Oh to live in an ideal world. One where you can spend less time actually doing work and more time taking credit for being productive.

In philosophical thinking this is called a fallacy: a mistaken belief based in unsound arguments, However, there might be a system that leaps the fallacy and one can work less to achieve more.

Let us explain.

Despite a greater understanding of how stress and overworking can effect the common employee, we seem to pushing our noses closer to grindstone more now than ever. Whether you’re an nine-to-fiver or a struggling entrepreneur, we all find ourselves overworked.

We convince ourselves: “it’s the only way I’m going to get all this work done”. But what if this wasn’t a time issue but a methodology issue.

These three tips from Life Hack could create a totally non-fictional reality where you work less then you are currently are and get more done.

1. Solidify separate systems for work and home

The biggest mistake chronically busy people make is blending their home into their work. Instead of staying that extra hour, they bring their work home and finish it into the late hours of night.

However, by doing so they drag the process out. If you take the commute time and decrease in productivity – working at home will really do a number on one’s efficiency.

Instead, schedule your time and complete smaller tasks more frequently. Feeling productive is a state-of-mind and you’ll find yourself working quicker and working less to get more done.

2. The time waster test

Sourced from the productivity holy text Think Like A Freak, this concept is simple and can be added to any work routine. You may have heard of the brown M&Ms myth, this is its origin story.

The legendary hair-metal band Van Halen had a very elaborate stage set-up featuring state-of-the-art lights, audio and effects. Moving from venue to venue, they needed to be sure that local promoters took their requests seriously, not because of the show, but because people could get hurt if the equipment wasn’t set up correctly.

To test whether the promoters had read the 53-page rider, they would request no brown M&Ms in their dressing room. If there were brown ones, the promoter obviously didn’t read the docket.

You can use this idea to manage your team or responsibilities. Mastering this technique will save you loads of time in cleaning up other people’s mess.

3. Pick your battles

A recent experiment conducted by Ryan Honeyman examined the effects of checking your email more than regularly. By reducing his interaction with work emails just one afternoon a week he found that problems tended to sort themselves out without his input, he felt less stress and better relationships between him and other employees.

Sometimes it’s not worth chipping in and you’ll find that you’ll work less.