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23 Ingenious Ways To Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Quora users shared their best tips and hacks to be more productive at work:

2. Increase your typing speed.

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6. Don't be afraid to say, "No."


We often feel like we have to say "yes" to everything at work, but taking on less important tasks that distract you from the important ones is a very bad idea.

7. Pretend you are about to go on vacation.

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When you're overwhelmed, imagine that you’re leaving for vacation in three hours. It will help you focus on the things that REALLY need to get done.

10. Pick up the phone!


I know, I know. No one likes to use the phone anymore, but if it's going to take two or more emails to hammer out a problem, it's much more efficient to just make a call.

11. Do the most difficult tasks first.

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People often suggest that you start your day by doing the easy tasks, but that often leaves you tackling the hardest tasks when your energy is sapped. Instead, "Eat that frog!" (aka do the most difficult tasks first).

13. Don’t multitask.

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Multitasking usually means doing a bunch of things poorly. You're much better off giving all of your attention to one task that you really hit out of the park.

14. Don’t be afraid to learn new things.


Maintaining a willingness to embrace new ideas, regardless of how long you've been on the job, means you'll always have the latest tools to succeed.

22. Remember the 80/20 principle.

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The gist of this concept is that 20% of what you do creates 80% of your results, so you should focus the majority of your efforts on that 20% (rather than the less impactful 80%).

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