Given the dilemma of quantity or quality in work, it seems that the answer is obvious.
Mountains of mediocre work are useless when what companies really expect from us is that we are productive. But what is it to be productive? One of its definitions can be the fact of being able to maintain a goal in what you do, really know where you want to go, and the means or resources that you have.
Therefore, in In this week’s post, I will try to analyze the variables that will help us perform our work productively, that is a high-quality work without having to dedicate more time to it than is really necessary.
One of the first aspects to be addressed is the issue of personal satisfaction; that feeling of coming home with “duty accomplished.” If we increase the number of hours in the workplace but not the quality of the product or service, we will likely have to spend marathon days in the office, that we will have to reduce our time dedicated to leisure or personal life and that we also do not Let’s get the expected results at a professional level. All of this can cause frustration, burnout, family problems, etc. Therefore, to preserve our good mental health and that of our environment, it is important to bet on quality and happiness at work.
Completing tasks successfully is extremely important at a professional level because the feeling of the eternally unfinished task tends to increase our stress levels. To complete the different tasks or projects that we have in hand, it is necessary once again to resort to the quality of our working hours. One of the most important aspects, which we have already mentioned above, is to be clear about the objective or purpose of our actions, having defined the goal we want to reach and knowing what they expect from us, is key to being truly productive. Once this first aspect is defined, we must organize our time and establish breaks. The pauses should not be too long as they can lead us to lose concentration and focus on the task. It is preferable to take two short breaks than one long and a long one.
To finish tasks, it is also important to schedule or make lists with the small pending details throughout the project. We must bear in mind that, in an ordinary working day, it is very likely that unforeseen events may arise that may require our attention and that, so to speak, they become ” thieves of time ”. We must know how to prioritize, delegate, and treat these aspects to the extent of their importance.
In conclusion, the culture of presenteeism that we detect in some Spanish companies do not always have to be accompanied by high levels of performance and productivity in their employees, so it is important to detect it and try to promote routines oriented to productivity and work practicality.