You don’t have to be a genius to work smarter, not harder.

Here’s how to get the most out of your productivity efforts.

article You can take a shortcut on productivity if you follow a few simple rules.

But, you should always have the plan to follow, the tools to use, and the resources to back it up.

Read on to learn how to put these ideas into practice.

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Make sure your priorities are aligned The first thing you should do when creating your productivity plan is make sure you have priorities aligned.

Make it clear what is most important to you and what is not.

What is important to the people around you?

What is your personal happiness and health?

What can you accomplish that is meaningful to you?

Make it a clear, measurable, and well-documented goal to strive for every day.

Then, you can start to focus on the task at hand and your own goals and the priorities that apply to you.

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Keep a list of your goals and tasks Each time you make a big commitment to something, you need to keep a list in your head of the goals and how to achieve them.

This is so you can plan how to accomplish your goals, and also to be accountable for what you have done.

What do you want to accomplish?

What do your personal goals look like?

You will have to make choices about what to do when the moment comes, and it’s not always easy.

So, make sure to think of how you can accomplish your big goals and take action on the things you want and need to accomplish them.

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Make decisions based on facts You can only work as efficiently as your decisions are based on data.

So don’t fall into the trap of thinking that because you have data, you are going to know what is right.

It’s important to be flexible.

You should be able to come up with different choices based on what’s going on around you.

You can decide to make a commitment to buy something or not to buy anything.

You could decide to invest in something that you know you need and to avoid something you don’t.

You might also be tempted to buy a new car or a new house.

What you choose will depend on the situation.

You’ll also have to consider what your life goals are and how you want them to look like in the future.

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Don’t be too much of a planner If you are too much a planner, you will be stuck. Don