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10 simple but effective ways to make 2017 your most productive year yet, according to my busy coworkers

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 11 Jan 2017

A lot of us feel guilty when we think we're not being productive.There are a few ways you could alleviate these pangs of guilt: For one thing, stop tying your productivity to your self-worth. For another, adjust your mindset about how much time you really have to accomplish things.But perhaps the most simple step, if you are in fact less productive than you hoped, is to up your productivity game.Being that I work in a fast-paced newsroom where deadlines constantly loom and part of your success is measured by your output, I decided to ask my colleagues to share their favorite methods for getting it all done.Here are their favorite tips for being more productive:SEE ALSO:18 bad habits you should break in 2017 to be more productiveDON'T MISS:13 apps that will make your commute more tolerable, according to my coworkersBlacklist your time-suck websites"I make a list of what I want to accomplish every day. It's a pretty basic strategy, but it's definitely an effective way of tracking my productivity. Nothing feels better than crossing items off the list."I'm also a huge procrastinator, so I use the SelfControl app to lock myself out of time-sink websites like Twitter for hours at a time. When I'm using the app, my Web browser says 'This site can't be reached' and it won't let me on sites on my blacklist for a designated time up to 24 hourseven if you delete the app and reboot your computer, you're just stuck."Aine Cain, reporterGet it done firstmake it perfect later"When I work in a packed newsroom or in some busy and populated place and I have an important task that I need to get done ASAP, I try to eliminate as many distractions as possible. I put in earplugs and wear noise-cancelling headphones, or I put on headphones and listen to a site like Noisli. Ideally, I also take my laptop and find a space where I can be alone or around just a few people."I turn off the internet and work straight through without stopping until the project is done, or at least one significant part of the project is done. I don't aim for perfection, but simply to get the project done. Later, I can go back and make the work as good as I can. This has worked well for me."Daniel McMahon, copy chiefSleep more"Get more sleep! Everything is easier when you do."Gus Lubin, senior correspondentSee the rest of the story at Business Insider
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