How to be more productive at work

Have you slowed down at work? Do you feel like you’re doing less but somehow you’re more tired? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, we’ve all been there! Staying productive at work can be difficult. It’s all about your mindset. As a specialist recruitment agency, we want to give you some tips on how to stay more productive at work.

Prioritise

Whatever your task list may be, there are always jobs which need doing quicker than others. Arrange your list from most important to least important. Working in this order will help you tackle jobs based on importance. A lot of people tend to do jobs they enjoy first and leave the boring stuff till last. This can decrease your productivity, by the time you get to the stuff which you enjoy less, you’re probably already going to be a bit worn out and more likely to procrastinate. 

Distractions 

We all have distractions at work. Even parts of our jobs can be distracting. When you’re trying to focus on a big task or running through a list of little things to do, suddenly you hear your phone or email ping through. We all have our little to-do things when it comes to work, such as checking emails, social media and a hundred of other little things. It’s important to stay focused and prioritise. When you're trying to stay focused and see an email come through or a message on your phone, rather than respond to it straight, write it down and get back to it later. This way you’re not getting pulled away from your current ‘most important’ task.

Break it down

If you’re a person who gets a lot of time-consuming tasks, it’s a good idea to spread them out. Rather than spend hours or even days focusing on one project and getting bored of it, split it up, do little tasks in between to give yourself a break. If your project could get split into sections do that, it may make your to-do list look longer but you’re going to go through the tasks faster as they will be shorter than one big one. Working on a long project can make it seem as though you’re not getting much done, this can make your productivity slow down as progress is not as visible.

Don’t multi-task 

Doing a few things at a time may seem like you’re doing a lot but in reality, you’re doing less than you would if you did one task at a time. It takes you longer to switch from one thing to another. If you have multiple things going on, you are more likely to get distracted and confuse yourself. Multi-tasking will also affect the quality of work. Juggling few tasks at a time means you’re not giving each task 100% of your attention.

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20th November