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4 Ways To Be More Productive At The Office

Aug 17, 2007
It's scary to think about how much we could get done, and how much free time we could have if we were more productive. But being productive isn't easy, I hope that by reading these 4 tips you will be closer to increasing your productivity.

1. What type of person are you?

The first part of being more productive is figuring what kind of person you are. Do you multi-task frequently? Are you often the first one to arrive in the office and the last one to leave? You are always tapping away on your computer and never have time for lunch. You are always jumping from one task to the next, and you usually have a trail of unfinished tasks in your wake. Your efficiency decreases.

2. People who need help

Many people don't reach their full potential in the workplace. There are many people like you in the workplace who are unable to finish one task before moving on to the next.

Half a dozen word processing windows, e-mail messages and assorted internet searches underway are take up their computer screens real estate. Their workspace and yours is littered with sticky notes and file folders half-read.

3. Set Goals

Before your nerves snap and you sink deeper in this mess called un productivity, stop and re-focus. Your problem can be easily solved by these two words: Set Goals. Here is an

incredibly simple way to start getting this problem under control. Every morning, before you turn on your computer, write down five things that you need to accomplish that day on an index card or pad. Make sure you include a small task that you are certain you can complete in that day. This will give you a sense of completion that will eventually be your motivation to finish another task. Sooner or later, you will gain a sense of satisfaction in completing daily tasks brought about by writing down your goals. Don't worry if your list is small. You will know when you can add more to your list and accomplish all of them during your day. When

you set daily goals, put them in writing and then go ahead and do them, you cure yourself of daily disorganization and un productivity.

4. Prioritize

Use your intelligence. Don't waste your energy and lose momentum on one task because you let yourself be distracted by another task. Work with your daily goals list. Work on accomplishing the tasks on your lists first before tackling others. What are your real priorities?
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