Four simple ways to increase your productivity


1. Cut down on distractions

Whether your guilty pleasure is browsing the internet and social media, prolonged coffee breaks, or incessantly checking your email, studies have shown that you need to drastically reduce them in order to get more stuff done. In fact, taking a detour from your tasks and responsibilities usually means that it will take up to 25 minutes to get back into a productive mindset. It doesn‘t sound like much, but when it piles up, it means that you‘re being your best self only three days out of the work week. In order to do your best you need to cut down on your browsing habits, set an email checking schedule (the optimal number of times per day is three) and set short deadlines for your day-to-day tasks.

2. Set clear goals for meetings, or, better yet, cut them down by half

Nothing eats up more of your time like inefficient staff meetings that tend to drag on throughout the day. In fact, a vast majority of professionals agree that long meetings tend to be unproductive and are, essentially, a waste of time. So what is the solution? Well, common logic suggests that you are more likely to stick to the topics at hand if your time is limited. Therefore, the best way to deal with long meetings is to set a clear agenda and a run time for each meeting. Additionally, you can reduce the number of meetings you have throughout the day, by substituting, say, status update meetings, with other forms of communication, such as email.

3. Better organisation

Good organisation is key to a more productive work day. Establishing individual steps for all your activities ensures that you are aware of your progress throughout the day. Things like better thought trough delegation and management and scheduling your everyday tasks and consistently sticking to the schedule, make all the difference. Keeping track of your everyday progress also allows you to precisely pin-point what you weak spots are and what part of your performance needs improvement. This also means that you will make more reliable estimates about all future endavors.

4. Make your office more comfortable

Lastly, a comfortable workspace translates into more work being done. Adapting your office to your needs isn‘t always easy, especially if you have to share your space with other people, but if you have the opportunity, you should make your work environment as pleasant as possible, in order to achieve maximum productivity. Even little things like adjusting the light, or the temperature can have a great impact, and when all else fails, finding the right music will inspire you to do your best.