out of your seat now and join your co-worker outside.

Next read: Is Working Shifts Compromising Your Health?

How to Turn Your Boredom to Productive at Work

Some people are bored with their job. Working hours feel like forever for them. Maybe, your current job isn’t exactly doing it for you at the moment, but it could be changed in the future. Say, when you get a promotion, new coworker, or busy season.

However, we understand that time is a priceless resource. When you are bored, do not turn your working hours to be a waste of time! Instead, take as many advantage as possible. While things are a bit slow in the office, you can always do something else.

Those “something else” can eventually turn out to be gold. You may have a higher chance to get a promotion or better salary. Here are a few valuable things to diminish your boredom at work you should try right away:

1. Learn a new skill you are interested in

There must be one or two subjects that are interesting to you. Probably, you only imagine one day you could possess those skills. Well, of course you can. The only problem you are facing is time. And now, you have some time during slow season in the office. It is time to learn now!

Fortunately, learning is easier than ever with the latest technology. You can listen to educational podcasts while you work, join online class, attend a webinar, get an online certificate, and so on. Look around on sites and resources to learn a new skill.

If you are an expert, consider some time to teach your expertise. Share your knowledge on online courses and workshops in your areas of expertise. It would develop yourself in the field you are mastered. Also, “teaching” could be your new skill!

2. Research the latest industry trends

There are always new things happening in your industry, and make sure you don’t miss a thing. Spend your slow time to browse relevant news, reports, articles, and researches. This is more important than you think.

First, you will be able to show off your knowledge in conversations with your colleagues and managers. Secondly, the latest trends often trigger new ideas and innovation for your company. Your little research can make a big impact in the office!

3. Initiate a networking group

You may have been in the same industry for a few years now. You must have some friends and acquaintances in the field. So, why don’t you create a networking group with them. They are most likely able to help you to let the possibly online group to have growing members.

A networking group is good for people in the same industry to get together, get to know each other, and have some discussions. There is no harm in creating one, especially it is only a Facebook group. Most people are interested in informal networking group.

4. Organise your desk/room in the office

Clean your messy desk, or decorate your working room. When you have plenty of space to work, it may affects your focus to work. Organise everything in your workspace, so you will be more efficient next time.

Take a Break, a Nap, and a Vacation

How do you imagine the best employee? Whatever you imagine, most people will not think that an employee who takes a 60 minutes well-deserved break, a nap during office hours, and a vacation while employees that are thriving at work, is one of the great employees.

It is a sad thing, especially any break, nap and vacation is good to avoid employee burnout. Taking breaks can help you live a more balanced life, so instead of thinking of them as guilty indulgences, see them for what they truly are: productivity aids. Let’s talk about it one by one:

  • Break

Those 60 minutes break should help you refuel, refresh, and recharge to make you a better performer at work. It is important and shouldn’t be disregarded. Take a real break, get up from your desk.

Appreciate your free-time, since nobody can turn back time. Leave your desk as soon as it’s lunch break. You may have heard that sitting too long is not good for your health. If possible, go get some fresh air and take a walk.

When you had an hour of well-deserved break, there is bigger chance that you are able to get the tasks done better.

  • Nap

More and more companies are now encouraging naps. They believe that employees will be more productive if they can sleep better. Only 25-30 minutes nap can help. Find an unobtrusive place, such as a break room or unused meeting room, to take a nap in the office.

A nap will make you feel very refreshed and more focus to finish projects. Let this became the company’s acknowledgment, so that no employee would get bad reputation after regularly taking a nap at work.

  • Vacation

It might surprise you, but not taking a vacation hurts employees as well as the company. An employee who is skipping vacation as a way to climb the corporate ladder faster has been found to be ineffective. Conversely, employees who take vacations are more likely to get promoted and get a raise!

Yes, vacation time has been shown to reduce stress and lead to better health, productivity, and motivation for many employees. Here is a tip: take all your vacation time. To be truly engaged, your brain needs a break. This is more than 60 minutes a day, of course. You should spend time to take your mind off work-related stuff.

It is true that if employees take time off, they will perform better. Do not let more than 10 paid vacation days go unused. Book a trip to a nice place, let your brain and body rest. When you are back at work, you will feel more rejuvenated. As the saying goes, ‘One rest for a while to walk a longer journey’.

