5 Top Tips For Improving Your Productivity At Work


In a diverse world, there is one thing that we all have in common: we all have the same amount of hours in a day. Research has shown that one of the key differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that high achievers know how to squeeze the most productive output from every hour they have. In this insights article, I’ll share my top tips for improving your productivity at work.



1. Organise Your Workspace


To create an efficient work environment, you must first clean your workspace. This will not only help you to focus, but it will also make your workday more enjoyable. Set aside time to declutter and organise your desk, and ensure everything is in its place. By doing this, you’ll have a clean, organised desk that is conducive to focusing and saving yourself a lot of time throughout the day by not having to hunt for things constantly.


Another way to unlock your productivity is by ensuring you have enough light in your workspace. Many people prefer to work in poorly-lit areas as they believe it makes them more creative, but studies have shown that low light levels decrease your creativity. Instead, ensure enough light to see what you’re doing, but not so much that it’s too bright and distracting.



2. Set Realistic Goals


When you’re new to a job or a role, it can be tempting to set ridiculously high goals for yourself. This is a great way to set yourself up for failure because you’ll inevitably feel disappointed when you don’t meet your unrealistic expectations. Instead, it would help if you focused on setting realistic goals with short-term and long-term timelines. Once you’ve set your goals, break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks to focus on the process rather than the outcome.


Another great way to set yourself up for success is by working with your colleagues to set team-wide goals. Working with your team to place goals and monitor your progress sends a solid message to your manager that you’re committed to your work and want to make an impact. This will not only help you to succeed, but it will also help your team to succeed. Nothing is better than feeling like you’re all working together and helping each other exceed expectations.



3. Block Out Distractions


Distractions are inevitable when you work in an open office, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them get in the way of your productivity. You have a few different options when it comes to blocking out distractions. You could invest in noise-cancelling headphones, which are great for shutting out the noise and making sure you’re focused on what you’re doing.


If you’re not a fan of headphones, you could also try using a sound machine to create white noise and drown out the surrounding noise. Another option is to create a distraction-free workspace. You can do this by closing your door, shutting your blinds, and ensuring you don’t have anything on your desk that will take your focus away from the task.



4. Don’t Forget to Break


While it’s essential to be productive, taking breaks when you’re working is also important. Taking regular intervals while you work can help prevent burnout, stay focused on the task at hand, and help avoid those pesky eye cramps that come with staring at your computer screen for eight hours straight!


There are a few different ways you can break up your work day. You could work in four-hour chunks, taking 10-minute breaks when you hit the four-hour mark. You could also work in two-hour chunks, taking a 30-minute break when you hit the two-hour mark, or you could work for three-hour chunks, taking a one-hour break when you hit the three-hour mark. While the method you choose is entirely up to you, it’s essential to be consistent and stick to your schedule.



5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.


To succeed in your role, you must know your strengths and weaknesses. By knowing your skills and limitations, you’ll be able to seek assistance when needed, so you can focus your energy on the things you’re best at. 

You must reach out and ask your colleagues for help when you’re new to a role. People will appreciate that you’re willing to take the time to learn and understand the functions that are being done around you, and they’ll be more inclined to help you when you need it in the future.


If you’re overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do and don’t know where to start, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s important to let your manager know when you’re feeling overwhelmed, so they can help lighten your load or help you devise a plan to get everything done on time. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and some people are willing to help you. Being open and honest with your coworkers and manager about the amount of work you have to do and how long you think it’ll take you to get it done will go a long way in building rapport with people and helping you to get the assistance you need.





In a world where time is becoming increasingly precious, making the most of every hour you have is essential. By following these five tips, you can improve your productivity at work and progress on your daily goals and tasks.

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James Fleming

The Power Within Training,

The Motivational Intelligence Company




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