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12 Ways to Be More Productive at Work

If you are hit with that afternoon slump at work, you are not alone! The good news is that there are natural, non-caffeine stimulant ways to improve your productivity, and in an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine elaborates on how. There are 12 ways to improve your productivity:

  1. Get your sleep.
  2. Begin leisurely.
  3. Prioritize.
  4. Exercise.
  5. Minimize caffeine.
  6. Change locations.
  7. Minimize the multitasking.
  8. Clean.
  9. Take a break.
  10. Keep a routine.
  11. Avoid distracting web sites.
  12. Accept the challenge.

Ready for Another Round

Sleep is a time for your brain to recharge so you can maximize its capacity. Working all day and night may seem alluring, but you will quickly burn out. Aim to get 7 to 9 hours of rest a night. Once you wake up, it is okay to take a few minutes for yourself in the morning; in fact, it is encouraged. If you immediately wake up and work, there will likely be errors. Take time to get ready and eat a good breakfast.

A to-do list can be a great motivator, but if there are too many tasks on the list, it may actually deter you. Make sure your list is prioritized and can actually be accomplished.

There are a plethora of health benefits associated with working out, but did you know it can help give you energy? Taking a midday break to get even 20 minutes of cardio can be enough to recharge you and keep you focused the rest of the day. People who drink too much caffeine meanwhile are susceptible to crashes; plus, it may disrupt your sleep. It can be difficult, but the best thing you can do is wean yourself off of the caffeine and find better, more natural solutions to your energy crisis.

The environment in which you work has a huge impact on your productivity. If you are feeling uninspired, change it up! On that same note, clutter is a distraction, so keep your work area clean and debris-free.

Everyone would like to believe they are great multitaskers, but that does not mean they should constantly engage in multiple activities. Devoting your full attention to one thing at a time can help you accomplish things better. And even if you are in the midst of a revolution, it is important to remember to take a break. A simple 10 minutes to yourself will help you refocus and prevent you from burning out. Checking social media can be a great way to take a quick mental break, but it is easy to get sucked in and fall behind on your work. Try to avoid websites that will prove too big distraction.

Having an established routine in place will help you to keep productive and stay on task. Additionally, it helps you to narrow in on techniques that will help you continually progress. Try to accomplish the challenging tasks first. Accomplishing something difficult will motivate you and keep you optimistic about future endeavors.

You can read the original article here: http://www.cio.com/article/2997265/personal-productivity/12-ways-to-be-more-productive-at-work.html

About Danielle Koehler

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Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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