Goal Setting: How to Have a More Productive Workday

Whether you’re a corporate leader or a remote worker who makes their own schedule, it can be difficult to remain productive and finish a day’s work by a reasonable hour. No matter how much you enjoy your job, it is a common problem to feel burnt out or have moments of distraction during the workday. However, these problems could potentially be fixed with just a few adjustments to behaviors and habits: 

  1. Start Your Day with a Complex Task
    Although it has been said that the hardest part of any project is getting started, it is also known that your attention span and motivation levels are the highest at the beginning of a workday. With that in mind, block out some time at the start of the day to make progress on a difficult task while your mental energy is more powerful. 
  2. Take Several Short Breaks
    It is easy to get caught up in your work and forget to take a break, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed with projects and deadlines. However, working long hours without stopping can lead to poor performance. Instead, take a walk for a few minutes every hour or have a short conversation with a colleague to reset your attention span, sharpen your focus, and improve your mood. 
  3. Don’t Use the Internet Unless You Need It
    With the strong presence of social media in society, opening your browser or using your phone at work can become a huge distraction and slow down productivity. Rather than getting online, tuck your phone away and use the programs that are on your computer to avoid logging into social networks and becoming less productive. 
  4. Don’t Eat Lunch at Your Desk
    Eating lunch at your desk can seem like a good choice when trying to multitask and meet deadlines. Unfortunately, this is not the case and can be counterproductive. Eating lunch away from your desk will result in a better outlook on the rest of the day, and it gives you the opportunity to relax and hang out with coworkers or take a moment of alone time.  
  5. Pace Yourself
    If your day is not well-planned, a significant amount of your time may end up being wasted. Use the first part of your day to get organized and review your goals and schedule. Try to work ahead and anticipate set-backs. Consider how much time projects and tasks have taken you in the past and determine how you can break them into smaller parts. Figuring out what you must do, when you can do it, and how long it will take is a huge step towards productivity. 

Plan your workdays purposefully to remain productive, and reach out to your CSG Recruiter in times of stress or need. We go to great lengths to understand each of your short and long-term goals and want to work with you to improve your strengths and tackle any challenges that arise.