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6 Sure Ways to Stay Productive at Work

 

“Productivity” is a word that seems to get thrown around casually at work. In workplaces or even job listings, it is a topic that companies often broach. Employees and employers alike are asking, “How can you increase productivity?” If you ask around, everyone thinks that it simply means completing tasks out of a list or working longer hours. However, by that definition, you’re only busy and not exactly productive.

Productivity is about being effective and efficient, achieving outcomes in as short amount of time as possible. It is about working smarter, not harder.

We get it—there are different distractions in every workplace. But improving the way you do your day-to-day tasks starts with simply looking at the way you do things right now.

Here are some ways you can stay productive at work.

Do not Multitask

Multitasking gives the impression that you’re accomplishing more things if you’re doing more than one task at the same time. However, studies have proven that to be untrue. (1) When you’re multitasking, you’re actually devoting 40% of your time just shifting between tasks, not allowing you to fully focus which ultimately results to being unable to concentrate.

It is important to start your day by identifying your priorities and working on them first before moving on to easier tasks.

Focus on the Most Important Tasks First

Start your day by creating a to-do list. But remember that checking off something on your list doesn’t mean that you’re being productive. Instead of just writing everything that you need to accomplish in a day, design it in a way that allows you see the tasks that are more important than others.

Set your priorities wisely, so you can spend the rest of the day just swiftly crossing out the other tasks.

Avoid Using Social Media

A poll reveals that more than 50% of smartphone users admit to checking their phones a few times within the span of an hour. (2) You might find yourself guilty of this.

If totally eliminating social media use is out of the question, then you could start by simply scheduling your social media use at certain times—like when you’re on a break or the rare times when you’re idle and doing nothing important. Keep them to a minimum and for full effect, turn off your notifications. If your company computer allows you to access social media, log off on these accounts. Logging back in with full password and all may help deter your enthusiasm to check these accounts out.

Take Breaks

Taking breaks is an important aspect of maintaining productivity at work. (3) Remember that our brains are muscles, too, which means that the longer it works hard without breaks, the easier it’ll get worn out.

Taking microbreaks (for 3 to five minutes) already improves mental activity by an average of 13%. This helps a lot in your ability to focus on the task at hand. Take a walk around the office every now and then, or get up and have some light snacks. Not only do breaks help your mental and emotional well-being, these breaks also keep you out of a sedentary lifestyle that contribute to many physical risks.

Keep Your Workstation Tidy

Having a cluttered and disorganized desk can impact your ability to focus. Physical clutter within your workspace can negatively affect your ability to focus and take in information. (4)

So pull-off a Marie Kondo and start decluttering your desk. Tidying up your environment could be the boost you need to really concentrate on the task at hand. The less distractions, the better.

Utilize Tools

The great thing about the Internet is that it gives us the opportunity to utilize technology that can help us improve the way we do things. As they say, with the right resources, you can achieve many things; and those resources include tools that you can access through the Internet.

With proper research, you’ll find many task management tools like Zenkit, Wunderlist, or Wekan. You can also utilize Microsoft apps like Teams and Tasks.

Freedom is an anti-distraction tool that locks your apps for a certain period of time, keeping you from using it during a scheduled time. Just take a look at your productivity challenges and find tools in the Internet that can help you get through it.

These six tips are just some of the many ways you can be more productive at work. Remember that improving the way you do things doesn’t just happen overnight. After all, developing a routine takes repetition but it’s important to start somewhere.

These techniques are particularly effective, especially in IT and Telemarketing. We currently have job openings for those teams. Why don’t you check it out in our Demand Science Careers page and join our team? Take the leap and Apply now!

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