Some days are more productive than others, that's just how it goes. But what if you could make your unproductive days a little... well, more productive?

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Take Breaks

Okay, we've all heard this one before, taking breaks will make you more productive in the long run. Well, it's true. The important thing is to pay attention to how long of a break you have. A study found the way to be most productive throughout the day, was to work for 52 minutes, then break for 17 minutes. Granted, we don't all have jobs where this is possible, but if you can do anything to switch up your work for those 17 minutes, there will be a difference in how much you accomplish.


Who says no to snacks?! Yeah, you may be trying to cut back on the donuts around the office (spring and summer are on their way), but snacks are good! You need something to keep you moving, and keep that blood flowing. If you're worried about the sweets and fats at work, bring your own snacks in - granola bars, nuts, yogurt, whatever healthy food appeals to you. If you work a regular 9-5 or are at work for 8 hours a day, you should aim for 2 to 3 small snacks (besides your lunch, or dinner).

Have A Set Schedule

Yuck. The least fun of these three steps, but it will help you. Figure out right away what needs to be accomplished for the day. Write it all down. Now for the worst part... do the things that are the hardest/least fun first. Knocking out those things right away will make your day easier, and in turn, make you more productive.


Try it out for yourself. See if you don't get at least a little more productive throughout the day.


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