How to Be More Productive at Work

We all have those moments when it seems like the work is piling up, but we are getting absolutely nothing accomplished at your job. Sometimes, we just aren’t as productive as we would like to be, and it happens to the best of us. In order to keep from having these moments too often, there are things you can do. Here are some tips that will help you be much more productive in the workplace.

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Step 1: Know Your Body’s Timetable

Everyone’s body has its own natural rhythms, and it is wise to schedule your daily activities around those rhythms. Do the most difficult tasks when you have the most energy. For most people, this is early in the morning, right after breakfast. Then, you can do the easier tasks when you have less energy later in the day.

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Step 2: Use Time-Saving Tools

There are many tools you can use that will help you complete tasks quicker and more efficiently. For instance, there are some great sales tracking tools online, such as free CRM.

Step 3: Make Prioritizing a Priority

We need to prioritize our tasks, but this can take a lot of time and effort. Plan your tasks when you are the most alert and energized. Figure out what you need to do, how long each will take, the best time of the day to do tasks, etc.

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Step 4: Procrastination Is a Good Thing

It is not always bad to procrastinate. There are usually good reasons for procrastination. Ask yourself why you are procrastinating. Is the task at hand really necessary? Is the idea not completely formed yet? Is the task within your skillset? The answers will help you to shorten your list of tasks and take care of the most important ones.

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Step 5: Have Fun With Routine Tasks

Routine work doesn’t have to be boring. When you find something boring, you will be less apt to do it. Try listening to music, working outside, etc. to make these boring activities more interesting.

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Step 6: Lump Similar Tasks Together

Our brains can learn and execute difficult tasks better when similar tasks are done together. Schedule similar tasks to be done one after the other, and you will get more done.

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Step 7: Take Plenty of Breaks

Contrary to popular belief, you are not being lazy if you take breaks throughout the day. Your brain needs a rest after doing difficult tasks. Get up and walk around, stretch, and talk to others. Then you will be energized to finish your work.

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Step 8: Create a List of 5-Minute Tasks

Sometimes, you may not have the energy to do a big job, but you can do a few little jobs. Have a list of those smaller jobs ready, jobs that can be done in under five minutes. You will be productive even when you don’t have the energy for those big jobs. Remember the Milk will help you manage the tasks.

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Step 9: Multi-Tasking Isn’t a Good Thing

Our brains aren’t wired for multi-tasking. They want to do one thing, then move on to the next. Work on one task at a time, and don’t try to do it all at once.

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Step 10: Create Routines

Once you get into routines, they become second nature. Create routines for all of the tasks you do, and after a while, you will automatically do them without even thinking about what you are doing.

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Step 11: Do Regular Brain Dumps

Our heads get cluttered with so many things throughout the day that it can be difficult to concentrate on the important tasks at hand. Take a few minutes each day to write down all of the ideas you have, errands, etc. and dump that stuff out so you can concentrate on your work.

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