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Top 4 Easy Ways to Stay Focused at Work

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Boost your productivity with these tips from Adam Gazzaley, M.D. Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco, and Joe Ferrari, Ph.D. of DePaul University, the author of Still Procrastinating?

Understand the enemy.
So you think you perform better under a tight deadline? You do not, according to 2011 research from the City University of New York. Students who procrastinated were also more likely to exhibit poor planning and organizational skills and reduced working memory. Get cracking.

Publicize your to do list.
If you tell people you are planning to do something, you are more likely to actually do it. Hang a whiteboard with your daily takes in your office where your colleagues can see. Big project due? Post on Facebook or Twitter that you are going to tackle it.

Cut the slack.
Distractions can disrupt your active neural networks. So shut your office door, mute your phone, and switch off your e-mail’s pop-up notification feature. Also log out of your Twitter and Facebook accounts. That way you will be forced to type in your user name and password.

Work in bursts.
Setting a solid 3 hour block to complete a project will only burn out your brain. Instead, mark off some checkpoints throughout the project that offer logical stopping points for breaks.

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