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Looking for ways to increase productivity quickly and easily? Look no further. We’ve brought together five simple steps you can take TODAY to improve how much you get done by essentially working smarter instead of just working harder.

  1. Get Some Sleep

Okay, so this first one you can’t actually start using TODAY, but you can kick it off tonight. It’s simple, really — just get the sleep you know you need and be sure it’s quality sleep. The rules are simple:

  • You need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Routines matter! Get used to going to bed and waking up at the same time every day — including weekends!
  • Screen time right before bed can throw off your sleep cycle. Grab a book instead of your tablet for 30 minutes before bedding down.

These three rules will give you a good foundation. They’ll also produce quick results — as in you’ll feel them within a day or two — so you’ll be motivated to carry on.

  1. Get Into a Morning Routine

Mornings can be the most chaotic time for a small business owner. Help improve your chances for success during the day by creating a routine that lets you address major issues without overwhelming your system. Play with a few different ideas until you find your sweet spot then stick with it!

  1. Have a Relaxing — But Energizing — Playlist

Several studies have proven that music can boost both creativity and productivity. There’s a fine balance when it comes to music. Too much energy and noise and it will throw you off your game; not enough and you’re lulled to sleep. Experiment with different playlists during your day or use preselected playlists to give you the right mood music.

  1. Cut Back on Emails

Sure email is useful — even necessary. But it can also be a huge waste of time. Dump non-essential email lists today and limit your online email time to 20 minutes in the morning and then 5 minutes each hour afterwards. That way you’ll prioritize what you need to respond to and you’ll realize just how many of those messages simply aren’t an issue.

  1. Use the Right Tools

Work smart by using the right tools to help you get the job done. That includes everything from scheduling software to a small business productivity app that works smart. Investigate your options and then invest in one that helps you reach your goals.