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Be Intentional

The right metric for human performance is effectiveness, not efficiency.

Intentionally decide on the task at hand; intentionally perfect the conditions for working on that task; intentionally treat your body the way it needs to be treated.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Reach Peak Productivity With These 5 Strategies

For peak productivity, we must tackle our work when we have the mental energy for it. 

Identify your two best mental hours, and intentionally schedule your important work during that time.

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Recognize Your Decision Points

If we act on autopilot, unaware of the time and our surroundings, we are likely to gravitate to tasks that are easy or urgent.

Identify decision moments, and pause and reflect on your true priorities.

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Stop Fighting Distractions

Our attention systems are designed to regularly discover what is new in our environment. 

To help you refocus, allow your mind to wander or take a few minutes to stare out the window. 

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Focus as much on your physical health as your mental health.

Stay hydrated, eat smaller meals more often, moderate your caffeine intake, exercise.

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Make Your Workspace Work For You

Create a physical environment that is restorative rather than distracting.

Choose a quiet area, with bright and cool lighting and keep your desk uncluttered.

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It's where your brain specifically seeks the hit of dopamine you get from crossing off small tasks and ignores working on larger, more complex ones.

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  • Get some perspective. Develop a vision of what and where you want to be in a few years. 
  • Develop an action plan. Break down you vision into manageable steps that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
  • Take action. Use time management software to upload your plan and record your time.
  • Reflect on your progress. Review your performance regularly to to get new insights.
  • Ask for feedback. Turn to your boss and ask for their feedback. Be ready to take criticism.

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Lower accountability

Procrastinating is even easier when you have no one looking over your shoulder. Lower accountability can make procrastination more likely at home.

And without the whole context of an office, it’s much easier to postpone or dismiss altogether unpleasant tasks. Those who have a lower frustration tolerance are much more likely to procrastinate: they’re the people who get up from their desk and find a distraction.

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