These days technology helps us work smarter, not harder, but that’s only true if we have the right productivity behaviors already set in place for tech to build on. Over at The Creativity Post, writer and educator Jordan Bates shares 21 of his personal behaviors for working smarter. Some select highlights include:

10. Leave a buffer-time between tasks. When we rush from task to task, it’s difficult to appreciate what we’re doing and to stay focused and motivated. Allowing ourselves down-time between tasks can be a breath of fresh air for our brains. While taking a break, go for a short walk, meditate, or perform some other mind-clearing exercise.

11. Don’t think of the totality of your to-do list. One of the fastest ways to overwhelm yourself is to think about your massive to-do list. Realize that no amount of thought will make it any shorter. At this point in time, all you can do is focus on the one task before you. This one, single, solitary task. One step at a time. Breathe.

Using Jordan’s insights, consider managing your to-do list on your phone using apps like Clear, Any.Do, or Teux Deux. You can set daily reminders and timers on your phone to help you stay on-task and set clear buffer-times too. Or set up Internet filters on your work computer to block those procrastination-inducing sites like Reddit or Facebook with apps and plug-ins like Chrome’s StayFocusd.

Start working smarter today using tips from Jordan’s complete list.

  • Aaron Morton

    Great set of tips that even using applying one can make a massive difference. I regularly apply the ‘get an early start’ suggestion!

    Aaron Morton
    The Confidence Lounge

  • Aero

    Niceee! 🙂

  • Alvis Andersonq

    Maintaining todo list is such an important tool to manage your life. Such a thought provoking post.

  • Marilyn Meissler

    Instead of prioritizing your to do list. list your priorities

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