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3 Things You Can Do To Start A Year Of Action - Productivityist
Let's say that you didn't exactly hit it out of the park with your resolutions this year. Let's say that you're getting ready to step up to the plate again. Let's say that you're ready to start over and really make this year a year of action.

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Connecting With Your Actions

Starting new habits, getting into new actions is a challenge. One way is to connect with your actions better by using context and association with the work you intend to accomp...

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Learning to Say No

Learning to say No to certain unproductive or distracting actions is the best way to leave space for what's important in your life.

Obligatory behavior doesn't go well with what you want to d...

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Focus 

Focus your attention 100% on the task at hand. Anything less is not ideal.

If you are getting distracted all the time, with email notifications, facebook updates, or a ringing telephone, y...

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