We may serve organisations and candidates in a wide range of categories of science jobs here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, from biotechnology and pharmaceutical to FMCG/food and engineering, but many of the pressures that you face will be much the same in any of these roles.

One such pressure is that of achieving the highest level of productivity. Stressed about having to get more done in increasingly little time? Just follow our simple tips.

Eliminate common modern distractions

It seems that anyone in pretty much any role can be very easily distracted by social media updates or even whatever's on TV in the canteen.

You may presume that it's good for your work success to always be connected, but if anything, the opposite is true - it sucks a lot more time from your schedule than you might think.

Set your next day's schedule before you leave the office

A clear schedule helps you to stay organised and focused in a way that doing things 'on the hoof' simply cannot. Nor do you need to leave the daunting task of setting a schedule for the start of each day, a time when you would probably rather ease yourself gradually into work.

Why not, therefore, put together that 'to-do' list for the following day just before you leave, so that you'll know exactly what you have to do from 8am the next morning and can simply focus on racing through the list?

Impose - and meet - your deadlines

Depending on your level of responsibility in your role, you might not have the luxury of setting deadlines for yourself or others in your team. However, whether you do or do not have that power, you should at least ensure that deadlines are stuck to.

Treat your work deadlines like financial budgets that you simply cannot miss, and consider factoring an extra 15 minutes into the plan for your schedule each day, just in case certain assignments do overrun.

Take quick breaks when you need them

The aforementioned rule shouldn't dictate that you stay glued to your desk at all times, even when you are becoming too stressed or distracted to concentrate properly.

Instead, break the cycle by getting out of your chair and going for a short walk down the corridor, stretching your legs or preparing a cup of coffee. It'll give you a fresh pair of eyes which with to attack your work responsibilities again.

Try not to multi-task

We are in an age in which multi-tasking seems not only possible, but also desirable, despite the research findings that point to it being a myth. Indeed, according to a 2009 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, even those who claim to multi-task are actually pretty bad at it.

When you combine such discoveries with the highly delicate and responsible nature of so many science jobs, there's a very strong case for focusing on accomplishing one task at a time to a good standard, rather than joining the league of stressed-out, distracted and poorly-performing multi-taskers.

Fill your mind with positive thoughts

We aren't talking about spending your day repeating endless 'affirmations' in your head that you barely even believe - indeed, we're talking about something that you may not do at work at all.

Before you go to bed at night, remind yourself of your life dreams and your goals for the day ahead, and/or read an inspirational book. Make sure your subconscious is full of uplifting thoughts that will carry you through another drab Monday.

Are you eager to put these productivity tips to the test in your dream science role? Get in touch with the leading science recruitment agency Hyper Recruitment Solutions now, so that we can suitably prepare you for and match you to your next big career opportunity. 

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