10 Proven Ways to Boost Productivity at Work

blog post by Stev Stegner

Productivity is the key to success in any business. It's the measure of how much work is accomplished in a given amount of time. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves struggling to stay productive and focused throughout the workday. Whether it's due to distractions, lack of motivation, or simply feeling overwhelmed, it can be hard to get things done. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a few simple strategies, you can boost your productivity and achieve more in less time.

1. Set clear goals. One of the most important things you can do to boost your productivity is to set clear, measurable goals for yourself. When you know exactly what you need to accomplish, you can focus your energy on achieving it.  Creating a daily “To Do List” is an excellent way to stay focused.

2. Prioritize your tasks. Another key to productivity is knowing which tasks are most important and focusing on them first. Use a task manager or to-do list to help you prioritize your tasks and stay on track.

3. Eliminate distractions. Distractions are the enemy of productivity. Whether it's your phone, email, or social media, it's important to eliminate as many distractions as possible so you can focus on your work.  One simple solution is to have all your calls/emails held and plan to answer them in batches throughout the day.

4. Take regular breaks. While it may seem counterintuitive, taking regular breaks can actually help you be more productive. When you take a break, your brain gets a chance to rest and recharge, allowing you to come back to your work refreshed and ready to tackle your tasks.  Pro Tip:  Drink lots of water, it forces you to get up from time to time, plus your body needs to stay hydrated for maximum brain power.

5. Use technology to your advantage. There are many tools and apps available that can help you boost your productivity. From time-tracking apps to project management tools, there's something out there for everyone.

6. Stay organized. When your work space is cluttered, it can be hard to focus and stay productive. Take the time to organize your work space and keep it clean and tidy.

7. Delegate tasks. Sometimes, the best way to boost your productivity is to delegate tasks to others. This allows you to focus on the most important tasks, while someone else handles the less important ones.  For many business owners, this is hard to do.  They may want to feel like a team player and help with all aspects of the business.  To be the most productive, the owner should be doing the tasks only he or she can do, before pitching into help others.

8. Stay motivated. Motivation is key to productivity. To stay motivated, set small goals for yourself and celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may be. 

9. Take care of your physical and mental health. Taking care of your physical and mental health is crucial for staying productive. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly.

10. Stay positive. A positive attitude can go a long way in boosting your productivity. Stay positive, even when things get tough, and you'll be more likely to get things done.

11. Bonus tip, limit yourself to 40 hours in your business or less each week.  Being overworked stifles productivity.  There are always exceptions and if for short periods of time you are energized by the progress you are making, put in the extra hours.  Just make sure you are not neglecting your partner or children.  I was able to reduce my hours to about 20 hours per week and grew both sales and profitability.  Feel free to schedule a free Discovery Call.

In conclusion, productivity is the key to success in any business. By setting clear goals, prioritizing tasks, eliminating distractions, taking regular breaks, using technology to your advantage, staying organized, delegating tasks, staying motivated, taking care of your physical and mental health and staying positive, you can boost your productivity and achieve more in less time.

Stev Stegner Consulting has been helping businesses for over a decade.  Feel free to schedule a free Discovery Call.  Stev enjoys the helping owners and managers grow their businesses, solve employee issues, balance family and work responsibilities and create a business that is sellable in the future. He will help you make more money, give you the confidence you need to be content and create more time for you to enjoy life.

Stev Stegner, MBA
Coaching, Mentoring, Training