In theory, all of us want to be more productive—but that’s often much easier said than done. Between juggling tasks, exchanging emails with co-workers, and avoiding sidetracks, maintaining your focus and getting things done can be challenging.
But increasing your daily productivity doesn’t mean you have to completely overhaul the way you do work. Often, it just means making minor changes to increase your efficiency, or simply altering your own attitude. Here are 7 simple things you can do to be more productive at work.
1. Create a Realistic to-do List
Chances are that you at least make a mental checklist of the things you need to do each day. Creating a to-do list and writing it down can help you stay on track—but if that list is excessively long, it might just intimidate you into not getting much done at all. Try to be realistic about what you can actually get done each day, and set goals for yourself. If any of the projects on your list are particularly time-intensive, consider breaking them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. If you prefer to reduce paperwork, try using an app like Todoist and keep your list in digital form.