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6 Ways to Work Smarter in 2014

Finding an excuse to procrastinate at work is definitely an easy thing to do. Especially when we have numerous projects hanging over our heads and we’re pressed for time, it can be difficult to focus on our most important tasks at work. Take a look at this article from the Personal Branding Blog for tips on getting your work done!

In the new year, we need to make a promise to ourselves to work smarter. We owe it to ourselves to focus more on what is important, rather than what’s urgent. If we carefully plan our work days and understand our personal work ethic, we will be able to accomplish much more than we ever thought we could.

Working smarter in the new year is an excellent goal to strive toward because not only will you feel more accomplished, but also you will able to reshape the way you work. This year presents the opportunity for a fresh start in the workplace as well as a chance to focus on important tasks and projects. Let’s get started on working smarter in the new year:


As mentioned earlier, if you want to work smarter, you must focus on what’s important rather than urgent. Even though you feel like the hundreds of emails piling up in your inbox are a priority, they’re probably not as important as the deadlines you have for projects at work. You owe it to yourself to focus on important projects rather than those that lack priority. Once you are able to determine what projects need to be at the top of your to-do list, you’ll be ready to take on your day.

Understand where you peak

In addition to prioritizing your projects, you need to understand what time of day you’ll most likely accomplish them. For some people, the most productive hours of the day are early in the morning; however, they know they become distracted by 2 p.m. On the other hand, there are those who find themselves accomplishing more in the later afternoon or in the evening. Pay close attention to your habits and see what time of the day you feel more focused and refreshed. These hours are going to be the best time for you to sit down and knock out your to-do list.

Eliminate distractions during hours of productivity

Now that you’ve figured out when you’re most productive, it’s time to unplug and get focused. It’s amazing how much more you can accomplish in an hour when you’ve closed your email and logged off of social media. Studies show working for increments of 90 minutes is most effective because that’s the optimum time for human focus. Experiment with working in 60 to 90 minute increments and within that time period, don’t check your phone or email. You’ll begin to notice that you’ll accomplish a lot more during the day when you are focused for a solid period time without constant distractions every five minutes.

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