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3 tips to improve productivity at work

November 26, 2013

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1. Set goals with deadlines

Make sure you set goals, both long term and short term, for better productivity at work. Unless you know where you are heading, it is very easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed with how much you have to do on a given work day. Set deadlines for goals, make them specific, and write them down in order to stay on task. Prioritize your goals and allocate your time to those tasks that are most important.  With each goal you set and finish, you will receive a sense of accomplishment and improve your work productivity.

2. Seek help and delegate tasks

When it comes to improving work productivity, do not forget about your fellow colleagues and co-workers. Everyone, at some point, needs help and being able to seek help and delegate tasks will greatly increase work productivity. Co-workers are not always going to volunteer to help out, so you have to feel comfortable delegating work and trust that your delegated tasks will be accomplished on-time and in the highest standards. The ability to work together as a team and seek help when necessary will greatly increase work productivity.

3. Eliminate distractions

Workplace distractions are easily the most common productivity killer. Billions of dollars are lost by companies each year due to time wasted online, socializing and interruptions. When you are in the middle of an important task, and you get interrupted or distracted, it can take up to 20 minutes to regain the same level of focus you had prior to the disruption. This is valuable work time wasted and it can lead to long gaps in an otherwise productive day. To help with distractions, eliminate time spent browsing the Internet and only use social media during non-work hours. If a co-worker is the distraction, try working with him or her to find a solution that meets the workplace needs of both parties, such as scheduling break periods throughout the day for conversations and other activities.

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