The science of productivity

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Do you struggle to get things done? Or maybe focus on how hard or how much time it will take to complete a task? We're right there with you. But, lucky for all of us, science is here to help.

While it may seem like a simple answer, the secret is to just start. Our brains will actually produce the Zeigarnik Effect, which causes us to finish what we’ve started. If we start a task and fail to complete it, we'll become uncomfortable and ultimately, nag ourselves into revisiting it. AsapSCIENCE does a great job explaining the phenomenon and offers some great tips to get you to hit the ground running.


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