- Don’t work overtime – Studies show if you lower your daily work hours from 10 to 8 and work 5 days instead of 6, your productivity increases.
- Stop multi-tasking – When we try to complete several tasks at once, we do them all more slowly and we make more mistakes.
- Try to get natural light – Office workers who sit near windows are less likely to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, and have lower rates of absenteeism.
- Learn to say no – Instead of working harder, we should focus on the tasks that produce the most results and forget about the rest.
- Don’t be a perfectionist – According to research, there is a direct correlation between increased perfectionism and decreased productivity.
- Take time to think – Down time helps the brain process information, be more creative and form more stable memories.
- Go for a walk – Walking has been shown to increase people’s problem-solving skills and creativity.
- Take a nap – Lots of evidence shows that a short nap can make you feel sharper when you wake up.
- Work in sprints – Work for 90 minutes, followed by 20-minute breaks allow us to be more focused and have more energy.
Work smarter, not harder.