This article will highlight 12 simple strategies to increase productivity in the workplace so you can work smarter, and not harder.
So the question is, how do we use these tips to increase productivity?
Which ones do we use first or can we start anywhere, slowly incorporating all of them into our work and time management efforts?
Do we try to use all of them at once?
Will my productivity improve if I only use a couple of the ideas?
When we increase productivity, we are one step closer to maximizing our potential.
What if you made the big-picture commitment to increase your productivity in 30 days?
How would life be different?
What if you said, I will only utilize 1 tip at a time, and I will spend 2-3 days on each tip?
After 30 days, you will have experimented with all of them and now you know which ones work best for you.
Below you will find 12 simple strategies to increase productivity in the workplace.
Give it a try and tell me how it goes.
1. Choose the right time
Don’t set yourself up for failure from the beginning.
Choose a time that is appropriate for the task.
2. Toss it
If it’s not essential to the success of the project, get rid of it.
Often a barrier to increasing productivity is that we focus on non-essential tasks.
3. Get the bad stuff out of the way
As Brian Tracy says, “Eat the frog”.
Get the most difficult tasks out of the way first.
It’s all downhill from there.
4. Set a goal each day (or night)
You can’t hit a target if you don’t set one.
Be clear each day about what you want to get done.
5. Eliminate all communication
Block out all distractions from people via social media, cell phones, or even drop-ins.
6. Batch similar tasks together
Whether you are writing, calculating, reading, taking notes, making calls, responding to emails, or brainstorming.
Study after study shows that by grouping tasks, we get them done better.
7. Set a timer
Make it short, make it fast.
Your concentration will automatically improve, thus automatically increasing productivity.
8. Set targets
Set bite-sized goals with no excuses.
Whether it’s 100 calls or 20 written pages from your upcoming book – you cannot leave your seat until it’s done.
9. Use the Pareto Principle
Look at all the things that need to be done.
Then focus on the small percentage of tasks that you know will yield the biggest results.
If you don’t know, think about which actions have consistently produced results in the past.
Learn more about the Pareto Principle.
10. Delegate your work
What program can you use or what person can you reach out to for help?
11. Set a deadline
Don’t work without a sense of clarity.
Have clear start and end dates.
12. Increase your speed
Have a sense of urgency with your work and life.
What you are doing is important and you have a lot to do!
When you work these 12 tips together, you are sure to see increased productivity that you didn’t even know was possible.
As always, I hope this helps.
Please feel free to share this with family, friends, and colleagues.
And I would love to hear how you improve your own productivity in the comment section.
All the best,
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