Too many deadlines, but so little time? Believe it or not, there are enough hours in the dayโ€“โ€“youโ€™re probably just not using your time wisely at work.

Working smarter (not faster, or harder) will allow you to tackle everything on your to-do list, sans any overtime. In fact, youโ€™d be surprised by how many of your daily habits actually inhibit your focus and output on the job. Ahead, 5 ways to instantly increase your productivityโ€“โ€“making it even harder for your boss not to give you that promotion you so deserve.

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Ignore Your Phone

Canโ€™t seem to ignore the ten-person group chat youโ€™re trapped in? Did you accidentally come across a recent post from an ex that low-key freaked you out? Watching calls, texts or app notifications come in as youโ€™re mid-project is one of the most distracting occurences in the workplace. If you canโ€™t seem to resist the temptation of frequently checking your alerts and social-media channels throughout the day, keep your phone in your drawer or work bag while youโ€™re focused on important tasks. You can catch up on your personal life during your lunch break or, once youโ€™re finally off the clock. Imagine that.

Take a Break

Short, intermittent breaks throughout the day are essential to productivity, so donโ€™t let anyone tell you otherwise. Whether it means taking a five-minute walk around the block, running out mid-day to grab a coffee orโ€“โ€“*gasp*โ€“โ€“going offsite to eat a proper lunch, taking regular breaks throughout the day, especially if youโ€™re feeling burned out, will boost your mood and ultimately help you concentrate.

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Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!

Have a big project due, but keep putting it off? Youโ€™re most focused, alert and likely caffeinated at the start of the work day, so bumping up larger, more time-sensitive tasks to the top of your to-do list when your mind is fresh is one of the most productive calls you can make. Save menial assignments that arenโ€™t high priority and donโ€™t require as much brain power for later in the day.

Donโ€™t Multitask

Working on multiple to-doโ€™s at the same time is a slippery slope. While you might think itโ€™s more efficient to handle a few quick and easy tasks at once, it just doesnโ€™t work. Focusing solely on one assignment until itโ€™s finished will allow you to complete it faster, not to mention smarter. Itโ€™s the best way to ensure nothing important falls through the cracks because you took on too much.

Hold Yourself Accountable

Whether or not you have a direct supervisor overseeing your day-to-day tasks, learning how to manage yourself is essential in the workplace. Keep a running to-do list and stick to it. When youโ€™re feeling overwhelmed, break up larger projects into smaller ones. Set micro goals that allow you to tackle daunting assignments more strategically and efficiently.