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Tips for a more productive work day

19-Sep-16
James Davison

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. There are a two main ways in which to achieve this, work longer hours, or work smarter. I would imagine the vast majority would prefer to take the latter of those two option. Below are a handful of tips on how to make the most of your time in the office and increase your productivity.

1. Plan your day

This may sound obvious, but plotting down how much time you are going to spend on a particular task and at which times in the day you are going to prioritise certain activities can dramatically affect your productivity. Make sure to take a little time on your commute to work or 5 minutes before you are due to finish work to plot down a basic outline of what your day will look like and the major tasks that you want to get accomplished.

2. Don’t multitask

Although we may believe we are getting more done by working on multiple different task at once, it can often have a detrimental effect on daily outputs. Instead, make sure to work on one project at a time to devote your full attention to the task at hand.

3. Take advantage of your commute

Your commute to work is valuable time that can be used positively. Use this time to reply to emails, plan your day ahead or other proactive activities.

4. Take breaks

It is imperative during your working day to take some time out. Even if this means just a 5 minute walk to get some fresh air, clearing your mind by stepping away from a task and reinvigorate you but also may allow you the ability to look at problems from a new angle.

5. Avoid interruptions

Interruptions, no matter how brief, can have an effect on your work patter and ultimately your productivity will take a hit. There is no sure fire way to completely avoid interruptions in the work place, however little things such as closing down your e-mails for half an hour or letting people know you need an hour to concentrate on that important project you are working on can ultimately make a difference.
 
Hopefully, by following these couple of tips, you can increase your input at work without having to spend a lot more time in the office as it is imperative to keep a healthy work life balance.


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