How to work more productively in the office

If only there are more hours in the day! This is a standard thought for many business people. We all need a little more time to get our work done, or squeeze in one more task. Or, do you?

The real trick isn’t working longer, but working smarter. If you can work more productively, you can get more done in less time.

So, how exactly do we do work more productively? Well, there are all kinds of techniques which will help boost your productivity.

Here are 6 top tips towards working more productively. So if you struggle to get your work done, or just need a bit more time to earn a bit of money of the side through your favourite trading software (, read on.

Write everything down

We all tend to have a hundred things running through our heads at once. This is the biggest problem when it comes to time management and working productively. When it’s all in your head, it seems like a mountain of work. It feels stressful, and we feel overwhelmed. Instead, write it all down. Everything. Splurge all your thoughts on paper. Now, you can prioritise things. You can schedule them, set deadlines. You can eliminate them from your mind. If it becomes a daily habit you will never look back.

Use the pomodoro technique

If you’ve never heard of the pomodoro technique, it’s about to change your working life completely. It’s an easy way of ending your day into bite sized, manageable chunks of super productivity. It all starts by setting a timer for 25 minutes. That’s a nice short period of time, right? You can get started on a project, or power through all your emails in that space. Focus on completely uninterrupted work for those 25 minutes.

When the timer goes off after 25 minutes, take a five minute break. Stretch your legs and make a cup of tea. Read a blog or check Twitter; whatever you wish. Then, set the timer for another 25 minutes. This is super easy if you’ve got some form of wearable technology managing your time. Studies show that this method is incredibly effective when working through projects. After a few of hours, give yourself an extended break too.

Blast through the ‘2-minute-jobs’

Most of the time, we feel stressed and overwhelmed by our to-do list. But, let’s just take another look at that list. Some of those tasks will be super simple. Reply to an email, ask supplier for a quote, call the doctor. Set aside twenty minutes at the beginning of the day, and just power through them. It gives you an excellent sense of satisfaction as you quickly cross out things from your to-do list. It also clears your mind of stress, and allows you to specialise in the main jobs and tasks of the day. Don’t stress the little things. Just get them out of the way.

‘Fight the monster’ first thing

Once you have powered through the 2-minute-jobs it is time to ‘fight the monster’. It basically means getting the large, ugly job out of the way very first thing within the morning. The ‘monster’ is that one job you’ve been dreading. It’s big, difficult, and it hangs over everything. We’ve all got one of these on our to-do list.

The trick is to blast through it very first thing within the morning. If you have got your 2-minute-jobs out the way. Don’t check your emails. Don’t answer the phone. Just dive in, and get it off your to-do list. You’ll instantly feel better and lighter than ever before.

Avoid distractions

It’s easier said than done, when we’re only ever one click away from social media and blogs. The office is full of distractions, but it’s your job to ignore them! There are a few ways to do this. First, you’ll use a bit of software or app to dam certain sites. You can set a blacklist, then hit the timer. You’ll have no access to them for a period of time, allowing you to get on with more important things. If that seems a touch intense, try giving yourself a ‘reward’ break. When you finish one project, you can spend five minutes being distracted in whichever way you choose!


Last of all, get plenty of sleep, and stay hydrated.

Sleep deprivation can hinder work performance, so you need to get plenty of sleep when you have a big day ahead. Lack of sleep can start by putting you in a bad mood, leading to bad decisions, poor creativity and in the end you can have health problems. These things are key to concentration and energy.