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As another weekend nears, office and school hours seem to go on for years and you miraculously accumulate a pile of unfinished work that has ASAP written all over it. You wonder where the hours of the weekday went, then a culprit pops in your head like a nasty pimple you get before a big date: procrastination.

Admit it, bes, we all fall victim to this. There’s just something about delaying work and convincing yourself that you still have time when in reality, you do not. But worry not, because as your BFF, MB Life is here for you. We’ll walk you through simple and effective ways to increase your productivity. Repeat after us, bes: Hindi. Ako. Iiyak.

List everything down
Creating a list is the most important part when you finally decide to start working. (And FYI, we’re talking about a to-do list, hindi ’yung utang sa ambagan ng kabarkada mo.) Take some time to analyze the tasks ahead of you and then work your way from there. Categorize your list in terms of urgency, then difficulty. It’s like how Brian Tracy puts it in his book, Eat That Frog. Pag nakain mo na yung palaka, other dishes won’t be as unappetizing anymore. Kadiri bes, but gets? The same philosophy goes with your task management—being able to handle major task first will feel so rewarding that completing minor ones will seem like a breeze.

Single-task, not multi-task
Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking doesn’t save you that much-needed time. Guy Winch, PhD and author of Emotional First Aid, says mainly because it limits your focus, hampers working memory, and increases stress and mental fatigue. Studies also show that moving back and forth between several tasks would also create an impact to the quality of your overall work. That is why you need to focus on a single task to complete before starting another one. Tulad ng sabi naman sa ’yo. Parang sa panliligaw lang yan. Focus on one special person, hindi ’to more entries, more chances of winning!

Do things right away
This might sound repetitive, but it gets the message across. There’s a little productivity technique called the “Two Minute Rule,” and it only has two requirements: one, if it takes less than two minutes, then do it now; and, two, when you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do. As an example, if you have an email that you need to write, then do it first thing in the morning. This, then, will ultimately trick your brain into forming a habit so that you don’t have little tasks that you need to worry about throughout the day. Kaya kung ako sa’yo bes, simulan mo nang i-message ’yung kaibigan mo para itanong kung sa kanila mo naiwan ’yung Tupperware ni mama.

Take breaks
Everyone needs a break sometimes. (Bakit parang hugot? *criesinahole*) On a more serious note, though, constant work can take a toll on your cognition, which can result to mental fatigue. This is why taking small breaks is important as it improves concentration and focus. It also has a lot of benefits for the mind: it serves as memory boosters, creativity fuel, and lowers your stress levels.

Stay away from socmed
It was John Boitnott, journalist and digital consultant, who said that “…social media updates are similar to eating french fries. If you’re like most people, you can’t have just one.” While some people are blessed with the “inactive” gene (that excludes us, bes), there are people who can’t survive a day without checking their phones for updates. While occasionally browsing through your Twitter or Instagram feed isn’t a bad thing, constantly using your phone in work will ultimately pose a problem. The answer to this is not disabling your accounts; you just need to restrict your usage. Notifications are a major distraction, so consider turning them off. Less stalk, more work! Buti sana kung natutulungan ka ni crush.

Try these simple strategies and see if these will help you in meeting your deadlines for the week.

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