It is easy for your productivity and engagement at work to take a hit if you are dealing with difficult situations in your personal life.  According to a 2019 study on Patterns of Wellbeing and Performance at Work, happy employees are more productive than unhappy ones, which means your mental state affects your performance at work.

The more productive you are on the job, though, the better you perform, and the less you'll worry about your job security. That, in turn, allows you to be more fully present in whatever you may be dealing with outside of work, such as your recovery process. 

Luckily, there are numerous strategies you can use to improve your engagement at work. 

Set a Timer

Get a timer and set it according to the Pomodoro method. Those wind-up timers used for cooking offer a fun and useful tool to keep on your desk at work. 

Try setting the timer for the duration that you want to work and then focus until the timer goes off then take a break.  For example, try 25 minutes of work with a 5-minute break or 50 minutes of work with a 10-minute break. 

This technique is especially helpful if you get distracted easily or often. 

Goals & Schedules

Set SMART goals for yourself each day. SMART goals should be:

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Attainable

  • Relevant

  • Timely 

Use a schedule to complete these goals. To-do lists don't always work. With a schedule, you allocate time for each task instead. When your goals and schedule are clear, it's easier to focus and complete all your tasks.

Break Up Big Tasks

Big tasks can feel overwhelming, and if you don't know where to start, you'll likely procrastinate. So, break big tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. 

Do this when you're creating your schedule for the day, so you know what little things you need to do to complete a task fully. It's a process that will help you tackle each aspect of a job individually and give you a more accurate measure of how long it will take to complete.

Complete Each Task

Whenever possible, work on something once and complete it before moving on to the next item. For example, if you find yourself opening emails and then deciding to get back to them later, commit to doing it right away so that you don't have to come back. 

Make communications such as email part of your daily schedule, too. That way, you don't check emails in the time you've allocated to other tasks.

There are plenty of ways for you to boost productivity and engagement at work when you use the right techniques.