Working a 9 – 5 engineering job? An 8-hour day for five or six days a week can have a daunting effect on one’s mind, making it difficult to maintain peak productivity. This combined with distractions and poor planning can further degrade an engineer’s ability to think critically and efficiently. Here are five tips to help boost your productivity and get more work done without venturing into the after-hours territory.
This is a key component in every part of life, be it professional, personal or social. Try to dedicate five minutes of your time to prioritize your goals for the next day. You don’t have to come up with a minute to minute schedule. Instead, having a set number of objectives for the next day in the form of a to-do list can give your brain a sense of serenity as you go to work.
While some might think deadlines can result in excessive pressure over workers, creating deadlines for engineering tasks can boost productivity. Doing so gives projects a logical end-date that motivates personnel to work towards wrapping it up.
Only a super-human can work straight for eight hours a day, a job that requires constant mental focus and maintain his/her productivity. Taking a five-minute break every few hours won’t lead to piled up work. Instead, it will allow you to think more freely and may even give you a sense of intuition, helping you with the task on hand.
One of the best ways to cut off distractions from your office is to leave your personal life out of the door. By that, I don’t mean leaving your personal cell-phone or tablet at home; instead, put it on silent or turn off its data connectivity. You may think that five minutes on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat won’t affect your work, but are you absolutely sure its going to be five minutes? A bing from a Snapchat story may instantly break your thought process, forcing you to start all over again.
Do not Multitask
Humans are not designed for multi-tasking. Sure, we’ve come up with parallel programming language and multi-core processors that do this. But as far as humans are concerned, their productivity decreases if they attempt to carry out more than one tasks at the same time. It is much easier to get distracted while doing more than one task at the same time, slowing down your thought process. Instead, prioritize the task or modularize them to make sure you meet deadlines while getting the most urgent one done.
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