In the busy workplace, everyone could use a boost in their business productivity.  Here are three basic principles that will help you as you make these changes.

• Make small incremental changes.

• Choose an accountability partner.

• Let go of mistakes and move forward.

Here are some more specific tips based on some common themes in business productivity:

• Multitasking: While it’s tempting to think that multitasking is accomplishing more in less time, research shows that this is not the case.  Instead, people end up with more errors in their work and less creative output. To help you shift to doing one thing at a time, consider moving to one computer monitor screen, removing annoying pop up distractions and working in shorter intervals to stay focused.

• Procrastination: One of the best ways to combat procrastination is to have an accountability partner. This could be as simple as telling your cube neighbor that you will be working on a project for the next 30 minutes. Making lists of things to do each day is another great way to stay focused on the task at hand as long as you keep your lists simple and attainable.

• Working at a desk: Keeping an organized desk is another great way to keep your work-time focused. Consider clearing your desk off except for the papers related to the project you are working on at that moment. At the end of the day, think about what you want to do in the morning and get your desk ready for that task.

• Working on a computer: Computers are a tremendous tool and have really increased productivity overall. Make sure you know how to use the functions related to your work well and if something seems to be taking a long time, don’t be afraid to ask someone if there is a quicker way to complete the task. Another business productivity tip is to keep your email inbox tidy. The best way to do this is to set aside 30 minutes three times a day to answer emails and schedule time to complete work tasks given via email.

For more information on business productivity contact Himsl Consulting, LLC.