Being Productive Means Leveraging Your Time to Achieve Your Goals
One of the keys to workplace success will be to determine how productivity is measured and whether that is how you work best. Your needs and the needs of the workplace should be in sync. Some people thrive on the pressure of making sure that sales are completed; and some people find that is too stressful. Likewise, some people chafe at the “face time” requirement, since they feel that merely being in the office doesn’t equate to productivity.
Once you have figured out the productivity currency in your workplace, and determined that it will fit with your needs, then the key is to make sure that you organize your workday to ensure you are hitting the targets. And having a target is vital — you should make sure that you have daily, weekly and future goals to ensure that you are being productive enough to reach them.
There are several things to consider to ensure productivity. Two of the top ones are:
1) When are you most productive? This means looking at the time of day when you feel like you can work the best, knowing that this is when you should schedule your most intensive tasks. Many people are most productive in the morning, but they make the mistake of filling that time with meetings or administrative tasks before they begin their day. Think about when you can breeze through tasks the easiest and make sure you plan your day accordingly.
2) What tools will help you be most productive? There are almost limitless ways to measure and spur productivity. Some people do best with online tools that help them plan their days and weeks; even ones that time how long you are surfing the Web or spending on each individual task. Others swear by the trusty “to do” list where they can list and track their daily tasks. High tech or not, there is no one right tool that will magically make you more productive. But they can help you along the way.
The bottom line is that productivity is probably one of the most important factors that will play into your success in the workplace. Knowing how your productivity will be measured, and ensuring that you have systems in place to hit your targets, will lead to your success.
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