42268004_SWe all want to get more out of our time at work, right? It all comes down to the right habits. Here are some ways that research tells us you can be more efficient at the office.

Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is the kiss of death to quality and productivity. Studies show that multitasking has a host of disadvantages and that focusing on one thing at a time can produce better results than trying to get more than one thing done at a time. Our brains simply weren’t wired for multitasking!

Ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but one of effective leadership. Delegating can be a powerful way to get more done each day and empower those around you. For many people, though, it doesn’t come naturally. Here’s a great guide from Harvard Business Review to successful delegating.

Communicate clearly. Make sure your texts, emails and documents are clear and thorough. Think of any unanswered questions that you can proactively answer as well. Also, be open to follow-up questions and concerns.

Develop routines. Rituals and routines can keep you motivated and focused. Here are some important things to work into — and re-energize — your daily routine.

Take breaks. No one is a bionic man or woman, You need downtime to allow yourself to enjoy something else, and you need mental and physical breaks, including real vacations. Take a vacation — and unplug for the sake of your health.

Seize the day!