Business efficiency can be greatly helped by putting a concrete process in place, which is why it feels so natural to develop one in the workplace. Of course, these processes should also come into play when working from home. Let’s review what makes a routine so beneficial, and how you can develop one to optimize your success.
What Makes a Routine So Beneficial?
Assuming that a routine is set up properly, it can bring many advantages into the workplace. Here are some variables to consider:
It stands to reason that, by approaching a task in the same way each time you do it, you can expect to get the same results. This means that, if you find a means of completing a task that brings the most benefit, you can adopt that means as your set process to repeat that result in the future.
While any process will have a bit of a learning curve, its gradual familiarity will ultimately boost its inherent efficiency. Therefore, if this routine process is developed into a standard business practice, the speed at which this practice can be completed will increase, and productivity will rise.
We’ve all found ourselves doing a repetitive task before. Chances are, you found yourself being able to produce the same results in less time and with less difficulty. As a result, your employees can use a routine to improve their productivity without added stress.
Therefore, a process is beneficial to both the employee and the employer, so it only makes sense that you would want to increase your use of them in your own operations. To assist you in doing so, we’ve put together a few best practices.
Developing Your Own Routines
Good workplace habits aren’t terribly difficult to put into place.
Start before the work day does.
Waking up correctly and preparing yourself properly has a predictably positive impact on how the rest of your day will go.
- Make sure you get enough rest before the workday by going to bed and waking up at a consistent time.
- Start your day by making your bed. The small accomplishment can help to frame your day for success.
- Take a few moments to arrange the day’s priorities in your mind before you leave.
Building habits like these can ensure that your days are primed to be productive and worthwhile.
Take control of your workday.
Once in “the office,” your efforts need to be focused on how to best accomplish your goals.
- Look at your schedule as a tool to help you accomplish your goals, rather than a list of obligations.
- Resist postponing tasks that are arduous or frustrating. Like making the bed, completing them early on can make you feel better about your day.
- Group similar tasks together to prevent having to shift your train of thought repeatedly.
- Limit the amount of times you do semi-productive tasks, like checking your emails.
These behaviors can help you make the most of your available time.
Disconnect and reset yourself when work is over.
As they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Take some time to refresh after the long day and invest in yourself.
- Look over the day’s accomplishments and separate yourself from any issues that you can.
- Instead of zoning out in front of the television, take some time on a personal hobby or activity.
- Establish a regular bedtime routine to end the day on a pleasant note and prime yourself for the next.
With a bit of tweaking, you’ll soon find yourself in the best mindset to work each day.
What routines have you found helpful in your life? Throw them in the comments, and make sure you make visiting the JensenIT blog one of them!