If we are honest with ourselves, we all know that there are times in our week when we could have worked a little harder, a bit smarter or even just more efficiently. We might do all the hours under the sun and still the work piles up on our desk, but is there anything we can do to make our days more successful?

Here are our tips for making the most of your working week.

  1. Structure meetings

We all have meetings to deal with every day and we have all sat through that meeting which just doesn’t end. They can seem to be a complete waste of time and invariably, they are. Adding a little structure to the meeting will ensure that it is as productive as possible.

Organise a set start and finish time. This will make sure that it cannot drag on for hours, but that all the important aspects are discussed.

Create an agenda beforehand and then take simple notes against each point in the meeting. This will allow you to email a copy of the key points and who has taken on the actions for them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

None of us can know everything about all aspects of business. It is just fundamentally naive to think we will be the Oracle for all aspects of our work. Turning to other people shows that you value their input and that you appreciate their insights.

We can spend hours trying to figure out the solution or to research the key facts, but wouldn’t our time be better spent if we just walked over to the person who might know the answer.

Going and asking is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength and of a team environment. It helps to build up trust and a relationship with your co-workers, which only makes your team stronger and the business more successful.

Make the most of your lunch

There are those people in the office who will refuse to leave their desk for lunch. They will eat a sandwich or a prepared salad whilst still clicking away at their keyboards. They give the impression that they are harder workers than you because they never leave.

It’s a descending scale of productivity and one which they cannot get off from. As the day drags out, they slow down. They have had no break, their brain has had no break and their body has not had a break.

Refresh the brain with a trip over to TheBingoOnline.com, head out to the park and have a walk around, do anything away from the desk.

The break will help you to think clearer upon your return and make you work more efficiently.

Stop and think

If the boss is walking around the office, there is an automatic impulse to look busy, to type or pick up the phone. It’s wrong and we have all fallen into the trap.

Stop and think for a minute. Give yourself the time to process all of the information, to weigh up the options and to see what you could do in a variety of scenarios.

Don’t feel like you have to be seen to be physically working all day long.

Thinking about a solution is still work, only those who can’t think will ever accuse you of not working hard enough?

As we seem to spend a vast amount of our day at work, we might as well make the most of our time there. We can do use four easy tips to maximise our productivity.