For most of us, productivity is all about getting more done in less time, which is not the right way to look at it. Productivity at workplace implies doing the most important things in the most efficient manner possible.

You stagger into the office five minutes before your are suppose to start, you have a coffee in your hand. You do like your job, but it is hard to hit the floor peppy and productive every single day. It feels even harder when you find yourself sitting for so long at one time.

That is the nature of the job, but how can you change things up a little to create an environment that is more productive and more enjoyable?

Here are 10 strategies that can set the tone and keep you motivated to be productive,

1. Plan

Get to your desk about 15 minutes early and write out a daily list of tasks and plan out your day before it begins. This will help to keep you focused and on track throughout the day. Set out your top three most important tasks to do first.

2. Power hour

Commit! Dedicate the first hour to getting as much done as you can. Avoid your email inbox, favorite blogs, and voicemails, and get right to work. This sets the tone for the day and gives you a great sense of accomplishment that can follow you through to home time.

3. Recess

When we were kids we probably loved recess more than school, but our teacher knew that we needed small breaks to help us learn better. The same is true for working. Allocating specific time periods when it’s okay to become distracted can help make the rest of your day more productive. Just keep them short and then get back to it.

4. Learn to say “no”

Making a lot of time commitments can teach us how to juggle various engagements and manage our time. This can be a great thing.

However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.

5. Sleep at least 7-8 hours

Some people think sacrificing sleep is a good way to hack productivity and wring a couple extra hours out of the day. This is not the case.

Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep for their bodies and minds to function optimally. You know if you’re getting enough. Listen to your body, and don’t underestimate the value of sleep.

6. The two minute rule – If a task can be done in two minutes, do it

It’s inevitable that small tasks will pop-up throughout your day, but you don’t want to waste time contemplating whether or not you should do them.

Instead, just ask yourself if you can complete the task in less than two minutes.

If the answer is yes, do it. You’ve only lost two minutes of your day.

If the answer is no, add the task to your to-do list (below your top three tasks for the day) and take care of it later.

7. Use site blockers

There’s a lot of distracting websites out there that – while entertaining – ruin productivity for each of us.

Start using site blockers so that you can work without the constant threat of distracting websites. Just go to Google and type “your browser” and “site blocker,” you’ll easily find a great one to use.

8. De-clutter Your Desk

It all starts from a desk. You cannot achieve a higher level of productivity with a cluttered desk. Productivity experts suggest that employees should keep their desk neat and clean and avoid wasting time on organizing the desk daily.

9. Take Advantage of Productivity Tools

For those who want to take their productivity to the next level, technology can prove to be a great aid. With so many tools and task management software out there, you can easily automate and streamline tasks to save time and boost productivity. If you use technology well, you can easily maximize your productivity and get more done in less time.

10. Take Care of Your Health

Last but certainly not the least, is your health. “Health is wealth” and “A sound mind in a sound body” emphasizes the importance of health. How does employee health affect productivity? According to research conducted by Health Enhancement Research Organization, a worker who exercises regularly and eats healthy meals performs much better and has a higher productivity level.

Research conducted at Centre for Health Research at Healthways also points in the same direction. This simply means, “You are what you eat” even at work so make healthy food choices and exercise regularly.

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