How to work effectively at work – Part 1

Many of us used to think that we’re 100% effective, but the truth is that most of us have strengths and weaknesses that impact our effectiveness. Being truly effective at your work can pay off now and further throughout our careers. Being effective at work won’t just increase your productivity and get respect from colleagues and bosses- it’ll also make you feel accomplished, satisfies that you’ve had a full and productive work day. Jimmy Spithill, America’s Cup Winning skipper for Oracle Team USA says, “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” We can call it a smart work.

But how can you become more effective and what should you focus on? There’s so much information out there on the web, and everyone is saying you to do different things. Whom do you follow? Well, in this article, we’ll look at the skills you need to brush up, review some strategies that can improve your productivity. I will be describing this in 2 parts. In first part there will be some tips to follow in workspace and in another part I’ll describe some work strategies and lifestyle changes tips. So, let’s start with first part.

Stay Focused during your work

Keep your workspace clean


A disorderly workspace is a work area that can hinder your productivity. If you’re constantly scrambling to find specific tools or documents, work time is being wasted. Keep only those items on table that you use on a daily bases. Those who deal with large number of documents should create a filing system that is logical and is managed alphabetically.

Keep your workplace well-stocked

Make sure that you have enough tools and stationary materials needed to your job. For example, you should have things such as hole-punch, stapler, calculator, pen, pencil, etc. at the ready. And also ensure that those tools are well-managed. Spend few moments to clean and maintain your tools.

Create to-do lists


Keep calm and look at your available time for the day, and make a list what you can get done. Schedule specific slots of time for each of your important tasks and also include breaks. Track your efficiency and it can help you to reveal what times of the day you are naturally more productive.

Trim your task list

One way to increase productivity and effectiveness is to limit how many items you add to your to-do list. Don’t make massive task list. Give yourself 3 to 5 important tasks that you need to accomplish today, and focus on those. If you get them done early, you can always add up few tasks in your list. Keep your task list manageable rather than just keeping yourself busy.

Plan tomorrow tonight

Create a short list of to-dos at night so that it can help you tomorrow morning and you will be starting with a productive force that will enforce you throughout the day.

Identify your bad habits and eliminate the distractions


Identify your bad habits on work like taking up all the calls in working hours, checking social media, talking with the next person, spending time on entertainment websites (not related to work), etc. One study shows that about 70% of workers waste at least a little time of their work on websites those are not related to work. Try to eliminate the distractions like you can listen the music if your job allows you to do so. You can put your mobile in drawer also.

Use breaks to handle personal business

Breaks can increase your work efficiency. Breaks offer you much-needed rest, without rest, you may work less effectively or you may become exhausted. And most importantly, breaks give you chance to finish up your small personal works. For example, you can call your friend/relative or you can order something online in between break.

This was just first part of How to work effectively at work? Read next blog for more strategies and tips for the same.

Krupa Patel
Krupa Patel is a very passionate person. She is managing Steady Steps besides producing quality blogs for students, freshers and even experienced professionals to enhance their professional skills.

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