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2. Take more breaks

Taking breaks is one of my favorite ways to work smarter. Without real breaks, our brains get tired, and we get distracted. Once you've given up multitasking, try taking a break between each task you focus on.

You could try something like the Pomodoro Technique or Flowtime to make sure you're taking breaks—and use any of these science-backed ways to take better breaks to make sure you're making the most of them.

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5. Schedule tasks based on your energy levels

We tend to ignore our energy levels when planning our work, but it's a major player in productivity. Everyone's energy spikes at different times—we each have our own built-in body clock called a circadian rhythm.

If you know you're most productive right before lunch, for instance, don't pla...

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3. Front-load your week

When planning ahead, put the bigger, harder, more pressing tasks at the start of the week (or day), so you can knock them out first and relax more as the week goes on. Set yourself up for success by front-loading your week.

This is kind of a version of Eat That Frog , a productivity ...

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8. Turn off notifications

When I'm writing, I close my email and other tabs. I don't have any notifications showing up on my computer at all so that I can focus on the task ahead. Try turning off all notifications while you're working, or if that sounds too extreme, only turn them off during the periods you need to...

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4. Chunk similar tasks together

Batching similar tasks can help you be more efficient because you're not switching back and forth between different types of work. This is especially useful for small tasks because you can knock out a bunch at once (and get a nice kick of productivity).

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7. Take an afternoon nap (with a cup of coffee)

Naps can do wonders for your memory and help you solidify things you've just learned. Perhaps more importantly, a short nap is the best way to improve your energy levels when they're low. Try drinking a cup of coffee just before a quick nap for the biggest energy boost.

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1. Stop multitasking

If you didn't get the memo yet: multitasking is a myth. It's simply impossible for us to truly focus on multiple tasks that require real brainpower. And when you try to do it, you risk sacrificing your mental health .

It can feel like you are successfully managing all of these moving...

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6. Cut down your to-do list

A smaller to-do list is less intimidating and more achievable. There's nothing wrong with having a short to-do list if you're getting real work done. Start with your Most Important Tasks (MITs) and limit the list to three items, a productivity tactic popularized by bloggerLeo Babauta .

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6. TAKE BREAKS.

6. TAKE BREAKS.

It's very important to take breaks while you're studying, especially if you're feeling tired or frustrated.

When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk or study space. A bit of physical – even just a walk around the block – can sometimes help you to look at a problem in a d...

7. Take Frequent Breaks

The brain has two modes, those are focussed and diffused. Both are equally important and essential for learning. 

You can practice the Pomodoro technique to make the most of the brains two modes. You can do this by working for 25 minutes and then taking a break for 5 minutes. After 4 sessio...

Take strategic breaks

Short breaks result in greater productivity and accuracy, especially with repetitive work. 

For computer-based employees, frequent rest breaks also help reduce eye strain and physical discom...

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