There’s nothing worse than the feeling of losing your motivation at work. You have a job to do, and you’re getting paid to do it, but why is it SO hard to stay productive?

Maybe you only feel this way once in a blue moon, or maybe you suffer from this every day. Either way, decreased motivation doesn’t make you a terrible person, despite what your guilt is telling you. There’s a way to fix it, and down below I’ve written 5 ways you can stay productive during your workday!

 

  1. Take breaks

To some, this idea might sound ridiculous; how do you get anything done by taking a break? Well, taking short 10- to 15-minute breaks allow you to clear your mind and come back to your tasks refreshed. When you’re staring at a screen for large chunks of time without taking a break, it’s easy to grow tired of the task and put less effort in. Get away from your computer for a few moments; stretch, take a quick walk, and unplug yourself from the digital world.

 

  1. Put your phone away

Even if you’re taking a small break, avoid going on your phone and getting distracted by social media! By keeping your phone within your reach, it’s easy to wander away from your work and spend 45 minutes deep diving through Facebook or Instagram. Instead, hide your phone somewhere you can’t see it—like in a bag or a coat pocket—so that you won’t feel the urge to use it. This will definitely help you maintain your focus and allow you to finish your work in time to meet those pressing deadlines.

 

  1. Declutter your workspace

When your desk is cluttered, you’re very likely to lose your focus on the tasks at hand and stress about how much of a disaster your workspace is. With so many messy stacks of papers, how will you find which paper you’re looking for?

Don’t waste time searching for the things you need to complete your project. Keep your desk organized so that you know where everything is at all times. Throw out the things you don’t need, and organize what you do need into labelled folders or containers. You’ll find that eliminating the clutter relieves stress and helps you take on your workday feeling refreshed and focused!

 

  1. Stay organized

If you’ve taken on multiple projects, it can be difficult to remember everything you need to do. Organize your tasks with a to-do list and cross things off as you complete them, and write specific deadlines in a planner or calendar. This will help you prioritize your most important tasks and visually map out your work week.

 

  1. Don’t multitask

Multitasking might sound like a productive thing to do, but in reality, it’s the opposite. When you try to tackle multiple things at once, you cannot put your full focus into each individual task. For example, let’s say your to-do list includes drafting the monthly Facebook posts for a local restaurant, writing a blog post about marketing tips, and drafting a press release for an upcoming sports fundraiser. These are three totally different topics, and if you’re trying to finish all these tasks at the same time, it’s difficult to concentrate on the sports fundraiser when you’re thinking about marketing tips for your blog. This could affect the quality of your work, and it will slow down the process.

Instead, tackle each task one at a time. You’ll be able to put yourself in the right mindset, finish your projects faster, and decrease your stress!

 

With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to kick procrastination to the curb and increase your productivity during your work week. It may seem difficult to accomplish at first, but just like with any other skill, it takes time and practice before you get the hang of it. Before you know it, you’ll be an expert in productivity!