Productivity & Goals

Why Streamline Processes with Automated Workflows? – Productivity Article

Small and repetitive tasks not only take up time but, over long periods, can cost companies considerable sums of money. However, with customizable templates, certain tasks can be automated to ensure that managers and teams are able to focus on project deliveries. With customizable templates, companies can automate workflows, streamline processes and efficiently scale with demand.  What is an automated workflow system? A workflow is a planned, consistent, and repeatable pattern of activities or steps. A common project workflow is…

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New! How To Bring Butler Automations Into Slack And Jira – Productivity Article

Now your favorite no-code automation tool, Butler, is even more powerful with the launch of brand new integrations for Slack and Jira. That’s right, Butler’s rules, buttons, and commands will now extend its white-glove service into your favorite chat and software development tools.  For the uninitiated, Butler makes it easy to automate any set of actions in Trello based on either rule-based triggers, at the click of a button, or through scheduled commands based on regular intervals or due dates.…

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How You Can Stay On Track With Yours – Productivity Article

The Productivity Show, Episode 294: Q1 Goal Check-In: How You Can Stay On Track With Yours Free Training: How to Achieve Superhuman Productivity and Achieve a Year’s Worth of Work in the Next 30 Days. Revealed: The Morning Routines of Highly Successful CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities!Get it Now By Asian Efficiency Team The first quarter of the year is done — how are you doing on your yearly goals? Are you on track? Are you behind? Have you dropped some…

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Doing A Media Fast | Laura Earnest – Productivity Article

How much time per day do you spend consuming media? I’m talking about news, magazines, social media and websites. Has it increased with the pandemic? Is it doing you good? Or is it making you anxious and depressed? A media fast can help us break the cycle that news has over us. At a time when we need to be focusing on personal circumstances, keeping up with the media can distract us, or even worse, derail us completely and offer…

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Should We Reward Efficiency with Shorter Work Days? Five Reasons Why That Won’t Work – Productivity Article

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”—Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine. We all perform our work tasks at different rates of speed. What might take one person eight hours might take another four, due to experience, training, focus, automation, or systems. And therein lies one of the biggest issues at the heart of the standard modern business model — one that has increased annual productivity on the one hand and stalled it on the other. Until…

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15 Best Ways to Work From Home Part-Time – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Everyone experiences times in their life when they need to look for a job. You may have gone out for multiple interviews at towering business buildings or shopped for business-casual interview clothes. It’s a grueling process that can take a long time, which is why people have started to look for other avenues of employment.Most jobs require people to be on the internet in one form or the other. Companies have begun to use this to…

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i4cp: 35% Say Their Organizations Are Lowering Headcount Projections Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic – Productivity Article

Over a third (35%) of the talent acquisition professionals surveyed this week by the Institute for Corporate Production (i4cp) said that their organizations have already decreased headcount projections for 2020. This complements research released yesterday showing that 66% of companies have already taken measures, or are considering measures, to rein in headcount costs if the COVID-19 pandemic continues longer than initially expected. Among the findings of the survey: Although 17% of survey participants said that their companies have not made…

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10 Ways to Invest in Your Mental Health During Self-Isolation – Productivity Article

Takeaway: If you have to self-isolate right now because of the current pandemic, it’s important to invest in your mental health while at home. The 10 strategies below are great ways to calm your mind. Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 48s. (But it’s skimmable.) These days, it can feel tough to strike a balance between staying informed and staying levelheaded. Here’s something I haven’t yet written about on this blog: a little over a year ago, overwhelmed by work, I…

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Basecamp’s Jason Fried on the Learning Curve of Remote Work – Productivity Article

Last week, I reached out to Jason Fried, CEO and co-founder of Basecamp, which provides collaborative software to remote teams large and small. He and his team have been working as a fully remote company for over 20 years, first as the design shop 37signals (also home of Ruby on Rails), now focused on the project management-plus-chat software Basecamp with 3.3 million user accounts. Fried and I had a conversation on March 16, as many creative workers across the U.S.…

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Emily Mandel: Finding the Focus for Uninterrupted Writing – 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, students, 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 Emily Mandel.Emily St. John Mandel is a bestselling author and…

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The RescueTime Guide to Productivity in the Workplace [2020 Update] – Productivity Article

