-Keep a running list of the day's goals, mark them off as they are completed
-Know your work calendar and understand what meetings you have the next day(s)
-Plan ahead and block your calendar for personal work time around those future events
-Leave some space in your day/week for the unplanned meeting or training
-(This one is VERY Important) Excessive meetings, calls, and discussion will limit daily/weekly productivity - Do not be afraid to decline or reschedule non-essential meetings/calls. You won't be able to reschedule them all, but the key is to focus on your deliverable and ensure that your schedule accommodates what you need to achieve a high quality work product.
Once you have your work day planned out, it is about breaking large tasks into smaller tasks until completion. There is no one solution to the productivity question as there are an infinite number of factors that can hinder or support your efforts. The best possible solution is the one that works for you, and is repeatable. Over your career you will find that you've used several methods depending on the job, task, and work environment.
- If you are having issues with managing your time and productivity a suggestion would be to classify your emails or tasks based on their priority so you can mange them in a more productive way. For example you could classify the tasks as "A", "B" or "C" tasks and give each a higher level of priority.
- Try not to get bogged down on one priority task if you are facing challenges. It is important to take a step back at times and just refresh. Maybe even go a tackle some of the smaller tasks while you think about what is needed for the more important tasks.
- It is also a good idea to ring fence your time. If you have deadlines coming up make sure to block book time in your calendar so you can focus and it will act as a reminder. Be selfish with your time and focus on priorities.
All in all, planning is key and it is a must when looking to increase productivity
Being productive at work especially during the pandemic was initially very challenging for me and this is how I went about my day.
I spend 30-40 minutes planning my next day’s work before I sleep so that I don’t get overwhelmed with the next day's tasks.
During the early days of my career, I was introduced to a Matrix to categorize my day’s work which has been super helpful to me and I use it till date. It’s called the Urgent v/s Important matrix.
You draw a square on a sheet of paper and divide it into 4 pieces. The X-axis needs to have 2 fields called Urgent and Not urgent. The Y-axis has fields called Important and Not Important. Based on your tasks, you can just sort it accordingly and see which piece it fits.
The tasks that fall under the Important and Urgent quadrant, I do them immediately by setting the deadline. Then I move on to the not important and urgent quadrant and see if this is something that can be delegated or I’ll have to revisit this later. Then I move on to the next quadrant which is important but not urgent and get it resolved. I find it very rare that my tasks fall under the Not Important and Not Urgent quadrant(perhaps I’ll need to work on this!)
I follow the same matrix for my daily chores too. Other things that I personally found helpful were taking breaks frequently while working, staying hydrated, alternating 1-hour every day to exercising/hobbies, updating my skills relevant to my job by taking up courses, staying up to date on business updates.
Prepare a To-Do List Each Night
Cut Down Your To-Do List
Plan Phone Calls
Break up Work Periods With Exercise
Get Enough Sleep
Take Care of Yourself
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Here's my approach:
1. Learn your business/work and digital/technology skills
2. Breakdown business processes into sub-processes
3. Evaluate the efforts of digitization and possible business value-added on each sub-process
4. Apply digital skills to automate the low-hanging fruit (low efforts and high business value-added sub-process) or at least partially
5. Repeat 1 - 4 with an infinite learning mindset
Outside the loop, you might also want to explore mature platform-level solutions to streamline your business processes. The gained experience from steps above will position you well in a business liaison role for high-profile digital transformation which is storming almost all industries.
I have found that creating a to do list helps me with my production. I write down everything i need to get done for either the day or the week and then number them in the order of importance that I need to get them done in.
Also listening to music helps me keep my mind centered so that i can stay on task.
Just find things that help you concentrate and keep you on track
This is a subject that every professional has dealt with throughout their career. I have found that setting goals both on a day to day basis, as well as a long term basis has helped productivity.
Also, trying to cut out any types of distractions during your designated working time. You should take a few minutes every hour to breathe and maybe talk to your coworkers. Other than that, it works best to be completely focused.
Hope this helps!
This is an interesting question and everyone has their own way of being productive at work. You cannot implement others rule to your own work life unless you have figured out what works best for you. From my personal experience, below is what I have listed. I hope this helps for you.
First and foremost essence of productivity I realized is to encourage self care. No matter what job role you are in, if you're physically and mentally good, half of your productivity is in place. You'll be active and energetic through out your day.
Next is how you manage stress at work. When one is stressed, your productivity is hampered. There will be a point where work load is exhausting, or may be that one day or the week is hectic. Please remember that you're not alone. These challenges are faced by many. As you climb up the ladder, the workload increases. It's all about how you categories your work.
