Balance Really Does Improve Productivity

Published: May 30, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

Ernst & Young released it’s Australian Productivity Pulse Survey this week with some interesting results.  Despite the current economic slowdown it showed that a third of Australian workers waste almost a quarter of their day at work, with their lack of productivity costing businesses more than $41 billion each year in wages alone.  Thankfully the results also highlighted the need for balance, rather than working longer hours.  So if you’re struggling to keep motivated, feeling insecure in your job, or frustrated that you’re not doing your best here’s how to readjust the balance…

Give Yourself A Break

For many people feeling unproductive can lead to working longer hours, under the assumption that more time in the office means more work done and greater efficiency.

Having worked in an environment where this mindset was rife I know firsthand how inaccurate it is, but if you need real proof E&Y’s survey results clearly illustrate that the most unproductive workers are people who take fewer breaks, spend more time travelling to and from work, and less time on recreational activities.  In other words, they’re stuck in the office, tired, unmotivated and unproductive.

Despite many of us now working longer days, productivity hasn’t grown over the past decade so there’s nothing to suggest that spending more time at your desk actually makes you a more valuable employee, especially when you’re productivity has taken a nose-dive.

So what are high-performers who have really nailed productivity doing differently? Significantly, they’re spending two-thirds of their time on meaningful work, so they’re clear on their objectives and are aligning their efforts accordingly instead of wasting time on tasks that are unimportant.  You don’t need to spend more time at work to do this, you simply need to be clear on your goals and plan your time in line with the purpose of your job.

On top of that, highly productive workers also take longer breaks, spend less time commuting, and are better at building balance between work and leisure.

So if your productivity needs a boost, or perhaps you’re feeling insecure in your job and need to prove your value at work, take a look at where you’re spending your time.   If you’re not working productivity, you’re costing your company money and are therefore a liability.  Consider…

  • Are you spending at least two-thirds of your day on meaningful work?  If not, why not?
  • Are you taking regular breaks so that you’re fresh and focused?  Or are you tired and frazzled?
  • Are you fitting in life outside of work?  Or is your work/life balance out of whack ?

If ever there was a time to reassess how you’re doing things, it’s now.  The way you spend your time is key to your levels of success, both personally and professionally, so if things aren’t going to plan for you right now take a moment to reassess where you’re spending your most valuable commodity.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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