There are countless articles out there claiming to know the secrets of how to become more productive. But what they don’t tell you is that productivity at work really comes down to just one simple rule: “Spend more time on the right work.” Yet while this sounds easy, nearly 75% of people still say they get to the end of the workday and wonder “did I accomplish anything today?”So what goes wrong? The problem isn’t that they’re untalented, lazy, or lack willpower. It’s…

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Doodle-Zoom Integration Revs Up Efficiencies & Engagement for Virtual Meetings – Productivity Article

Remote meetings have become my new normal. And I’m not alone. A survey by Miro found that 73 percent of employees had at least four remote meetings in seven days. This has a lot to do with the competitive business landscape that’s led to a major increase in the number of globally distributed and remote workforces around the world.  Today we’ve added a new integration with Zoom, one of the world’s most trusted and popular video conferencing tools, to simplify,…

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Amy Edmondson on the power of psychological safety in distributed work – Productivity Article

“Distributed work is making us realize we have to be more deliberately—more proactively—open. We have to be explicit in sharing our ideas, questions, and concerns, because we can’t just overhear what’s happening in the next cubicle,” she says. “We now have to work a little harder to share what we’re thinking, to ask questions. And then I wonder whether we might be able to import this new sense of deliberateness back into our workplaces when we do go back to…

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Top Tips for Capacity Planning Strategies – Productivity Article

Your team is productive, efficient, and collaborative. They consistently deliver work that you’re proud of. But here’s the truth: no matter how superhuman your team might seem, there’s still a limit to their excellence.  There are only so many hours in a day and, inevitably, there will be times when they are unable to get everything done. You’ll have to pick and choose what your team should focus on first, based on the bandwidth and resources they have available. Wondering…

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Why You Need To Start Using A Decision Journal – Productivity Article

Do you remember those “choose your own adventure” books from your childhood? Where the pages were filled with different options and the choices you made advanced the plot?  Yeah, real life feels a lot like that—except, it’s never-ending and not always as thrilling. That’s because we’re faced with a lot of decisions each and every day. And I mean a lot of them.  So instead of throwing your hands up in the air, what should you do instead in the…

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Dojo 2.0 – Turn Knowledge into Action – Productivity Article

One big trend we have noticed over the years is that there is tons of free information out there on productivity, efficiency and time management. Heck, our podcast The Productivity Show and the Asian Efficiency blog is all free and consumed by millions of people every year.More information does not necessarily mean that you execute on it. Just because you read an article about the five steps to writing down an effective goal does not mean that you immediately implement…

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Evernote: My Maintenance Routine – Productivity Article

Even though Evernote has some serious disadvantages (see Evernote: Love, Hate, and Usage), it is still my chosen note software. Today I wanted to show you how I use Evernote so that things are manageable. When I first started using Evernote seriously, I researched the best practices. Why re-invent the wheel, after all? The best practice at the time was to have a few notebooks and then use tags to classify everything. This didn’t work for me, because I couldn’t…

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Avoiding the Classic Productivity Drain: Six Alternates to Traditional Meetings – Productivity Article

“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” – Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple. We all know that traditional meetings, while necessary and useful to some extent to make decisions, tend can be time-wasters; in some companies, they take up most of the day. Then there are the nap-inducing slide presentations, complete with lowered lighting. Whole books have been written about the shortcomings of such meetings, so I won’t belabor them here. That said, there are some alternatives to…

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i4cp: Companies Take Wait-and-See Approach to Sales Comp and Incentives in the Wake of Coronavirus – Productivity Article

44% say they’ve yet to adjust compensation/incentives for salespeople even though the coronavirus pandemic has brought travel, in-person meetings, etc. to a halt. Another 40% say that their organizations are currently considering such a step.   New data from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) finds most organizations standing pat, at least for now, when it comes to rethinking compensation and incentives for their sales teams in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.   In a survey of 68 organizations,…

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Productivity & Working From Home – Productivity Article

It’s fair to say that these are the most challenging times some of us have seen in our lifetime. With so much uncertainty in the air and the way we live our lives changing so drastically, it’s even being compared to times of war. Amongst all of this, we do believe it is possible to stay productive and do our best work. To do so we have to adapt to change. As bosses or workers, we need to be ready…

