ore and more professionals are required to be able to respond quickly and almost simultaneously to various requests. All this while they are connected with the world, through their email and cell phone, during most of the day. Between the inbox filling up, cell phone notifications ringing and deadlines to meet, losing focus and seeing productivity levels fluctuating is very easy.

But there are some strategies that can help you increase productivity throughout your workday, thus improving time management.

1. Plan your day in advance

Usually, whenever the topic is organisation or time management, "in advance" is one of the main keywords. Preparing the day before starting task execution, by defining a to do list where those tasks and schedules to be fulfilled are broken down, can save you some time.

"This way, it is possible to obey an order of priorities and promote greater organisation, which will also avoid delays in the delivery of tasks", considers GoodHabitz, a Portuguese e-learning platform.

2. Organise your workspace 

Another golden tip is to keep your workspace clean, tidy and organised. Even defining a place for each of your things positively influences productivity throughout the day.

This rule is valid for all professionals, but is especially important for remote workers, whose work place varies and who also end up using their own home several times. If this is your case, try to define areas, separating the rest and leisure area and the area where you work.

3. Take breaks

Sometimes, stopping is the best medicine to boost your productivity. Working eight hours straight without breaks promotes physical and mental exhaustion that does not favour productivity at all.

"Taking breaks throughout the day is essential and just a few minutes can go a long way in boosting productivity levels. The ideal is to take 15-minute breaks for every 90 minutes of work", suggests GoodHabitz, which includes productivity courses such as "Time Management", "The 80/20 Rule" and even "Mind Mapping", which can help employees manage their time and productivity while working in or out of the office.

4. Perform one task at a time 

Although many professionals are fans of "multitasking", performing several tasks at the same time does not necessarily indicate that there is an increase in their productivity. In order for a professional to be productive, it is important that there is focus on one task at a time, following a logical path, where there's a clear moment where it starts, another one where it develops and another one where it ends.

5. Turn off notifications 

Last but not least, to prevent productivity from being disrupted, it is beneficial to turn off notifications on your smartphone and personal email. During working hours, "try to use only the equipment and apps necessary for the performance of the role", advises GoodHabitz.