10 Productivity Hacks To Kick-Start Your Day

Clear your desktop, light a lemon-scented candle, and get ready for a more productive day with these tips.
Buy An Air Freshener
Rethink Meetings
Crank The Thermostat
Push Back Email
Do What Takes Two
Set Realistic Goals
Exercise During Your Mental Downtime
Clear Your Desktop
Put The Tunes On Pause
Make Bad Habits Annoying

Some days, focus comes naturally. You can sit at your desk, abandon your smartphone, and work straight through the morning without the temptation of social media or office chatter.

Unfortunately, not all days run quite so smoothly. Sometimes we're dealing with overflowing inboxes, incessantly ringing phones, and the inevitable distraction of the Internet. We could probably agree these days happen more often than we'd like them to.

While you can't eliminate the chaos from a busy day, you can make it easier to manage. There are several digital and non-digital means of prepping your mind for a productive day -- even when it seems the universe is working against you.

Some productive pros rely on digital tools to get things done. Virtual assistants, messaging apps, note-taking wizards, and email services are all indispensable for modern professionals who need to work on the go.

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While electronic devices have undoubtedly changed the way we work, there are a few productivity hacks that don't involve downloading an app or saving a URL. Simple habits can make a tremendous difference in how effectively you work each day.

The important thing to keep in mind is that everyone works differently. A trick that helps your colleague demolish her to-do list may not necessarily work for you. By trying different strategies, you'll eventually find the perfect blend of productivity tricks to become daily habits.

Here, we dig into a few productivity hacks that could positively affect your workdays. From delayed email checks to mid-day exercise, these are simple but effective ways to boost focus and help you get more done.

What are some of the things you do to boost your productivity each day? Would you give any of these suggestions a try? We'd like to hear your ideas.

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