Is there someone in your office who always seems to be on top of things? Or that one mom in your playgroup who seems to be a superhero, always finding the time to bake cookies on top of working a full-time job. If you are wondering how these people manage to be so productive, the answer may be simpler than you think. There are certain habits that some people have which leads them to be more productive - you will learn about the top ten of these habits to help you become a more productive person yourself.

1. Pare Down Your To-Do List

The more tasks you try to smash into your already full to-do list, the less you will actually end up getting done. The first healthy habit of the most productive people is managing the to-do list. Take a good hard look at your list and pick out the most important tasks then get rid of some of the smaller tasks that aren't important in the grand scheme of things.

2. Tackle Big Tasks Before Lunch

If you have a full to-do list, you should consider working on your most pressing tasks in the morning before lunch. The hours before lunch is when your brain will be working at its best so you should take advantage of that to work on the things that are most important. Save things like conference calls, meetings, and busy work for after lunch.

3. Take Breaks When Needed

Even if it feels like you don't have time to take a break, you still need to take some time to give your brain a rest during the day. Refresh yourself by going for a quick walk around the block, grab some lunch outside of the building, or take a few minutes to sit in the sunshine before getting back to work.

4. Limit Your Distractions

In this modern age of technology we are constantly being assaulted by ringtones and notifications. If you really want to buckle down and be productive, silence your phone, close your email inbox, and shut the door to your office. If you really need to check emails and phone messages, give yourself 5 minutes to do it at the end of every hour.

5. Don't Obsess Over Perfection

Doing a task to your best ability is very important, but you shouldn't aim for perfection all the time. If you obsess over perfection you will end up wasting a lot of time on tiny details that really don't matter in the long run. Make it your goal to complete a task to completion, not perfection.

6. Prioritize and Delegate

Each and every day you should take a look at your to-do list and decide which tasks are most important. If there are more important tasks than you can tackle for the day, consider delegating one or two of them. Delegation is also great for less important tasks - if you can pass them off you will have more time to devote to the things that really matter.

7. Set and Adhere to Deadlines

Having a deadline is a great way to motivate yourself to get a task done. Just be sure to set realistic deadlines and leave a little wiggle room for error. You may need to adjust your deadlines if you find that a certain task is more complex than you originally thought.

8. Stop Multi-Tasking

Trying to do too many things at once often results in getting nothing done at all. There is nothing wrong with using a few minutes of down time to accomplish a simple task like responding to an important email or updating your calendar. But if you try to do too much at once you will find it difficult to focus completely and your work will suffer.

9. Learn How to Say "No"

Don't try to take on more than you can handle. Learn how to say "No" to things when your to-do list is already full with important tasks.

10. Take Time for Yourself

As hard as it can be sometimes to cut into your work time, taking period breaks is incredibly important. Just a few minutes away from the computer can refresh your mind and body, enabling you to come back to work more focused and productive than ever.

If you incorporate even a few of these habits into your daily routine you can greatly increase your productivity level. Don't try to do it all at once but pick a few habits you'd like to work on and slowly incorporate them into your life one at a time over the next few weeks then take a step back and look at how much progress you've made!

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