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Tips to Be More Productive In The Office

By Shelley WengerPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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Working in an office isn't for everyone. It can become monotonous and boring, especially if you spend eight or more hours sitting in one spot. However, it doesn't have to be.

You can be productive while working in an office. Here are some tips to help.

Make a list of things that you need to get done each day. It is a good idea to have a list of things that you need to get done each day. Some recommend ending the day by working on your list so you can start fresh in the morning. Others recommend starting each day by making a list. You will have to figure out which works best for you.

Then, prioritize it so you can work through each task. It helps to put your tasks in a list of importance so that you know in what order you should do them. If something needs to be done today, put it at the top. If something can wait, put it at the bottom. If you are able to get to it, that is good because you will have a head start on the next day. However, if you don't, you will know where to start your next list!

Start with the hardest task first. Everyone has that one task that they dread doing, so they keep pushing it back. After a while, it just doesn't get done.

However, it can be freeing to do it first. By getting it out of the way, you can focus on the rest of your to-do list. The other tasks will feel less daunting, and you will be amazed at how fast you can get through some of them.

Take breaks (and move around). You can get stiff easily if you spend all of your work days in one spot. This is especially true if you don't get up from your chair all day.

So, make sure that you take multiple short breaks throughout the day, even if you just stand up to stretch. However, if you are able to get up and walk around the office (or take a quick walk around the building), it would be even better.

Stop multitasking. Though you may feel like you get more done when multitasking, the truth is that it can be a waste of time. You aren't able to focus on anything fully, and even if you do get several things done, you might not give any of it your full attention. You might be too distracted to do well, and your work suffers.

So, stop multitasking and focus on one task at a time. Once you are done, you can move on to the next one. You may be amazed at how much more you can get done when you are able to focus on each item.

If you are serious about being productive, it helps to make yourself a list of everything that needs to be done. Then, organize it in the order that it needs to be done so you can start to work through it. However, you may want to start with the hardest task first. Once you get that done, you will feel accomplished and be able to move on to the rest of the things quickly.

You also need to take a lot of short breaks. Not only is this good for your body, but it is good to give your mind a rest. You can come back refreshed and ready to work. You also need to stop multitasking. This can really waste time, instead of helping.

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Shelley Wenger

Small town country girl in southern Pennsylvania. Raising two boys on a small farm filled with horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, dogs, and a cat. Certified veterinary technician and writer at Virtually Shelley.

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