Top 5 Productivity Tips for the Workplace

If you’ve had more than a quick networking conversation with me, you know that I enjoy learning about why things work. When someone asks me for advice, I like to also share the explanation of why that particular recommendation works.

A few weeks ago, a journalist asked for my best productivity tips for the workplace in under 200 words. That’s a pretty tall order for me! It’s not the tips; it’s the word limit! But I gave it a shot.


Here are my top 5 productivity tips for the workplace:

  1. Before checking email in the morning, identify the top three tasks you absolutely must get done.


  1. Strive to get your top priority tasks completed as early in the day as possible – before “fires” crop up.


  1. Add 10-minute buffers to your calendar immediately after meetings (before anyone can squeeze in a back-to-back) so that you have time to debrief your notes and get items added to your task management system or calendar.


  1. Keep a digital document or notepad near your workspace to capture random thoughts that pop into your head. This will prevent you from chasing them down the proverbial rabbit hole as they occur.


  1. At the end of each day, distribute your random thoughts to wherever they need to go – task management system, calendar, client file, etc.


Happy productivity!



For more time management strategies and tips for the workplace, check out The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.


About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead?The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits.Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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