Achieving Your Peak Potential: Changing Habits to Become More Productive

“Coffee is the way I fool myself into believing I’m
going to have a productive day.”

- Unknown


Increasing productivity at work has many benefits such as
increase in profits and an overall sense of positive energy. But creating a productive
work environment can be quite a challenge, especially if you’re someone who has
developed a habitual work routine that is preventing you from becoming more

How can we become
more productive?

It’s a tough question to answer because as individuals we
all have our unique work habits. Our habits in general, both good and bad, make
us who we are and the key to increasing productivity is learning to control
them. Even the smallest change can revamp your productivity. Here is a compiled
list of ways to change habits to increase your productivity at work:

1. Take short breaks

Break the habit of working for long strenuous periods. A
series of short break in-between allows our eyes and body to recuperate and reinvigorates our thinking

2. Prioritize your

We sometimes tend to take on more tasks than we can handle
and most of the time we have no other choice. It’s important to learn how to
determine the order for dealing with our series of tasks in accordance to their
relative importance. For some, getting the bigger and more important things
done and over with is a huge stress relief (I can relate to that).

3. Keep out

This is easier said than done. At work we succumb to
distractions on a daily basis (text messages, emails, phone calls and the
occasional printer jam). Take the necessary steps to prevent these from
diverting your attention from your work (turn the phone to vibe or silent, post
pone checking your emails till later, and teach others at work how to unjam a
printer). It also doesn’t hurt to simply tell co-workers you’re going to be
busy working on a project.

4. Sleep

Sleep deprivation affects your health and productivity so
get the appropriate amount of sleep. Check to see if your sleep pattern needs
to be adjusted and in order to do that you must know how much sleep you actually
need (6, 7, 8 hours?). Some of us can perform well with 6 hours yet that amount
may be insufficient for others.

5. Organize your
workplace area

I was told by someone that the physical layout of your
office can also affect people’s productivity. And it’s true if you think about
it. Having a cluttered or messy office is an eyesore and can be distracting
(not to mention the valuable time you waste searching for things under huge
piles). Great thinkers like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs had very unorganized
desks and people have led this to believe that there is a correlation between
smart and messy. I myself have quite a messy desk at home but attribute that to
pure laziness (I think genius is a better defense and I should start using that
as an excuse).

At work I tend to keep my workspace clean because as a
Manager and employee I see myself as a reflection of the company. Just remember
that your entire office makes a big statement and you have to decide if it’s
the one you want to make with every single potential client that walks through
that door. So start by organizing your workspace, encourage others to do it and
see if the overall physical layout needs to be changed (excessive amount of
picture frames, office furniture, supplies, boxes etc.).

Take the appropriate steps, make the necessary changes and
watch your productivity go up. As Managers, we need to bring out the best in
our employees so perhaps share these tips to help them change habits that are
preventing them from being productive at work.


Omrinder Mahil is a Communications Manager with PRIME Learning Group.
Currently, he is running operations and overseeing all planning,
development, and execution of PRIME’s communication activities, including
managing blog entries. You can read more of his blogs at


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