All of us can use help in how to stay productive or if we are already productive we can always learn how to be more productive. Here are some tips that can be used anywhere, anytime to help you be as productive as you’d like to be! If you want to get things done, the best way to start is by taking the initiative and being proactive.
Clean out clutter in your office.
Having a bunch of mess makes it impossible to find anything and clutter is also proven to add stress to a person. Keep your office clean by cleaning up a little every day.
Keep up with your emails.
Emails are a dreaded thing all professionals have to deal with. If you are in a field where you receive countless emails set yourself a specific time(s) where you will only check your emails and respond to them.
Have an agenda.
To stay punctual and on top of your tasks, it is best to keep an agenda with important dates, tasks, and due dates.
Set small and large goals.
Set short term goals that are challenging but attainable, and likewise set long term goals that are more challenging.
While multitasking can seem more productive it has been proven that it actually causes a slower production rate. Focus on one task at a time. If you have many tasks to do it is best to say for one hour I will work on task A and for the next hour I will work on task B and so forth.
Some people enjoy white noise, but your white noise needs to not take away from your productivity. Don’t have the T.V on for example or a radio show that you know you may be interested in.
Keep up your energy.
There are several ways to keep up your energy throughout the day: drinking more water, exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy snacks. These are all important as it is nearly impossible to have excellent work if you are drained and tired.
Don’t take on more than you can handle.
Sometimes you have to say no and that is okay. It is better to have five tasks that you will complete excellently than to take on 10 tasks and complete them mediocrely.
To keep your mind fresh and focused, it is best to take a break every 90 minutes. The break doesn’t have to be very long, but it is helpful to get up and walk around, grab something to drink, use the restroom and get back to work.
Double and triple check your work.
Sometimes we are in such a rush to do things that we actually create more work for ourselves by not getting things right the first time. Always do your most best job the first time that way you don’t have to re-do anything which will only take up more of your time.