- Create an environment that’s conducive to productivity
The most important step is to create a working environment that’s comfortable and conducive to productivity – and that means everything from the desk you use, to the lighting in your office, to the temperature of your workspace. You should be able to put your feet up on your desk if you want, or if you need to get out of your chair and go for a walk around the block. The best way to do this is to take control of things yourself.
- Work at home, occasionally
One of the biggest distractions in many offices is other people. If you work at home from time-to-time, it’s easy for you to avoid these distractions – plus it’s easier than ever now with services like Google Hangouts and Skype making communication with colleagues or even clients internationally very simple. Working from home doesn’t mean you have to be alone all day either – there are plenty of ways for you to get together with other coworkers in both informal and formal settings online or off (including breaking bread together). Being someplace different can also help increase creativity, so don’t forget about coffee shops!
- Create a routine that works for you
Having a set schedule helps keep you focused when it comes time for work because it makes sure nothing gets disrupted or forgotten (like forgetting how much time was allotted for certain tasks). It can also help keep overworking (which does happen) at bay by making sure nothing gets done in excess (and then needing more work done at once). Find out what works best for you — whether that means going early in the morning or staying late — and try not to deviate too far from it unless absolutely necessary. Remember: If we know ourselves well enough, we won’t have trouble doing our jobs.
- Just do it!
Don’t put off work until the last minute – there’s nothing worse than having to rush to get things done and then having to deal with the stress of possibly not doing a good job because of that pressure. Instead, just take the time you need to get things done properly, and don’t worry about how much time it takes (unless you have to turn something in). Taking your time when working can be extremely beneficial, as we learned from this study analyzing average typing speed and productivity that shows the faster typists actually produced fewer words per minute than their slower counterparts. And if you do end up being able to finish earlier than planned? Use that extra time for yourself – enjoy it!
- Organize your tasks into smaller chunks
It can help keep your focus on a single task if you divide it up into smaller tasks and organize them in a way that makes sense for you, whether that means putting them on an online calendar or simply writing them down on paper or digitally (with apps like Google Keep). You may even find that just organizing your tasks better results in greater productivity overall. But whatever way you choose to delineate your tasks is up to you — don’t let yourself feel limited by anything but simple logic in how you approach them!