5 Tips for Boosting Productivity at Work

These days, even the most motivated, focused and driven people aren’t always operating at their fullest. And it’s understandable — what with social media distractions, sleep deprivation, family and social life, it’s not always easy to maintain our desired level of productivity at work.

If you are feeling like your productivity at work could use a boost, here are some tips that can help:

  1. Track your time. When we arrive at work in the morning, we feel like we have the whole day in front of us — and then, all of a sudden, it’s 4:00 pm and there are still 10 tasks you need to complete before the end of the day. Where did the time go? Well, that’s the question. In order to understand why we’re not functioning at our ultimate capacity, it’s important to see where our time is going. Once you have concrete data to analyze, you can then look at it and say, I see I spend 45 minutes/day in total chatting with my coworkers — if I cut that down to 15 minutes/day, I will gain a half hour of valuable time!
  2. Take breaks. While it may seem counterintuitive, science has shown that taking breaks every hour or two actually helps boost productivity. Of course, if you are in the groove and extremely focused on something, don’t force yourself to stop. Rather, wait until you’ve completed what you are working on, and then, stand up, stretch, walk around, get a drink, and then return to your work.
  3. Take on only what’s necessary. One of the reasons that we might not accomplish as much as we want is simply because we are taking on too much work, and it’s overwhelming us. If we cut down on the things we have to do, we can then proceed ahead calmly — which makes for a much more productive person. If you are in a management role, delegating responsibility is key. If you are not in a management role, but feel like your workload is unreasonable, speak to your manager about alternatives in task assignment.
  4. Limit personal social media access at work. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. are famous for their time-wasting capabilities. So when you’re at work, just say no to these websites. Even if you only spend a few minutes here and there on them, that small interruption can distract you from your task, and cause you to take another few minutes to regroup and focus.
  5. Get enough sleep. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of side effects, one of which is decreased productivity. And it makes sense — if you are constantly tired and physically exhausted, how can you operate at your maximum capacity? You can’t. So the final tip for boosting productivity is to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Not only can it improve productivity, but it can also provide a host of health benefits.

While being productive at work not only makes us good at what we do, it also makes us feel accomplished and satisfied. So here’s to a future filled with productivity, growth, and satisfaction.

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Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on March 24, 2016.