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How to Work From Home (During a Difficult Time) – Productivity Article

Takeaway: Working from home isn’t easy during the best of times—let alone during a global crisis. Below are some tips for working from home when you find it difficult to focus. These strategies should help you do two things at once: both focus, and become kinder to yourself. Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 11s. (But it’s skimmable.) Podcast Length: 27 minutes, 45s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). These days, it can be tough to strike a balance…

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An Announcement About the Adobe 99U Conference 2020 – Productivity Article

One of the highlights of our year is connecting with the creative community at the annual Adobe 99U Conference. In light of our current public health situation, we have decided to transform this year’s gathering from an in-person event to a free, digital experience.  The health and safety of 99U attendees and presenters is our top priority, and it is impossible to know for sure when it will be time again for large public gatherings. But it is definitely the…

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Decision Fatigue: The Cost of Distraction – Productivity Article

Netflix exhausts and overwhelms me. I open it up and am confronted with 45 new titles, in addition to the thousands of titles already in their library. I spend 30 minutes scrolling through my options, only to end up watching an episode of The Office that I’ve already seen three times. The problem is not a lack of options, but having too many. Trying to decide between all the titles is too difficult and I end up choosing something familiar. If this over…

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What to do when you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired at work – Productivity Article

“I have no motivation today.” Hands up if you’ve ever texted that to a friend or partner during the workweek. (*Gazes out into a sea of raised hands*) It’s completely normal to feel unmotivated at times, especially about work.Maybe there’s a task you’ve been ducking for weeks or a new project that’s taken the wind out of your sails. Whatever the cause, it can be downright impossible to get things done when those feelings hit.And that’s OK. Almost everyone struggles with feeling…

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Prolonged Remote Work (in a Coronavirus World): 3 Major Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – Productivity Article

Remote work, telecommuting, work-from-home (or whatever you want to call it) isn’t a new phenomenon or trend. It’s a way of life in a world where digital/mobile devices and technologies rule our lives 24/7. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again. A study by Global Workplace Analytics revealed that the number of remote workers has grown by 140 percent since 2005.  When you consider the many benefits – increased flexibility, productivity, autonomy, trust and work-life balance – it makes sense that remote…

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Thank you, Arash | Dropbox Blog – Productivity Article

It all started with an unexpected email from Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator. Paul wrote to say that he liked Dropbox, but for YC to be willing to invest, I needed a co-founder—I couldn’t apply by myself. The policy made sense—great companies tend to be started by great founding teams, not individuals. So who you partner with is one of the most important decisions you make as an entrepreneur. There was just one problem: the YC application deadline…

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Six Tips for Never Missing Another Project Deadline – Productivity Article

Professional services teams are constantly fighting to hit deadlines and ensure projects and KPIs are delivered on time. But, when you’re working on multiple timelines, hitting every deadline can be challenging. Here are six tips for ensuring your team has a solid project management delivery plan, and that no deadline is ever missed again.  Tip #1 – Create a realistic project management delivery plan The first step toward ensuring your team never misses another deadline is to make sure their…

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How To Secure Your Trello Workflow Using Privacy Settings – Productivity Article

In the spirit of infinite flexibility, even Trello’s privacy settings can be tweaked to instantly transform and secure your board depending on your unique workflow. Each Trello board has three privacy settings: Depending on how you are using your board, each of these settings can come in handy for different reasons. Let’s take a look at how you can adjust your settings and take control of your privacy.  How To Select and Adjust Privacy Settings In Trello When you are…

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How To Design Your Environment To Make It Work For You, Not Against You – Productivity Article

Whether you are working in an office or working from home, the environment you are in is either supporting or hurting your productivity — you just may not know it.You’ve got a (seemingly) endless to-do list, and you want your environment to work for you to help you accomplish your goals in the time that you have.When your environment is working against you, it makes it more likely that you will need to sacrifice your time to avoid falling behind.For…

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Evernote: Love, Hate and Usage – Productivity Article

Have you ever bookmarked a website, to return later and find that it is gone? Or wished that you could make notes on a website and save it? These are the primary reasons to use a notebook application like Evernote instead of a bookmark manager. I used a bookmark manager as my primary source of keeping track of useful information on the interwebs for years. But after realizing that many of my bookmarks pointed to sites that were no longer…

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