We’ve all been there, it’s 3 in the afternoon, and you feel like you’ve been hard at work ALL day. You look down at your to-do list, and you’ve not even made a dent in it. Surely the past 6 hours haven’t all been for nothing? The answer is no, they weren’t for nothing, but you probably did these five things that were responsible for killing your productivity.
Answering unnecessary phone calls
As soon as a business telephone goes up on your website it becomes the target of cold-callers. They will start trying to sell you everything from advertising space to office insurance. Even if you politely decline all of these propositions, the time it takes to answer the call and make your excuses quickly starts to eat into your day.
If you’re sick of cold calls but aren’t a big enough business to hire a receptionist, then let Ivy Answer for you and their professional answering service will screen your calls so that you only speak to the people you need to speak to.
Sending emails that should have been phone calls
People seem to have an aversion to picking up the phone and having a good, ole verbal conversation and this fear is having a negative impact on their productivity. How many of the email threads in your inbox could have been a 60-second conversation? Save yourself the time it takes to write a long-winded reply and get on the phone. Iron out the details there and then, and leave confident that you’ve got what you need to get the job done.
A poorly set up workspace
A poorly set up work setting is working against your productivity. There’s a reason why companies spend thousands on ergonomic workstations for their employees. This is because it helps them to work more efficiently. If you’re needing to get up every five minutes to stretch your sore back or you can’t easily reach the printer that you use 10 times a day – it’s time to look at how you can improve the ergonomics of your office space.
Social media distractions
Social media is literally designed to make you want to spend more time on it. This means that the seemingly harmless notification popping up on your phone telling you that your friend just tagged you in a post could lead you down the rabbit hole of social media scrolling.
Block notifications from social media apps. Now you won’t get the feeling to check them throughout the day. If you really can’t trust yourself, download a social media blocking app to lock you out during business hours.
Overly chatty neighbors
One of the great skills of office working is being able to balance having a friendly conversation with having to hear all about Neil’s trip to the grocery store. If you have a chatty neighbor who is consistently stopping you from getting stuff done then it’s time to invest in some headphones or tell them that you really need to focus now.
Can you relate to how time-consuming these five things are? Leave a comment below and let us know what’s been killing your productivity.
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.