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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work
Regardless of your job or industry, there aren't always enough hours in the day to get everything done. As a result, you constantly feel like you're always behind. And that's just not good for your productivity or your health. So, what's the answer? Work more hours? Not necessarily.

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Trim the fat

Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.

Focus on your 3 to 5 ...

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Measure your results

To assist you with measuring results instead of time, keep done lists to feel more motivated and focused.

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Have an attitude adjustment

We are more effective at work when we have a positive attitude. 

good attitude at work will help you set standards for your...

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Communication skills

Strengthen your communication skills to eliminate unnecessary rework and wasted time from misunderstandings.

Stay on one topic when ...

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Stick to a routine

We can carry out tasks faster if we can work on autopilot.

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Automate more tasks

The secret to getting more things done is to make them automatic.

Automate tasks so you do not have to spend energy and self-discipline with unnecessary decisions.

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Stop multitasking

People can't multitask very well. they're simply shifting their attention from one task to another very quickly.

Instead of multitasking, take a breather and th...

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Parkinson's Law

"If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do."

We are more energized to do a task when the task has a shorter timeframe to complete. Impose shorter deadlines for yo...

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Relieve stress

Relieve stress

The most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising, praying, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for ...

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Do more of the work you enjoy

Focus more on the work that you actually enjoy doing.

You'll feel more fulfilled, inspired, challenged, and productive.

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