19 Surefire Ways To Be Productive — And Stop Wasting Time

August 19, 2016

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We’re all being pulled in a thousand directions every day—do this, do that, do the other thing. But a lot of them are standing in the way of actually getting things done. Many of the interruptions, distractions, time-sucking activities, messes, bad relationships and even favors in our lives are avoidable—if we’d only refuse to participate in them, and replace them with ways to be productive.

Drawing inspiration from the classic Tim Ferriss book The 4-Hour Workweek, here’s a list of 19 things that really productive people incorporate into their daily lives to keep from going off track. See how many of these tricks you can use to stop wasting time, and start finding new ways to be productive instead. (Originally shared on


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