Ever feel like you just can’t catch up with your work? You spend your days hammering away at your desk but by quitting time, your list of accomplishments is miniscule? With these six simple tips, you’ll be able to gain back the control of time management and make the most of your day.


Create A List Of Small Tasks

Each day brings its own set of unique tasks. Some take more time than others. Write down those tasks, no matter how big or small, then check them off whenever completed. You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you see all those check marks by the end of your day.


Prioritize Tasks

Prioritizing is very important to achieve what needs completed in a timely manner. Some items on you to do list take more precedence than others and require more immediate attention. Make sure you’re addressing these tasks first so you don’t find yourself stressing about them last minute.


Take Breaks

Fast Company posted about a study completed by DeskTime that proved those who work in sprints of 52 minutes, with breaks of 17 minutes in between, were more productive than those who attempted to work straight through the day. Stress and exhaustion occur when you spend too much time on a task so take a few moments for a short little walk or chat with some coworkers about the big game on tv this weekend.


Set Appropriate Deadlines

Set yourself strict deadlines to accomplish your work. A study by Dan Ariely and his colleagues found that college students who were too generous with their deadlines had the same effect as students who set no deadlines. Setting appropriately timed deadlines helps to hold you accountable to your work.


Listen To Music/Background Noise

Those who listen to music more often are proven to have an enhanced mood which correlates into completing more work in a more timely manner. Many people cannot listen to music with words so classical music is a great alternative. Another study reported by Fast Company found that even ambient noise in the background, such as white noise, provided a boost of productivity for its participants.


Learn How To Relax

Cerebral congestion” can occur from a workload that is too heavy. Relaxation can come in different forms for each person but is necessary to provide your brain the break it needs. Some examples are diving into a good book or taking a nap.


Start practicing these simple steps for a more productive workday!