8 Ways to Increase Your Productivity at Work

June 3, 2019

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Some days, we’re in the zone and have a rhythm to our work — checking things off a to-do list, being creative and efficiently producing content. Other days, it’s hard to stay focused — there are numerous distractions and we may feel writer’s block or like we’re having trouble completing various tasks.

“If you’re frustrated, tired or simply can’t get yourself into a state of productivity, it may be time for a break,” according to Entrepreneur magazine. “A 2018 Gallup survey found that two-thirds of American workers report being burned out at work, which leads to a drop in employee engagement and increased turnover. Give yourself a break and come back later refreshed and ready to work.”

The easiest way to do this is just to stand up, move away from your desk, take a walk around the office to get your blood flowing, and do some basic arm and leg stretches.

Another simple fix: Try not to multitask. Don’t answer emails, talk on the phone, participate in a group chat and surf the web all at once. Close out the numerous browser tabs you have open and turn your full attention to the single task at hand.

Of those who take a lunch break each day, 78 percent are “as effective and efficient,” as they would like to be, according to a Tork survey. Enjoy a few minutes in the outside world and a change of scenery. Disconnect from your computer, phone and email — this will help you reset. And if there’s a gym near your office, a quick workout might be just what you need.

Beyond this, taking a few moments out of your day for meditation or mindfulness can also help clear the mind and make you feel centered. Try some breathing exercises or listen to a guided meditation via an app on your smartphone.

“Establishing daily routines can cut down on decision fatigue,” according to Entrepreneur. Streamline your choices to free up space in your brain — lay out your clothes the night before, order the same coffee daily or go to the gym at the same time.

Lastly, set a timer for 25 minutes and try to do as much as possible during that time, followed by a five-minute break. This is called the Pomodoro Technique, and can help you accomplish your work more efficiently as well as show how you’re wasting time.

Here are eight tips to help you achieve high daily productivity levels.

  1. Stretch.
  2. Stop multitasking.
  3. Take a lunch break.
  4. Go on a walk.
  5. Head to the gym.
  6. Meditate.
  7. Build routines.
  8. Set timers.
Amy Jacques

Amy Jacques is the managing editor of publications for PRSA. A native of Greenville, S.C., she holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and a certificate in magazine and website publishing from New York University.

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