Do you ever feel so exhausted that you cannot get into a productive mode at work? As an executive, this employee burnout not only affects you, but it impacts your company and your team.
Therefore, to be an effective leader, it is imperative that you find strategies to increase your productivity and ward off burnout for yourself and your entire team.
Tips to Increase Your Team’s Productivity without Burnout:
You often hear of setting short- and long-term goals in terms of career management; however, setting goals for tasks you need to accomplish during the day gives you something to achieve. For any given project, you can set goals as benchmarks for accomplishing the task. By doing so, it takes the guesswork out of what you should be doing and allows you to focus on the task at hand and what you need to do to accomplish the whole project.
Set Time Frames
Intentionality is essential to productivity. Give yourself a fixed amount of time to accomplish specific tasks. With a set timeframe, it enables you to focus on the work knowing that at the end of the allotted time you will have a break.
During the timeframes you set for yourself to focus on a task, limit distractions. This means avoid checking your email and looking at your phone. Both activities are distractions that waste an exorbitant amount of time. Instead, set aside time to check and respond to emails so that you are not tempted to check them while you should be working on tasks.
After the time you have allotted yourself to work on a task, give yourself a break. Your brain can only focus on something for a limited time. Therefore, if you try to work on something for hours on end, you are likely to give in to distractions and lessen the quality of your work. Therefore, giving yourself a 10- to 15-minute break between the time frames you assign yourself to work gives your brain the break it needs and increases your productivity. Additionally, a break during the day allows you to change your setting to avoid feeling dissatisfied by monotony.
As an executive leader, with these tips you can encourage your team members to utilize the same strategies to increase their productivity while decreasing the likelihood of a burnout.
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