What’s Eating Away at Your Personal Productivity?

What’s Eating Away at Your Personal Productivity?

You can’t always reduce your workload, but you can make your time at work more productive. Remember: Work smarter, not harder.

A few simple measures taken at the start of the day can make all the difference to how productive and how calm you are by the end of it.

What are you doing that’s unique to make your work day productive? Take this ESL conversation lesson and find out!

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Productive Work Day 2

1. Why is he sitting like this?

2. What time of the day do you think it is?

3. Why doesn’t he adjust his eye glasses?

4. Do you think his sitting position is good for his health?

5. Wouldn’t he be more productive using a head set?

Part II: Take the Survey And Talk About It

1. What time do you start working each day?

5 am
6 am
7 am
8 am
9 am
Other

2. What time do you stop working each day?

4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
7 pm
8 pm
9 pm
10 pm

3. How often do you get up from your desk and take breaks (stretch, walk, get a drink, etc)?

Every hour
Every 2 hours
Every 3 hours
Every 4 hours

4. Describe your typical daily work routine.

5. How many hours per week do you work?

30
35
40
45
50
55
60
60+

6. What day is most productive for you?

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday

7. What day is ‘least’ productive for you?

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

8. What do you ‘reach for’ to drink to increase your productivity?

Coffee
Water
Tea
Energy drink
Soda
Other

9. Do you use apps to track your productivity or fitness?

Yes
No

10. What day do you start thinking and planning your weekend?

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Productive Work Day

Discuss the Photo

1. Why are they sitting on the floor?

2. Where is the woman’s laptop?

3. Which building floor would you say they are on?

More Discussion

The average American works an average of 8.6 hours per day for a full time job every week day. Additionally, after-hours emails, phone calls and to-do-lists. It’s not surprising that productivity can slip. Which of the below items hinder your productivity? Place a percentage beside each one that most affects you each day. Your total should be 100% for whichever items you choose.

• Personal problems
• Office gossip/ politics
• Low motivation
• Confusion
• Office distractions
• Lack of energy
• Too much to do
• Social Media
• Impromptu meetings
• Sitting next to the boss

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