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5 Ways to Increase Productivity at Work

1. Do your hardest tasks first.

Prioritizing is a major key to being productive. At the beginning of your day, be sure to make a list of all the tasks that need to be done. Then, put them in order of most important/most time consuming. When you work in this fashion you get all of the hard stuff out of the way, making your day go by faster and impressing your boss with your sense of urgency.

2. Set Goals With Deadlines

Setting daily, weekly and monthly goals are a surefire way to make sure you get everything done, and the deadline will ensure that these are done in a timely manner. Setting goals can help prevent confusion and anxiety, as well as create much-needed order in the workplace. Plus, there's no satisfaction like accomplishing your goals!

3. Take Breaks

I know, this seems counterproductive, but hear me out. Sitting in one spot all day can cause your creativity and energy to decrease, leaving you sluggish and uninspired to do the work required. Instead of staying stationery, take a 5-10 minute break every 2-3 hours. Take a walk outside or around the office, grab a glass of cold water, use the bathroom, etc. These shorter breaks are meant to get the blood flowing, making you more energized and creative.

4. Decrease Distractions

When you know you have a deadline coming up, it's better to be in the zone. Close all web browser tabs unrelated to your task, turn off your phone, you could even put a "Do Not Disturb" sign outside of your door or cubicle to let your co-workers know that it's crunch time.

5. Eat Well

You may not think so, but your diet has a lot to do with how you feel throughout the day. There are a multitude of natural foods on the market that help with brain health, the most popular being salmon, almonds and avocado. Check out this list of healthy foods to help you boost your brain to be the most productive employee you can be!

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