DO YOU go home at night only to think of the six million things that you should-have, could-have, would-have done at work today had you not been constantly interrupted or sidetracked?

My motto is Work Smarter, Not Harder. If you use your time wisely, you will be able to accomplish what you need to do and you can decrease the number of times you wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat stressing about what needs to be done or what you have forgotten to do.

Are you ready to be more productive at work? Here are some tips that are sure to increase your productivity at work:

•  Get enough rest: You will be a lot more efficient and effective if you are well rested and can stay focused.

•  Make a to-do list: It has been said that our (untrained) brain can only retain about six things at a time. My guess is you have a lot more than six things going on at work (let alone at home). Write it down. Make a habit of updating your to-do list before you leave the office every day. This allows you to do a brain dump of all the miscellaneous things rattling around in your head.

•  Create an effective filing system: A filing system is no good if you file something and later cannot find it. Determine what type of filing system works for you (alpha, numeric and so on) and go from there. Before you file, ask yourself: “If I were going to look for this file again, where would I look?” Keep it simple and sensible.

•  Limit your socialising: Do you enjoy the company at work? Many of us do, but remember, for every minute you are catching up with your colleagues, you are wasting precious work time, which can force you to spend more time in the office and less time enjoying other areas of your life. Gather your colleagues for a break or lunch and catch up then.

•  Stop multi-tasking: Have you ever tried to carry on a phone conversation and reply to someone’s e-mail, only to find that you are making typographical errors, or not fully understanding your caller? You will accomplish more (and limit mistakes) if you stop multi-tasking.

•  Take a break: We all know how intense work can be. A quick break to stretch your legs or grab a snack can help you to refresh and refocus.

•  Limit your interruptions: Yes, you can actually limit your interruptions without being rude. A simple “Thanks for stopping by to chat, but I have to get back to this report in order to get it out by lunch. I will catch up with you later” can help end an interruption without you appearing cold or dismissive.

Whether you are an employee, manager or self-employed, productivity is a high priority for those who want continued success. Remember to work smarter, not harder.

Article by Michelle Poteet, professional organiser and a member of the National Association of Professional Organisers. For more information, visit Article source: