Productivity awareness week 2013-Tips for improving productivity


If we do possess these qualities, they can lead to increased creativity and innovation.
Below are some simple steps to help you to be more productive;

• On your way to work, get yourself motivated to face the day. A positive attitude will make the day more pleasant and productive.
• Keep your work in perspective. You can only do the best you can in each situation. Look beyond yourself and your work, and consider the bigger picture.
• Plan your time. In your to-do list include long-term projects as well as the more imminent things that need doing. Prioritise your to-do list – do the most important things first.
• Concentrate on the task at hand. Do not let yourself be distracted by worrying about all the other things to be done or losing energy over the undesirable situation you find yourself in. Stay in the moment.
• Seek clarification anytime you are not sure or where you are faced with conflicting demands. The more clear and open you are with your manager and the other people you work with, the better it will be for you in the long term.
• Delegate wherever appropriate. Decide if there is anything that can be delegated, or that more fairly belongs to someone else’s work load. Always remember – do it or delegate it – never handle a piece of paper twice.
• Learn to relax no matter how challenging the work is.
• Contribute towards creating a pleasant work environment. Do not gossip in the office as it creates negativity all around. Do not listen to any gossip either.
• Keep your workplace clean. A clean environment is more conducive to work in.
• Learn to have more fun at work. Perform with a more fun orientated approach.
• Review your day before you leave for home. Look at what worked well, and what could be improved the next day.
• Learn new skills as this will help you to improve yourself.
Although team effort has been said to be the foundation of productivity improvement as it requires a climate of mutual trust and understanding, I am sure that many of the tips mentioned above will also help to improve your productivity in the work place.

Contributed by Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development