Blog written by recruiter Koreena Geisler-Wagner.

Ever have a day where it feels like you’ve been working non-stop but upon leaving for the night realize that you haven’t really accomplished much of anything? Would it surprise you to learn that of the average 45-hour work week, only 17 of those hours are considered truly productive? In his article “Most Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day,” Eric Barker discusses six tips from Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, about increasing one’s real productivity. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Put yourself in a positive mood! As Barker outlines, our brains are hardwired to be most productive when we are in a good mood– neutral or negative moods simply don’t work as well as positive moods where productivity is concerned.
  2. Rather than trying to pick up the pace, ask yourself whether a task really needs to be completed. There’s a lot to be said for efficiency, and cutting out tasks from your day that aren’t helpful or don’t really contribute to a desired outcome will increase your productivity with decreased effort on your part.
  3. Eliminate distractions. It is so much easier to accomplish that which is set before you when you can focus solely on that task! How many minutes (perhaps hours) do you spend scrolling through Facebook throughout the day? Or dismissing notifications from various apps and social media platforms? Trying to work with all these distractions prolongs the time it takes to complete a task, thereby diminishing your productivity.

Today’s message for enhanced productivity is brought to you by Contemporaries.

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