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Updated by Sandeep Kashyap on Jun 18, 2018
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How to be More Productive at Work

Everyone goes through a lazy cycle during the workday, that slows down the whole workflow, causing the productivity graph going down. However, you might feel guilty of not being able to complete those important things done. But at times you feel the most alert and excited to take critical decisions. These differences in energy peaks, defines our productivity – our productive hours.

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Tap into your Ultradian rhythms

Tap into your Ultradian rhythms

The fact to acknowledge is that our body doesn’t always work at constant energy levels. And once we learn to harness our energy level, we can become productive throughout the day. Therefore, ultradian rhythms play out a major role in finding the productive hours of the day by optimizing our internal body clock for well-being.

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Identify your interruptions and distractions

Identify your interruptions and distractions

Combating with the distractions around you is one of the sure shot ways to increase productivity. By ‘distractions’ we mean something that is preventing you from concentrating on the work at hand. The influence of distractions can be so strong to derail your productivity. Clearly defining the distractions, it includes: negative circumstances, negative thoughts, and negative people. Your productivity zone shut out the distractions that cripple concentration. Some distractions are planned, while some are unplanned.

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Make a journal

Make a journal

One of the most helpful pieces of advice to define your productive hours is simply scheduling your hours by making a journal. Those hours of the day when we get “in the zone” quickly should be taken as an advantage. In your journal, schedule your journals, your to-dos, jot down what motivated you and what are your roadblocks. Make a note of tasks that seems particularly challenging and then schedule in your productive zone.

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Do the right work at the right time

Do the right work at the right time

At times, when you are in good mind state, you will be more energetic to brainstorm a good plan and at other times, some kind of work may completely drain you mentally. Other types of work might be energizing and exciting. So, do the most demanding tasks during your high energy peak. As Brian Tracy explains in Eat that Frog, getting your biggest, most important task completed in the early part of the day will keep you away from procrastination. The sense of completion in our brain will fuel further productive work.

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Be creative with your schedule

Be creative with your schedule

Every once in a while, we are forced to drop everything as we are interrupted with a mess that blocks our creative flow. Within your 24 hour day, schedule your work in a way that you are creative enough to squeeze out the elements of productivity. Map out your day hour-by-hour , confront your limitations, then discover your best time. Don’t wait around for creativity to strike you. By purpose, be creative.

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Plan you schedule to keep all your distractions away.

Plan you schedule to keep all your distractions away.

Productivity is a proactive approach that you follow to be on the top of your creative game so you close each day with a satisfying sigh. So, arrange your workspace in a way to clear your mind for increasing productivity at work.