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09 August 2017

4 simple habits to boost your work productivity

In today’s fast paced and challenging workplace we’re all expected to do more with less time. This means increasing our productivity. Fortunately, there are a wide range of measures we can take to ensure that our time is put to better use. Here, we take a look at four simple game-changing habits that will help you boost your productivity.

Take more breaks

When trying to maximise our output, it’s handy to remember that humans work better in short, concentrated spells. This means taking more breaks and splitting your day up into more manageable chunks. By taking a short break – five minutes is often sufficient – we are able to refresh our minds and clear any obstacles that may get in the way of work, leaving us better prepared to make the most of that time we do have.

Prioritise and minimise to-do list

Efficiency is often about learning to prioritise. On the average work day, we’ll all have a long to-do list to get through, but it can be helpful to know how to cut this list down to bare essentials and concentrate on the things that really matter.

Get off to a good start

We do our best work at the start of the day and if you’re hoping to maximise productivity, you need to take advantage of this period. Getting off to a good start means getting the most important or challenging pieces out of the way early on so that when you begin to slow down, you’re not struggling to keep yourself focused on vital work. Organise your day so that your most difficult tasks are completed by lunch time and the natural afternoon slowdown will have less of an effect on your overall productivity.

Limit distractions

Now that we complete most of our work on digital devices, distractions are even more difficult to avoid. Whether you’re a social media fiend, have a habit of regularly hunting for news updates or spend too long checking your emails, it’s important that you try and limit distractions as much as possible. If you don’t have the self-control necessary to stop yourself loading up Facebook, you may want to try one of the many apps that limits your access to such sites while working.

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