Productivity Tips: Prioritize and Focus to Meet Your Deadlines

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Productivity Tips: Prioritize and Focus to Meet Your Deadlines

Staying productive can be challenging, especially when there is an increasing number of demands for our attention. Yet being unproductive at work isn’t really an option; you have deadlines to complete and objectives to meet. Here are some helpful tips to increase productivity at your construction job.

Understand What Is Important to the CEO

Even if you are doing all the right things to keep your productivity up, it doesn’t matter if you are not completing the right tasks. You might think you have your priorities straight, but you ultimately need to know exactly what your manager or CEO wants completed. Make sure you have a clear idea of your priorities, so you don’t get sidetracked and think that you’re being productive while your boss is seeing things differently.

Keep a Clean Desk

Staying organized can be hard when you have a million things to do. Some might even call our messes “organized chaos.” The reality is that a clean desk will help you stay more focused. A cluttered environment can often impact your mental state. You end up feeling flustered and stressed instead of clear and productive. Establish a ritual of tidying up your desk at the end of each day so you begin the next day with clarity.

Focus on Deadlines

Deadlines are crucial in the construction field. You have to keep them at the top of your mind. In many ways, construction is driven by deadlines, so you can’t lose sight of this. Have a plan before you start the day and block your time. Make a list of priorities. It will help you with your deadlines, as well as your time management.

Do Your Biggest Tasks First

This is another thing that helps with time management and productivity. Start your day with your hardest tasks. If you don’t, you will end up spending the whole day procrastinating or putting out fires. Also, if you complete a bunch of small tasks first, by the time you get to the bigger tasks, your focus is going to be compromised, and you won’t be as alert. It is always better to get the hard stuff out of the way first.


Delegating is hard for many of us. We feel like we’re slacking off or not doing enough. Sometimes, it is just plain difficult to ask for help. In truth, no one person can do everything themselves. Delegating isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s an essential part of maintaining a productive work environment. Understand what your limitations are and delegate when necessary.

Staying productive is important in every industry. But it is even more important in construction because deadlines drive everything. While some people simply have a more difficult time focusing than others, no matter who you are, you can find ways to improve your productivity.


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By | 2019-01-28T16:42:13-04:00 January 31st, 2019|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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