Never adapt to being stressed in order to reach your goal. I sacrificed my health in order to meet my daily targets. I did well in terms of productivity but I lost my health. Later on I was not able to perform well due to health reasons, this developed stress and work kept piling. One fine day, I sat down and figured out how I could overcome and did a reverse mapping on my daily work. I realized, health and stress management was a main factor. Then I started focusing on these two and eventually I got back on track.
While workload and a hectic day is temporary, if you cannot manage stress, it would not only hamper your productivity but also your health. As a saying goes "If health is lost, everything is lost".
Apart from this, to increase your productivity at work, again there are many ways; few that I follow are listed below. Please note these are my general tips I follow and I would not be able to specify what best practices would work for you in productivity as that depends on the type of work you're into. I'm sure everyone's productivity lies on your company standards and what I follow for work may not work for you.
So below are the ones that anyone can follow no matter what is your job role.
1. I ensure my work place is neat everyday. So when I see my workspace, I feel good to start my day. You will feel positive through out the day at your desk. Hence it is necessary to have a positive work environment.
2. I take regular short breaks to calm or freshen up myself. Constant eye on screen and posture adds up stress on my body. Also it will deviate you from concentrating at work. I try to take walk breaks as well within my home (WORK-FROM-HOME) and try to rethink about my whole work structure during walks.
3. Be proactive about what you need to get your work done. I talk to my manager or the person I report to. I ensure to discuss about my work/productivity and be transparent with them. This way my manager will share some tips or best practices that helps at my work.
4. I'm a social butterfly. I engage my self in many social activities which promotes confidence and knowledge and many more the way your take it up.
5. Adding up to all, time management is a must. It is not rocket science. You need to prioritize which work or task is important and take one step at a time. If there are clashes at prioritizing the work, don't panic, just keep the person in charge to that task informed about the delays. It's simple.
Remember, life is easy. It's just the rules that makes it complicated. All you need to know is take one step at a time and you are there at your set goal.
I hope these tips find useful to you and all the best for your future.
I also highly recommend setting distinct times to do a task or work on a task and implementing 5-10 min breaks in between.
Make a list. If you write it down it will happen.
- Your schedule
- Create a list of Action Items / To Dos
- Plan and prep for upcoming meetings
- Accomplish work tasks
- Create a to-do list, everyday, by project. I also ensure that I understand the urgency of each task. Once the task is done, I mark is as complete and move on. It is very easy to forget small tasks, and even easier to forget what you did the previous day. These daily to-do lists have been very helpful for me.
- Track what my team is doing as well (as a manager this is important) so I can follow-up with them on status. This also helps me understand how much free time they have.
- Track any external/internal follow ups so I do not forget to schedule meetings or send emails.
- Block working time on my calendar, so I don't always have back-to-back calls
- Put my phone on Do not Disturb mode during the day, so I am not distracted by irrelevant notifications.
- Take frequent breaks to stretch and do something non-work related.
Adopting simple practices and keeping things simple has helped me to improve my productivity at work. There are some great tips shared by our various friends on this post but I would like to share some of the common tips that helped me get through most of my work day productively and produce quality results:
1. Trust the small increments. You can’t expect to change years of working habits overnight. Small changes in how you work can gradually add up to big changes in productivity. Try one tip to start, and keep adding more as you find the strategies that work best for you.
2. Keeping a physical journal. Probably it is still me living in the pen and paper days but I love to check things off my journal once they are complete and that small happiness boosts my spirits to improve my productivity in a way.
3. Having sufficient sleep the night before. This is a no-brainer but a good sleep leads to a brilliant start of the day and nothing rocks like the beautiful start to the day
Take Short Breaks. Taking a short break during working hours increases focus and concentration. After taking a 10-minute break, you can resume your work with more energy and motivation.
This is a great question and the fact that you are thinking about this question at this stage in your academic career shows that you are already ahead of the field! After working remote for over a year, it is evident that business leaders nation wide are less concerned about employee's strict 9-5 work schedules, and more concerned about productivity. So how can we increase productivity in the office, at home or in modern hybrid work environments? Well, my number one tip, contrary to popular belief: stop multitasking. Its often quite tempting to take on multiple tasks/projects at one time, however you will discover that you will be more efficient completing one task at a time and will also produce a higher level/quality of work. Hope that helps!
and as you can see from some of the equally great answers you've rec'd above it can be very personal.
