5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity at Work

Christine M. Riordan
2 min readMay 30, 2018

When you are consumed with work, it often feels like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on your list. As you complete one task after the other, it can feel like you still have a list a mile long. Rather than worker harder, work smarter. This blog will walk you through 8 effective strategies for you to increase your productivity at work.

  1. Track and Limit Your Time

When you take a moment to write down your schedule for the day, you may find giving yourself more work than what you can accomplish within the workday. In all reality, only about 17 percent of people can accurately estimate the passage of time. There are a variety of time tracking tools available to help increase your productivity and keep you on the right track.

2. Don’t Forget To Take A Break

Taking a break during your work break has been proven to increase productivity and concentration. Research shows that when giving a diversion once an hour an employee has a tendency of performing better than those who continually work. Taking a break lets us take a moment to recharge and regain a sense of motivation.

3. Stop Multitasking

We often think that multitasking is the key to be as efficient and effective as possible. However, psychologist have found that doing multiple tasks at once can actually cause you to lose productivity. Rather than multitasking, make it a habit to completing one task before moving onto another.

4. Implement The “Two-Minute Rule”

While working, implement the “two-minute rule”. If there is a task that you know that you can complete in two minutes or less, make the time to accomplish it immediately. Completing the task “now” rather than “later” will take up less time compared if you wait to do it.

5. Create Micro-Goals

One of the most common reasons behind unproductivity is procrastination. Much of the time that we procrastinate is due to feeling defeated by the large goals we set. To avoid procrastination, break your goals down into several micro-goals. Seeing yourself make progress little by little helps to make your overall goal feel more attainable.

If you are ever at work, feeling frustrated and stressed, take a minute to step back and think these tips. These five ways are an effective way in which you can work smarter, not harder.

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Christine M. Riordan

Leadership Author|Speaker. President|Adelphi University|New York. Mom to two teenagers|bulldog. Thoughts expressed here are my own.