Productivity in the Digital Age

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Staying productive during work can seem impossible. When you have 24/7 access to cat videos, Buzzfeed quizzes and online shopping, it can be hard to stay productive at work, meet deadlines, and have the motivation to get back to work. Even as I write this, I have two non-work related tabs open: one to purchase John Mayer tickets and another to rent a dress for my sister’s bridal shower. Young professionals can very easily get distracted at work, but it’s important to know when to hide those tabs and get back to the task at hand. Check out some quick tips to keep you away from the Google machine by keeping you productive at work.

Limit multitasking One of the main reasons we procrastinate at work is because we get overwhelmed by all of the projects that need to be completed. Millennials have a great sense of multitasking, but sometimes, when we have such a large workload, the quality of the work can suffer. While multitasking is a great skill to have in life, it can also make you less productive. To stay productive and keep the quality of your work from suffering, it’s important to prioritize your projects, limit multitasking, and focus on one piece of work at a time.

Take regular breaks When you finish a project or you complete a task, go ahead and reward yourself with a quick 5-minute break. Taking a break away from the computer is a great way to remind yourself that your office space is for work and not play. Whether you take a walk around the office or sit in the conference room to check Facebook, it’s beneficial to overall productivity to keep your work and play spaces separate.

Plan your workload A lot of professionals underestimate how much time they will need to complete a project, so they end up procrastinating most of the project right up to the deadline. To stay productive when working on a project, take some time to plan out what you really need to do. Planning your workload and scheduling your work day will help you stay on track and finish projects before their deadlines.

Eliminate distractions This might seem like a no-brainer, and it also might seem very difficult to do, but eliminating all of those unnecessary distractions will really keep you productive. Put your phone on do not disturb, lock your office door (if applicable), or head to a quiet place, like a conference room or empty office, to finish your project.

Knowing when to click out of extra windows and get back to work is no easy task. Distractions are bountiful at the office, so it’s important to stay focused and complete your work so you aren’t stressed by deadlines and tempted by procrastination. It takes time and practice, but with proper planning and discipline, you can stay productive in the digital age.