How to Feel Ecstatic to Go to Work Again

There are times when you feel really excited to go to work. Perhaps, it was your first day at work or you just got back from a nice holiday. On the opposite, there are times where you hesitate to go to work: whether to call-in sick or slacking off in the office.

It is not easy to stay ecstatic to go to work, especially when you have been working at the company for a long time. The key of feeling this way is your contribution to your company’s overall mission. You may have reasonable salary, but feeling ecstatic to go to work is always more than about money. Ensure that your current role fits into the context of the company’s goals. The more you feel important to your company, the more likely you are excited to go to work. Keep that in mind!

Apart from this essential perspective, you could do these things below to increase the level of excitement to go to work:

1. Build a good relationship with your colleagues

Nothing makes you feel more hesitant to get to work than having enemies in the office. Nurture positive relationships with every single person at your company. Certainly, it is easier said than done, since the office is such a busy place.

In this case, you need some efforts. Always greet and chat with your colleagues when you get to work. Connect with them, and you will absolutely feel the positive energy. Remember, isolating yourself can’t do any good. Be as friendly as you could be.

2. Be early

Being unprepared is one of many reason you lost your spirit to go to work. Make sure you have enough sleep on weekdays, so every time you are awake, you have the required energy to face the day. In this case, it is also important to wake up early, in order to arrive early to the office.

Get to work at least 10 minutes early. Those few minutes would be crucial to increase your chances of being happy at work. You have time to greet your colleagues, drink your favourite beverage, and more importantly, you could write down a to-do list today.

3. Challenge yourself each day

Everyone will get bored if things get monotonous at work. Raise the bar by challenge yourself, or your team, everyday. Not only it will do good for your company, it will also bring back the excitement for yourself on a regular basis.

They say the ultimate goal is to be better today than yesterday. Thus, try to get more work done than you did yesterday.

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Singaporeans “like” Facebook.

According to an international study by Experian Hitwise on Facebook usage among various countries in 2011, Singapore ranked top in the list of eight other countries, as having spent the longest time on Facebook- an average of 38 minutes and 46 seconds per session.

Statistics from Socialbakers in 2012 revealed that Singapore has one of the highest Facebook penetration rates in the world at nearly 60 percent, with new members joining every month.

With increasing popularity of such social network websites, it is of little surprise that studies have shown that social networking sites are taking up employees’ time, with more than half of office employees surfing the internet for personal use during office hours. In 2009, a study by an IT research company, Nucleus Research, found that about 77 per cent of employees who own Facebook accounts use it during office hours.

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According to The Straits Times in 2010, it is estimated that 70 per cent of companies in Singapore use software to block employees from assessing Facebook at work for security and to prevent loss of productivity.

Do you find yourself checking Facebook during work hours?

Here are some considerations to make to help you kick that habit.

 Read also: How To Be On Time For Work

You will be caught

In Singapore, most companies and organisations, be it in the public or private sector, monitor the online activity undertaken by employees through the tracking of office laptops and computers by an IT system. Hence, your company is aware of the amount of time you take to visit Facebook, book tickets for a movie or to do research for work. There are cases where companies view the issue of employees accessing Facebook during office hours seriously and have taken action against them, in the form of issuing warning letters or verbal warnings. Negative or suggestive postings on Facebook have even led to termination, for employees both in Singapore and overseas. Recently, in our neighbouring country, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) released a statement in January that civil servants or staff of government-linked companies who spend significant amount of time during office hours surfing Facebook can be deemed as corruption, because the government pays the employees to fully utilise the office hours for work.

Also, it is common these days for bosses and subordinates to be “friends” on Facebook. Imagine the awkward situation, when a staff posts a status which states “I am lazing at a corner” and his boss reads it in real time through live feed from Facebook postings.

 Read also: 10 Tips to Increase Productivity At Work

It takes up time

Time is a zero sum game. Every five minutes you spend with your eyes glued to the screen viewing other people’s walls, will be five minutes taken away from your work. Instead of using Facebook during office hours, how about focusing on the work which needs to be done instead? With greater efficiency, it may help you to get things done faster and knock off on time.

