There’s one thing I’m sure we’ve all struggled with when it comes to work at one point or another, and that’s productivity. We’re human and that means we all have those days and those moments when we have no motivation, are tired, or simply don’t want to work. Getting things done that need to be done in a timely manner can be really difficult sometimes, but luckily there are some ways that you can stay on task and be productive. If you need a little guidance on how to do this, here are 7 suggestions on how to be productive at work.
1. Use A Calendar
One of the things that has always helped me to be productive, especially when I worked in an office, is to use a calendar. Personally, I prefer to use a large desk calendar where I can see my whole month at a glance. It helps me to see upcoming deadlines, work events, meetings, and more so that I can plan my time accordingly. Also, since it sits on and covers up my desk, it’s impossible for me to ignore, so I never forget if I have something that needs to get done.
2. Have A To-Do List
Having a to-do list every day is vital when it comes to being prodcutive. Sometimes we have so much on our mind at work that we forget about things that need to get done. However, if you write all the things that need to be done either at the very end of the work day for the next, or first thing in the morning when you start work, you’ll be able to see all day long what you need to get done. As you accomplish each task, cross it off so you can visually and mentally know that it’s done and then move onto the next.
3. Prioritize Tasks
When you have your to-do list, make sure to prioritize each of them so you know what absolutely must get done that day and what can can wait if you don’t have the time. You can number them with #1 being the biggest priority, or signify to yourself some other way what is most important. This will help you to stay focused on what must be done and will ensure that deadlines are met.
4. Have Easy To Eat Snacks
I don’t know about you, but having something to snack on and drink every once in a while, really helps me to stay focused. Sometimes you just need a little chocolate, or a quick pick me up from some other snack that will give you a little more energy to last until either lunch time or until you’re off work. Make sure that whatever it is, it’s easy to eat so that you can continue to work. Great examples are nuts, trail mix, popcorn, crackers, berries, etc. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, in fact the more simple, the better.
5. Listen To Music (If It Helps)
People either find listening to music while working helps them to focus, or it distracts them. If you happen to be the former, play some soft music while you work. Don’t play it too loud, as that can be really distracting not only for you, but for others around you, as well. Just have it on low and choose something that inspires you and gets you excited. Stay away from slow or sad music that will be more likely to make you tired or sluggish. Instrumental music like classical, jazz or even movie soundtracks are a great option because they don’t have words and are less distracting.
6. Make Your Work Area More Appealing
One of the things I noticed that really helped me to be more productive at work was to make it more “homey.” I brought in a small little plant, a few pictures from home, some cute decorations, some fun stationary and voila! The space was more inviting and pleasing to be in. Instead of just being a boring work space, it was someplace I actually enjoyed being because I was surrounded by fun things that made me happy.
7. Move Around
When you notice that you start to get lethargic and slow at work with very little will to continue, it’s probably time to get up and move around. Sitting for hours on end can get really tiring, but getting up and walking around the office for a few minutes will help to get your juices flowing again. You’ll get a boost of energy and be able to make it a few more hours or minutes until you’re done. It will really help if you can walk outside for a few minutes and get some fresh air.