Turn Your Procrastination Time Into Productive Time

Everybody procrastinates, whether or not we’re willing to admit it. The trick is to procrastinate by getting something else done.

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How to Protect Your Free Time From Other People

Most of us have very little unscheduled time in our days—and it’s hard to keep that time unscheduled. For every precious free evening we hope to put towards finally reading that book, cleaning that closet, or simply sitting on the couch doing nothing, there’s a friend, parent, partner, child, or colleague who would…

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Use Your Calendar to Record What Actually Happened

I spent four years working as an executive assistant, and one of my responsibilities was to make sure my boss’s calendar was 100 percent accurate. This meant ensuring that new meetings, deadlines, and tasks were added to the calendar as they were scheduled. It also meant ensuring that any meetings or action items that …

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To Get to Bed Earlier, Take More Breaks During the Day

It might seem a little counterintuitive. Sure, you want to go to bed earlier so that you feel refreshed in the morning. Maybe you’ve been meaning to push up your bedtime for months (years!) but you’re always rushing from this to that to this all day long. If you take more breaks than usual throughout the day, you’ll…

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To Get to Bed Earlier, Take More Breaks During the Day

It might seem a little counterintuitive. Sure, you want to go to bed earlier so that you feel refreshed in the morning. Maybe you’ve been meaning to push up your bedtime for months (years!) but you’re always rushing from this to that to this all day long. If you take more breaks than usual throughout the day, you’ll…

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Use a ‘Productivity Song’ to Train Your Brain to Work

Anyone who has ever seen a movie montage knows the importance of a motivating soundtrack. We may not have a professional editor to splice together footage of us training for a boxing match or studying for the bar exam, but we can pick our own music to help with our productivity.

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Make Terrible Chores Better by Combining Them

At any given time, there’s at least one phone call to a utility company that I’m putting off. Whether it’s calling ConEd with an updated reading or ringing up Spectrum (nice try with the sneaky name change, Time Warner Cable, we still know it’s you) to ask why the cost of my internet keeps rising, I dread these calls…

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Use Google as an Instant Pomodoro Timer

The Pomodoro Technique for productivity sounds cool, but you might fall into the same trap I do: you read about setting timers to get work done, and then you research the best Pomodoro timer, and then you go shopping for a physical timer, and then you try out some browser extensions, and...you’ve wasted an hour. But…

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Use Google as an Instant Pomodoro Timer

The Pomodoro Technique for productivity sounds cool, but you might fall into the same trap I do: you read about setting timers to get work done, and then you research the best Pomodoro timer, and then you go shopping for a physical timer, and then you try out some browser extensions, and...you’ve wasted an hour. But…

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Make Your Home Office a More Productive Place With Houseplants

I’ve worked from home for the better part of the last decade, which means I’ve read pretty much every article there is out there on how you can make your home office a more productive space. Heck, I even wrote an entire book on how to be more productive at work.

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