5. Set a time limit on each objective. In your head, set a time limit for each task that you need to accomplish, which will make you more conscientious of what you need to get done. Some people even use apps like Tomato, which sets a timer for each task.
4. Focus on one task at a time. We’ve heard all the hullabaloo about multitasking, and while it does seem nifty to be able to work on multiple tasks at the same time, you actually get less done. It’s simple — less tasks, less stress. So avoid doing them all at once.
3. Take short breaks. While this may sound counterintuitive, taking 15-minute breaks every 90 minutes helps you focus more on the task at hand, and recharges you for another 90 minutes worth of work.
2. Make a “to-don’t” list. While we’re all about to-do lists, our minds preoccupy ourselves with small tasks that could be left for later, and hinder our progress with more important activities at hand. Make a to-don’t list: those that you can put off for later.
1. Learn to say NO. We can’t do everything, much as we want to. Learn to politely decline any other work that would just pile itself up.
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