Enhancing Your Productivity in the Workplace

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Looking around your workplace, you are likely to spot a few of your colleagues lousing and being unproductive at least for one or two hours in a day. Studies upon studies have been done by management consultants and other authoritative figures in this field. Despite the variations in outcomes, a number of things stick out as the major causes of reduced productivity.

Turning these factors upside down, you will realize how much power they have in making you a super-productive worker. 

Fight Off Procrastination

According to a survey by Salary.com, about 70% of American workers waste time at work daily. This percentage keeps on increasing year on year and is a reflection of what happens even in other markets around the world.

One of the best approaches to reduce procrastination in your work is by cultivating an atmosphere of motivation. Motivation needs to come from within as well as around you. Put expectations that you can meet and targets you can attain. These will motivate you.

Take Feedback Positively

Not every feedback that comes to you is easy to take in. Some could be harsh while others may completely turn you off. Whatever the case, feedback contains insight that can help you change your approach to work for the better.

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At the end of the day, sit down and take stock of the various feedback both verbal and written. When looking at the negative feedback, don’t focus on the negativity but go straight to the content.

Develop Your Skills

Skills development is a core function of most organizations. With the right skillset, you will end up doing your job more efficiently than you would have otherwise performed without adequate training. Lifelong learning is one of the key factors that characterize the future of work and as you invest in skills, you will be more valuable to customers due to increased productivity.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” Thomas A. Edison

Recognize Your Accomplishments

Whatever you do at the workplace deserves recognition. To some people, recognition comes from the inside while others wait for external validation. To ensure you keep on the momentum and enhance your productivity, have a checklist of the things you have done and appreciate yourself.

Lastly, if work doesn’t mean more than the pay, it will never pay more. This is true even in your personal work culture. Find something in your work that is more meaningful than the compensation you are getting. This will make it easier for you to ramp up your productivity even in the face of difficult conditions. 

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