How do you get out of your productivity slump? Different tactics work for different people, and we’ve found a few articles that will provide a little more insight and advice.
Here’s a run down of the best articles on the web this week about productivity:
If only your office were quieter, if your colleagues would quit asking questions, if the phone would stop ringing. If only your desk were neater, your notebooks cleaner, your files a bit more organized. If you could shut out all distractions, surely you could do your best work.
But then, there are all the times that something randomly gave you a great idea, the time you accidentally found something important in the mess and made something brilliant under a crushing deadline.
An ongoing debate focuses on whether or not music belongs in your workspace. From studying to working in an office to exercising, many different researchers have considered what effect music has on our brains, and how we should as a society embrace or shun music in spaces that require a certain amount of concentration.
Working from home blurs a lot of lines between your productivity and relaxation. To help keep yourself on track, create a time clock for yourself so you can punch out at the end of the day.
As business site Entrepreneur explains, office workers get a clear sense of when work ends because they have to clock out at the end of the day. Many even have to keep track of exactly how many hours they work. When you work from home, that kind of tracking can fly out the window, which is a fast way to erode the barrier between your work and home life.
If you’re like me, your level of productivity and motivation goes in waves. Sometimes you flourish, are highly motivated, and making a ton of progress.
And other times, you feel stuck and suppressed, and you transition into an idle season of reflection. (The winter months in Kansas City don’t help this urge to hibernate!)