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When it's time to buckle down and get some serious work done, we trust that you have a go-to productivity method or technique that functions best for your workflow. At Lifehacker, we talk a lot about the different techniques you can use to spend more time doing, and less time organising or thinking about doing. If your current method is working for you, here are five productivity techniques that have proven highly effective for countless people.

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I've been using pen and paper for most of my organisation and to-do lists for the past six months. I've experimented with different analogue systems during that time, and tried things I made up myself to figure out what suits me best.

As I experiment, I always keep an eye out for any new ideas or systems that might work better for my workflow. I came across an analogue system recently that's almost too simple, yet quite clever in some ways.

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To-do lists keep track of tasks we have to do, but they hardly ever provide actual motivation. A small tweak to your productivity method can solve that problem pretty quickly. All you need to do is start maintaining a "break list" instead, and you'll find yourself more eager to get things done.

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Plain text has long been a favourite here at Lifehacker, but over the years most people have moved away from it in favour of specialised to-do apps, notes apps, writing apps or whatever else. I still use plain text for just about everything, but never thought much about why I do. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that snazzy features aside, plain text is still king for portability and simplicity.