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Want to be more productive but not sure how? Whether you are working or job seeking or both, using the following tips will help you bridge the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be in the future.

1. Time Management

Choose the best part of your day and use it wisely. Time management is a catch all phrase for planning but without it very little gets done. I believe we must create our life and that goes with how and what we spend our time on. For example, when I'm writing, I choose morning because that's when I feel most creative and can seem to channel my thoughts onto paper. When I was job searching, I would only accept an interview in the morning because I wanted to show up at my personal best and my energy is lower in the afternoon.

2. Exercise

Not only will you look and feel better, but you'll also have a sense of accomplishment, which will create momentum in others areas. There are so many benefits to exercise and I'm a huge fan. Knowing yourself will help you engage the right activity at the right time of day. For example, I work out in the middle of the day because that's when I need a lift. I go to the gym because instructor-led group exercise is more motivating to me. Consider hiring a personal trainer or trying one of these activities: cardio, weight training, running, playing sports, yoga, Pilates, walking. There are no excuses for not exercising. It is the single most important thing you can do for your health. It will also propel you forward in your work life and job search activities because you will feel good about yourself.

3. Being Reactive

Living in a non-stop world these days can cause havoc on your health, relationships, and productivity. If you are someone that does whatever comes up and jumps from activity to activity, then chances are you aren't being very productive. Multi-tasking is necessary at times, but I wonder if people actually accomplish more or less. I have seen incredibly people pull off multi-tasking and I'm in awe of their talent. Sadly, I'm not one of them. I'm someone who takes charge by starting and completing tasks before moving on to the next thing. Knowing which one of these people you are can work to your advantage and increase your productivity.

4. Priority List

It's a game changer. Either you run the day or the day runs you. Writing out a priority list on things that are most important to you right now will help you to stay focused on what you want and off of what you don't want. You've developed the criteria for making decisions and your life flows better because you're connected to what you want.

5. Setting Boundaries

I find it necessary to set boundaries with people because, when I do, it helps protect my energy and mood and I'm honoring my time. For example, I won't take phone calls in the morning. I have also stopped listening to victim stories because I find them very draining. I also choose to work from inspiration- not obligation and this helps me eliminate time spent doing things I don't want to do and opens up time for activities that fill me up and move me forward.

6. Commuting And Traffic

Can be such a huge productivity killer. People spend up to 40 hours every week stuck in traffic. Check out this infographic from InterCall entitled What's A Traffic Jam Worth that explains the time and money spent stuck in traffic. Do the research and see if there are ways that you can obtain the same results through an online meeting, a phone call or web conference. Can you work from home? Plan what you will do to make your time in the car productive? These are all really valuable ways to reduce your time held hostage in traffic. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:
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