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How to be More Productive at Work
Do less! Specifically, stop trying to multitask. The reality is that you probably aren’t multitasking but rather just not giving your projects your full attention. The current workplace is fast-paced and always changing, but our brains don’t necessarily keep up. Have you ever been typing and had a coworker start talking to you? If you want to finish your sentence, it means you don’t retain anything they say. The truth is that attempting to multitask, because your brain can’t actually work on two things at once, can reduce productivity by up to 40%. Workplace distractions hinder productivity, too. Emails, chat windows, last-minute meetings, and more all cause projects to come to a halt and you don’t just pick right back up where you left, no matter how organized you are.
So what do we do about it? Better personal time management, better office-wide scheduling of meetings, and a work environment that works with you. Your brain can focus on the project in front of you with music in the background, but not always with conversation. Have a few hours without any scheduled meetings and a big task to finish? Close your email and instant messaging, put your phone on silent, and get it done.
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