Just too much work and not enough time to get all the things done? Well, you can work longer hours or work smarter. Here are 5 micro-tips to help you increase your productivity:


1. Open Communication

An open line of communication within your organization is key to creating a transparent workplace. I encourage my teams to practice straightforward communication. Exchanging personal or team wins, goals, setbacks or everyday chit-chat allows us all to build a friendly and trusting relationship. In short, if you need help, ASK.


2. Manage but don’t micro-manage.

There is a fine line between managing and micro-managing and it can be hard to distinguish. With micro-managing, the danger lies in your employees becoming overly dependent on you and unable to make their own decisions. Having faith in your workers’ abilities encourages and empowers them with the confidence to give their all. Don’t be quick to pinpoint the blame whenever trouble arises.


3. Set Clear Goals and Provide Feedback

Employees or personnel will be more motivated if they know what they are expected to achieve. Clearly stating goals or having a company vision provides guidance for everyone. Break down these goals into near-term, mid-term and long-term. Accomplishments should be acknowledged, while errors or failures in meeting targets should be promptly addressed. 


4. Embrace Technology

Our mobile device almost never leaves our sights, even while we work. Some might even say it could be a distraction. However, good productivity apps can really help and here are some interesting ones to help improve your productivity at work:


a. Wunderlist – Personal scheduler/organizer

b. Evernote - a tool for organizing your thoughts and ideas

c. LastPass - remembers all your passwords, so you don't have to.

d. Trello - Covers everything from simple to-do lists to project management

e. Pocket - nifty app keeps track of everything cool you find on the web


5. Exercise!

Studies have shown that exercise can give you more energy. Having more energy means you will feel more awake at work. Being on top of your game will assure that you perform your work correctly and to the best of your ability.