How to Improve Productivity at Work
1:45 pm, June 27th | by Sarah Kaufman, Manilla.com
If you think you could be more productive at the office on any given workday, you probably could. Try implementing these tips into your work routine to increase efficiency, drive greater productivity and see better performance results.
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Revamp your task list. Divide your to-do list into different sections: (1) What you have to do right away, (2) What you have to do in the next few days, and (3) What can wait until later. That way, you always know what’s coming next, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting something. Also, group your to-dos by project. No matter what industry you’re in, it’s likely that when working on any given project, you’ll have multiple things to do for each one. By categorizing them, you won’t constantly be scanning your task list to figure out what’s next for each assignment.
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Avoid distractions. It’s nice to create a workspace that’s pretty, but that can oftentimes lead to adding unnecessary distractions to your desk that could keep you from getting your work done. These include things like potted plants, greeting cards, paperweights, framed photos, and other random items that don’t serve a purpose — other than to sit there. Consider removing those items from your workspace by hanging them on the wall or someplace in your cubicle or office. That way, they’re still in sight but they’re not taking up valuable desk real estate.
Take breaks. People underestimate the importance of taking a break during the workday. While it’s important to be dedicated to your job, sitting and staring at a computer screen for hours at a time can actually be counterproductive. It can make you tired, groggy and less productive that you could be. Take small breaks throughout the day: Walk somewhere to grab lunch, take a coffee break, or even just go for a walk around the block so that when you return, you’ll be ready to come back to your to-do list with a fresh mind.
Give yourself fuel for the day. We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but so many of us forget to eat it. Eat something nutritious in the morning so that you are ready to go when you get into the office. Feeling hungry can also make you fatigued and less productive, so make time for that morning meal, even if it’s just something quick on the way to work.
Sarah Kaufman is the editor-in-chief of the Manilla Blog and marketing manager at Manilla.com, the leading, free and secure service that helps consumers to simplify and organize their daily lives. Using just one password, customers can manage their finances, utilities, daily deals, travel and rewards programs, Netflix and magazine subscriptions, OpenTable reservations, and more — all through Manilla.com or the 4+ star customer-rated iOS and Android mobile apps. For more career tips, visit the Manilla Blog.