U.S. News spoke with several career coaches to pinpoint 10 ways you can be more productive at work.
1. Make sure you take breaks
A short walk can help you clear your head and help you restart your work with a fresh approach.
If you want to save time, make a to-do list the night before and update it the next day.
3. Set long-term goals
Develop two big-picture things that you want to accomplish throughout the year and post them to your computer monitor.
4. Start your day earlier
If you can get to work early, chances are you will get more done without any distractions around.
5. Surf the web occasionally
A study done by the National University of Singapore found web browsing can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity.
The study found taking intermittent breaks from tasks to surf the Web to visit your favorite sites can help you focus more when you go back to work.
6. Don't multitask
Kate Wendleton, president of career coaching firm, The Five O'Clock Club, says focus on one thing, get it done, and move on.
"The people who are able to focus and get something done well are the people who are most productive," Wendleton said.
Meditating allows you to let go of stress. Visualize what you want your day to look like.
8. Snack right
Snacks should be high in protein and rich in fiber.
"Don't limit your snacks to just one food group," says nutritionist Heather Bauer.
Bauer says if you are going to snack on a piece of fruit, add some peanut butter for energy and two pieces of high-fiber bran crisp bread.
9. Power nap
A number of medical studies have shown that short napping in the early afternoon increased a person's productivity.
"A very short, regenerative nap can help you channel your energy and refocus," Maria Tabaka, a business coach and strategist.
10. Counter interruptions
You must have a strategy for dealing with interruptions. "When someone comes in, all of your strategies shouldn't go out the window," said Caroline Ceniza-Levine of coaching firm SixFigureStart.
Image by Linsdsey Turner, Flickr
No email address was supplied by
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.
Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.
For a more personalized experience, please supply the following optional information.