(function() { var cookie = 'rebelmouse_abtests='; cookie += '; Max-Age=0'; document.cookie = cookie + '; Path=/; SameSite=None; Secure'; })();

At one point in time or another, we all have been in a position where we are sitting at work and moving at the speed of a turtle. It seems as if nothing is getting done and the projects keep falling further and further behind.

If you don't do something quick, you are never going to be able to catch up with all of the work you need to do.


Don't worry, there are things that you can do to increase your productivity at work.

These simple tips and techniques are simpler than you might realize, but the benefits go beyond anything you could ever have imagined. Don't allow yourself to be stuck in a situation where you feel as if you can't do anything. Instead of worrying about filling out job applications and looking for other work, take control with one of these four productivity boosters.

Take A Break At Work

Businessman and businesswoman taking a break from work and walking outside in order to be more productive.

Even though you might think this is counterproductive to your current situation, it isn't. By taking a simple, five-minute break from work and walking around, you can clear your head and get the creative juices flowing.

Walk around outside, breathe in the fresh air, and feel the sun on your face. Once you head back to the office, you will feel rejuvenated and refreshed. You'll be amazed at how this quick break can transform your energy levels. Now refreshed and revitalized, you are ready to get back to work.

Outline Your Work Priorities

Businesswoman outlining her priorities on a notebook at her desk and making herself more productive at work.

When you get to work in the morning, make a list of everything you need to do for the day. Arrange all of the tasks in the order you hope to accomplish them.

If you are looking to save time, compile a to-do list the night before going into work. Continue to update the list periodically throughout the day as you complete things or new projects come in. Checking items off the list will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and remind you that you are working toward a goal.

Consider Your Long-Term Goals

Businessman thinking about what his long-term work goals are in order to be more productive at work.

Take a moment and think about two big things that you want to accomplish over the next year and put them somewhere visible at your desk.

By doing this, you will constantly remind yourself about those goals and work hard to achieve them. Make sure the goals are something you can discuss in a performance review and use them as leverage when asking for a raise.

Get To Work Early

Businessman arriving at his modern office early in order to build better habits and be more productive at work.

As you are probably aware, working in an empty and quiet office often means you'll have fewer distractions.

To get some peace and quiet at work, get to work early. Co-workers can be big distractions, and their distractions could put a damper on your productivity for the day. Decreasing the number of people around you will help to increase your productivity.


At the end of the day, you're in control of how productive you are at work.

Developing productive work habits and knowing when it's time to change up your work routine can help you increase your productivity at work, but only if you take the initiative to do so.


Need help growing your career?

Check out our FREE resources page and Live Events Calendar.

Or, join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!

If you want FREE career advice in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter The Daily Dose!


Struggling to find the right job?

Check out Work It Daily's Incredible Companies page to see snapshots of companies hiring. Work It Daily also highlights job opportunities on a daily basis on TikTok.


This post was originally published at an earlier date.

Learn how to land a career you love

One of the greatest struggles in life is finding your passion—the one thing that lights up your soul more than anything else. Society often tells us we should tie our passion to a job, something we can make a career out of and support ourselves on. The reality is that finding your passion and pursuing it is much deeper than that.

SHOW MORE Show less

If the stress of juggling school, work, and family is making life difficult, you are not alone. According to a recent study on college employment, 43% of the nation's full-time college undergraduates and 81% of part-time undergraduates worked while getting a degree. Not surprisingly, time shortage is one of the biggest reasons for students dropping out before completing their degree. So how do you make sure that you stay the course?

SHOW MORE Show less

Whether you're new to LinkedIn or you're a seasoned user, connecting with new people can be a challenge, especially when you're not sure what to write in your LinkedIn invitation. You might be tempted to use the generic "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn" template, but beware! By not personalizing your message, you could lose a precious opportunity to network.

SHOW MORE Show less

Latest