Things NOT to Do During Work
Things NOT to Do During Work -Just like there are things that you should be doing during your work time, there are also things that you must avoid doing. This quite obviously includes things labeled as NSFW, but there’s quite a bite more too.
Things you should be doing.
Don’t seek entertainment during your work time. Unless it is your break time, you should not be doing anything that isn’t part of your work. That means that seeking entertainment, whether online, offline, or on mobile devices, is discouraged as these can interfere with your work things.
Even if you use them during break time, you risk lowering your productivity should the content get stuck in your head, making you anticipate the next time you can enjoy that entertainment.
Things you do on break.
Don’t distract yourself. It’s too easy to get lost in all the stuff that’s online, or on your mobile devices, especially if the company you work for is not very strict about the use of the company Internet bandwidth. Sooner or later, you end up looking through LOLcats or following the adventures of web comic characters – unless of course you have the discipline to stick to things you’re supposed to be doing.
Things that make you productive
Stay focused on your work, and whatever you do, don’t click that mysterious link! Don’t let others distract you. Sometimes the mystical allure of LOL cats and viral videos comes to our attention through no fault of our own.
An office mate might send you the link, or will be viewing it (and laughing like a loon) when you pass by. The point is that sometimes distractions are shown to us by other people, and though it is not their intention to make your productivity drop, it ends up doing so. That’s why you will need to stay on track and avert your eyes. When you’re done with work, then you can amuse yourself to no end, right?
Don’t download and install things with abandon. Practice Internet safety to avoid infection. It’s all too easy to abuse the Internet provided by your office. Downloading programs and the like, you’re basically getting them for free.
Matters of piracy aside, downloading and installing programs downloaded from less-than-reputable sites can introduce viral infections to your terminal. The effects range from unnoticeable to rapid decline in performance and breakdown.
If you use a computer when working and it breaks down, you lose precious time to the required repairs, and worse, you get busted for downloading and installing things that are not productive to your work.
Don’t stream videos or download using the company bandwidth. If you work in a corporate environment that does not apply bandwidth limitations per terminal, then you shouldn’t stream videos or download material from the Web. Aside from being construable as improper use of company resources, you risk slowing the network down for everyone because of the bandwidth you are consuming.
Don’t visit websites other than reference and work-related websites. Banning any and all unauthorized websites is difficult in practice for companies, so they would rather apply policies by informing the employees. If you’re one such employee, you should follow those policies and not visit unauthorized websites.
Leave your online shopping, sports news, or titillating images for when you are at home. Additionally, you should know that some companies monitor the websites you visit via the network nodes, so erasing your browser history usually isn’t of much help. Being caught simply visiting the wrong website can get you fired from your job.
Don’t socialize during work. One of the biggest distractions during work is socializing with coworkers. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, remember that your main focus should be your job. Any talks with people in the office should be restricted to work-related topics – not the latest office gossip.
Remember that it does not take a lot to ruin your momentum. If you really want to catch up with your coworkers, do so in your own time. There is always the time after work and the weekend to fulfill all things social.
Don’t meet someone out of the blue. You may not realize it but having a sudden meeting with someone can ruin your productivity and waste your time. Such meetings are only good for interrupting your train of thought and disturbing your concentration.
Next time a coworker drops by at your desk and starts some chit-chat, politely suggest meeting him or her at a time that is convenient to both of you.
You would be surprised to find out how much time you waste in these idle and unimportant chats. Things To Do After Work- Your work does not really end after you finish it. As paradoxical as that statement is, there is truth in it. There are things that you can do after completing tasks to improve productivity. Yes, you may be tired already, but try to do these as much as possible.
Put away your tools and equipment. You might be using them again as soon as you start the next day, but that is no excuse for leaving them lying about. Putting away your tools and equipment does not just keep them organized, it also makes the work area safer, and in the case of common resources, makes it easy for others to find and use them. Also, if someone has sticky fingers, putting away your tools can secure them so you don’t lose productivity by trying to search for something which is no longer there.
Shut down your computer. Some people simply put their computers into sleep mode or let them run overnight with the monitor turned off. Unless you are running some resource-heavy task that requires all night, you should shut down your computer. Putting a computer into sleep or hibernate mode does not allow it to flush its memory completely, which means that you don’t get off to a fresh start when you turn it on the next day.
A full shutdown means that you can start off from the best possible state because your computer was able to clean itself with the shutdown. If you need to leave your computer running, turn off the monitor and use an automatic shutdown application. Sometimes we can’t wait for our computers to complete certain tasks, which is why we sometimes need to leave them running after hours. If you want to do so, make sure you turn off the monitor and set an automatic shutdown.
Give your shutdown a little leeway in case the task takes a little longer than expected. Tidy up your work space. When you’re done for the day, make sure to tidy up your work space. Place papers in folders or envelopes. Pick up bits of trash and throw them into the waste bin and all other things that is out of place.
Wash your coffee mug. Do what you can to improve the cleanliness and orderliness of your area so you can come in the next day to a neat and conducive workplace.
Lock up what you can if it is under your jurisdiction to do so (i.e. you have the keys). Whether it is your desk drawers, a document safe, windows, or doors, you should make sure that they are locked as you leave the workplace. Security is essential to productivity, as it ensures that you won’t be set back by losses in supplies, equipment, end-products, or vital documents.
Review your work at the end of the day. More specifically, take time to analyze how you did things afterwards. Maybe there is a more efficient way of finishing your report that you have yet to stumble upon. You will never know if there is a better way of doing things unless you start looking for one. If there happens to be one, throw out your old habit and adapt a better strategy.
Do not be afraid to try new things especially if it might bring better results or optimize your work process. You will only thank yourself later. Pat yourself on the back. There are times when all you need is some good old encouragement. When you do well enough, your boss or supervisor is bound to take notice and compliment you for a job well done.
Who says you cannot do things for yourself? At the end of a grueling day, why not pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for finishing everything? This kind of self-encouragement is great for your self-confidence as well as your overall well-being. End your day the same way you started it – in a good mood.
Things To Do In General -This section covers the tips that don’t quite fall into any of the above categories, but are nonetheless useful in helping you achieve a higher level of productivity. Find a way to unwind after work. Everyone needs to have an outlet, preferably something constructive.
Stress from our jobs makes things in general more difficult, and our jobs more dislikable. This stress builds up unless there is some way to release it. A good hobby can relieve the stress, making it easier to stick with the job.
It lowers those “I hate my job” feelings, enabling you to perform your tasks more efficiently. If your hobby produces some form of product, whether physical or digital, your things could also be sold for incidental income.