We all have good and bad days at work. Sometimes, you feel like you can get so much done and more in less than 8 hours, but then, there are days when you feel like you just can’t get anything done at all.
Well, we’ve prepared some work hacks you might want to try out for the not-so-good days–and to make the good ones even better.
1. Use the Pomodoro Technique.
Invented by a guy named Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique requires you to break down big, intimidating tasks into smaller ones that can be completed in a shorter span of time (specifically, 25 minutes), and then take a short break. After completing four 25-minute tasks, you can take a longer break.
2. Time your tasks.
Apps for tracking your spending show you where your money is going. It makes sense to do the same thing for some that’s probably even more valuable than money: your time.
You can use a simple spreadsheet to list down whatever you’re doing at work. At the end of the day, check where your time went. You’ll be surprised at what you might find out.
3. Put site-blocking extensions in your browser.
If you’re like most people, an idle second at work is enough to get your hands pressing Ctrl+T and typing in “f”: as in Facebook.com. It’s enough to throw you off from whatever it was you were doing.
Stop this vicious cycle before it starts. Add-ons like StayFocusd allow you to block certain websites at certain times, to keep you productive.
4. Change the scenery.
Sometimes, being stuck in your cubicle or desk is what’s keeping you in a rut. If you work using a laptop, try working in a different part of the office or in a meeting room. Or take it further by going to the nearest cafe. A change in scenery can work wonders.
5. Work with a partner.
If everything else isn’t working, try working with a partner who’s also trying to get things done. Sit next to him/her, and ask each other to monitor progress or even make sure that the two of you don’t open any social networking sites.
You’ll feel less likely to procrastinate if someone else is checking in on you.
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