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Consumer Watch: How to improve low work productivity

Workers admit to being productive only a fraction of the time they are at work (KOKH).

Most people aren't working a huge chunk of the time they are at work. This according to a survey by a u-k company of nearly two thousand office workers. That study found people self-report being productive for only 3 hours out of an 8-hour day.

Not being productive at work might not be a big deal for you most of the time, but eventually you could get behind on your work, and be forced to pull some late nights. The easy and free way to practice at being more productive at work is to pretend you're a responsible college student studying.

According to the University of Utah, the best way to be most productive is to plan for your attention span, and believe it or not, take breaks. If you are only good to concentrate for 20 minutes at a time, which is common, do as much as you can in 20 minutes. That means full focus, and no multi-tasking for 20 minutes. Then take a break that can be as short as a minute.. Try getting some water, checking your email, or even just standing and stretching, before starting another 20 minutes of work. After about an hour of concentrated work, take at least five minutes to yourself. After a total of two hours of work, try to take a 30 minute break.

The productivity survey showed the majority of people spent nearly an hour looking a personal social media accounts at work, another hour looking through different types of websites. Participating workers also spent an average of about 30 minutes looking for a different job.

If you are feeling extra stressed because you are in a time crunch, it could be a psychological overload to multitask. The recommendation here is to put away your phone, and complete one task at a time until you are caught up.

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