Keep Productivity Going Strong
By Sarah Elfering
Are you feeling like you’re not as productive as usual? Don’t worry you’re not alone. COVID-19 has completely changed the way many businesses are functioning and that required many of us to change our work habits and put an impromptu workspace together without much of a plan.
Maybe you have a small space or you have to share it with your family and the kids use your space to do their homework. It’s easy to allow our workspace to get cluttered and our productivity levels go down without thinking about the space around us. With a cluttered workspace, it can be easy to always be looking around and feel overwhelmed.
A messy desk can create visual clutter which in turn doesn’t allow you to focus on the task at hand. With flyers from your open house or a pile of past listings on your desk, you’re busy looking around wondering what leads you’re missing out on instead of focusing on the leads you have in front of you. Or you’re busy thinking about that open house and what could have gone better instead of a listing you just got.
With so much work shifting from paper to digital, it’s easy to think that the clutter doesn’t exist if you don’t see it. Whether it’s paper or digital clutter can easily be created. The computer desktop is your main hub, and when you’re in the middle of a big open house or closing a sale, it is super easy just to save everything on your desk because it’s convenient. Most people spend at least 30 minutes to an hour a day looking for papers or files.
Research from the University of Chicago Press shows disorganization can make us feel like we have to push through a task to get on to the next one and way may not be producing our best work. Without a system, in place, you may be just a second too late on a lead.
Tips to Create a More Productive Workspace
Here are three tips to get you started:
#1 Organize. It doesn’t matter if it’s paper or digital. Create a simple filing system for projects, leads open houses, clients, or important documents. By doing this you can spend that 30 minutes to an hour following up on a lead or closing on a sale.
#2 Natural light. Letting some natural light not only increases productivity bur increases overall mood. Workers with windows in the workplace had 173% more white light exposure during the workday and slept an average of 47 minutes more per might.
#3 Add some greenery to your workspace. Now that you’ve arranged your workspace and created a filling system, it’s time to arrange fill in some of the space. Did you know that incorporating plants such as a cactus, fern, or flowers increases your productivity by 15%?
Remember the perfect organizational system doesn’t happen right away. Take your time to create the perfect system and spaces that work for you.
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