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The Key to Becoming More Productive Is This

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16. Get clear on the reason for your goal

“Before determining the goal, get clear on the why,” Oliveri said. Otherwise goals are completely arbitrary. Once you are clear on the why, then you can set the goal in order to have a pathway forward, she added. But keep in mind that the goal becomes secondary to the purpose. “If you miss the goal by two points it will no longer be the end of the world so long as you have progressed toward your stated purpose.”

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17. About multi-tasking…

There was a time multitasking was a required skill in every kind of job post. But things have changed — it doesn’t get mentioned as often. It can get in the way of productivity. “Multitasking is only good for very low focus tasks,” Oliveri said. “Like calling your bank while you [clean up] your house or pondering your dinner while you wash your hair.”

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18. Pay attention to your morning

Your morning routine is key to having a successful day, Wood said. “It’s you taking care of you.” This can be anything from physical care such as exercising or doing yoga to mental care such as reading or listening to a fun podcast. It’s a good practice to do something that fuels your curiosity and interest, she noted. That just improves your mood and sets you up for a good day.

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