The beautiful thing about our world is that there is so much to learn from different cultures and traditions.

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From Germany to Japan, every work culture has something unique that sets it apart from others and makes for great productivity tips. Brutask brings to you 4 productivity tips that you can adopt from different cultures and have a happy and stress-free work and personal life.

1. Schedule in time for ‘Fika’ breaks — Sweden

Fika is a term used for “coffee and cake breaks” in Sweden. Swedes indulge in this daily ritual and it has now ingrained into their way of life and culture. Fika is generally enjoyed at…

What’s that one thing you need to build muscles? Bodyweight exercises? Resistance band movements? Free weight exercises? Yes. But there’s one more thing that fitness enthusiasts will tell you about. Can you guess what it is?

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Rest. Yes, the body requires rest to grow and remain fit. That’s the same with our brain. Focusing on a task for two or three hours at a stretch deprives you of your mental energy.

A reason why you find yourself yawning or feeling fuzzy or looking at the clock and wishing, “When will this day end?” There’s an easy solution to this. Taking…

We are not the only ones that face questions like “How best to work?”, “How to build habits that stick?”, “How to do more in less time?” The ancient philosophers might not have come up with the word ‘productivity’ but they sure provided us with teachings that are powerful because of their simplicity and timeless application.

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Let us look at five such lessons that can help us lead a productive and happy life.

1. Work on the things that matter

Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius in his book Meditations, wrote: “Remember that the attention you give to any action should be in due proportion to…

A normal workday isn’t just about ticking off the items on your to-do list. It’s juggling between non-work activities, endless meetings, replying to emails and team chats, and picking up dozens of calls. In a world filled with distractions, how do we focus on things that matter to us? Enters the superhero of our article — time blocking.

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Time blocking, a technique used and recommended by Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Cal Newport, allows you to take back control of your workday and organize your daily schedule effectively.

What is time blocking?

Time blocking is a time management technique that requires you to divide…

Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his day at 3:45 in the morning while Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of Huffington Post doesn’t believe in alarm clocks and will get at least 8 hours of sleep so her body naturally wakes her up in the mornings.

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What they both and so many other successful people have in common is a morning routine. While you don’t have to push yourself to wake up at 3 in the morning, a good morning routine can help you achieve-, “Oh, how did I manage to be so productive and chirpy today?”

Instead of copying someone’s morning…

Can you remember the last time you had to complete a task urgently? Time just flew away, didn’t it? Conversely, when you were on vacation, seeing and processing new things, did it feel like time was surprisingly slowing down? This is exactly what neuroscientist David Eagleman describes — “Time is this rubbery thing. It stretches out when you really turn your brain resources on, and when you say, ‘Oh, I got this, everything is as expected,’ it shrinks up.”

Because of the pandemic, we are all so caught up in doing the same things over and over that it’s difficult…

The art of haiku poetry is one where the poet has just three lines and 17 syllables to work with. It forces the poet to choose and simplify his message. These constraints teach you to be mindful of the limited space you have and fill it with only the things that are important. This is where we can take lessons of productivity from haikus.

Let’s go on to understand how you can put these constraints in every sphere of life to not only turn into a productive but a happy person.

How to set limits to focus on the things that matter?

There are numerous things that you have to do…

Can you guess how many decisions an average person makes in a day? 5000? 10,000? No. According to one estimate, we make 35,000 decisions every day. This includes everything from “Should I wear a blue shirt or a grey shirt?” to “Should I take route A or route B to reach home?”.

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Each decision that we take wears down our willpower and leaves us tired, unmotivated and unproductive. …

You are stressed out about a presentation you have to deliver tomorrow. To cope with this stress, you sprawl on the sofa with a bowl full of chips and start watching Netflix. By the end of an episode, you’re back to where you started. A stressed mind and a tired body. These temptations to watch Netflix, shop online, eat an entire cake are known as quick-fixes. Sadly, they do nothing to relieve your stress, especially in the long term.

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To cope with multitudes of stressors in your everyday lives, Brutask brings to you 4 simple and effective stress relief strategies…

You wake up at 6 in the morning, set up your to-do list for the day, make up that perfect cup of coffee and hit the gym feeling all energized and productive. But when the clock strikes eleven, you simply can’t understand how all of that productive energy went away shouting, “Poof, I am gone.”

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We all go through days and moments where we feel slumped up and doing a single task seems to be taking up a lot of our energy. Brutask brings to you 6 simple ways to tackle this feeling (and meet that deadline)

1. Don’t aim for perfection. Aim for action.

“You can always…


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