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Hard work equates to increased chances of success. And if you really wish to achieve great things in your life, then you ought to work hard. But you see, being a hard worker is not only enough.

You need to be highly productive and being productive means that you make proper use of your time, by doing and working at things that will bring you closer to your goal. This article aims to show you five great ways to be more productive.

Set goals for yourself. It is always important to have goals. If you want to get somewhere and be somebody, it important to set goals that you will work for. It is also nice to write a schedule that will help you achieve the bigger picture. Writing a time table is good because it will guide you through your day-to-day activities efficiently. So that you can make sure that you have all your tasks covered and that you do no miss anything in your agenda, having a written schedule is good. You can refer to it and never lose track of what it is you are supposed to do for the day.

Prioritize. It is very important for you to know your priorities. In a day, you can probably think of dozens of things to do, but you should know which ones are most important and which ones are worth putting off until the next day. You can make a list that will arrange things according to highest and lowest priority so you do not end up doing the things that are down the list, just because they are the easier to do. Do what is most important first, so you can accomplish more at the end of the day.

Stop doing unnecessary things on the Internet. The internet is a great creation but a lot of hours get wasted online. With social networking sites eating up hours of precious time, it is important for you to be able to determine how much time is enough for your daily Internet use. It is best to set rules for yourself, especially if you are just starting out. Eventually these rules and protocols will be in your system, and you will no longer be online longer than necessary.

Be flexible. Even if you try your hardest, there will be problems that will come up, all of a sudden, and when this happens, you have to always be prepared for these. A lot of people get disoriented when something comes up, and will need to recollect themselves before they can move on, which is not really a good way to deal with it. You need to be prepared for change, to be able to cope effectively with anything that comes your way, good or bad. Every moment you waste worrying is time lost, so know how to easily cope.

Be proactive. Take responsibility and do not be afraid to accept challenges. When you begin a task, strive to tackle it positively so that you will always be in your best form. Some people detest new challenges because they are not prepared. Instead, embrace it and think of it as new opportunities to shine and show off what you can do.

~ Living Life Abundantly