Productivity and Effectiveness

Learn (and Lead) Like an Owner: A Conversation with Pamay Bassey – Productivity Article

Ekpedeme “Pamay” Bassey likes to lead by example.   Bassey has been the chief learning officer at Kraft Heinz Co. since December 2018. In her 11 months on the job, she has modeled daily the type of continuous learning mindset that she would like to spread among the food and beverage giant’s 38,000 employees.   Bassey’s approach is wholly aligned with the company’s culture, which is summarized in one word on the iconic brand’s career web page: Ownership. “ …

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5 Foods to Eat and Avoid for Better Sleep – Productivity Article

Food plays a vital role in getting a good night’s sleep, something Graham talks about in his book Workfuel. Eating before bed though will offer occasional relief at best and isn’t a viable long-term strategy.An important understanding for better nights sleep is that, as diurnal beings, humans are not designed to eat at night.Many use food as a sleep aid because of messengers like tryptophan, calcium, and magnesium that can create a relaxation response by activating melatonin – the sleep…

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The reward for working hard is more work – Productivity Article

Takeaway: Have a good reason for investing in becoming more productive. Otherwise, you’ll fall into a common trap: that your reward for becoming more productive will be having more work to do. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 29s. The other day, I was reading Haemin Sunim’s delightful1 book, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. In it, Haemin, a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher, explores some simple ways that we think differently about work, relationships, and other areas…

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Alexis Lloyd: Small Design Choices Can Change the Internet – Productivity Article

A few years ago, a notification popped up in Alexis Lloyd’s DMs. It was John Maeda.  “Hey,” the design luminary (and then head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic) said, “I am a fan of your work.” “I said, ‘The feeling is mutual,’” Lloyd recalled. Pretty soon the experience designer, who had started as creative director of the New York Times R&D Lab and left the legacy company to be employee number two at Axios, was installed as Head…

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Marcey Rader: Finding Focus to Work Well and Play More – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Marcey Rader.Marcey Rader is a best-selling author, sought-after productivity coach, accredited health…

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Is offloading memory worth the interruptions? – Productivity Article

Ever since we’ve had things to remember, we’ve set reminders. Whether it’s the ding of an app or a string tied around your finger, memory devices help offload our need to remember everything all the time.But there’s a downside to all those reminders. When you outsource your memory to other devices, you’re not only helping relieve the stress of remembering. But also adding to it.Let’s say you’re settling into the flow of a project when Ding! A calendar notification pops up…

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Get Better at Saying “No” – Productivity Article

I have a hard time saying no. Perhaps you do too. This problem is more common than we think, especially for those who are empathetic or nurturing. We just hate the thought of hurting someone else’s feelings. It was a long time before I noticed this problem in myself. For most of my career, I’ve had administrative assistants who said no for me. If someone had a request, they had to get through an assistant first. This gave me the…

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Vote from your inbox with Doodle’s new AMP4Groups technology – Productivity Article

AMP is an open-source project (and library) that aims to make web pages that load quickly for users. Chances are you already have seen it in action you just didn’t know it, considering that more than 25 million domains already employ this technology.  AMP for Email is Gmail’s project to bring AMP to email. This means that your emails will no longer be static blocks of HTML that get moldy in your inbox.   We just added this awesome feature to…

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“Time affluence” is at an all-time low, and it’s making us miserable – Productivity Article

Tension between time and money But striking this balance can be extremely tricky—and often times, the biggest hurdle is financial. Both time and money feel like scarce and precious resources. We often feel like we have to choose between the two. Should you pay for an expensive and expedient Uber ride, or should you take the cheaper, crowded bus that may or may not show up on time? Should you take the promotion with a higher salary even though it…

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How Software Sprawl Is Cutting Into Your Agency’s Profits – Productivity Article

Today, there are so many tools that make life at a creative agency easier. But does your team have too many? You have a tool to share on social media. (You may even have multiple tools because yours may not support all the platforms.) Then you have tools to communicate with your team, maybe others to talk to the rest of the organization, and perhaps even more to communicate with your clients. And actually working on your deliverables? The story…

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How To Set Them, Achieve Them, And Track Them In Trello – Productivity Article

So, you want to go places? We do, too! OKRs have helped us with that at Buffer. We know, we know, OK-What? Well, OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results. The Objectives tend to be the desired outcomes that you want, and the Key Results are the measurable ways you know you’re on track to reach them. To define them another way… An Objective helps answer the question, “Where do I want to go?” A Key Result helps answer, “How…

