5 Tips for Boosting Work Productivity

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Sometimes, the work just feels overwhelming, and you simply can’t get yourself to focus on the task at hand. Obviously, the goal here is to help you boost work productivity, but it’s also important to state that feeling unproductive from time to time is not a crime. Everyone has bad days, so don’t add to the stress by beating yourself over it. With that said, it’s still extremely helpful to know all the factors that can affect your productivity at work. Thanks to that knowledge, you can successfully apply the following tips, and make sure that your day is as productive as possible.

1. Eliminate all the distractions you can

Of course, you should deal with the things that break your focus and productivity you’re in control of first. For starters, this means closing all the tabs on your computer that only take away your attention from work. This can be anything that you notice you spend a lot of time on, thus losing the necessary motivation to finish the work-related tasks. For the majority of people these are various social media channels, so make sure to log out of your accounts while at work. If there’s anything else that makes you more invested than acceptable, such as news sites, and similar, just click away.

2. Cancel the noise, or adjust it

Different people enjoy different levels of noise as they work. For some people, music makes the perfect ally in productivity boost. For others, that’s complete silence. Either way, a great way to stay focused is to wear headphones as you work. You can play music that motivates you, and adjust the loudness the way you like it the best. On the other hand, you can wear noise-cancelling headphones, so that you can completely tune out from the noise at your workplace.

3. One task at a time

This is a very important tip that applies to many different aspects in life and tasks you have to complete. Never try to do more than you actually can and feel comfortable with. Especially at work, if you try to manage several different tasks at once, you’re only going to get overwhelmed and confused. Soon, the anxiety will kick in and you’ll start to view the tasks and obligations as something pressuring and thoroughly unpleasant. This is the kind of mindset you want to avoid at all costs. Therefore, write down all the tasks you have for that day/week/month. For starters, this will help you dump the pressure from your mind onto the paper. Moreover, being able to visualize your tasks will also allow you to create effective to-do lists. To-do lists can keep you organized, so make sure to complete the tasks on them one at the time.

4. Create a work environment that inspires you

Your personal environment is extremely important for your productivity. This goes for both your home and your workplace. If you have the freedom to “decorate” your office a bit, feel free to do just that. For instance, desk plants can do you a lot of good when motivation and productivity are concerned. A seat cushion can add to your comfort while you can also look for adequate and creative rugs online to break the monotony of your office. Stock up on stationery that makes you happy. Add a photo or two featuring inspiring scenery. And, most importantly, keep your workstation clean and neat.

5. Exercise regularly

You may be surprised to see this particular tip on this list, but the fact of the matter is that exercising will boost your energy, mood, motor skills and brain work, which will in turn allow you to keep up the productivity at its peak for longer. Not to mention that your sleep will get regulated and you’ll feel less tired. Together with other benefits of exercising on a regular basis, not only will you feel better and more productive at work, but every other area in your life as well.

Are you a people pleaser? If you are, this might also be the aspect you’ll need to work on in order to boost your work productivity. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to help others, but it’s paramount that you value yourself, your work and your time enough to simply say no when you just can’t accept more tasks, even if it means that you won’t be able to help at that particular moment.

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