Productivity is key. Watch out for silent killers like these:
Working late – Working late, if it becomes habitual, makes you lose sight of priorities, undermines deadlines and compromises your health. If you are habitually working late, review your efficiency parameters. How much have you been taking on, how much have you completed, and in what timeframe? These should define your current efficiency levels. If too little is being achieved by taking up too much time, review the reasons. Enlist assistance or reschedule deadlines (read Meeting with Deadlines), but wind up for the day. Remember, a good night’s rest is what you need for a good-day-at-work.
Mobile marathons – Being constantly on your mobile phone is a surefire productivity killer because you have little time for anything else, and when you do make time, between your phone calls, everything else has no time for you! Learn to make calls brief. Also create longer spells of self allocated do-not-disturb minutes, where you can focus on your priorities; this is the time when you should message the callers saying you will call back. A mobile phone is meant to serve you, not the other way around…
Rumour-mongering – If you happen to hear someone talking negatively about another immediately ask the question, ‘How do you know?’ If the response is, ‘I don’t know that’s what they say….’ dismiss it instantly and caution the individual against hearsay and rumour. One of the key factors that leads to breakdown of productivity at the workplace is gossip and unsubstantiated information about other people. Don't entertain frivolous talk. You will develop a good reputation and will set a positive example for the rest.