Nothing in life comes easy, and if you expect your wildest dreams to ever turn into reality, there’s simply no choice but to put in the work. However, what happens when putting in the work isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds? After all, life doesn’t always make it easy to get work done. Regardless of anyone’s best intentions, there are an infinite number of both trivial and serious distractions which can get in the way of overall productivity. If you ever find yourself struggling to perform at the top of your game, don’t despair. There are numerous ways for any person to reset their lives and improve work ethic. Here are five effective techniques:

1. Take a Breather:

If the approach you’re taking in order to pursue your goals feels redundant, pause to reevaluate your work. Instead of grasping at straws to get things done, prioritize what’s important and concentrate your energy on putting first things first.

 2. Watch the Clock:

If anything, you do in life wastes time – stop doing it. Time is the single most precious asset you will ever own. The more time you lose, the fewer options you have to accomplish meaningful goals. Scrutinize your daily routine from start to finish and eliminate every time-wasting activity.

3. Don’t Procrastinate:

Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you should do today. The more you postpone tasks that need to be resolved immediately, the likelier it is you’ll end up playing catch up with an intimidating laundry list of problems. Always fulfill your obligations as soon as possible.

4. Get Organized:

Sometimes it can make a big difference to streamline your work through planning. This can include using basic to-do lists, or more complicated resources such as technology. If you happen to have access to systems which can make your work easier, don’t hesitate to take advantage of them.

5. Stop Juggling:

Multitasking isn’t always the best way to get things done. Dividing your attention between multiple tasks can actually prevent you from being efficient if you bite off more than you can chew. The more you focus your energy on doing one thing at a time, the faster you can resolve pending duties.

It’s easy to look at people who’ve made it in life and assume that they’ve always had things figured out. But the truth is, every last one of your idols and heroes has experienced personal challenges maintaining a strong work ethic. Nobody’s perfect. The crucial difference between those who succeed and those who fail is one simple fact – successful people keep working. To quote the wise words of Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes! short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”