by Guest Author on August 19, 2013
If you’re struggling to stay productive at work, these quotes from well-known individuals can help you get back on track.
“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” ― Warren Buffett
Often times we are our own worst enemies when it comes to being productive. Like Warren Buffet states in this quote, people tend to overcomplicate things instead of quickly getting to the point in the workplace . When you’re having a difficult time staying on task, take a moment to determine if there could be a simpler solution to what you are tackling. Seek guidance from an expert and reprioritize your process to solve your problem in a simple way.
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” ― Peter Drucker
Sometimes we’re particularly unproductive because we find ourselves doing things that aren’t a good use of our time. Like the successful management consultant Peter Drucker suggests, we should weed out the tasks in our schedule that are making us inefficient. Meetings might be one drain on resources which we can easily reevaluate. Before scheduling a meeting, ask yourself if the meeting can be solved via email and if everyone has all of the information they need to truly make the meeting worthwhile.
Another way to be more efficient is to pick up the phone or walk into someone’s office. Email can be more convenient at times, but occasionally, a simple phone call or face-to-face conversation can be the fastest, most productive way to communicate with someone and resolve the task. If you can ask your question and receive an answer faster than you can send the email, you should avoid wasting time by sending and waiting for a a response.
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill, an American author who focused on the path to personal success, understood the importance of fighting the urge to procrastinate. When you’re struggling to stay on task, sometimes it’s best to force yourself to tackle the most taxing item on your list first. Putting off work will only lead to more stress. It’s also helpful to make lists of things you need to accomplish on a daily or weekly basis so you know everything that needs to get done and you can easily determine whether or not you are on track.
“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.”— Pablo Picasso
While there is great value in teamwork, Pablo Picasso has a valid point. Some of our best work happens when we have time to do things on our own. If you’re struggling to be productive, find a place in your office that you can work independently and quietly for a while. Alternatively, if you don’t need peace and quiet, you can put on headphones and listen to music to help you concentrate on your work. On the flip side of Picasso’s quote, if you’re road blocked in some capacity with your work, get input from your teammates or coworkers to stimulate conversation and generate ideas to help you successfully get back on track.
“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” – Thomas Edison
If you truly love what you do it is easier to be productive. Of course we all get distracted every once in a while, however, if you are consistently disengaged at work, you may want to reevaluate whether the field or industry you are working in is right for you. We spend a lot of our lives working, so it’s extremely important to enjoy what you do. If you think you might be in need of a career change, a staffing firm can help you find a position that is the right fit for your career goals.
About the Author
Cara Barone is the Social Media Marketing Manager at Kforce, a provider of staffing and solutions. Cara also manages Knowledge Employed, a career advice blog for job hunters, seasoned employees and hiring managers. Follow her on Twitter: @CaraBarone