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7 Undemanding Ways to Boost Your Productivity at Work

Truth be told, we all yearn to be more productive at work. Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment that comes with getting everything done at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, this is a dream that continues to remain elusive for many of us, but it doesn’t have to remain so. After all, boosting productivity is not rocket science; it all boils down to being able to manage your time and energy more efficiently.
Here are some great tips for you:
1. Plan your work the night before
This may sound strange, but it can be a game changer for you when done right. And it doesn’t have to take much of your night – all you need is a maximum of 15 minutes, and you are done.
To plan your schedule for the next day, create a list of everything that needs to be accomplished by the end of the day and schedule the work by giving priority to the most important tasks.
2. Use your commute to complete some tasks
If you are like most people, chances are that you habitually turn to Facebook and other social media sites to keep yourself busy while traveling to and from work. Use that time to send a few emails or to do some brainstorming instead.
That way, you will be able to free up some of your time for other tasks. If you usually drive yourself to work, this might not work for you, but if you have a driver or you use public transport, go ahead and embrace the idea by all means necessary.
3. Minimize interruptions
Unexpected interruptions usually lead to a drop in productivity. Common interruptions include social media and email notifications, telephone calls, and quick visits from colleagues. To minimize interruptions, turn off all notifications, and if possible, turn off your mobile phone as well.
To keep colleagues and other visitors away, hang a “do not disturb “sign on your door and keep it closed. If you have a secretary or office assistant, ask him/her to attend to any visitors personally unless it’s absolutely necessary to interrupt you.
4. Avoid multitasking
Multitasking might seem like a clever way to get more done, but the opposite is actually what happens. According to psychologists, attempting to handle several tasks simultaneously will only get you confused and overwhelmed. As a result, your productivity will go down, and you will end up losing precious hours.
5. Set manageable deadlines
Give yourself manageable deadlines and stick to them. Deadlines might be stressful, but you will be surprised to discover how much focus and productivity they can bring out of you.
6. Take regular breaks
Studies have shown that working without taking short breaks leads to a decline in productivity. On the other hand, breaks reduce stress and improve concentration.
7. Give up on perfectionism
Most people waste a lot of time trying to achieve “perfect work.” The truth is that nothing is perfect. Perfection is an illusion. Complete your work to the best of your ability and go through it once you are done to see if it needs adjustments.
Lastly, make sure you have at least 8 hours of sleep every night. When your mind is always tired from lack of enough sleep, it lacks the capability to focus and concentrate even on simple things. Get enough sleep and while you are at it, eat healthily, drink lots of water, and get some regular exercise too.

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