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There are many tools available that help you block out the rest of the internet while you work, but you can easily reach burnout by not taking breaks.
If you get mentally fatigued, try using the Pomodoro technique. Work for 25 minutes straight, then take a 5-minute break to do whatever you like, including checking out websites and social media. You’ll get a lot more done this way.
If you’re studying towards getting a scholarship, you may decide to reward yourself by stopping work for a day or so. This kind of reward can slow your progress and reduce your momentum.
Instead, pick a reward that does not affect your work. For example, once you’ve reached your goal, have dinner at your favorite restaurant with a friend.
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Treat the meeting with yourself as it was a meeting with a third party. It’s only you who can act on your most important tasks with priority.
Make sure that you set up boundaries for yourself and for other people. Remember to communicate with them clearly.
Such a boundary can be that you leave your office at a certain time each day because your family is your priority. It doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t work later in periods of high workload.
Ringing phones, text messages, reminders, pop-ups, social media, email.
There’re countless studies demonstrating that multitasking will hinder your work both in terms of quality and quantity.
Resist the temptation to get in the loop and do one thing at a time.
Many of us fall into the trap of thinking that if we’re busy doing something, we’re being productive.
But “doing” is sometimes just a form of procrastinating.
For many people, their top time thief is social media or aimlessly wandering the World Wide Web. For other, it is spending hours organizing their office.
It’s not the task itself that’s the issue, it’s whether or not it is the right thing for YOU to be doing.
You might be falling into the trap of making yourself think you’re making progress when you might not really be.
Consider whether something you’ve put on your list is a small task that can be done almost as quickly as you write it down. If a task is only going to take you 5 to 10 minutes, such as sending a thank you note or paying a bill, just get it done.