How to Get Over Productivity Guilt

As a Lifehacker reader, you probably spend some portion of your life actively trying to live better. That can look like a lot of things, but it usually includes trying to be as productive as possible. Constantly pushing yourself to be productive, however, can get pretty stressful.

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Use the 10/10/10 Rule Before Making a Decision 

What’s your favorite mental hack? How do you trick your dumb human brain into doing its job right? Hacker News, a forum for people too nerdy for Reddit, traded their favorite tricks in a thread started by simonswords82. Here are the best.

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How To Know When Multi-Tasking Is a Bad Idea

It’s hard to keep all your balls in the air, but a little multi-tasking can help—until you drop them all over the floor because you also tried to answer a text or something. There are times when doing two things at once will make you less effective than focusing on one task. Here’s how to tell when that’s happened.

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Focus on Accomplishing One Task Today

It might be the most “Monday” (Mondayiest?) Monday of the year. After a long, turkey-fueled holiday weekend, you now find yourself back at work, dreaming of your pajamas and a bowl of mashed potatoes, rather than your Black Friday-discounted suit and stale coffee.

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Improve Your Productivity By Creating a ‘To Don’t’ List

We all know a to-do list can help keep you on task. A to-don’t list can sometimes be just as helpful. The idea behind creating one is exactly what it sounds like: create a list of all the things you shouldn’t do that day.

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Hide Your Inbox While You’re Doing Email

Every time I go to write an email, I get distracted by my inbox. I check all my new mail, and I put off the actual task I opened Gmail for. None of that new email was urgent, but I couldn’t ignore all those bold lines. So now I hide my inbox with Inbox When Ready.

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Stay Productive By Breaking Your Day Up With Microbursts of Physical Activity

When I first started working from home, I would sometimes find myself spending 12-14 hours glued to my office chair. While that time was all “work” those days were often my least productive, simply because I stagnated at some point and couldn’t push through that back to a place of productivity.

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Stop Taking Fake Breaks 

When your brain is warped, the easy thing to do is zone out on social media, checking to see what Chrissy Teigen had for dinner last night or finding out which unpopular Halloween candy you are. You tell yourself, “I need this.” Sure, fine. But know that you’re not really recharging.

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Long Hours and Early Mornings Aren’t the Key to Success

The Economist, famed enemy of billionaire worship, says the media (and its consumers) have an unhealthy obsession with the work habits of successful businesspeople, especially their long hours and early mornings. By acting like getting up at 5:30 is what made these people rich and powerful, we ignore the obvious, says…

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Use the 100x Method to Only Start Worthwhile Projects

“The most successful things I’ve done have one thing in common: I’ve done them at least 100 times,” says writer Josh Spector. He turned this observation into a principle: if you want to start a project, commit to 100 iterations, however you can.

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