We all (well, most of us anyway) want to do well at our job and find the most efficient ways to get things done. However, we know that sometimes this can be difficult. Whether it’s because we don’t know where to start, we don’t know what will work for us, or we just need help, this list is for you. We’ve compiled a few simple ways to increase your work productivity.

Increase work productivity with these simple tips:

1. Have a clear vision.

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Take the time to ensure you have a set goal or goals in mind before taking on a project or venture at work. There is nothing worse than starting something, working on it, and then realizing that your end-goal wasn’t clear cut enough, and all that time you’ve been working has been wasted. This goes (somewhat) hand in hand with organization; having a schedule or routine set in place can help you to stay on track and going in the right direction.

2. Stop.

The idea of cutting off an employee or potential client mid-sentence can be a little scary, so we have another option for you. Instead of waiting until you know you need to end the meeting, let the individual know at the beginning of your talk with a “hard stop”. It’s a deadline, just in disguise. If you say to them that you need to hard stop at 3 PM, there is a much better chance that your meeting will stay focused because all parties know that the end of the meeting is in plain view.

3. Decorate your workspace.

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Many people spend more time at work than they do at home, which is why being comfortable is key to being productive. By adding a little greenery, maybe some color, or photos from home, you can add some personality to your office and feel much more comfortable.

4. It’s okay to say “no”.

Many of us suffer from the dreaded people-pleasing syndrome. We want to do everything…for everyone…all the time. But once we realize that taking on too much extra responsibility or adding 10 extra tasks from others just to take the load off of them is only backfiring on us, we will have a much more efficient workday. It’s okay to say “no”. Really. Try it.

5. Set small goals.

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By laying out small goals for yourself, not only can you see where you are throughout the day, but you will also be able to cross another thing off your list, which is a great feeling. Set a few goals each day and you’ll stay organized and productive.

6. Take short breaks.

At first glance, this may seem counterproductive. But think about it: walking around a bit, stretching, getting your blood flowing will help you concentrate better when you return, and reduce eye strain from staring at a computer, or reading through stacks of files. Even if it’s just a short 10- or 15-minute break, it will help you in the long run, and prevent you from getting burned out.

Take a look at how these apps can help keep you productive:

OneTab

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Save 95% of your memory with OneTab. All you do is click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

Sunrise

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Sunrise gives you the ease of Google Calendar, plus more! You can pull in all of your calendared events, Facebook events, plus you will get more accurate weather information so that you can prepare yourself for the coming days and weeks. Sunrise also gives you time zone support and fast access to social media and maps.

LogMeIn

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Have you ever gone home at the end of your workday and realized that you left that crucial document on your office desk? Well, LogMeIn allows you to access your desktop from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet, or through another computer.

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