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7 Ways to Boost Your Weekly Productivity – Entrepreneur

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You’ve probably read a dozen or more blogs about increasing productivity, searching for just the right formula that can help you get the most out of your day. The reality is that everyone is different, and our home lives and other external factors can easily impact the way we manage our schedules a…….

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

You’re reading Entrepreneur United States, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.

You’ve probably read a dozen or more blogs about increasing productivity, searching for just the right formula that can help you get the most out of your day. The reality is that everyone is different, and our home lives and other external factors can easily impact the way we manage our schedules and tasks. So, instead of creating yet another blog that touts the importance of being awake at 5 a.m. and hitting the gym right away, let’s talk about some tried-and-true tactics that you can make your own and apply to your life in a way that suits you best. 

After all, there is no one-fits-all solution to increasing productivity. We all function differently; some of us have hurdles to jump over such as managing ADHD symptoms or unpredictable schedules due to having children. Or you may just have a sluggish day here and there that impacts your ability to stick to your goals. 

Whatever the case, these seven tactics can help you find ways to increase productivity in a way that works for you long term, even on your most hectic days. 

1. Take the time to declutter 

Take five or ten minutes before bedtime to declutter your home. This will quickly eliminate those moments in the morning rush when you can’t find something, and it allows your morning routine to move along more smoothly. You don’t have to do some massive purge and get rid of a bunch of stuff in some Mari Kondo-esque binge. But simple things like folding a blanket, putting the dishes in the dishwasher and putting books and other clutter away are qucik tasks that can make your home feel more peaceful to wake up to. 

Your morning routine can have a big impact on how the rest of your day will feel, and starting the morning off in a hectic headspace can quickly derail you for the rest of the day. 

Once you get to the office, spend a few minutes streamlining and decluttering your desk. Instead of immediately checking your email or Slack, take those first moments at the office to ensure everything is where it should be. 

Having a clutter-free environment both at home and at work helps you think more clearly and reduces the amount of “noise” around you, regardless of what your day entails or what time you finally rolled out of bed. 

Related: How to Permanently Increase Your Productivity

2. Create small, manageable to-do lists

A to-do list with 20 tasks can be overwhelming to look at. Instead of writing down every little thing you need to do for the week, focus on a handful of goals you can accomplish that day. Be realistic and resist jotting down tasks that aren’t necessarily urgent. 

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Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/395957