With a list of things to get done and what feels like not enough time to do them, we are taking a look at how we accomplish daily work tasks. We’ve asked some of our employees how they manage to stay productive among constant distractions.

I try to vision my day as a storyboard. How is the story of my day going to play out? It seems to work better than a to-do list for me. Also, good instrumental jazz can help.

Nick Bray
Director of UX Design

I’m always on the lookout for new tools, tips and tricks. I read a lot and like to try out new things. I think it’s helpful to always be open to replacing your favorite tool.

Matt Johnson
Senior UX Designer & Developer

I’m a list maker, so Wunderlist is what I use to stay productive. Each morning I update my Today’s Tasks list with what I hope to accomplish and then go from there. I also stay on task if I commit to working on something for a certain amount of time, take a short break and then get right back to work.

Amye Valant
Director of Usability

My productivity tips are old school - at the end of every day I update my (paper) to-do list, so that I know what is done and what needs to be done the next day. Then in the morning I prioritize my tasks.

Carolyn Herman
Director of UX Training & Senior UX Researcher

I use all the tools—Evernote, Trello, Wunderlist—but when I’m really in a pinch, I sneak away to a quiet room and shut the door (no music, no phone, no interruptions).

Kayla Byington
Director of UX Engagement

On my most productive days I either start the morning spending quiet time to myself or having a meaningful conversation with a friend over coffee. I can then walk into work feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day’s tasks.

Andrew Sladky
Senior UX Designer

I stay productive by continuously changing my environment. Working next to different people inspires new creative conversations and collaboration.

Megan Lehman
Senior UX Designer

I use Notes to plan out my week. I focus on the schedule a day at a time, planning blocks of time for specific tasks and checking completed items from the list.

Andy Van Fleet
Partner & UX Strategist

The whiteboard is my productivity tool of choice. Drawing and writing helps me think through problems and feel in the flow.

Depending on the type of problem I’m trying to solve, riding my bike allows my brain to be most creative and I’m able to brainstorm in a different way.

Kurt Vander Wiel
Partner & UX Strategist

We would love to hear what works for you. How do you stay productive?