Individuals in a professional space often assume that if you work 12 plus hours per day, it means that you’re doing the most and going above and beyond. That may be true if you’re knocking down task after task on your list. However, quality matters more than quantity in most cases. “At HRS Invictus, we feel it’s the impact you make in the hours spent at work, that count the most. We believe that whether you’re working at a traditional professional environment or perhaps something less than that throughout the day, without a system in place, everyone struggles with being productive and meeting deadlines at some level. Luckily there is a cure for lack of productivity,” says Nikesh Patel, managing director of HRS Invictus. It is a life-long struggle for some individuals when trying to get things done. It has been tested and tried with some scientific theories. At HRS Invictus we did some research and found some ways to increase productivity. This shows that there are other ways to work efficiently and make the very most out of every working hour.
Firstly, plan ahead. One of the biggest things many individuals forget is the importance of preparation. Have a rough draft of how you are going to get things done throughout the day. Writing it down really helps you to visually see what you need to do in a given amount of time or order. “We often struggle with time because we’re usually running out of it. Studies we read show that when you create a planned schedule and follow it, your brain is likely to make sure you stick to it,” says Nikesh Patel of HRS Invictus. Studies show that 71% had followed the plan and landed a successful strategy to implement whatever they had on their schedule. Researchers also indicate that too much clutter causes brain activity to decrease. Your brain becomes distracted by other things — so simple things like keeping a clean space when working or organising your workspace helps the flow of productivity.
Another great way to increase productivity is by taking small breaks. Working vigorously only sounds good in your head. But it wears you down; this is a fact. Taking small, mini breaks for five mins every hour actually helps to recharge your mind and freshen it to tackle the task at hand. Studies show that workers that take breaks with co-workers they are friendly with or friends, in general, are more productive than those that don’t take any breaks. This study also portrayed that 36% of people were more productive than they would be. “It’s important to have a break we’re human beings and to unplug we need an outlet, other human beings become helpful in that aspect,” says Nikesh Patel of HRS Invictus.