Every business expert claims to have “productivity hacks” that can help you get more done in less time. Of course, there are some common-sense tools you can implement to be more productive, like taking brief breaks, creating effective to-do lists and resisting social media. There is no hack for becoming more productive; there are only new habits we can implement to try and be better, more efficient workers. By building in some of these habits, you’re taking the right steps toward becoming more productive.

Here are eight our top tips on how to ensure that your productivity is kept to a maximum:

• Learn to prioritize and beat procrastination. Prioritising is hard. Whether it’s the overwhelming number of possibilities on offer or that impossibly long to-so-list you carry around with you in your head, there are distractions lurking around every corner. The more you set out to get done, the easier it is to wind up not doing anything. this comes down to the fact that the human brain just isn’t very good at multitasking. In fact, it works best when you just prioritise one task.

• A short but intensive workout plan is the best way of making time for both work and exercise. Regular exercise that includes power walking, running, weightlifting, swimming or jogging can help reduce your risk of developing certain types of illness and disease. This means fewer sick days at work. With an improved immunity, you minimize your chances for getting influenza and the common cold. Exercise reduces your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease – all of which can interfere with work productivity.

• Declutter your life and ditch perfectionism. The best way to declutter your life is to take time to think about what you value. “Perfection” is a myth, perpetuated by the inner critics that live in our heads. These critics want us to feel anxious, so we stay ‘safe’ within our comfort zones. Perfectionism doesn’t lead to results. It leads to fear, anxiety and stress.

• Optimise your use of time by creating theme days and pooling similar tasks. It’s important to make sure you divide your day into sections so you can work through one thing at a time. Look for themes to help you do that.

• Plan to be spontaneous. Create a “just in case” list of things you’d like to do. Aim to something meaningful. You’re bound to feel much more energized and refreshed come Monday if you’ve done something memorable.

• Consistent productivity doesn’t happen by chance. Productive people have a secret to their productivity: Eliminate distractions. Being productive requires the elimination of things that keep you from getting things done. Distraction is the enemy of productivity.

• Workaholism is an ever-great issue in contemporary society. Essentially, workaholics never give their brains the rest required to create new ideas or focus on the task at hand, resulting in poor productivity.