This is part of the "Increased Productivity" series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without. An interview with Dr. Albert C. Mak, M.D. made this article possible.
One of the great things that set people apart from animals is that people have to go to work and be productive. Animals can hang around the jungle or forest or beach all day never worrying about an office deadline or Powerpoint presentation.
But once a human being is at the office, productivity does not automatically happen. There are numerous distractions, even obligations, that can keep a person from performing their job duties to the best of their ability. This, in turn, can prevent salary raises and promotions.
It's time to use your brains to figure out how to perform better at work. We really do use most of our brain most of our lives and not just 10 percent as the movies often state. Here are some suggestions on how to get better at your job, using your brain power:
- Be positive First of all, it's important to realize that you can build mental strength, just like you can build muscle strength. So start with a positive attitude about your work. Go in everyday, rain or shine, with a positive thought even if it's only that at least you didn't get stuck in the elevator on the way up today! Positive energy attracts more positive energy around you, like a magnet. When you're positive about your work it shows in your performance.
Try this experiment:
Pick a simple mental task that won't take more than five minutes; then time yourself to see if you can complete it in the allotted five minutes without breaking away to do something else or start thinking of something else. Gradually increase the time and see how long it takes you to stay focused and on-task for a full 20 minutes. You may be surprised!
What habits have you developed that help you increase your productivity at work? Share them with us in the comments below!