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    15 Genius Tricks For Working Smarter, Not Harder

    Trouble focusing? Listen to Baroque music and rub some rosemary oil on your pulse points.

    1. Record all of the tasks you work on each day, and then review them at the end of the week to see how much you actually accomplish with your time.

    2. Or use RescueTime to track how productive you're being while online.

    3. Make a plan for how to tackle a task you've been putting off, instead of letting it hang over your head.

    4. Take a whiff of peppermint essential oil — or chew a stick of gum — when it's too late in the day for coffee.

    5. Or rub a drop or two of rosemary essential oil on your pulse points if your attention is wandering.

    6. Set hard limits for the amount of time you're working because the longer you work, the less productive you are.

    7. Postpone checking your email until later in the day so it doesn't disrupt your morning schedule.

    8. Or check your email in chunks rather than giving them attention as soon as they arrive in your inbox.

    9. Listen to some tunes — as long as they are lyric-free and have a relatively slow beat.

    10. Or play some white noise if you just want to block out the chatter.

    11. Turn off any push notifications that you don't actually need.

    12. Or just turn Do Not Disturb mode on, so your phone isn't yanking your attention away from the task at hand.

    13. Use the Forest app to give yourself even more motivation when you need it.

    14. Start a bullet journal so you have all of your to-do lists, notes, and meetings on one page.

    15. And finally, make sure your daily to-do lists are manageable and well-structured so you don't feel overwhelmed.

    Now get to it!