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How to boost your productivity at work? 5 methods to try today

It’s the beginning of the year and after the holidays we all struggle with productivity. Your mind is wandering, you are still thinking about Christmas cookies and which Netflix show you should binge-watch next. And all of this creates more stress. The last thing on your mind is your job. We have some tips on how to boost your productivity at work.

Do small things first

You probably have a lot of tasks to do throughout the day. When you look at your to-do list, you start panicking. We have all been there. Instead of stressing about big tasks and everything that you have to do, start with small tasks first.

These small tasks can be: scanning through your emails first, scheduling future calls, organizing your weekly schedule, and so on.

Doing these small tasks first will help you feel that you have accomplished something immediately in the morning and will help you with your confidence.

You can read how the 2-minute rule can help you with a small task.

Set your own deadlines

To avoid stress and tasks pile-up, try to set your deadlines. You already know how much time certain tasks take and this can help you be more organized and boost your productivity. Try to stick to your deadlines.

You may be surprised to discover just how focused and productive you can be when you’re watching the clock.

Your tasks will be much more organized with timelines and you can finish tasks on time and thus reduce anxiety and stress.

Work in 90-minute intervals

After the holidays we all have problems with our attention span. That is why need to pace yourself and work in intervals.

Even research confirms that those who work in 90-minute intervals are much more productive. This goes for athletes, musicians, etc.

If 45-minute intervals work better for you, you can do that as well. Take a break after each interval: have a short walk, grab a coffee or snack. Then, continue working on your assignments or switch to a different task.

One task at a time

I am not sure if multitasking is still a thing or if anyone can multitask. This is a productivity killer.

One study shows that multitasking can harm your brain. Ouch!

Apple computer showing task and productivity management.
Image by Firmbee from Pixabay

Cut yourself some slack – Besides, you are only a human. Do one task at a time and give it your full attention. Moreover, if you start to wonder, get up from your chair, take a short walk, come back and continue working on that task.

When you focus on one project at a time, you are setting a single objective at once instead of many.

Limit interruptions

Checking emails and social media constantly can decrease your productivity. That Instagram post from Jenny vacationing at Turks and Caicos can wait. You are not missing out on anything.

Allow yourself X number of minutes browsing after you accomplish a major task. But don’t give too much focus on others’ peoples’ lives. You have an amazing life, and you don’t need to share everything.

You can set up an app limit on your iPhone and this can help you enjoy your life and live in the present moment. Trust me, I’ve set up this limit last year, and I feel much better.

I get it, time management can be challenging at times. However, with these small productivity boost methods you can log out from your laptop with a satisfying sigh – you accomplished everything for the day and you can relax in the afternoon.

You can read more on our blog about more work tips.

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