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Model of a head with areas of the brain diagrammed Do You Use Only 10% of Your Brain?

You’ve probably heard the claim that we use only 10% of our brains. That's a total myth, but it’s not hard to understand why it would take hold: Who hasn’t wondered how we could do more in less time and with less effort? The reality is that most everyone can become more productive by following some simple tips.

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Naomi Karten
Computer, cup of coffee, and to-do list 3 Tactics to Stay Productive with an Agile Schedule

The usual productivity tips apply best to those working in a typical office with typical hours. What if you don’t work within a structured schedule? How can you stay productive when work ebbs and flows or occurs outside the typical nine-to-five? Here are three ways to be productive when your schedule is unpredictable.

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Beth Romanik
Productive person's desk with a phone, papers, and notes 5 Steps to Be More Productive

There’s a common misperception that productivity implies getting more things done all at once. But it really means getting things done persistently at a moderate pace. You also don't need to change your routines drastically to be more productive. Even small changes can make a significant impact—like these five tips.

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Sara Williams
Round analog alarm clock Make the Most of Your Downtime with the 3 P’s

Downtime doesn’t need to mean unproductive time. It doesn’t have to be spent passively waiting for your next assignment. Instead, you can take advantage of your downtime and use it productively. If you want to maximize your downtime but don’t know where to start, focus on the three P’s: product, process, and people.

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Richard Estra
Organized desk Weird Ideas for Improving Your Productivity at Work

You've tried all the typical tips for increased productivity—scheduling, timeboxing, prioritizing—but you still find yourself distracted and wasting time. Maybe it's time to give one of these unconventional ideas for improving productivity a try. They're so crazy, they just might work.

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Naomi Karten
Busy people How to Be Productive Instead of Just Busy

Some people confuse being busy with being productive, but the two are not the same. Busy people talk about how little time they have; productive people decide what’s important and make time for those things. If you want to be less busy—or at least have some control over your busyness—try these tactics to reprioritize.

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Naomi Karten
Wolf in sheep's clothing Are You Doing the Important Work, or Do You Just Think You Are?

“Playing work” is when we do activities that look like work—they may even feel like work—but deep down, we know we aren’t being productive. These diversions are dangerous because they don't actually generate value and distract you from real work. Have you fallen victim to any of these deceptive time-wasters?

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Matthew Heusser
Want to Be More Productive? Work Less

Although some organizations reward working long hours, that practice is actually counterproductive. After a certain point, more work does not mean more productivity. In fact, due to distractions and fatigue, eventually the more you work, the less productive you become. What's your ideal work-life balance?

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Steve Berczuk