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5 Secrets To Connect That Anyone Can Do – Productivity Article

Today we are going to be talking about Productive Networking. You’ll discover 5 tips and strategies you can use for your next networking event to meet new people. Whether you’re introverted and have trouble meeting people, or you are looking for ways to improve your networking, this episode is for you.Thanks to Grammarly for supporting The Productivity Show. Grammarly is offering our listeners 20% off their premium account. Go to Grammarly.com/tps to get 20% off your premium account today.Get Podcast…

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Deliberate December | Laura Earnest – Productivity Article

The holiday season is upon us. For most people, it hits like a blizzard tornado, and they find themselves spit out in January dazed, exhausted and bruised. And I understand, because I was like that for many years. Now, with my focus on deliberate choices, I am looking at a different type of December. I will state outright here that I am not a traditionally religious person, but I view December, with its various snowy light-centered holidays, as a time…

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How to Get Your Life in Order After Being Fired – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook When you first got the news that your boss wanted to meet with you one-on-one, maybe you thought about a project you were working on. The meeting could have been about an upcoming work event or the raise you expected to get in the next few months.You might not have seen it coming when they said you were fired.Being fired is a crushing experience unless you really hate your job. Even then, it’s not easy to…

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Culture is Always Blamed When an Acquisition Fails. So Why Don’t Companies Pay More Attention to it Upfront? – Productivity Article

The majority of mergers and acquisitions fail, and most of the time when they don’t work out, “culture synergy” is the culprit. Yet organizational culture is rarely explored at the outset of M&A transactions…it’s almost always about the economic or business fit. New research from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) reveals that high-performance organizations are 11x more likely to focus on cultural synergies…and utilize the HR function more strategically. The study, titled Avoid Acquisition Acrimony: How…

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6 Nuggets from Atomic Habits, by James Clear – Productivity Article

Takeaway: There are countless ways to form a new habit, which James Clear covers in Atomic Habits (and in our interview). A few of my favorites: sort your habits by how much they’ll help you out in the long-run; become more thoughtful about your environment; question habits that provide immediate enjoyment; make new habits take less than two minutes of your time; develop “home court” and “away court” habits; and focus on developing your identify, not your goals.Estimated Reading Time:…

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99U on How to Get in Touch with Your Intuition – Productivity Article

Being more confident and comfortable with yourself will have a real impact on everything from your decision-making to your self-esteem. How often have you felt stuck and completely unsure of how you really feel about something? This ambiguity signals being out of touch with your intuition and your instincts. Connecting with that impulse can serve as a guiding light in times of uncertainty and allow you the freedom to get out of your comfort zone. And when you trust yourself,…

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Time Blocking: A Guide for Consistently Productive Days – Productivity Article

Most people use their calendars reactively, meaning that they put things on their calendars as they come up. Someone wants to grab coffee? On the calendar. The boss calls a meeting? On the calendar. A conference call with the publishing team? On the calendar. The problem with this approach is that it can lead to the day getting very chopped up, which then makes it difficult to get things done which require in-depth thinking. If you’re constantly interrupted by meetings, phone…

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24 Google Calendar Settings to Turn it from Chaotic to Calming – Productivity Article

There are few workday tools people use more than their calendars. Tools like Google Calendar act as a gatekeeper for your attention—broadcasting when you’re available or when you’re busy.In fact, one of the most common pieces of advice we hear from time management experts is to schedule every aspect of your day. As ‘America’s organizing queen’ Julie Morgenstern, told us:“A to-do that isn’t connected to a ‘when’ rarely gets done. So don’t have a separate to-do list from your calendar.…

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How to Get Out of That Funk – Productivity Article

Do you ever find yourself in a funk? I sure do. Once I was on the road, preparing to deliver a speech. I love speaking, but I was experiencing an unusual amount of distraction and self-doubt. I had about four hours before I went on stage. So, I decided to call my wife, Gail. A Call for Help She instantly knew I wasn’t in a good place. (This is one of the many benefits of long-term marriage. My wife can…

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6 Tips to Improve Security Awareness at Your Company – Productivity Article

