No matter how productive you may be, there will always be chances to increase your level of output. As an Engineer, you must be a very results-oriented person. Increasing productivity should be a priority. Always look for opportunities and experiment with different methods, different systems to increase your efficiency. The following six tips will help you add hours to your workday.
- Plan each day the night before — dedicating five minutes each evening to plan tasks that need to be accomplished the next day can immensely increase engineering productivity.
- Set deadlines — creating deadlines for engineering tasks, whether small or large, will increase productivity and ensure projects are completed on time.
- Take breaks — Take a five-minute break whenever you feel mentally fatigued. Many engineers like to power through the day without any breaks, however this can actually decrease productivity
- Eliminate distractions — be sure to turn off all notifications when you step into the office, whether it is on your computer, tablet, or cell phone. You may think that it will only take five seconds to check your Facebook notifications, your personal email, or text messages; however that’s usually not the case.
- Quit multitasking —multitasking is an important skill for increasing productivity and efficiency but it's not the case, especially in engineering. Engineers should focus on one task at a time before moving onto the next task. This will allow you to focus and ensure top-quality work.
- Stay up-to-date — online learning platforms allow you to stay up-to-date with the latest capabilities and best practices without having to leave the office.
How about the Engineers Working at home? It is very obvious that working at home is more productive than commuting to go to your office. This is mostly the biggest reason people prefer to work from home. Commuting to work becomes stressful as the cities are becoming bigger and people have to travel more. Working from home has definitely its golden points to be considered for most engineers. With the growing number of people who are turning to work from home or telecommuting option, the question about the productivity might not matter in future as it’s evident that to a larger extent productivity increases when working from home.
Working from Home is indeed awesome until your pet throws up on your computer and your neighbour starts firing up all sorts of power tools and noisy machinery across the street. These are the few distractions you get working at home. Let me then give you tips on how to be more productive working from home.
Get started early.
When I work from home, I wake up much earlier than normal working hours, pour my coffee, and I begin working immediately. You need to pretend also like you are going into the office so as not to find yourself going back to bed.
Choose a devoted work space.
It could be a certain room, table, chair or nearby coffee shop. It helps you get into the right frame of mind.
Make it tougher for yourself to mess around your social media.
Remove all social networks from your toolbar bookmarks. Even if you don't mean to browse them, some uncontrollable impulse subconsciously clicks on them when you experience downtime.
Work when you're at your peak productivity.
For me, the most productive times of the day are early mornings or late nights. Recognize this and try to plan your day accordingly. Also, music that really keeps your mind going doesn't hurt.
Take clear breaks.
Breaks, like eating snacks, stretching, can recharge you to do better work. Don't assume you need to be working 100% of the time while you're home to be more productive."
Interact with other humans.
Go outside and find a human to interact with. You may order your coffee; take a quick errand, whatever. It keeps you really sane.
Pick a definitive finishing time each day.
If you work from home full-time, it’s very easy to let your work life bleed into your personal life. Maintaining a boundary is important for both aspects of your life.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you have other tips for being productive while working from home? Share with other Engineers in the comments.
I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.
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