I NEED to be organized, i need to know what i have in front of me to do during a day/week/month etc.
I love lists - i get great satisfaction in crossing off completed tasks from my list.
I am not necessarily an organized individual, but i've had to work very hard at it through out my career....and as simple as it sounds i build out my lists.
I also try extremely hard to never miss deadlines...and to do this its obviously important to know the deadline. Again, it may sound simple but when im given a task I ALWAYS ask when its due & plan accordingly. This will also allow you to prioritize your work load.
I also give and ask for updates. So if i have a task due to someone i like to provide them with an update of timelines etc...and the same when im awaiting something from someone, i ask for updates.
It all sounds very straightforward & can be a good base...but we all know that with most jobs/positions/careers there will be the "unexpected" that ends up in your lap. I believe that you cant plan for the unexpected...but as silly as it sounds expect the unexpected, dont stress it...re-evaluate your situation, re-organize & re-prioritize.
Great Question, Good Luck
- setting out a list or plan of certain tasks or items you want to achieve throughout the day. Keep it visible where you can glance throughout to see how you're tracking on achieving them. I love writing things in a notepad (oldschool) it gives more power to the words you've written yourself!
- take breaks in between meetings! (Some meetings could even be taken on a walk) to help clear your mind and leave you refreshed to tackle tasks afterwards
- Take a step back (ties in with the second) to tackle a problem with a new lens, sometimes focusing on one thing for too long can make you lose focus of something important. Try to switch in between tasks
- Ask for help when you need it! More hands/minds are better than one for more project-focused work.
Another simple way of increasing work productivity is creating to do lists with weekly, monthly, or ad hoc tasks that one needs to complete. By having a to do list that is always up to date, it allows for one to stay focused on what needs to be completed. From personal experience, I didn't use a to do list early in my career so I would find myself wasting time by thinking of what needs to be done. By creating a to do list and keeping it up to date, I'm able to spend more of my time on work that needs to be completed.
From a more technical perspective since the question seems to be related to accounting and finance, a great way to increase productivity in the accounting and finance fields is becoming well versed in Microsoft Excel. Being able to use complicated formulas and work with large data sets effectively will cut down time spent in creating Excel models and can even automate routine reports.
Productivity starts with time management and organization
* Have a clear understanding of the various tasks that need to be completed, along with their respective deadlines. This will enable you to prioritize your responsibilities. I tend to tackle the most urgent/time-consuming tasks first.
*Establish a network of colleagues/peers across different areas of focus, so that you have resources to efficiently tackle projects that may fall outside of your immediate scope
*Create time in your schedule to think "big picture." To elaborate further, sometimes we can get so caught up in the small details and processes of a task that we forget to think about the purpose of whatever it is we are doing. Taking a step back to just think may open opportunities to reevaluate, adjust and find other ways to improve productivity
*During the pandemic, I've also found 5-minute breaks to be super helpful with my own productivity. Quick walks outside heave helped me to re-energize and prevent burnout.
1) Organization - I keep a planner with detailed to-do lists. I make sure it is clear what I need to get done in a particular day, and what I want to get done if I have the time. I list out what meetings I have on my calendar and try to estimate when I will be able to work on each of my other tasks throughout the day. I like to plan this out ahead of time and build on it as items come up. I find it much easier to stay on task and meet my deadlines when I have them planned out like this.
2) Dealing with day-to-day changes - Throughout the day, it is normal for people to reach out asking you to do different things. You will also get emails that require your attention as well as meeting invitations. It is important to take a moment to prioritize once these come in. Sometimes they may be urgent, but many times they can wait until you finish what you are working on. I try to finish one project before moving on whenever possible, but it is important to communicate this. For example, if someone asks me to do something that is not particularly urgent I might tell them I am wrapping something up and will do it later that afternoon, or something along those lines. Jumping around from one thing to another can make it difficult to complete tasks in a timely manner. Therefore, I factor them into my planner based on urgency.
3) Taking breaks - It is important to factor breaks into your work day. For most people, productivity declines over time if you do not stop to take a break. Some people like to take fewer longer breaks, while others take more small breaks throughout the day. I like to get up and move a little every couple hours or if I find myself struggling to stay focused. It might be a short walk or just getting up to make a cup of coffee. Afterwards I notice my productivity drastically improves once I resume my work.
Few points here :
Learn to Delegate work
Appreciate people and learn from them
Teamwork is key skill.
Talk to people outside your department.
Set realistic goals
Ask questions and be a very patient listener.