6 top tips to increase your productivity at work

1.Create a to-do list

At the end of each day, set out 3 things you want to complete or achieve the following day.

According to American Express CEO, Kenneth Chenault, creating a to-do list the day before, gives you a head start on your morning

EXTRA TIP: Remember to keep your list realistic, including only 2-4 tasks. Cramming in too many can be demotivating and stressful.

2. Follow the “2 minute rule”

According to entrepreneur, Steve Olenski, if you see a task that can be done in 2 minutes or less, you should do it immediately. Completing the task straight away, takes less time than coming back to it later.

3. Stop multi-tasking

According to researchers, multi-tasking can reduce productivity by up to 40%. Continuously switching between tasks limits your focus and increases stress levels.

Avoid over-committing, and work through your self-imposed deadlines one-by-one.

EXTRA TIP: Tackle your biggest task at the start of the day, to avoid procrastinating!

4. Be proactive, not reactive.

Set aside time for responding to emails, but do not let them determine what your day is going to look like – you don’t want to spend your day putting out fires.

…and remember, the list!

5. Take a breather

Taking short breaks at work, even if it’s just to get yourself a fresh coffee, has been linked to increased levels of concentration, creativity and memory.

In fact, researchers at Florida State University have found that those who work in intervals of no more than 90 minutes, are more productive than those who work 90-minutes plus.

6. Move around a little

If you have a little extra time during lunch, or you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, go for a walk around the block to get your blood pumping – it could be just what you need to clear your head and
get your focus back.