Times have changed and so are the ways in which the efficiency and credibility of an individual are tested and looked upon, while analyzing a person’s capacity and outlook at work.
While the Japanese regard sleeping at work as an attribute of an employee, since they think that the employee has actually worked so hard that it led him into the beautiful meadows of sleep, while in some economies around the globe, working overtime (even on weekends) is regarded as a sign of increased efficiency, hard work and increased dedication towards the job.
If you are an employee scolded or frowned upon by your employer for not being “efficient” at work, this list is surely the one you were looking for:
1. Disconnect Yourself From the Virtual World of Social Media
Social Media has taken the world by storm. According to research, the increased use of social media during working hours or simply at your workplace acts as a “leech” which actually sucks in a major chunk of your efficiency. At an average, every one hour use of social media at workplace decreases the productivity and efficiency by 1 percent.
Disconnect yourself from social media during working hours. Switch off your smartphone and unhook yourself and don’t fall prey to the social media animal. Update yourself during the scheduled breaks and stay focused.
2. Get Sufficient Amount of Sleep
Scientists suggest that sleep and efficiency have a direct relationship. A minimum of eight hours of sleep daily contributes positively towards increased efficiency at work.
A research conducted on a team of 8 individuals was conducted to check the impacts of the amount of sleep that they take on their efficiency at work. 4 individuals were given an average sleep of 8 hours while the other 4 were attributed 4 hours. The group of individuals with a higher sleep rate showed positive signs and were more focused, efficient, and energetic at work, while the other 4 four recorded a declination in their work efficiency, by a rate of about 3 percent.
A strictly followed regular routine of eating, sleeping, and waking prompts the body when it’s time to work, play, or rest. Waking up invigorated and bushy-tailed will not only help you maintain focus and will also contribute towards reduced stress levels as well.
3. Formulate a Time Scheme
A sense of accomplishment is a great motivational trigger towards increased efficiency. Formulate a “to-do list” in accordance with the importance and nature of the work required to be done.
Keep track of your progress. Striking off the tasks from your list upon accomplishment will give the same kick, which you get while seeing a scene in the movie where the “hero” of the movie slowly walks away from the scene after getting “the job done”. Just Kidding!
A to-do list will not only help you analyze the timescale and the periods during which your energy and efficiency levels are at the highest, but will also lend a helping hand in deciding when certain tasks should be scheduled.