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Take Control of Your Inbox

Know your computer. Understanding the capabilities of your computer will enhance your productivity.

  • Set aside specific times every day to process email.
  • Divide email into two groups: Those requiring quick responses and those needing thoughtful answers. Immediately deal with emails that require less than two minutes. Schedule a time to deal with the other emails.
  • Identify the emails you're actively avoiding. Instead of procrastinating, respond in person or on the phone.
  • Turn off notifications when you need 20 or 30 minutes to focus on something else.

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As best as you can, set up a work environment that encourages doing one task at a time. Even doing one task for five minutes can be beneficial:

  • Actively resist the urge to check social media while you are busy with a task. You may have to install anti-distraction app...

Three overarching principles apply to all productivity tips.

  • Start with small increments. You can't expect to instantly change years of working habits overnight. Start with one tip, and keep adding more as you find strategies that work for you.
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The way you treat your body will affect the way your mind works.

  • Move more. Sitting for long periods is bad for you and for your ability to be productive.
  • To make desk-work more productive, sit for 20 minutes and work, stand for eight minute...

When you're trying to do many things at once, you're often getting very little done.

  • We have limited cognitive bandwidth. Your brain may trick you into thinking it has more capacity, but your ability to work efficiently depends on how well you can focus on on...

Your physical workspace can either energize you or deplete your energy.

  • Twenty-five percent of a desk's messiness is related to organizational skills. The rest is part of time management.
  • If the piles on your desk are moving, you're probably doing O....

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Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle

  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid sleeping in, even on weekends;
  • Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon;
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How it’s done:  Inhale for a count of 4, then exhale for a count of 4, all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath. Once you manage it, you can go up to a count of 6.

It calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress.

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How to Get Through an Extremely Busy Time at Work

Many of us go through periods when we have to work intense and long hours and get very little time for rest. While this kind of overwork is not ideal, there are undoubtedly situations in which it becomes a necessity or makes sense.

We need practical tips for surviving and thriving when we...

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