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When it comes to being more efficient at your job, you know the basics, from spending less time procrastinating—here’s how to pull off that miracle—to tuning out distractions like your loud coworkers. But research shows a whole new side to productivity you may not have realized. In fact, some of the little things you do every day to help you be more productive may be hindering you. To find out how to be a better you, both in and outside the office, take a cue from these habits of naturally productive people.
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Surprise, surprise: One of the biggest obstacles holding back successful people is their state of mind—which is why most of us could use these tips for stopping negative self-talk. One study by the University of Warwick in the UK found happier people to be 12 percent more productive in a work environment than their unhappy counterparts. “This makes sense, especially considering the fact that two common symptoms of depression are decreased motivation and attention,” says Aparna Iyer, MD, holistic psychiatrist and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. “Even if a low mood does not completely disable you from functioning, it can decrease your productivity to make you far less efficient.” The fix? If you notice you’re struggling to maintain a positive outlook, try this advice on becoming more positive. Also, don’t hesitate to seek help. “Mental health treatment can effectively help you assess your goals and manage your symptoms,” Dr. Iyer adds. This will not only help you achieve a more stable work-life balance, but a new outlook can also open you up to new opportunities and necessary changes you never considered before.