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Sometimes it seems like there are thousands of books, blogs, and magazine articles telling us how to get more done in a day, but how much of this advice is founded on actual research? For example, think about the number of times have you heard that multitasking can help you become more productive. In reality, research has found that trying to perform more than one task at the same time seriously impairs speed, accuracy, and productivity.
So what lessons from psychology can you use to increase your productivity? Consider some of the following:
- Avoid multitasking when working on complex or dangerous tasks.
- Focus on the task at hand.
- Eliminate distractions.