Should I work harder or smarter

23 Ingenious Tricks To Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Do more without stressing yourself out. © Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

Quora users shared their best tips and tricks for being more productive:

1. Stop having a million tabs open. © Flickr: degerstrom / Via Creative Commons

Admit it. You have a problem. Try the One Tab Extension for Chrome to bring all of your tabs into one.

2. Increase your typing speed. ©

You can improve your typing speed and potentially save hours every week just by practicing for a few weeks on fun websites like Typeracer where you learn and race against others at the same time.

3. Get a standing desk. © Flickr: jsmjr / Via Creative Commons

It prevents back pain that can seriously affect your productivity.

4. Get up and walk around every 45 minutes. ©

When you sit down again, you will feel rejuvenated.

5. Use a Kanban board. © Flickr: orcmid / Via Creative Commons

This will help you focus on your goals by illustrating what needs to be done now (and after).

6. Don't be afraid to say "no".

We often feel like we have to say "yes" to everything at work. But taking on less important tasks that distract from the important ones is a very bad idea.

7. Pretend you're going on vacation. © Osuleo / Via on vacation / f = CPIHVX / s = Popularity

If you feel overwhelmed, imagine that you are going on vacation in three hours. This will help you focus on the things that REALLY need to be done.

8. Get a grip on your tension.

This works best with exercise, healthy eating and adequate sleep.

9. Organize your desk / work space. © Flickr: tedsblog / Via Creative Commons

It only takes a few minutes and it makes a real difference.

10. Pick up the phone!

I know, I know. Nobody wants to use the phone anymore, but when you need two or more emails to work out a problem, a simple call is far more effective.

11. Do the toughest tasks first. © GlobalP / Via

It is often suggested that you start the day with the simple tasks, but then you often have to tackle the toughest tasks when your energy is drained - "Eat that frog!" (aka: Do the Hardest Task First!).

12. Don't be afraid to work badly.

Allowing yourself to write a not-so-great first draft means you now have something to design and revise.

13. Don't do several things at the same time. © Flickr: daquellamanera / Via Creative Commons

Doing multiple things at the same time usually means doing a bunch of things badly. It's much better to devote all of your attention to one task and hit the jackpot.

14. Don't be afraid to learn new things.

The willingness to accept new ideas, no matter how long you've been doing the job, means that you'll always have the latest methods available to help you achieve your goal.

15. Make a daily plan. © izustun / Via plan / f = CPIHVX / s = Popularity

16. Accept ninja keyboard shortcuts. © Jelena Savic / Via keyboard / f = CPIHVX / s = Popularity

Keyboard shortcuts like these allow you to navigate your computer faster.

17. Use macros. © Flickr: kmohman / Via Creative Commons

This saves you time because they execute a series of commands with just one click.

18. Interact with your co-workers. © Miramax

In a healthy work environment, they'll lift your spirits when you're discouraged and even help you fix problems.

19. Delegate.

You don't have to do everything yourself. Really.

20. Use a schedule like GTD ("Getting Things Done"). © visionchina / visionchina

GTD fans say the method allows workers who previously felt completely overwhelmed to be stress-free productivity.

21. If you can reply to an email within two minutes, do it immediately. ©

Piling up your email unnecessarily only creates stress.

22. Remember the Pareto Principle. © raywoo / Via 20 / f = CPIHVX / s = Popularity

The core of this concept is that 20 percent of your activities create 80 percent of your results. This is why you should focus the majority of your efforts on that 20 percent (instead of the less effective 80 percent).

23. Don't pay attention to your emails if you're choking on work. © 20th Century Fox

This gives you a good chunk of fully concentrated work time.

This article first appeared in English.