How to Stay Productive while at work ?

In Canada, it can be challenging for you to be productive while at the same time, handling countless projects. Research ranks Canada 18th in the world’s productive countries, a number not good enough. To turn this around and become a more prolific and efficient workforce, Canadians need to start working smarter than they are doing at the moment. Below are ten ways in which this can be done.

1. Start with Breakfast

Breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. Few people, however, understand the impact it can have on productivity and brain power. A good breakfast will not only cut off hunger but also empower your brain. It is highly recommended that you have a breakfast made of veggies and whole grains — this will give you the strength needed to tackle day to day activities.

2. Take Walking Breaks

Being seated all the time is not only harmful to your health but it also slows down brain activity. Taking a walk and engaging in physical activities will help stimulate your mind and relax your body. It also prevents your mind from being overwhelmed with too much workload. If the situation allows, you can take walks outside, get fresh air and sunshine then come back to your desk.

3. Avoid Multitasking

Engaging in too many activities at once can greatly lower your concentration power. You should instead direct your focus on one task at a time as it will help you finish the projects faster. Prioritize the most important tasks first and then focus on the less important ones.

4. Have Enough Sleep

It is easier to process information with a rested mind. It can solve problems faster than a tired mind. Having enough sleep at night therefore, will make it easier for an individual to work efficiently in the morning. Comfortable mattress, bedding and pillows are essential to a healthy sleep throughout the night. Meditation and nighttime yoga can also help an individual fall asleep faster.

5. Avoid Chatting

Productivity can negatively be impacted by constant distraction of pings, whether from your computer or phone — this interrupts the general workflow and brain activity. You can avoid that through switching off your phone and avoiding chats.

6. Listen to Music

Research shows that listening to music can improve productivity and concentration. It does so through drowning out distractions and lowering stress levels in a person helping them focus.

7. Come Up With a Schedule

Creating a to-do list will help organize your tasks and establish which ones are more urgent. Working within specific timeframe will help you keep your focus and stay motivated at the same time.

8. Don’t Panic

One thing that hugely brings down production is worrying over the speed you’re working. As much as it is important to work with purpose, you need to keep in mind that not every task can be completed quickly. Some tasks require a lot of thought and panicking will only make it worse.

9. Find Stress Relief Methods

It is difficult to focus with a stressed-out mind. It’s important to find ways to handle the situation if you find yourself worrying about the project in question. Find stress relief methods that will help take care of how you are feeling.

10. Declutter

A messy desk or desktop will cause unnecessary distraction and stress while you try to be productive. Organize your work station neatly, put pens on a cup, take out old post-it reminders and organize papers into file rack with well designated groupings.


The discussed techniques aren’t the only ones you can use to boost workplace productivity, but there are many more that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Actually, the first step towards improving your own productivity is recognizing where you lag behind in efficiency. Follow these tips to help raise Canada’s productivity!