Feeling overwhelmed at work can be like getting lost at sea. You can paddle endlessly, but without some guidance, you might just be getting farther away from the target. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get organized and get more done at work, here are several to-do’s for improving your productivity at work.
Do not keep clutter
Clear out the clutter. Get rid of useless paper, unused office supplies, even excess photos and knick-knacks. If items on your desk have been gathering dust, decide if you’re going to use it or lose it. Creating a clean space gives you the mental equivalent of a clean mind, which is said to leave you open for success.
Do not disturb
Give yourself a work block. Turn off email and other forms of instant communication for a specified period of time to allow yourself to get work done. If you can, move to another room or floor to further limit distractions. If you can’t move, try noise-cancelling headphones to block out the noise around you.
Do one thing at a time
Decide what project is a priority. Use tools like Microsoft Outlook, OneNote or Excel to build task lists and start tackling them one at a time. Experts have found that too much multi-tasking reduces productivity and increases inefficiency. It could also lead to errors.
Do the work
What will it take to get this job done? YOU! You’ve organized your desk, prioritized your projects and removed distractions. Now it’s time to do the work.
Find your work zen and increase your productivity in the new year with these tips.
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