Achieving Productivity in the Workplace: Part 1

By: Marie Donlon

Productivity in the workplace is difficult to maintain, especially when bombarded with endless meetings, emails and calls, not to mention new projects and other assignments on top of an already overflowing work “plate.”

Here are a number of tips for achieving the feeling that you have completed all that you’ve wanted to during the course of the workday so that you can go home feeling accomplished.

To-do Lists

Preparing a to-do list for just about any number of tasks, be it household chores or other matters, can help you better focus on the tasks that need to be done. Lists also help you to organize and prioritize those tasks so that you can handle the more pressing tasks first.


The number of things that might distract us from completing tasks during the course of a day are untold. Whether it is the chatty neighbor to your right or the one across from you making strange, guttural sounds as they work, it can be distracting. To remedy this problem, get yourself a pair of headphones and put them on. This will deter your chatty neighbor from making demands on your time with the latest information about their cat’s most recent operation.

Likewise, our bevvy of electronic devices, dinging and pinging each time we get an email or text message can be equally distracting. The solution here is simple. Turn off all of your devices. And if that doesn’t work, place the items out of your line of sight. With any luck, you might forget about them for a little while at least.

Sleep On It

Getting enough sleep can serve to correct any number of life’s problems. Specifically, sleeping enough often leads to clear thought and allows you to stay focused on the task at hand so that you can see it through to its completion.

Night Owl or Early Riser?

Depending on what kind of person you are — all-nighter or early riser — can impact how you best complete tasks. Are you a night owl who is more productive in the later hours of the day, or perhaps you like to complete tasks while others sleep? Once you have determined what kind of person you are, consider dealing with your day’s most difficult tasks during those hours where you shine.

Take a Break

Though it might seem counterintuitive, make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day. Despite the number of pressing matters on your desk or otherwise, taking a few minutes away to clear your head will result in a more focused taskmaster upon your return.

Check back next week for Part 2.