It doesn’t matter how talented you are if you’re not productive in the workplace; there’s no room for laziness or disorderliness in any organization where emphasis is placed on increased productivity and profits. Sometimes, even when we try our best, we find ourselves lagging behind the standards set both by the company we work for and by ourselves. These are the times when we have to take stock of our activities, do the analysis, and come up with answers as to why we’re not performing up to the mark. Only then is it easy to find ways to increase productivity. Here are a few pointers on how you can make sure you perform to your maximum potential every day at your job:

  • Love your job: This is the most important aspect of being able to give your best at work; you have to love what you do in order to be able to do it efficiently and with renewed enthusiasm day in and day out, for as long as you work. If you wake up each morning with a feeling of dread at having to go in to the office, you’re going to be dragging your feet all day long, and it’s going to reflect directly on the quality of work you do. If your job is not to your liking, find ways to make it more interesting or seek alternative employment in a field that you enjoy.
  • Get organized: Planning and carrying out those plans to perfection are very important aspects of productivity. If you do not have a schedule lined up for the day, you’re only going to be flitting from task to task like a butterfly from flower to flower, not getting anything worthwhile done in the process. Use a PDA or an online calendar to prioritize your tasks in order of importance and stick to your routine as much as possible. If something unexpected comes up, you must be able to attend to it, and come back and finish the task you were interrupted from.
  • Delegate a little: If you find yourself overwhelmed with smaller, repetitive tasks that anyone with a lesser skill set could achieve, delegate them. Use your skills where they really count, in the tasks that only you and no one else can do as well. If routine matters like filing, sending and checking mail and answering phone calls are left to someone else, you’ll find that you have more than enough undisturbed time to spend on important assignments.
  • Refuse some requests: If you try to please everyone at work, you’ll only end up pleasing nobody by doing slipshod work in whatever activity you undertake. When colleagues ask for help, it’s ok to say no at times when you’re bogged down with enough work of your own. Be polite in your refusal and take the time to explain that while you would love to help out, circumstances do not permit you to do so.
  • Cut down on communication: The biggest wasters of time at the office are phone calls, checking emails and surfing the net. Make it a point to check your email and go on the Web only when it’s absolutely necessary. If you need to, hire someone to screen your calls and take only those that are important.
  • Do not procrastinate: Laziness and inability are the key reasons why we put off tasks that must be done today indefinitely. There’s no excuse for being lazy when it comes to the workplace, so apply your mind to the task and get it done even though your heart’s not in it. If you find it difficult, seek help immediately.