7 Ways to be More Productive at Work

You would be surprised at how much time you waste at work each day. When you’re not motivated, it’s hard to get things done. Here are seven ways you can be more productive in the workplace.

1. Make a to-do list

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You know the old saying, “make a list, you’ll feel better”? It’s true! If you make a list of everything you need to accomplish for the day, you’ll most likely get more done. Sometimes you forget to do things that you don’t write down.

2. Keep your desk free of clutter

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If you have an office job with a desk of your own, make sure you keep it clean and organized. A messy desk will eventually lead to problems; you will spend more time trying to find stuff than actually getting anything done.

3. Take breaks

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It is said that taking breaks actually increases worker productivity. Get up from your desk and take a quick walk; it will get the juices in your brain flowing again. See if some of your coworkers would like to join in. Taking even a short walk is good for your mind and body.

4. Get more sleep

We all know what it’s like to come to work after a sleepless night. It looks a lot like this:

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Avoid this situation by getting more sleep at night. Don’t stay up all night marathoning your favorite show on Netflix; lay down and get some shut-eye. You’ll thank yourself the next day.

5. Don’t drink too much coffee/caffeine

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A hot cup of coffee or tea is a great way to wake up when you’re feeling sluggish at work, but don’t ingest too much caffeine; after a while, you’ll build up a tolerance to it. Soon, you’ll need to drink 10 cups of coffee to feel awake. Try to limit yourself to 2-3 cups a day.

6. Enjoy your meal breaks

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Don’t rush through your lunch break. Sit down with your lunch and really enjoy it. Use this time to recharge so you can stay productive during the rest of the workday.

7. Eliminate personal distractions

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Don’t let your smartphone or Facebook distract you from getting work done. Keep personal distractions at a minimum if you want to be really productive at work.

Do you have any tips for being productive at work? Make your voice heard in the comments below.

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