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Common Productivity Myths

  • Good multitaskers get more done. In reality, research shows people get more done if they focus on one task at a time.
  • Zero emails in your inbox at the end of your day is essential. Inbox zero does not work for everyone. Find a method that works best for you.
  • It's best to stand while you work. It's far better to change your position throughout the day. The variety helps your blood flow, improving your brainpower and productivity.
  • The more hours you work, the more you get done. In truth, taking breaks throughout the day, getting sufficient rest and sleep at night, can serve you better than long working hours.
  • The secret to productivity is to find the right system and stick with it. Every person and workday is different. We need to accept the curve balls that will always enter our day, forgive ourselves, and try again tomorrow.

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The Basics of Productivity

The Basics of Productivity

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.
  • Be ac...

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For the Multitasker

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 one task a...

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How to Monotask

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...

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How Your Workspace Influences You

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.K. with ...

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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. Immediat...

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For Those Who Power Through

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...

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Personal Productivity Curves

A lot of the internal things that affect our productivity are out of our control. Our energy, focus, and motivation follow their own path or “productivity curve” throughout the day. 

  • Fighting against your personal productivity curves leads to overwork, feeling overwhelmed, and burn...

The Basics of Productivity

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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.
  • Be ac...

Find your peak hours

Find your peak hours

Some people perform better during the day, while others do great during the night. To find your most productive hours "the peak hours", you should actively measure your productivity during various hours of the day.

Pay attention to your energy, thought patterns, distractions, motiva...

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