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A list of some of the best hacks for a more productive day

Let’s face it: being productive is not an easy feat to achieve. Due to various distractions, it becomes quite difficult to focus on and finish the long list of tasks and priorities that we have on hand.

If you feel like you’ve been unproductive these past few days, here are some tried and tested hacks to consider doing to overcome it.

Don’t multitask

According to a study, when the human brain tries to do several things at once, the time and attention of the mind are divided into multiple chunks. Due to this complexity, the brain has a difficult time handling multiple activities at once.

When you try to do more than one thing at once, your brain has to decide which one is more important, which somehow leads to bad results.

To avoid the destructive effects of multitasking, learn to prioritize things. Make a chronological list of the tasks you need to complete during the day. Make a schedule for these tasks, so you’ll avoid stress and make your day a whole lot better

Try the Pomodoro Method

Based on a new study, people lose their concentration after eight seconds due to us having internet brains. Technological advancements have resulted in shorter attention spans for people.

Taking short breaks is one of the best ways to maintain productivity and get back on track. This is known as the “Pomodoro Method,” a time management system that allows you to make good use of your time when completing tasks. In this technique, you have to focus on a single task for twenty-five minutes. After that, you can enjoy a five-minute break. This method will help you become more concentrated on the activity you’re doing.

Plan the day ahead of time

Being productive means knowing how to plan in advance the things that you need to do for the next day.

By putting effort into planning the steps and actions that you must take, you’ll avoid wasting your time by thinking about what you should or should not do next.

Know the importance of saying “no”

When somebody asks for a favor while you’re in the middle of doing something, don’t hesitate to let out “no” as your response. Don’t hesitate to reject new tasks if you have other responsibilities on your plate. This productive hack will lessen your stress and keep your energy up during the day.

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