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11 real people share their best productivity hacks at work

Source | Business Insider : By Jillian Kramer

It’s all too easy to get distracted at work.

Whether your coworker’s conversation is drawing your attention or you see the siren call of a Facebook notification, sometimes it can seem all but impossible to keep calm and carry on … working.

So, we turned to 11 hard workers and got their top productivity hacks so that you, too, can stay focused on the job.

1. Do the small stuff stat.

“If a task can be completed in less than two minutes, then I finish it immediately. It doesn’t matter if it’s watering the plants or writing an email, I do it right now. If I postpone these small tasks, I experience the so-called snowball effect and it’s harder for me to concentrate and finish each one of the other tasks on my to-do list.” Harriet Jones

2. Hide your phone.

“I leave my phone in my bag and only take it out at lunch time and breaks. This cuts down on the temptation to check Facebook or group chats. I also put it on silent so I can’t hear the tempting notifications of the group chat—it can wait until lunch time.” — Teresa Walsh

3. Prioritize your to-do list.

“Daily and weekly tasks can often feel daunting if you don’t know where to start. So, for my weekly tasks, I begin each week by writing down known tasks. Each task gets evaluated by three categories: time sensitive, most important, or least desirable. The most time-sensitive task usually wins that No. 1 task spot, but I have a rule that least desirable task must also be in the top five. Otherwise, I’ll push it down the list and never get it done.” Bethany Epley

4. Turn on some ambient noise.

“We have an open-plan office, so it’s easy to get distracted by coworker’s conversions and music. I always keep my headphones at my desk, in case I need to turn on an ambient noise Pandora station and really get focusing on what needs to be done.” — Nicole Letendre

5. Move your body.

“To be my most productive at the office, I plan for 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity at some point throughout the day. Whether that’s going to the gym or for a walk around lunch time, I find I am more productive when I break up my day like this. I think that taking time to get your muscles working and get your blood moving helps invigorate your mind as well as your body—not to mention, the endorphins your body is producing while you are active helps to better manage stress and improve your mood.” Jeff Hands

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