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10 Tips For Becoming More Productive At Work

From Pat Stovey, Crossing Rivers Health Clinical Exercise Specialist

Let’s face it - work can be stressful at times. You have so many things to do and so little time during the workday to do them.

Have you ever wanted to be more productive but don’t know how or where to start? Here are some tips to become a more productive employee.

The Power Of Intention. Establishing a routine can provide structure and consistency in your life. Start your day 15-20 minutes earlier and write down 2-3 key things that you need to do on each particular day.

Be Honest With Yourself. Ask yourself these two questions:

  • Am I making the most of my time right now?
  • Is this the most productive use of my time?

Each instance of dishonesty with yourself can compromise your efforts to get as much done as possible at work.

Unleash Your Potential. The more fit you are the more energy you will have and the more focused you’ll be. Adopt a move to improve mindset-exercise at least 30 minutes a day most days weekly. Remember you can break up your exercise into shorter 5, 10 or 15 minute bouts throughout the day to total 30 minutes.

Mess Creates Stress. Clean up the clutter on your desk or in your office. Clutter can not only impede your productivity, but it can also have a negative impact on your emotional state, your ability to be organized, and your level of self-confidence concerning your competence.

In The Beginning. Get things right the first time. Avoid having to fix problems, which can be counterproductive. Put yourself in the frame of mind where you do what it takes to get the task done-for the right reason, the right way.

Develop A “Stop Doing” List. Analyze your schedule for a week or so and determine which tasks you can commit to stop doing. Prioritize your duties and assignments in order of urgency and importance. If possible, consider delegating non-essential tasks to someone else.

Learn To Say “No.” There is a limit to your level of energy and how much you can do in a given period of time. Saying “yes” to everything will eventually result in you having time for nothing. It also means that you’re not setting your priorities or making a serious commitment to getting things in your life done.

Time Blocking. Schedule a specific time for specific activities. Not only does it allot time for what you want/need to do, but it also enables you to better focus on one task at a time, which can help limit distractions, procrastination and stress.

Keep Everything In Stride. Keep in mind that every person’s life is full of challenges. Accept the existence of those challenges and keep moving forward. Having a positive outlook and being happy are a choice that’s yours to make.

Look Further. Be flexible and open to change. Give change a chance. Use your experience and ability to think creatively to guide you. Embrace your opportunity to be more productive.

Pat Stovey is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiac Rehab department at Crossing Rivers Health.

Phase II cardiac rehab or outpatient cardiac rehabilitation is a physician-referred, professionally monitored exercise program that focuses on managing and modifying risk factors for heart disease in individuals who had a heart attack, angioplasty or stents, bypass surgery, stable angina, heart valve repair/replacement, heart/lung transplant and congestive heart failure.

The Cardiac Rehab department also offers a Healthy Hearts program to community members seeking supervised exercise. Healthy Hearts is a maintenance exercise program that includes professionally guided and supervised exercise sessions with various levels of monitoring. This program is for any patient referred by a physician or as a transition to non-telemetry monitored exercise after phase II cardiac rehab.