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Boost your productivity this year

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Boost productivityIf you want to boost your productivity as we move into 2018—but you are tired of the same old advice—use these tips from executive coach Dr. Monique Valcour:

Admit that you do need to make some changes. If you think that all the ideas out there are silly or a waste of time, you won’t buy in to making changes. Admit that you can use some help and be open to testing new strategies. However …

Stop fretting if productivity strategies haven’t worked for you. Even people who have taken training or studied techniques on time management and productivity struggle to implement them. If something doesn’t feel right to you, don’t force it. You’ll just repeat unhelpful actions and wind up frustrated and defeated.

Stay flexible. Experiment with tips and strategies, but most important, periodically check in with yourself to see how they are working. Weigh the benefits, and make adjustments as necessary so that you are seeing progress. You will need to abandon some strategies and refine others.

Think about what’s distracting you. The moment you are about to give into a distraction, such as switching over to a social media feed or website, pause and ask yourself “What am I saying ‘Yes’ to if I do this?” You’ll lose time, set yourself back, and have to rush through your work. The answer will usually convince you that the distraction isn’t worth it.

Find meaning in each task. Everyone has tedious, boring tasks that they must complete. It’s those tasks that people are most likely to dread or even procrastinate on. Rather than see them as a pain, find the value in completing them and remember how they fit into the overall picture.

— Adapted from “Productivity Tips for People Who Hate Productivity Tips,” Monique Valcour, Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org.

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