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Take the first hour of your morning to charge up. Eat a good breakfast, work out?—?heck, give meditating a shot. If you start your day checking emails and diving directly into work, you’re going to burn out quickly and search for relief early into your work day.
If you know the plan for your day ahead of time, you won’t be as distracted when tasks pop up. Set realistic goals and accomplish them daily, rather than allowing them to linger throughout the week.
Some team meetings can last for hours. Before you begin, have a clear agenda of what you will cover and the expected outcomes. It will be easier to navigate the conversation and end it quickly, so everyone can go on with their day.
No, it’s not just a longer version of the five-second rule. If a task arises that will take you less than two minutes to complete, do it. Right then. If you don’t, the small tasks will begin to pile up. Plus, it feels good to have another thing accomplished!
According to a study from the University of Michigan, naps can improve your productivity by counteracting impulsive behavior and boosting tolerance for frustration. The ideal nap is between 20 and 30 minutes, just enough to recharge without experiencing sleep grogginess.
Don’t panic. You don’t need to do any math to abide by this rule. The theory of 80/20 says that in your life, there certain activities you do (your 20 percent) that account for the majority (your 80 percent) of results. Eliminate the things that don’t matter during your day, because they don’t have a strong effect on your overall productivity.
You’d be amazed how much your two-minute distractions add up. The extra tabs full of online stores, google searches and social media slow you down in a big way. Write them down. When you do, you’ll be more cognizant of your actions and more capable of holding yourself accountable. Writing them down in the moment may take longer, but once you do, they’ll stop bubbling when you’re trying to get work done.
The sooner you knock out your scarier tasks, the better. Schedule your meetings and busy-work for the afternoon. You’ll set yourself up for a more productive way of time-managing.
Try working 90 minutes off, followed by a 20 minute break. You’ll be more focused and driven during those 90 minutes of work, rather than an endless stream of meandering through tasks.
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