Productivity is something that can and should constantly be revisited, re-evaluated and improved. The following tips stand the test of time and have proven over and over again to improve productivity in the workplace.

Sleep Early and Rise Early

Going to bed late and waking up late and in a rush can prove to be extremely detrimental to your productivity at work the next day. If you are half-awake at work, then the odds are that your quality of work will suffer. So go to bed an hour earlier and wake up an hour earlier. This will have you feeling more prepared for the work day ahead.

Do Heavy Lifting when you’re at your best

Tony Wong is quoted as saying “use your morning to focus on yourself.” Start your day out right by ignoring your emails in the morning and getting in a good breakfast, reading the news, meditating, or working out. This will ensure you’ve got the necessary fuel for a productive day. This is assuming that morning is your most productive time. If you are more of a night owl, shift your day around. Do monotonous and chore-like things in the mornings before you hit your productivity peak. Pinpoint the most productive hours of your day and make the most of them.

Plan Each Day the Night Before

You have probably heard that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So plan out your day before it happens! If you spend just fifteen minutes before you go to bed, creating your to-do list and prioritizing it, you will have a head start when the morning rolls around. Not only will you be in the proper headspace in the morning, you can fall asleep knowing that you have a plan in place for the next day. This alleviates stress and leads to a clear head and the ability for more productivity.

Minimize Distractions During Work Hours

These days, not only do most of us work from a computer, but most things are designed to distract us. That means you need to make a concerted effort to minimize possible distractions. Don’t browse social media. Put your phone on silent if possible and turn off notifications. When it is time to work, work! This will help you get the most out of your hours in the office.

We all want to achieve more during the day. This can only occur if we make a conscious effort to go to bed early and rise early. Along with that, having a plan for the day and minimizing distractions helps to maximize your productivity.