Out of OfficeProductivity is becoming a buzz word across all industries. The question is no longer “Can you do the job?” but, “How efficient can you be while you do the job?”

As technology and computers replace hard copies and humans, high productivity is necessary. Whether you want to be more productive at your job or in the precious hours you have outside of work, maximizing your time leads to the highest results of productivity.
The ultimate goal: Work Smart, Not Hard. How can you curb the wasted minutes in your day to get more done while also having more “you” time? Try making these small adjustments in both your work and personal life.

  • Start with a daily plan. Having a plan is the first step. Write down all of the things that you need to do and prioritize them. Even if you don’t think you’ll have time to get to a task today, seeing it on your list will help remind you that it needs to get done.
  • Goal yourself. Whether it’s something small like not grabbing your lunch until you finish item 3 on your list, it will keep you motivated to stay on task.
  • Give yourself a break. When you can feel yourself starting to lag, take a recess. Stand up and stretch, get a breath of fresh air, or eat a quick snack. By allowing yourself to have that 3 minutes break you will be able to refocus and get down to business instead of dragging through your do to list.
  • Plan ahead. If you know you need to do errands after work or are going to go to the gym before, bring the things you’ll need so you don’t have to waste time stopping home. By taking 5 minutes to plan ahead you can save yourself the time of back tracking.
  • Clean your work space before you end the day. Coming back the next day to a space that’s ready for work will give you a jump start the next day.

Being productive is not about how fast you can accomplish a task, it’s about how efficient you can complete a task and build a foundation to accomplish the next.  If you’re not ready to have your job taken over by a computer show your value through your efficiency. Being the most productive you that you can be will leave you ready to take on whatever the next day brings.