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11 Ways To Master The Art Of Productivity

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1. Establish solid deadlines.

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To-dos are so 2000 and late. Instead of making a mega list, get a calendar with time slots, and lay out what needs to get done. Pro tip: Put the highest priority items first.

3. Create a work playlist.

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Turn up the jams. Steer clear of anything too intense or too slow, as it might make your mind wander. Some people believe that 60 BPM is the optimal tempo for productivity!

5. Follow the five-minute rule.

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Is there something on your agenda that you could easily get done within five minutes? Just go ahead and do it rather than adding another bullet point to your list.

6. Spring-clean your desk.

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Why do you even have all this stuff? Your desk is starting to look like the bottom of your purse. Take five minutes each week to give your space a much-needed makeover.

8. Take breaks before you burn out.

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Don't beat yourself up about feeling uninspired or worn out. Get some fresh air or take a lap around your building – your brain will thank you in the long run.

10. Give co-workers nonverbal signals when you're busy.

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Do you have a hard time telling people to leave you alone? Wear headphones (even if you aren't listening to music), or implement a sticky-note system that lets co-workers know when it's OK to talk.

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