Being productive at work is easy for the first few minutes. Until, of course, you want to finish that latte, and then you realized that your girlfriend from across the country responded to your email, and that today is absolutely the last day to order those gorgeous shoes for 35 percent off. Suddenly, you’ve spent all morning being productive – at least personally. But you’re too exhausted to be productive in a professional sense. When you find that you have a difficult time being productive in the office, you need a few pointers.
Focus on What’s Important
It’s easy to focus on the little things as a way of getting them out of the way before you start the big, important things you have to do. However, if you spend too much time and energy on the little things, you might not have enough motivation left to do the big things. Here’s the deal; sometimes you have to take the important tasks in life and get them done, and then work on the little stuff. It’s great for productivity.
Divide and Conquer
Have you ever noticed that you tend to put big projects on the backburner when it seems that they are simply too involved? Try breaking them down into smaller tasks so that each time you accomplish one, you are one step closer to finishing the big picture. You don’t have to do them all at once, just designate one little task for one day and another for the next until the entire project is complete.
Make a To-Do List
It’s surprisingly simple, but surprisingly effective. Making a to-do list is a great way to get things accomplished and make you more productive at work. Each time you finish something on the list, cross it off. The more things you see crossed off, the more motivated you’ll feel to finish crossing them off.