Hey guys, this is a short post about how to be more efficient with you ‘new’ office. Whether that be because you are now working from home. Maybe you are self employed and can’t get out to network so your conferences and events are now all online. Efficiency within the new office is key to keep you motivated, progress with your career and make your time feel valued.
How to Be More Efficient in the New Office
After months in lockdown, many of us are eager to get back into the office. While lots of us have enjoyed spending time at home, without the gruelling commute, others are keen to return to reality and are missing the social aspect of an office environment. But why not take the return to work as an opportunity to make some changes and improve your productivity?
Becoming more efficient in the office refers to your approach to your workload. Not forgetting how you use the resources and equipment available to you. The more efficiently the office operates as a whole, the better the business will perform. Resulting in your employer may be left with more money to invest into your training or perhaps a bonus incentive.
I am sure you are feel a little overwhelmed with all this now, I know I am. But stick in there, we are all in this together.
Getting back to ‘normal’
It’s going to be different when you get back into the office, you’ll probably be feeling quite overwhelmed and there’ll be lots to take in. Start your day by arranging your list of priorities into order of urgency and break down the more challenging tasks into smaller, more controllable chunks. Be sure to take regular rest breaks from your desk. This will therefore let you can give your body a little stretch and avoid problems like eye strain. Use these breaks to catch up with colleagues, rather than nattering away at your desk all day, otherwise you’ll never get anything done.
Business printers are usually used fairly inefficiently, so this is one of the areas you should look to improve on. For instance, if you are printing a large job, make sure to print a test copy first so that you can spot any mistakes. If you don’t do this, you might end up printing hundreds of copies, only to spot an error and have to print them all again. In fact, consider whether or not you even need to print, as it might be more efficient to simply email copies of documents around the company.
Have you got a date to when you will be working back in your office? I am sure like a lot people I am still in the dark about when we will be returning. I know for sure that I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again and also having that space away from ‘home’ will do me some good.
Mental health and your well being is still super important. Even if it feels like the world is slowly going back to normal. After 17 weeks at home it really doesn’t get easier (I know first hand). Therefore my emails are always open for anyone struggling at the moment. Don’t be afraid to reach out for some help and support. Efficiency comes in many forms, so do not panic if you are feeling less motivated compared to normal. Take yourself away for a little break and get started again, this won’t last forever.
Did you catch my recent post on easy to make cocktails at home?