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How do we maximize our productivity?

by Bryan Gadingan

BURNOUT has become an increasingly common problem in today’s fast-paced and demanding work environment, impacting people of various professions. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is a serious medical issue. They define burnout as feeling extremely pressured at work and unable to cope adequately. When you have a lot on your plate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Most of us want to focus better and do more. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to work even harder without being exhausted or overwhelmed?

Recognizing this, we must prioritize our well-being to achieve long-term success. Here are some tips for increasing productivity without burning yourself out. 

Reduce screen time

In the digital age, where technology pervades every part of our lives, the amount of time spent in front of screens has skyrocketed. 

Our lives have become inextricably linked to screens, whether through smartphones, computers, tablets or televisions. 

According to Statista, Internet users in the Philippines spent an average of 8.52 hours per day using the web through various devices, in the third quarter of 2023. 

Meanwhile, the Filipinos, recognized as the world’s social media capital, spent an average of 3.34 hours every day on social media. With that said, it is critical to set aside our electronics.

Although our laptops and gadgets are necessary for work, it’s important to take regular breaks from screens and other electronics and get fresh air every now and then. 

It is indisputable that social media and other Internet-related activities can lead to burnout due to the toxicity spreading online. Remember to close your laptop and take a walk outside, since it is more beneficial.

Based on one study, employees who take breaks every 90 minutes claim a higher level of focus and effectiveness. As a result, your mind can rest and prepare for your next task.

While technology has many advantages, it is critical to recognize the importance of limiting screen time for individuals’ overall well-being and becoming more productive without it.

Schedule intervals

In relation to the first key, researchers in human performance science have discovered that optimal performance necessitates adequate rest. 

According to experts, if you don’t keep pushing yourself to do more and more incredible things, you’re only half right.

You can improve at anything you do if you strike the right balance between working hard and taking the necessary breaks and recovery time to allow the strenuous effort to sink in.

Being more productive entails not only getting seven or eight hours of sleep, but also extending your rest and strategically timing your breaks throughout the day.

You can increase productivity by taking a step back and giving yourself 5 to 10 minutes of break for every hour you work. Using this interval-based productivity strategy can transform the workplace.

Burnout is a real possibility for everyone in our quest to be more productive if we do not strike a balance. Recognizing this, we must prioritize our own well-being to achieve long-term productivity.

Applying these strategies can help us to be more efficient while also protecting our mental health. It’s important to remember that it’s not always about working harder; it’s about working smarter and taking the time to recharge.



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