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Do you ever start a task and wonder where the time went before you’ve even started? Do you find yourself drifting off and then scrambling to finish a project at the last moment? Efficiency is one of the most important life skills to learn because of just how valuable time is. So to help you out, we’ve put together three fantastic tips that will teach you how to be more efficient in life.

1. Plan ahead

Make sure you always plan ahead no matter what you do. Estimate how long your tasks will take (time them if they’re repeated on a regular basis) so you can judge how much time you have and always give yourself some extra time to use as a break. Don’t be afraid of planning complicated tasks either especially if they’re daunting. Break them down into smaller chunks so they’re easier to digest.

2. Stop multitasking

It’s also important to stop multitasking. Although it sounds like doing two things at once is efficient, in reality, your focus is split between two things and you’re going to take the same amount of time while utilizing more mental power, thus fatiguing your mind quicker.

3. Organize your work

Ensure that you organize your work and your surroundings. Keep all of your documents in one place so that you know how where to access them and don’t neglect to spend time using proper file management practices so you don’t lose track of digital work. Backups are also important in the event your computer fails or your hard drives malfunction.

Want more tips on how to be productive and efficient with your time? Just take a look at the infographic below.

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