When you’re staring at a pile of work, it can seem insurmountable to get it all done. However, by taking steps to increase your productivity, you may find yourself getting more done in less time, while also feeling less stressed. Try some of these tips to be more productive during the workday.

Take Control of Your Email

Do you jump to respond every time your email chimes? This reaction, though normal, may be harming your ability to get your work done. There are several ways to tame your email:

  • Turn off notifications, and set scheduled times to check your email and stick to them. Without notifications, you’ll be able to focus on your work and your emailing time will also be more productive.
  • Use email filters to sort your inbox into folders for you. This allows you to focus on only the emails you must deal with right now and save the rest for later.
  • Reply to simple emails as soon as you read them. Whether it’s a simple RSVP to a meeting or a piece of information for a coworker, if it will only take you a couple minutes to answer, do it now instead of waiting for later.

Scheduled Interruptions

You can’t focus if you’re interrupted on and off all day – but nor should you forgo breaks, as they are important to your physical and mental well-being. Schedule breaks into your day and use this time to:

  • Take a walk
  • Meditate
  • Chat with a coworker

In between breaks, keep your door closed, or let your coworkers know you’re not to be interrupted for non-urgent matters. If you have something particularly time-sensitive, you may want to work from home if possible to eliminate unwanted interruptions.

Take the Pressure Off

Deadlines can be one of the most stressful parts of your work, but they are effective at making you work faster! You can reduce this stress by setting an internal deadline for two days earlier than your work is actually due. This will encourage you to get your work done sooner, leaving time for review and tweaking.

You may also find you feel less stressed if you decorate your office space. Plants, pictures and other visual items can help you feel happier, which can boost your productivity by as much as 15%.

These simple steps are a great way to see a boost in your workday productivity.