Times are hard; it’s no surprise that more and more businesses are having a tough time keeping up with the competition. That’s why it’s important to have productivity management systems in place to keep your business moving forward. The best approach to keeping your business productive is to make sure that every person on your team is accountable for his or her tasks. This means keeping track of what everyone is working on and making sure they are actually getting it done.
Most people lose their productivity in trying times, and this is usually due to a couple of things:
- We become lazy
- We give up on our dreams
- We blame others
- We quit
While all of these things do happen, the reality is that they are signs of poor productivity and should instead be seen as results of poor productivity.
Some days, it can be difficult to keep your productivity up. You might feel bored, tired, or unmotivated. It’s no wonder, then, that your productivity levels go up and down – but there are ways to stay productive throughout the ups and downs and to get the most out of every day.
Be Productive Amidst All Odds
The average person starts to lose about 1.5 hours of productive work a day after just 2 weeks of a stressful workplace environment. This means a massive loss of productivity for you and your team, so it’s important to retrain your brain to focus on your tasks. Here are some tips to help you maintain a productive mindset at work:
- The first step is to set up a routine. When you wake up, you need to have something to do. If you are a morning person, you can get up at 5 AM and start creating. But if you are a night person, you can start working at 10 PM and finish at 3 AM. As long as you have a schedule, you will be able to be more productive at work.
- Make some changes to your expectations. Sometimes, this involves lowering them. It means not taking things so seriously and sometimes not taking ourselves so seriously. It’s okay to adjust your expectations, let go of any perfectionist tendencies in keeping productive in trying times, and realize that it’s normal to lose some motivation and focus.
- Take care of yourself. If you’re in poor health, you’re less likely to be able to work or provide for your family, and you’re more likely to make costly, avoidable mistakes due to a lack of concentration and focus. Take care of yourself, and you’ll find you’re able to take care of the people you care about.
- Keep your eye on the ball and focus on what you can do with free time in trying times. When you lack the motivation to do anything productive, it can be hard to find the energy to do anything at all. If you’re stuck at home with a cold, you can catch up on reading, or if you’re retired and have way too much time on your hands, you can use that time to teach yourself new skills, like guitar playing or woodworking.
- Find a friend, colleague, or family member who will hold you accountable for your goals. They should hold you to your goals and move you past your roadblocks. Whether you want to get more involved in your community, write a novel, or start a new business, having someone to report to is often the best way to stay on track.
- Maintain a positive attitude. A healthy attitude is characterized by a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of harmony in your relationships and your environment, and a belief that you can get what you want out of life. Learning to maintain a positive attitude is a process that involves both personal and professional growth.
As you are no doubt aware, life is not always easy. No matter how hard you try, you will still face obstacles and setbacks. But instead of beating yourself up, you can use those obstacles as an opportunity to learn, grow, and become a better you. (This is referred to as a growth mindset, and it’s something you should learn to cultivate as much as possible.) In order to survive the challenges of the modern world, you must learn to be productive, no matter the circumstances.