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3 ways you can improve your productivity

From updating your Facebook account, to talking about last night’s football match, there are always things that get in the way of running your business. We reveal the three best ways to get rid of your productivity problems.

A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder highlights the top 10 distractions that affect employees in the workplace:

1. Mobile phones/texting: 52 per cent

2. The Internet: 44 per cent

3. Gossip: 37 per cent

4. Social media: 36 per cent

5. Email: 31 per cent

6. Co-workers dropping by: 27 per cent

7. Meetings: 26 per cent

8. Smoke breaks/snack breaks: 27 per cent

9. Noisy co-workers: 17 per cent

10. Sitting in a cubicle: 10 per cent

Taking all these disturbances into account, here are three great ways in which you can become more productive at work:

1. Write everything down

Buy yourself a journal and make a note of all your activities at work. At the end of the day look back at your notes and see when you were most productive, and also when you were too busy checking your friends twitter account. This way you can pinpoint and clamp down on your distractions, making it easier to not repeat the same mistakes the next day.

2. Give yourself a break

When your work is getting on top of you, distractions occur more frequently. Your body is telling you that its needs a break.

If you decide to keep a journal, set yourself a specific time to go away from your desk and stretch your legs. If you give yourself something to look forward to, you’re more likely to work productively beforehand.

3. Use your smartphone to your advantage

According to a 2013 study, we unlock our smartphones 110 times a day on average, which means we look at our phone every 6 minutes. But smartphones don’t always have to be a distraction.

If you’re constantly checking your phone for emails and social media updates, use the ‘do not disturb’ feature on your phone. This way, you can make sure that you won’t receive any unwanted phone calls or texts, while at the same time having your phone available if an emergency arises.