7 Simple Ways to Increase Your Productivity at Work
As a school administrator, you are definitely faced with lots of responsibilities. Ensuring the efficient running of the school, making sure teachers complete course outlines, execute lesson plan as well as supervising how teachers evaluate student performances are just a few of the tasks you have to face. These can be daunting and challenging.
With too many things to juggle with, multitasking is unavoidable and in most cases we have become accustomed to moving through life at a pace that is not natural to the human body. Many at times, we are under intense stress to deliver on most of the tasks.
However, you can learn to slow down the pace and heighten your productivity, if you approach life from a more conscious perspective. Being mindful of your actions can help you keep things under control. “Mindful” means “being in the moments” and be cognizant of the happenings around you.
The path to a more grounded, balanced lifestyle as an administrator or educator may be as simple as allowing mindful elements such as self-awareness, patience and non-judgment to pervade your thoughts and actions. When you are calm, you are also more focused and productive.
Searching for inner peace does not require you to do magic or follow a strange routine. Every day you have the opportunity to connect with the present moment, even on your duties. All it requires is planning, commitment, and consistent practice.
Here are 7 actionable steps to practice mindfulness in your day-to-day activities
1. Be conscious of other people’s time.
People are extremely time-stressed — and this is an issue that may cause unintended frustration. Respect your fellow teacher’s time, keep prompt to activities and whatever you have to do.
2. Practice mindful breathing during the day.
Taking deep breaths. Mindful breathing can be done anywhere — before a meeting, in the classroom, and at your desk. There are many techniques to use, such as “belly breathing.” Take a slow deep breath from your lower abdomen; count to four and then exhale to the count of five. Repeat this in one or two-minute spurts throughout the day.
3. Take a break every 90 minutes.
There is scientific evidence that motivation and focus improve and productivity increases when work tasks are implemented in 90-minute intervals. Having breaks is very important.
Get in the habit of putting aside a minimum of 15 minutes each day — either before work or during the day, if you have some privacy. The payoff of meditation is greater mental clarity, reduced stress and an enhanced feeling of centeredness that can carry you through a hectic workday. Get in the know of yourself, do reflections and practice calmness.
5. Take breaks and do something that uplifts you.
For example, it could be by going for a short walk outside or calling a loved one. Having meaningful self-activities can be rewarding to take your mind off the fact that all your born to do in this life is to work. And die. Lol.
6. Reduce distractions.
Try a few of these mindful guidelines — at home and in the school. You may discover a renewed sense of calm and “peaceful productivity” that yield fruitful results in all aspects of your life. Being productive most time require that you have a laser focus on what you do.
7. Limit multi-tasking.
A lot of times, we like to run parallels. We put on the feeling that we can kill several birds with a stone. Yes, it is true. Most times our energy can accomplish a lot. But it must not be a frequent practice. Multi-tasking diminishes mental productivity, elevates brain fatigue and increases stress. We should multitask when it is necessary. Self-exhaustion brings stress. And without a proper stress management routine, we can cause harm to ourselves.
In conclusion, achieving personal productivity is an intentional process. It is only possibly through continuous practice and planned way of living. Its effects can help you grow – at home, in the school, classroom and even in your own personal life outside work.