1. Set office hours
If you haven’t done it yet, try to figure out the most productive times in your day and set your office hours around it. Don’t forget about your teammates; make sure to have some overlapping time with your coworkers for quicker interactions and meetings.
2. Plan your day. Plan your week.
With proper planning, you can boost your efficiency and productivity, but there is no point in planning your week if you forget what you’ve outlined in the first place. Write the tasks in your calendar or a productivity app to make sure you are always on track.
3. Create SMART Tasks
To make sure your to-do list is clear and reachable, each of your tasks should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This way, you will use your time and resources productively, and the motivation won’t drop.
4. Choose your workspace wisely
Finding the right workspace can help you avoid distractions. If you worked in an office before you probably have a good idea what suits you best. If you prefer working from home, make sure to create a proper setup with no distractions nearby.
5. Manage your distractions
The time you spend distracted can affect your performance. Turning off alerts on your computer and phone will significantly improve your ability to focus. Try to limit distractions using one of the productivity tools like Cold Turkey Blocker, Freedom, StayFocusd, RescueTime, or similar.
6. Take regular breaks
Being productive doesn't mean always being busy. It's easy to forget to take time away from your computer when you don't have coworkers around, but planned breaks will actually boost your productivity.
7. Keep track of your time
Time tracking is not only great for keeping a record of your work, but it can also improve the way you approach your workload. Once you know precisely how much time you spend doing a specific task, you will be able to organize your day at work better.