How To Be More Productive at Work

Your employer may have ways to track and improve your productivity, such as software from experts like There are important ways that you can increase your work output as an individual as well.

Customize Your Workspace

If you surround yourself with things that make you happy, you will be more productive. Design your space by bringing in your favorite pictures and plants as well as office supplies in your favorite colors. Be sure to keep your desk clean and organized to improve your performance.

Budget Your Time Efficiently

Create a schedule at the beginning of the day and follow it. Establish strict times for when you will respond to emails and when you will allow people to meet with you in your office. Answering emails and calls throughout the day will cause constant disruptions, and it will be more difficult for you to meet your employer’s expectations.

A helpful exercise is to spend a week writing down everything you do at work and how long each assignment takes to finish. Then, you can put together a more accurate schedule.

If you do not have a due date for a large project, split it up into manageable pieces and make target dates for each piece. This will go a long way towards keeping you effective and accountable.

Complete Small Tasks Right Away

If you have some things to do that will only take a few minutes, you should not procrastinate. Doing so will make these chores take longer. It is better to get them out of the way as soon as possible.

Take Breaks 

In order to keep your mind fresh, try to take a break about every hour and a half. You will get more work done if you get away from your desk and take a walk or just go to a quiet room and take some deep breaths. You might be surprised at how well this prevents you from getting overwhelmed.

Remove Distractions

It is also important to stay off of social media as well as personal email and texting. Do not allow these apps to send you notifications during your workday. Some smartphones and apps will even turn them off for you automatically.

Focus on One Thing at a Time

While many employers say “must be great at multi-tasking” in their job descriptions, the fact is that the human brain cannot concentrate on multiple duties at the same time. You will complete your work faster if you prioritize your to-do list and then home in on one project until it is completed.