MNA Life Style Desk: Analysis shows afternoons are the most unproductive part of the day. And, there are plenty of culprits for the same our eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and more. We all know that every working professional is looking for ways to become more productive and get more done within the designated eight working hours.
Use afternoons to meetings
Meetings are a necessary evil, which no team can do without. But, it is a well-known fact that not all meetings are productive. Scheduling meetings in the second half of the day can be a great way to boost the mental productivity levels of the team.
This means that people are more likely to agree to a meeting at 3 PM than any other time of the day. So using the most unproductive part of the day in a smarter way can actually help you boost your team productivity.
Munch together with team
We all know the importance of having a good bonding in the team. Eating together gives you an opportunity to get to know each other better; build friendships and connect more on an emotional level. It creates a friendly atmosphere within the team, where people don’t hesitate to back each other.
Using lunch break as an opportunity to get your mind off that thing, talk to team members about the tasks they are doing or plain socializing with them and starting afresh afterward, however, can be just the perfect idea.
Listen favorite beats
One of the biggest misconceptions about music is that listening to it while you are working on a task makes you more productive. Science completely opposes this fact. Listening to music actually has a negative impact on your memory and concentration; especially when you are working on cognitive tasks.
Music might make you feel like you are being more productive, but that’s only because you are enjoying yourself listening to your favorite tunes. You can use the last 15 minutes of your lunch break for listening to your favorite music and heighten the dopamine levels.
Prioritize, prioritize and prioritize
There’s no denying the fact that productivity is a habit. And, you need to put a strong conscious effort to make your afternoons more productive. In order to do that, the only thing that can come to your rescue is prioritizing your tasks. Planning your day; keeping important tasks lined up for the first part of the day and the easier not-so-important ones for the second half should be the first thing to do.
To make the most of your time, you need to know the activities lined up for the day and then plan accordingly. Based on the things you have lined up at work, you can prioritize your day, your tasks and your life with ease.