How to Stay Productive at Work



How to Stay Productive at Work

Feel like your work days fly by and you do not get enough done? If this is a recurring problem, your work productivity is in serious need of a reboot. Your productivity plays a pivotal role in whether you keep your job.

Managers and executives these days are totally focused on productivity—getting the most from the employees they have. They are reluctant to hire up, so they need people who are productive.

Staying focused at work is not easy; all of us get distracted or feel uninspired at some point during the working day. But with so much work to plow through, we often have little choice but to be productive and get on with the tasks at hand.

So how can you boost your productivity? How do you make sure you get the most out of each day so you can keep your evenings and weekends free to relax?

Take breaks

It is tempting just to sit at your desk all day, but you will find yourself far less energized. A simple five-minute walk will help clear your head and enable you to restart your work with a fresh approach.

Prioritize

Once in the morning and then again in the middle of the day, take a step back and examine if your efforts are focused on the right projects. The more important your work is, the more valuable you are as an employee. When facing each task, try and give yourself a deadline. That way, you will be less inclined to procrastinate or waste time on other things.

Set long-term goals

Too many people get caught up in the day-to-day things that need to be done—the most recent email, the phone call that just came in—and then they really do not get anything done that is significant because they are just fighting fires. Develop two big-picture things that you want to accomplish throughout the year and post them next to your computer as a reminder.

Start your day earlier

If you can, get to work early, when people are not there to distract you. An empty office means no one will be bothering you with questions and taking time away from your work.

Surf the Web—occasionally

Web browsing can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity, compared with other activities such as making personal calls, texts, or emails, according to a study released last year by the National University of Singapore. The study found that taking intermittent breaks from tasks to surf the web and visit your favorite sites can help you focus more when you go back to work.

Don’t Multitask

Concentrate on one task at a time. Multitasking might seem more productive, but it can really slow you down. Tackle one job before you start anything else, otherwise you will never get anything done. Do not try to write emails, update Twitter and complete an article all at the same time. It is hopeless trying to do everything at once, because you will never be able to focus properly on any one task.