Working Smarter

6 Jul

Much like taxes, change and aging, distractions in the workplace are inevitable, whether controllable or not. It comes as no surprise that these distractions, along with poor planning, have the power to decrease our productivity.

One of my professional goals is aiming to work smarter, not. Productivity will help make this happen. Here are some simple suggestions for working smarter:

  • Make the most of your time both in and outside the office.
  • Work on one task and complete it, if you have to jump to something else try to always pick up where you left off.
  • Prioritize and know how to delegate. Spend the last 15 minutes of your day preparing for the next.
  • Unplug from controllable distractions, i.e. social media. Browsing is okay every now and then but try to stay on track.
  • Write things down or find online tools to help you organize your day. Call me old fashioned but I enjoy making to-do lists with pen and paper. For those of you who live on your computers and mobile devices, I recommend TeuxDeux. TeuxDeux is a simple, design, browser-based to-do app, and best of all- it’s free. Try for yourself, http://teuxdeux.com/.

And, if you find yourself lacking the motivation to be productive, try these:

  • Check the bank account, your available balance may give you that extra push.
  • Look at photography. If I become a little restless, I spend 10 minutes stumbling through various photography sites. Not only are they inspiring, but they spark creativity and imaginative thinking.
  • Get up, walk or dance around the office, grab a drink, blare some tunes and get back to work.
  • Take a group exercise class.
  • Sounds funny, but re-write your to-do list. It may seem counter active, but it works for me.

How do you stay productive?

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