Why is a productive day such a hard thing to achieve? You can find countless articles that provide tips and tricks on how you can keep your productivity levels high throughout your work day.

Before you even begin on finding new, improved ways to effectively complete your work, you need to learn how to measure productivity. How can you increase your productivity, if you have no idea how productive you are today? And how do you know if you were successful if you can’t compare your new productivity levels to your past?

So, how do you measure productivity?

The biggest problem about productivity is you may not realize just how unproductive you are throughout the day. Just because you completed your responsibilities for the day doesn’t necessarily mean you were extremely productive. What if you could have completed more assignments or gone further in your projects?

Dragan Sutevski, from Productivity Tools, breaks down how he measures productivity. It involves simple math, but nothing too difficult.

First, he wrote out his day to easily see when he was productive during his 9-5 workday.

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During his eight hour day, he was productive for five hours. 5 ÷ 8 = 62.5. This means he spent 62.5% of his day working on important work-related items.

Once you’ve used this same equation to measure how productive you currently are, you will then be able to effectively set new strategies into your day to improve your productivity for the future.

So how should you get started? Start by setting goals that can easily be measured or monitored. Maybe you want to increase your productivity by 10 percent. Frequently check back on your goals and see how close you’ve come to completing them. Check back daily, once a week or every month. If you’re not on track, be sure to check out some of our productivity tips and decide what additional productivity hacks you can implement into your workday.