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When you think of productivity at work, the thought of getting way more done in a set amount of time than you usually do will mean you are being more productive. While that is true, there are many aspects to being productive and increasing in your productivity. Productivity is not just about getting things done, but also the mindset in which you approach it.
Many tips and techniques that you see to be more productive are fairly commonplace. However, if they were all that easy, wouldn’t we be the most productive people in the world? So sometimes these kinds of suggestions don’t seem to ‘click’ with people, or they find it harder to relate and apply the information given. So here are some more practical steps to improving your productivity at work.
Change Your Thinking
Do you know what one of the leading causes of you being productive is? Well, it is you! If you are someone that blames and complains a lot in the workplace, then you are losing vital time that could be being used much more wisely. If you resort to excuses and justifications, then it is time to stop what you are doing and change your thinking. You’re not going to be productive in that state. The same goes for procrastination. You are the only one that is going to be able to stop that and get things done. So think about how you are at work and what you could do to change it.
Know Your Strengths
One way to be more focused at work and to be more productive is to know what you are good at and what you find harder or more difficult to do. The latter is the kind of tasks that you will naturally procrastinate with or find it hard to focus on when you are doing them. So if you know where your strengths and your weaknesses lie, then you can allow more time (or even less time), for certain tasks. It will also help you to identify areas where you might need to get someone else’s help or to outsource work. For instance, IT services and all things computer based might be a massive part of your work, but you just don’t do it well. If this is the case, then looking for a managed IT service firm would help you to be more productive. You’ve identified a weakness and are now looking at ways to be more productive with it.
Identify Time Thieves
We all have certain things that take up a lot of our time and stop us from being as productive as we want to be. As much as we don’t always want to admit it, there are many of these time thieves in our lives. Knowing what yours are, as they can be different for everyone, will help you a lot. It could be your emails, Facebook, a hobby or chatting to a certain person in the office. Those things are all well and good, but not when they stop you from being the most productive person that you can be.