If you leave the office each day feeling like you could’ve done more, you’re not alone. Plenty of professionals start the morning with productive intentions, but quickly realize their day isn’t going as planned.
You can’t always control external factors affecting your day, but a few easy adjustments to your daily routine can make a world of difference. Find out how to accomplish more each day without spending an extra second at work.
4 Ways to Be More Productive at Work
Make a To-Do List
If you don’t have your priorities straight, it’s easy to veer off-course. When you get to your desk each morning, take a few minutes to write down everything you need to accomplish for the day. Put a time estimate next to each task, so you can gauge your bandwidth for the day. This will help you know your limits, so you don’t take on more than you can handle.
Decide which tasks need to be completed first, or if there’s no particular order, get those you’re dreading most out of the way as quickly as possible.
Schedule Time for Uninterrupted Work
It’s nearly impossible to accomplish anything when you’re constantly replying to emails, answering the phone, and greeting visitors who stop by your desk. Put an end to this by blocking out at least one chunk of time on your calendar each day to work distraction-free.
Turn off your email notifications, silence the ringer on your phone, and politely ask any visitors to come back in a while. Prepare to be amazed at what you can accomplish when you’re truly focused.
Push Back on Meetings
Chances are, you attend several meetings per week that you don’t really need to be at. Get this time back in your day by carefully reviewing each meeting invite to gauge whether your presence is actually necessary. If you don’t understand why you were invited, ask the organizer what you’ll need to contribute. It’s okay to decline the invite if you feel there’s truly no need for you to attend.
Stopping to take breaks probably seems like more of a productivity drain than a boost, but it’s not. The mind can only focus so long before it becomes exhausted. Allowing yourself to take a break for lunch or run downstairs for a cup of coffee will re-energize you, so you don’t burn out before the end of the workday.
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