It’s easy to get distracted at work. With everyone multitasking, we need the advantage of staying focused on the original assignment.

In 23 Best Productivity Hacks of the Year, Larry Kim and Inc. review the best ways to stay focused at work. We like these 8 ways to stay productive at work:

No Mobile Alerts

You can’t stay focused on an assignment with your phone going off. Just turn notifications off and check your email and social media when you have completed the work.

Stay Healthy

Good health supports productivity. If you enjoy exercising, exercise in the morning. Drink more water to give you more energy. Eat breakfast and fuel yourself for the beginning of the day.

30 Minute Meetings

Aim to keep meetings at 30 minutes. Send materials in advance and cover as much as possible through email. Longer meetings fill schedules and lower productivity.

Take a break

Burnout occurs  frequently in nonprofits. Take a few five-minute breaks throughout the day. Leave the office for a short walk.

Say No

Don’t be afraid to say no. If you take on too much work, all your work suffers.


Scheduling assignments and meetings in your calendar to increase your productivity and eliminate any assignments that get pushed to the bottom of your to do list.


There are a variety of online tools that can help your organization stay on track. Find the best apps that can control your social media, time management, and more.

Two Minutes

If you can accomplish a task in under two minutes, do it now. Short emails and phone calls can pile up if you do not address them right away.

For more information, check out these posts from our partner site, Third Sector Today:

4 Cooling Summertime Productivity Tips

10 Lessons from The Breakfast Club for Nonprofits