Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staying Productive in the Office

Whether you're working in a cubicle or from your home office, everyone has fallen victim to office distractions. You took one break on social media and all of a sudden, three hours have gone by and you're way behind on your work. Here are a few tips to help you stay on task and get the most productivity out of your time at work.

Limit Multitasking

Everyone thinks they can talk on the phone, complete an order form, and eat that sub they brought for lunch. The fact of the matter is, studies show multitasking is actually not possible for full productivity. Sometimes multitasking has to happen, but as much as you can, try and stick to one task at a time to access your full productivity. For other tips, go here.

Make a To-Do List

Some people love them, some people loathe them. Either way, to-do lists can be essential tools to keeping you on task and accomplishing as much as possible. Order the list with however many tasks you want, but be sure to be realistic. Finishing everything on your list will give you a sense of accomplishment and can inspire you to take on more. For more ideas on being productive, check out this article.

Avoid Procrastination

You always come through in the clutch. When your back is against the wall and you have to get the job done, everyone can always count on you. However, do you want to limit the stress in your life and increase your productivity? Then avoid procrastinating whenever you can. Work on projects in incremental parts as far ahead in advance. That way, when you do get down to crunch time, you've only got the finishing touches to take care of, rather than brewing a gallon of coffee and pulling an all-nighter. Check out this link for more tips on avoiding procrastination.

Stay Organized

Is your office space at work or home a complete pigsty? Keep your workspace clean and organized. If everything you need is easy to find, you'll spend less time searching for your items and more time on your project which will lead to more quality work. Start by organizing files, keeping project items together, and keep your supplies stocked. For more office design tips to help productivity, check out this link.

Keep Your Body Energized

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In all honesty, any meal is important when it comes to your work productivity. Keeping a full belly will contribute to a mind of full thoughts. Instead of running to the vending machine and grabbing that bag of chips, go for the almonds, fresh fruit, or other healthy alternatives. These foods will give you the real fuel you need that won't lead to your afternoon sugar crash after that candy bar. For more tips on keeping focused, go here.

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