How to Be More Productive During the Workday

Every employee, at one time or another, may find it difficult to be productive or even just to check those to-do’s off their list during the course of the day.  There are a few helpful tips below that will help you with your productivity level during the day.

  1. Take your breaks.  It is so important to give yourself a break during the day.  When you feel overwhelmed or stuck, sometimes the best thing is to take a walk, go get some lunch, or exercise.  This will help you to de-stress and be a more productive employee when you get back to the office, hopefully feeling refreshed and no longer run down.
  2. Create a to-do list.  Many employees find a list necessary.  It can help you realize exactly what you have accomplished for the day as well as what you still have to do.  Also, remember not to make your to-do list too long or at least number the list in terms of importance; not everything has to or can always get done in one day.
  3. Try to get your work done early.  It can be best to get your most important tasks for the day done early in the day when you are fresh and ready to go, rather than the afternoon when it can be harder to focus.  Also, try to get your work done early, from a deadline standpoint as well.  If you give yourself a little room to breathe, you will not feel rushed or like you have to get so much done the last minute.
  4.  Find a schedule that works for you and try to stick with it.  If you know you won’t be able to concentrate until you read all your emails in the morning, check emails first, if you know first thing in the morning is when you will be best at getting that blog post done, write  your blog. Find out what works best for you and stick to it as much as possible.  This way, you are aware of what you can get done and it will be easier to foresee what you will get accomplished that day.
  5. Stay Challenged. Sometimes not being productive comes from not being interested in what you are doing.  You need to challenge yourself with a project, or even another job, that will keep your interest and keep you wanting to be productive- because if you don’t care about what you are doing you probably will not go above and beyond to complete your work.

How do you stay productive throughout the day?  Let us know below!