Need to be more productive at work? You only have so many hours in the day to get work done. Managing your time will help you be more productive but it can be difficult to know where to get started. Don’t try to change all your habits at once. Incorporate one thing at time and build on your success with these productivity tips.
Do a Time Audit
Do you know how much time you spend doing your tasks? For one week, track your time. How much time do you spend on social media, email, returning phone calls, etc.? Once you know where your time is going, you can figure out where to limit your time.
Taking a break will improve your concentration. You should be getting up from your desk every hour to stretch, get a drink and take care of yourself. Every couple of hours, you should get away from your desk and do something different. Research shows that short breaks while working long hours will help you be more productive.
Change Your Deadlines
Often, when we don’t have deadlines, we can just put things off. If that’s the case, make self-imposed deadlines for certain tasks. You might also move up the deadlines for projects to allow for uncertainty. Deadlines can really improve productivity by helping you focus and be more efficient.
Give Up on Perfection
Don’t give on excellence but do give up on perfection. You are always going to find ways to make something better. Do your best and move on to the next task.
Make Your Workspace Pleasing
Plants, candles, pictures or flowers can increase your productivity. When we’re happy, we tend to work better and more efficiently. Keep your desk clutter-free to be more productive, too. Make your environment your own.
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