Security awareness sums up the knowledge and behaviors that people within an organization have in regards to the protection of physical and information assets. It also sums up one of the hardest parts of the security management mix.   A maintained, ongoing security awareness program is a requirement within security control sets like the CIS 20 (it’s #17). However, there’s a key difference between awareness and the other 19 controls: awareness isn’t technical. Given that security pros are almost entirely technical, it’s not the easiest program…

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Doodle Case Study: Canadian Dental Association – Productivity Article

Doodle helps the Canadian Dental Association navigate the busy schedules of teams of dentists The Canadian Dental Association is a non-profit organization of 50 volunteer dentists and dental professionals that represent over 20,000 dentists in Canada. They serve the public as a unified voice for dentistry by managing key oral health issues and coordinating dental health awareness programs that reach 37 million Canadians. They also provide numerous services and support for practicing dentists and dental students alike. The team at…

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Aragon Research Positions Dropbox in the Leader Section of the Globe for Digital Work Hubs, 2020 – Productivity Article

SAN FRANCISCO, November 25, 2019 — Dropbox, the world’s first smart workspace, today announced it has been positioned by Aragon Research, Inc. in the Leader section of the Globe for Digital Work Hubs, 2020.1   Dropbox is building the world’s first smart workspace—a digital environment that helps teams be organized, stay focused, and get in sync. It supports more than 600 million registered users, including more than 450,000 Dropbox Business teams, giving people unified access to the tools they need…

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The Best Resource Allocator Templates to Help Your Team Double Output in 2020 – Productivity Article

When it comes to planning a project, resource management is perhaps the trickiest part. You have to ensure your team isn’t overworked or underutilized, all while ensuring each part of the project gets done and delivered on time. The life of a resource allocator isn’t easy. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there to make it easier. Resource allocator templates We all know the importance of resource allocation. If you’re like many project managers who use Excel (or Google…

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5 Ways To Give (Thoughtful) Thanks To Your Team – Productivity Article

A simple “thank you” can truly go a long way. Whether it’s around the boardroom table, in a Slack channel, or privately outside the workplace, the act of showing gratitude can lift the spirits of anyone receiving some positive praise.  As a leader or manager, showing gratitude for your team is particularly important. As you close out an exciting week, quarter, or year with your team, you hopefully feel #blessed 🙏🏻 for the hard work they put in every day. …

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Master Time, Energy, and Attention and Be Uber Productive – Productivity Article

A little over a year ago, we introduced the TEA Framework to the Asian Efficiency community through our blog and podcast. Over the years, we have helped over 13,000 AE customers become more productive and reach their goals. After working with so many people, we noticed that the majority of our customers’ challenges would belong to one of three categories: Time, Energy, and Attention. These three are the root causes of why our customers were not living up their full potentialSome people…

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Boost Productivity by Simplifying Spaces – Productivity Article

Many years ago I had a revelation. My daughter was in her early school years, and our house was littered with toys. My daughter received a “Littlest Pet Shop” item for her birthday. She had many toys, but it had been a long time since I had seen her so fascinated with a single toy and playing for hours. As we freed the toy from its packaging, involving wire cutters for the twist ties and the scissors for the invisible…

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How to Start a New Life When You’re Feeling Stuck  – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook If you’re broke, in a toxic relationship or are experiencing monotony in your career, it’s easy to feel hopelessly stuck. It seems impossible to pull yourself out of your depressing situation and, besides, where would you start? When you feel stuck in a rut, it’s easy to let stress and despair blind you from opportunities to dig yourself out. You’re so focused on the negative, you don’t notice the positives.But, the good news is, even in…

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2020 Priorities for Chief HR Officers – Productivity Article

One overarching focus encompasses the top priorities of strategic chief human resources officers in the coming year: To provide their boards, CEOs, and other business leaders with data-driven insights and corresponding actions related to workforce readiness and risk. These critical insights and actions will be focused on enabling the execution of an evolving business strategy, with particular emphasis on organizational culture and capability. So say the 28 executives who comprise the i4cp Chief HR Officer (CHRO) Board. Recently,…

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Why I Left Venture Capital to Start a Meditation Company – Productivity Article

Today, we’re handing over the blog to Liam McClintock, who shares his journey to meditation and how that can help us all become Productivity Ninjas in this busy world of information overload.My life seemed to be on track for success by traditional measures.Recently graduated from Yale and working at a growth stage venture capital firm in Boston, I’d done what they told me to do. “They” being the authority figures in my life. I’d studied hard and gotten good grades…

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