Increasing Workplace Productivity: How Do You Do It?

December 12th, 2014

This time of year can make it difficult to stay focused. All of the distractions of the holiday season can make it harder to stay productive at work. However, the work still needs to get done so what can you do to increase your productivity. Here are some tips that can help you during the holiday but also build good habits that will stick with throughout the New Year.

  1. Eliminate distractions and set a timer. When you need to focus, just focus. Don’t allow yourself to have distractions. Turn off the ringer on your phone and let callers leave messages that you can return later. Avoid interruptions from coworkers. Set a timer to encourage you to complete a task in a timely manner. Focus only on that one task until the timer goes off, then evaluate where you are in the project.
  2. Start with the hardest tasks. So many people fall into the trap of tackling the easiest tasks first to give them a sense of accomplishment. Almost every professional is guilty of this. Instead, turn the tables on yourself. You may be most productive in the morning before the afternoon lull so start with the most difficult tasks to get them off your plate. That way the easiest or most fun projects are left for the afternoon.
  3. Only check email twice a day. Your email inbox is not a to-do list. This is the most important piece of corporate advice you can ever take. Responding immediately to every possible request will get you stranded in email quicksand very quickly. Instead, set aside two times each day to check and respond to emails. You’ll find you’re more productive if you’re not constantly waiting for that new message alert.
  4. Keep your workspace organized. A messy desk will absolutely lead to non-productivity. You could lose essential parts of the project and spend far too much time looking for things that should be at your fingertips. File things immediately, pass on finished tasks when they are completed, and always put things in their proper place.
  5. Take a break. Finally, one of the best things you can do to boost your energy and encourage productivity is to take a break. Get away from your desk, go for a walk, or take a breather in the break room. Constantly pushing yourself to a breaking point isn’t any more effective than procrastinating. Give yourself a chance to breathe and then get back to the task with renewed energy.

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