We reported last year that 39% of HR managers think their organization’s employees are most productive on Tuesdays.
How can you get workers up to speed the other four days of the workweek? Pass along these tips:
Ax the excess. Start by creating your to-do list for the day. Then, cut it in half, focusing on your top priorities. Too often workers overestimate what they can accomplish and become frustrated by their lack of progress. Craft a shorter, more realistic list that leaves room for unexpected setbacks.
Aim for quality, not quantity. In theory, multitasking seems like a good way to increase productivity. But it often leads to oversights and errors. Repeatedly switching from one project to another also slows you down. Focus on one item at a time.
Know your prime time. Tackle critical or challenging assignments during the time of day when you’re most productive. Handle less-pressing tasks, like online research, when your energy level starts to wane.
Dodge derailers. When working on important assignments, increase productivity by turning off mobile devices and signing out of email and social media. Prevent interruptions by politely informing your colleagues you don’t want to be disturbed.
Explore apps. Take advantage of software designed to increase productivity. Digital calendars, taskapps and other time-saving programs can help you keep track of projects, meet deadlines and be more productive.