 

It shows your respect for the company

By abstaining from using Facebook for personal reasons during office hours, it also reflects that you respect the company and do not take advantage of the trust that the company bestows upon you to do work during the stipulated hours. After all, you are paid to work about nine hours a day. How would you feel if you hire someone to run errands for you for four hours, only to find out that he had taken a nap for two hours in between? It goes the same way for the company which you work for.

 

It affects your health and distracts you

A recent study which was published in the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences suggests that social networking sites like Facebook can affect one’s mental health. While it probably takes more than Facebook surfing to cause a Facebook user to become delusional, it is likely that seeing negative postings on Facebook can affect our moods for the rest of the day, making it difficult for us to focus on our tasks at hand or pay attention during meetings.

 

Nevertheless, Facebook is a useful tool in creating awareness and impact, drawing the world closer, which  makes it easier to network and catch up with friends. If Facebook is in your job description, it is certainly a powerful tool when used effectively to engage your audience.  Otherwise, stop procrastinating. Stay away from Facebook and get going with your work.

 

 

Welcoming distractions, procrastination and entertaining all your boss’ requests are among the ways of looking really busy at work without getting anything done. To make up for this, sometimes we work overtime just to feel better about our lack of focus. How can you really make the most of your 9 to 6? You can achieve more during your work hours by simply working smarter, not just harder.

 

Apply these tips to achieve higher productivity and better results:

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1)    Start your day with a to-do list.

After listing your tasks, prioritize them according to importance and deadlines. One simple way is to give an ABC rating of your tasks – ‘A’ for critical ones (must be done by the day), ‘B’ for less urgent but important tasks (can be tackled after ‘A’) and ‘C’ (can be completed later). Doing so will help you to stay focused.

 

2)    Procrastinate no more.

Do you find yourself doing tasks that you like first? Tackle more challenging tasks when your energy level is high at the start of the day. It is tough to be productive when you start feeling tired during the day. Overcome procrastination by breaking complex projects into smaller parts so you can focus on completing one at a time.

 

3)    Organise your desk.

Are you spending too much time on searching for documents, tools or files? A cluttered desk can be a source of stress. Precious time can be saved if you keep your desk organized. Remove the clutter on your desk by designating places for different items, getting rid of things that you don’t need and creating folders for meetings and projects.

 

4)    Take enough breaks.

Do not feel guilty when you take a toilet break or walk to the pantry for a coffee break. Studies have shown that taking regular breaks at work can improve productivity. They help you to clear your mind so you can continue your task with a fresh mind. If you are tired, staying focused on your work will be a challenge.

 

5)    Learn to say no.

Being excellent at work does not mean you have to say yes all the time. You have a good reason to say no if you simply do not have enough time to help your co-workers or your other work will suffer if you take on a new project. By saying no, you can concentrate on the tasks at hand and deliver them on target. Explain your reasons to your boss and colleagues so they can understand where you are coming from.

 

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6)    Stay away from distractions.

Do you know that checking emails whenever you receive a notification or chatting with colleagues who stop by your desk will take you away from getting work done? Reducing distractions can help you to focus on completing your work. This includes saying no to social media. Carve out work periods, retreating to a quiet zone and disabling digital notifications to minimise interruptions.

 

7)    Focus on one task at a time.

Research has shown that multitasking is counter-productive. Reading your emails while making a call may result in you not fully comprehending the messages. Staying focused on one task at a time will help you to work faster and get more done.

 

8)    Batch together similar tasks.

How much time do you spend transitioning between tasks each day? Setting specific times to respond to your emails at one go and processing business expenses once a month are some of the ways to reduce the amount of time wasted on moving from one task to another.

 

 9)    Concentrate single-mindedly on a task.

Single-handling is a powerful time management technique for boosting productivity and improving efficiency. Once you start on a task, put your heart into it. Be disciplined and do not switch tasks halfway. Stay at it until its completion.

 

10)  Live a healthy lifestyle.

Research has shown that eating, exercising and sleeping habits can affect productivity at work. Eat well and get enough exercise and sleep so you have the energy to get through a busy work day. Skipping your meals or burning the mid-night oil to produce that proposal may be counter-productive.

 

A good worker pursues excellence. Start inculcating these good habits and it will go a long way in helping you stay on top of your game and be increasingly competent. It translates to better work-life balance, freeing you to pursue your interests and spend more time with your loved ones.

 

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