The problem of lack of productivity is a common occurrence among individuals. However, if this happens to more people on the team, the whole team will stumble. 


Of course, it’s not always possible to work at the highest level, but the goal is to find the optimum pace of work that will suit everyone in the team and thus maintain the desired productivity.


This list will, therefore, cover 5 unusual productivity tips that can help you out if you find your team stumbling.


1.Start Small

While it’s true that the team is one unit and strives to do a huge chunk of the work, one should first focus on smaller things. Often the whole project can take too long, so sometimes you quit before you even start.


 If you focus on smaller things gradually, you’ll have the feeling that you’re approaching your goal and that your work is actually contributing to something.


Having said that, your team’s mindset will change as well. From: “This is so hard, we can’t do this”, it will tilt towards “Hey we can do this! It’s easy.” This kind of mindset automatically puts you in a productive mode. 


2. Build Momentum

What everyone knows is that the hardest thing to do is start. After the beginning, whatever we do, we get the momentum that leads us further to the goal.


Basically, the team needs to become enticing and have the things they do right under their fingertips. The team presents one entirety, and if it behaves as such, there isn’t going to be a problem. After team members get used to each other, learn about their behaviors and what each one of them can and can’t accomplish, the momentum will come as a product. And after that, there’s no stopping. Productivity will be high and that is the key. 


3. Monitor Your Time and Activity

One of the best ways for a team to increase productivity is to measure it. Since nowadays, everything is being done via PC, there is a handful of useful employee monitoring productivity software available. 


With a lot of options on the market, Workplus is definitely one of the best employee monitoring software out there. Such a platform will allow you to see exactly on what and how much time you and your employees are spending and how to increase productivity by eliminating unnecessary activities.


At the end of the day, numbers are everything and therefore, look at the statistics, analyze the results and after a while, you’ll be able to determine your team’s most productive hours and schedule their workload accordingly.



4. Make Your Office Pet-Friendly


It has long been known that animals have a calming effect on humans and therefore increase productivity. Some research goes so far as to say that pet-friendly offices finish their work 23% sooner and that employees who work in such kind of environment are 37% more happier! Who wouldn’t be?


Having said that, it’s not a surprise that A-class companies such as Google encourage their employees to bring their pets to the office. So if Google does it, why shouldn’t you as well? Your furry friends will make you smile and feel a lot more positive in general, and positivity is one of the best performance and productivity boosters. 



5. Make To-Do Lists

To-do lists are a great tool for tracking your team’s progress. Each item should be simple, easy and realistic. As you build your team’s momentum (which we talked about before), you’ll find them checking things off of to-do list pretty quickly. By doing this, your team will know exactly how they stand in terms of finished assignments and what’s next on the list which will give them time to prepare for new activities. 


There are a lot of apps that have an option to make a list, but if you already use project management tool with time tracking such as Workpuls mentioned before, you’ll have everything in one place.

Conclusion


And that’s about it. If you follow these simple hacks for enhancing productivity, you’ll surely accomplish whatever you want. But, one overall tip - be patient, and everything will fall into place.


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