This article comes from Entrepreneur.
Sometimes there are distractions, and other days it feels like there’s no solid reason why you’re struggling. Instead of feeling stilted and stuck at work, try out these activities to help improve your workplace productivity.
If you’re frustrated, tired or simply can’t get yourself into a state of productivity, it may be time for a break. A 2018 Gallup survey found two-thirds of American workers report being burned out at work, which leads to a drop in employee engagement and increased turnover. Give yourself a break and come back later refreshed and ready to work.
Distracted and annoyed with yourself that you can’t seem to buckle down today? Get up, walk around the office and stretch your legs. Take a moment to get your blood flowing, even just by pushing your chair back from your desk and stretching your arms and legs.
Answering emails while on the phone, chatting with a friend online and working on a spreadsheet is probably getting in your way. For years now studies have shown multitasking has an adverse effect on productivity. Give yourself a much-needed sense of relief and close out those dozens of tabs on your browser. Then, turn your full attention to the task you’re meant to be focusing on.
A survey by Tork showed that, of those who take a lunch break every day, 78 percent feel they are “as effective and efficient,” as they would like to be. That’s compared to 71 percent of those who don’t take a lunch break each day. Enjoy a few minutes and have lunch without checking your email.
A change of scenery may be just what you need to increase your productivity at work. Get out of the office, whether for a few minutes or on your lunch break so you can get your head away from your computer. Come back refreshed and ready to go.
A Stanford study showed taking a walk can improve workplace creativity. Take a spin around the block to shake the cobwebs off a tired brain or to get away from the frustrations of a stressful workplace to reset.
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