It’s 8am on a Monday morning, and another workday looms. You’ve got a lot of stuff that has to be done and a longer list of stuff you want to get done. You come in ready to go, power up the computer, hit the break room for coffee, check in with your fellow cubicle dwellers to see how their weekend was and before you know it, it’s lunchtime and that pile of work seems to have doubled. If you’re wondering how to be more productive at work, you’re not alone.
It’s almost impossible to enjoy the rest of your evening when you leave the office stressed out over everything you didn’t get done. The key to leaving work with a sense of accomplishment is to work smarter not longer. According to The Muse, “Turns out, the secret to retaining the highest level of productivity over the span of a workday is not working longer—but working smarter with frequent breaks.” We can’t stop obnoxious co-workers from distracting you, but we can suggest a few tips on how to be more productive at work.
1. Avoid Perfectionism
Of course you want to do a good job and attention to detail is important. However, if you’ve done the research, come up with a winning presentation, and completed the project—let it go. Endlessly obsessing over tiny details is a time-waster.
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