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Nowadays, when we think about productivity, we usually associate it with being more productive at work. In fact, the labor market seems to be getting more and more competitive, and every worker wants to make their boss happy.

But what does it mean to be more productive? Could it simply be working harder? Working extra hours, perhaps? Not quite. After all, you could spend your entire day at the office, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve accomplished a lot.

Being productive means getting more work done in the time you are actually working. If you manage to do this, you won’t have to spend as many hours at work. You might even find that work-life balance that has been eluding you so far.

So, how can you do it? How can you be more productive? Well, that’s what we’re hoping to tell you in these next few tips.

1. Know Your Goals

One of the secrets to being productive is being able to focus on your present task. But in order to focus on the present task, you have to be motivated to do so. If you aren’t, your mind quickly wanders off to more interesting activities.

So, how do you keep yourself motivated? If the task at hand does not bear immediate fruits, it can be hard to stay focused. So, the key is to have a long-term goal you are working towards. Keeping this in your horizon gives you that light at the end of the tunnel that keeps pushing you forward.

You have to understand how the current task helps you achieve that long-term goal, and think about the desired outcome. Seeing the bigger picture will make it easier to keep doing what you’re doing.

2. Know What You’re Good At

If you’re striving for superior productivity, then by now you should have realized what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you haven’t, then you should get to know yourself better.

When you understand what you’re good at, ideally you’ll only want to work on tasks that explore those strengths. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

If possible, approach every task in such a way that you make the most of your strengths and use them to your advantage. If a certain task requires skills that you regard as weaknesses, acknowledge this fact and see how you can get someone to help you be more productive.

This is the end of Part I of this article. To see the remaining tips on how to be more productive, be sure to check out Part II.