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It’s a few weeks into a brand-new year and chances are good you’ve already tossed your resolutions by the wayside and are slipping back into your old ways. Fear not! We’ve come up with 18 ways to inspire you to reclaim your productivity in the coming months.

1. Turn off notifications

“You don’t have to check your email or social media every few minutes,” said Julie Cole, co-founder of the multimillion dollar company, Mabel’s Labels. “When working on a project, turn off notifications so you don’t get distracted by them.”

2. Block off social time

Lest you miss exclusively online opportunities, Cole advises carving out 10 minutes every couple of hours to check in. “Train your staff/contacts to NOT expect you to respond within minutes of them contacting you.”

3. Cut down on drive-bys

Cole describes times “when people ‘pop’ into your office with a quick question as distracting, and it takes you valuable time to redirect your attention to what you were doing prior to their interruption. Make people schedule meetings with you.”

4. Touch it once

“If I take the time to read an email, I deal with it right then and there,” said Cole. “If I decide to put off dealing with it, it will later require me to re-read and re-think my response.”

5. Demand a deadline

Cole thinks it wise to keep to this rule “whether it’s from the person making a work request or for yourself.”

6. Create an agenda

Cole refuses to attend meetings without set agendas. “They’re inefficient, and the agenda usually lets me know if it’s worth my even attending the meeting.” Also, make sure efficient minutes are taken, and follow up action items clearly identified and assigned.

7. Pretend you’re in an office

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