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While we all strive to be more productive at work, it can be difficult for us to make radical changes in our lives. Small changes are easily perceived and can have more power than you can imagine. This is why all of the tips below are simple enough that you can make them part of your daily routine. Some of them will help you make better use of your time. Others will allow you to manage the supply of vital energy. Still, others will contribute to greater concentration of attention. In any case, they will all be useful. Take advantage at least of some of them and you will see the changes pretty soon.

  1. Create a system. Give more value to the process over the desired outcome. It’s a lot better if you’re not looking to build relationships with your customers, for example, but simply call at least two of them every day to learn how to improve your customer experience. Do not try to immediately achieve global goals, move towards it in small steps. Work out an algorithm that will lead you to the desired results. Determine what you should do without thinking about what you want to see in the end.
  2. Resist temptation. Remember, if something is not easy for you, you will be less eager to do it. For example, if you want to stop drinking soda, keep it in the refrigerator and place a water bottle on your table. Leave the TV remote on the nightstand in the hallway. Close your browser so you don’t have to go to the social media tab every minute. Put your mobile phone away, move to a separate office to quickly cope with important tasks. There are so many comfortable and familiar things that often distract us, so in order to fight temptations, you will have to give them up.
  3. Focus on meaningful assignments. Each of us has different priorities. What activities have the greatest impact on your success? What kind of work does your profit directly depend on? Try to give up unnecessary tasks and focus on what is at the core of your work.
  4. Consciously limit the amount of time allotted to work on key projects. No matter how much time we have, we will always find something to do with it. If you try to limit the amount of time in which you have to complete an important task, it will keep you focused and motivated, and you can do a lot more.
  5. Implement technology. It is foolish not to use our devices and gadgets to simplify many common things. This can apply to anything from kitchen appliances to applications on the phone for time management or email organization. It is important to have a clean inbox to find important messages easily when necessary. You can manage incoming emails manually or use an email cleaner app to do it automatically.
  6. Group organizational tasks. Of course, we would all like to never be bothered by non-essential matters, but we still have the burden of day-to-day responsibilities. Instead of dealing with them gradually throughout the day, group them into blocks. You can do small things when you get tired of work and need a rest. This will make you feel like things aren’t standing still, even if things aren’t going well.
  7. Know how to refuse. Of course, we are all polite and cultured people who always try to help others and know how to work in a team. However, you have your own worries. That is why the word “no” should be heard from your lips no less often than the word “yes”. By protecting your drive to get rid of the worries of others, you can keep your work productive. You cannot afford to waste time. And remember, that it is impossible to help everyone.
  8. Start small. Let’s say you have a goal of making at least 20 hot calls a day. The idea is great, but its implementation can cause some difficulties. Start small. From two calls a day, for example. This is not difficult at all, but over time you can increase their number. Forming new habits always start with small changes. What at first seemed overwhelming to you will soon become an integral part of your life.
  9. Take frequent but short breaks. Taking a break is the best way to freshen up and find new strength. There is a special Pomodoro time management technique, according to which you work on one task for 25 minutes, and then take a 5-minute break. You can use the kitchen timer or your smartphone timer to keep track of time. The purpose of the technique is not to overwork yourself in the process. This is ensured by short but frequent breaks.
  10. Use the two-minute rule. It sounds simple: if a task takes less than two minutes to complete, don’t schedule it or postpone it. Just do it immediately. And forget about it. For example, if you need to contact someone, do not waste much time on this. Instead, you can send a voice message which is much faster than writing an email or making a phone call.
  11. Plan your free time. Free time shouldn’t be wasted either. You cannot do what first comes into your head. Create a clear plan, list activities that you enjoy.
  12. Start your day by exercising. Exercises will give you energy for the whole day. In addition, they are beneficial for physical and mental health. In the process of playing sports, hormones of joy are released in the human body, which acts for 12 hours after training. Start your day with a 20-minute charge. You will feel better. Cleverer. Relieve voltage. And you will be productive.
  13. Eat healthy foods and drink more water. Remember that eating a large meal takes away the strength which your body needs to be productive. And second, most likely, you do not drink the recommended amount of water during the working day, which negatively affects your motivation and productivity.