From seasoned CEOs to a company’s newest employee, everyone wants to get more done in the workday. But good, hard work shouldn’t be confused with simply staying at the office for long hours if you’re not being productive or efficient with your time. In fact, overworking is the best way to burn out on a role, company or career. So how can you push yourself to do more without going too far?
1) Focus On One Task at a Time
Multi-tasking may make you feel like you’re getting more done, but chances are you’re working at a far slower rate than you would if you were concentrating all of your energy on one task at a time. You’ll get more enjoyment out of it too as you allow your brain to really puzzle over the task at hand, rather than trying to rush through it. This will lead to more creative ideas; therefore, helping to inspire you and may even promote your career in the workplace. And when you’re really looking to power through some work, why not try timing yourself? Select one task of your list and race against the clock until it’s time for your break. What a great way to get motivated while still taking time to refresh your brain.
2) Don’t Bring Work Home With You
When you’ve got a long to do list, it’s always tempting to keep on working even after you’ve headed home. This is all the more so if you really care about your work. But in most jobs, there will always be more to do. Bringing work home too often could mean you pretty much never stop working. That’s not a good thing, as every person, no matter how much of a work-a-holic, needs time to rest, relax, enjoy their family and personal life, and rejuvenate so they’re ready to tackle that to do list in the day to come.
3) Get Comfortable
Most of us just accept whatever built environment is given to us when we arrive on the job. But an office that’s not built specifically for your body is at the least uncomfortable and distracting and at most seriously injuring your body. Taking the time to make your workspace warm, homey and comfortable with products like an ergonomic keyboard and mouse will ensure you feel good at work and can concentrate solely on the task at hand.
If you’re interested in the subject of burnout, we highly recommend reading, 8 Alerts You’re Overworked Even When You Don’t Feel You Are.