How to Amp Up Your Productivity: Get More Done…and Be Strategic About It!

In your current state, you’re accomplishing enough to get by at work. However, simply getting the job done isn’t your style. You want to maximize your productivity so you can be your very best self at work.

Thankfully, a few simple tweaks to your daily routine can majorly increase your productivity. Follow these five tips to make the most of your day.

Eliminate Distractions

It’s hard to get anything done when you’re constantly interrupted. Turn off your email notifications, set your cellphone to silent and shut your office door. If you work in a noisy cubicle, head to a quiet conference room or slip on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Make this a habit for at least a couple of hours each day and watch your productivity skyrocket.

Stop Multitasking

On the surface, multitasking seems like a great way to accomplish multiple things at once, but it’s not that easy. The quality of your work suffers when you’re only paying partial attention to each task. This makes you extremely susceptible to mistakes, which means you’ll have to start over again anyway. Accomplishing one thing at a time is a much better solution, because you can get it right on your first attempt and be done with it.

Take Breaks

You might think stopping to take breaks is counterproductive, but it actually helps you work better. Stopping every few hours for a few minutes of rest relaxes the mind and helps keep the creativity flowing. Burnout happens when you work yourself to the bone, so take 15 minutes for a coffee break or accept that lunch date you don’t really think you have time to take.

Keep Your Desk Clean

When you’re crazy busy, papers have a way of piling up on your desk. You say you’ll organize them later, but this date has a way of getting pushed back. Before you know it, your desk is in a state of chaos and you have no idea where to find anything. Avoid this by keeping your desk clean in the first place. When you need something, searching through mounds of paper takes forever, so eliminate the need altogether by maintaining order at all times.

Take Care of Yourself

If you want to give 100 percent effort at work, you need to be physically able to perform. Even if your job isn’t labor-intensive, you still have to be awake, alert and in good health to reach your potential. Try to get eight hours of sleep each night, eat healthy and do things that make you happy in your off-hours, so you can come into the office each day energized and ready to work.

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