5 Hacks for Working Smarter

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1. Use a timer to prevent dragging tasks out

You may have heard of the Pomodoro technique — the popular, researched, tried and tested strategy of breaking down work into 25-minute intervals with short breaks. This is my adaptation.

2. Turn your phone off and put it in another room

It may seem extreme to do both but hear me out: if you turn your phone off and put it next to you, let’s be real, you’ll see it there and turn it back on. If you put your phone in another room and you go to make a cup of tea and walk past it, the temptation is there to have a ‘quick glance’ that turns into a long scroll. If you turn it off and put it in another room its quite a lot of effort to get up, go to it, and wait whilst it turns back on, so you’re much less likely to do that. By turning it off and putting it in another room you can put the attention-draining device out of your mind and focus better on the task at hand.

3. Always return to the big picture

Whatever you’re working towards — for me that would be an essay, commission, or a final lesson — think about the end goal.

4. Use your language to be ambitious rather than self-defeatist

Okay, you might think this one is silly and it’s not so much a ‘practical’ tip like the rest, but I’m a big believer that the way you speak to yourself changes the way you think and act. When you speak about things a certain way, you’re framing the way you think about it, and you can use this to your advantage to habitually take a proactive attitude to tasks and cut out the deliberation time.

5. Always Keep a Notepad Near

This hack is good for two key things: getting rid of distractions and clinging onto ideas.

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