Michaela Anchan, the 35-year-old head honcho of Woolf Works (www.woolfworks.sg), Singapore’s first women-only co-working space, shares five tips on how you can improve your productivity at work. 

Minimise distractions.
“I was a stay-at-home mum for five years, and while I kept thinking up great business ideas, they never really got off the ground as I was frustrated and distracted most of the time – by everything from Facebook notifications to parenting duties. This was what actually inspired me to start Woolf Works. Creating a conducive working environment for yourself is essential, so turn off your social media notifications and find a quiet space where you can fully concentrate on your tasks.”

Dive straight into work.
“Tackle the biggest thing on your to-do list first thing in the morning. It’ll make you feel very accomplished, and it will set the tone for the rest of the day.”

Set achievable time goals.
“Give yourself a chunk of time – say an hour – to achieve three tasks. Once the hour is up, allow yourself a trip to the coffee machine, a quick browse on Instagram or a chat with a co-worker. After 10 minutes, immerse yourself in work again. I find this time-focused style of working really effective.”

Allocate your time wisely.
“Think about when you are least productive and use that time for other tasks. I try to avoid scheduling external meetings between 9am and 11am, as that’s when I am most productive at my desk. I prefer being out and about and chatting with people in the afternoons instead.”

Reward yourself.
“Many people underestimate the benefits of self-care. I set aside a half-day once a month and pamper myself with treats like a manicure, pedicure or facial. I then work hard for the rest of the month, knowing that I have something to look forward to.”

This article was originally published in Simply Her August 2015.