Every office is a hub of activity – the whir of the printer; the pattering of keys on a keyboard; the chatter of co-workers as they catch up after the weekend. With all this going on it can be hard to stay on point.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to ensure that you remain productive through the 9-5, and we’re going to show you them here.

Start your day right

You’ve heard it enough, but do you actually do it? We’re talking about eating a healthy breakfast every morning. Toast, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, porridge – they’re all slow energy releasing foods that will help keep you fuelled all the way through to lunch time.

So don’t skip the most important meal of the day!


Again, you’ve probably heard that exercise helps you remain productive, but that doesn’t mean you take heed, does it?

Half an hour of walking each day is enough to help keep stress levels at bay and clear the mind. So leave the car at home, or head out on a nice stroll at lunch!

Make a list

Sounds boring, but it really works. Each morning before you start work, or the evening before, compile a list of everything that needs to be done that day. It’ll help ensure that you don’t forget anything and help you stay on top of the days tasks.

There’s nothing like striking a job off a to-do list!


A cluttered desk means a cluttered mind, which is only going to do damage to productivity. So once a week, take 15 minutes out of your day to get rid of documents your done with or file them away if not. It’s a simple thing that’ll go a long way.

No emails

Yes, emails are the most convenient way to communicate with customers and clients. But they’re a productivity killer. Checking your emails every five minutes is going to have a serious impact on the amount you’re getting done, so limit email time.

You could for example, have specific times a day designated to checking and replying to your mail.

No social media

This one’s big, so listen up.

You aren’t going to spend two minutes checking Facebook. You’re going to end up spending half an hour. So no social media in work time!

And that’s it! Follow these simple rules and watch your productivity sky rocket.