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Productivity Goes Pro

Between family, work, school and whatever else, the demands on our time seem endless. And with so much to do (and such a fixation with productivity), operating at max efficiency is often easier said than done.

So we did some research. And found some helpful advice:

  1. Get up an hour earlier. For noted overachievers like Ben Franklin and Ernest Hemingway, it was standard procedure—and for good reason. Use the time to meditate, write or just ease into your day.
  2. Delegate when you can. You can’t do everything—and it isn’t healthy to try. Besides, handing off tasks may help a colleague hone some new skills or gain some new experience. Everyone wins.
  3. Unplug. After all, some theorists theorize that the human brain is incapable of multi-tasking. Either way, we all know deep down that anything we do phone-in-hand isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Hang up.
  4. Don’t check email before bed. Just don’t. That blue screen glow can disrupt sleep patterns and actually increase your risk of a number of unpleasant health conditions.

If you haven’t already, go ahead and give these guidelines a shot. They may just help you establish a more productive daily routine.