Productivity & Organization

What Is Resource Management & Why Is It Important? – Productivity Article

Say you’re stranded on an island. What three things would you want with you? Got your items? Well done — you’ve just practiced resource management. You have a goal (to survive), and you must decide how to accomplish that goal with as few resources as possible (three items). In business, however, it’s not always that simple. Resource management requires a thorough understanding of and transparency into your objectives and capacity. By establishing a good process for resource management planning, you’re…

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5 Trello Features That Will Change The Way You Work – Productivity Article

As more people, teams, and organizations adopt remote work setups and processes, the need for strong digital tools that sustain productivity and foster collaboration will also see an increase. In a distributed environment, you can’t swivel around in your fancy Herman Miller chair to ask your co-worker to help out with the quarterly presentation or even know who is working on what by a simple glance around the office. Digital collaboration tools like Trello and Slack simulate this in-office experience…

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Our Most Useful Productivity Purchases From The Last Year (TPS303) – Productivity Article

Our Most Useful Productivity Purchases From The Last Year (TPS303) 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 We all know that you can’t buy your way to productivity. The biggest factor to you becoming more productive is for you to have focus and to execute as consistently as possible.HOWEVER, applying the…

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Podcast Episode 24: Dealing With Distractions While Working From Home – Productivity Article

Today we talk about handling the three types of distractions when working from home: pets, children and other adults. Sites Mentioned IXL (http://IXL.com): a great site for math drills and learning Khan Academy (http://khanacademy.org): a site for videos on specific topics in math, science and more Teachers Pay Teachers (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/): resources created by educators; ranging from fun worksheets to full on curriculum. This is only a snippet of a Productivity article written by Laura Earnest Read Full Article

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The Right of Refusal: Six Ways to Politely Say No to More Work – Productivity Article

“It’s only by saying “no” that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”—Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Longtime readers of this blog know that one of my least-favorite phrases is, “That’s not my job.” I believe most workers should willingly try to handle all aspects of their positions. Taking on new tasks is the only way of really understanding and internalizing them, no matter how well-documented the task is. Some nuances only become evident when you’re in…

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3 Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook There’s a reason your New Year’s resolutions are difficult to achieve, and that reason is not you. The problem is New Year’s resolutions themselves.New Year’s resolutions are often very shortsighted or broad, sweeping generalizations about making yourself better. They rarely contain no actionable goals and are predicated on roughly 36 hours of making a mental checklist of everything that’s “wrong” with you.It’s easy to lose motivation when the only goal you set for yourself is an…

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From i4cp’s CDO Board: An Open Letter to our Fellow HR and Inclusion & Diversity Leaders Across the Nation – Productivity Article

For many weeks, members of the Chief Diversity Officer Board, as part of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), have met weekly to better help our organizations—some of the best-known brands in the world—through an unprecedented pandemic. We have looked at our talent through the lens of inclusion, and shared innovative practices to address employee resources across the talent spectrum. Challenges of virtual recruiting, onboarding, effective work-from-home, and return-to-workplace strategies have all been on our agenda. The running theme…

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10 productivity books that let you earn back time – Productivity Article

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 24s. It’s pretty skimmable, though. Podcast Length: 29 minutes, 30s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). The best productivity books more than pay for themselves: they teach you how to save time, so you more than earn back the time you spend inside them. So which productivity books will help you out the most? Here are 10 of my absolute favorites—with a mini review of each one, with what you’ll get out of…

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A Primer for Hosting Online Creative Workshops – Productivity Article

A lot of planning and attention goes into creating engaging, thoughtful workshops and events. This guide is designed to get you thinking about creating virtual space, whether you’re launching something new or adapting an in-person workshop to fit an online format. As many in-person events are going virtual (including this year’s 99U Conference on June 17!), we’re given a chance to rethink how events are organized. There’s no one-format-fits-all when it comes to hosting online workshops, so here’s a framework…

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Hector Hughes – Enjoying The Small Things is More Than Enough – Productivity Article

The founder of Unplugged Retreats on why simplicity is the key to wellbeing during times of stressHave you viewed your screen time stats lately? If you’ve been brave enough to check in on your digital habits in the era of #StayAtHome, it’s probable that (much like the half of humanity on lockdown) your online hours have been soaring. None of us predicted this 6 months ago while making our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us vowed to improve our digital…

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The best tools and tips – Productivity Article

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You sit down ready to power through a task, study for an exam, or do important research. But before you can even start… you suddenly find yourself scrolling through Facebook or an hour deep into a YouTube rabbit hole. It’s disheartening to feel like you’re not in control of your own actions.Yet it’s impossible to avoid the websites, apps, and online products that feed on our focus. This is why you need a website blocker.In…

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4 Strategies to Bring Out High Performance From Your Sales Teams – Productivity Article

Let’s not sugarcoat the situation. Even at the beginning of the year, signs were pointing towards a time of economic recession, and that was before COVID-19 came along and dealt the global economy the most superlative kick-em-while-they’re-down blow we might ever have witnessed.  A period of recession looks inevitable and, along with countless other repercussions, it means that life is going to get a lot harder for sales executives out there. These forlorn figures will be tasked with selling their…

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Claude Steele on improving diversity in distributed work – Productivity Article

As neuroscientist Kay Tye has demonstrated in her work on the amygdala, that first response is about the magnitude of the threat: How surprising is this? The second response is about the valence: Is this good or bad? The amygdala not only warns us of threats, it’s also integral to learning. So if you have a good response to a threat it becomes a challenge, potentially an opportunity, and eventually a learned behavior. “When you’re under stereotype threat, the amygdala is more…

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Generations Engagement Survey – Productivity Article

Millennials are entitled, avocado-toast-eating industry killers. Baby boomers are resistant to change and burning down the world. Gen Z is entering the workplace and starting wars with phrases like “OK, boomer.” And Gen X might just be happiest if we all act like CBS and leave them out of it. Hyperbole aside, it might seem like the generations can’t possibly work together. And yet, every day, employees of all generations and backgrounds collaborate across the world to build amazing companies,…

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New! Full Trello Card Covers And Colors Are Here – Productivity Article

Trello boards just got a lot more organized and visual. 💥 Card attachments can now be displayed on the front as full-sized covers, and you also have the ability to change the color of a card: These features mean more visual Trello boards, and can also be a new way to display list headers and separators. Yeah, they’re pretty spectacular. Let’s start the makeover montage.  How To Customize Card Covers In Trello  Turn your Trello boards and cards into works…

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How To Embrace Failure and Bounce Back Strong – Productivity Article

The greatest stories of all time didn’t start and end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’. It’s true for us too. Our life’s story is made great by how we managed to pull ourselves up.Talking about failures is not easy especially if it’s personal. It’s harder to talk about if you’ve not managed to rise above it. This is a topic that hits very close to home because I’ve had my share of failures to fill out an entire…

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5 Tips for Moving Back to the Office – Productivity Article

As we start to reemerge after the quarantine, many of us are headed back to the office. But after working remote for so many weeks, it’s hard to think about going back to the way we were. Today I offer some tips for those of us who are lucky enough to still be employed to keep your productivity up as you move back to the office. 1. Reduce Your Overtime I know a lot of people are facing unemployment and…

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Managing Expectations: Five Ways to Ensure Co-workers Follow Through – Productivity Article

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”—Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during World War II Not so long ago, it seemed most Americans had dropped the word “accountability” from their vocabularies—or perhaps had never learned it. When things went awry, it was never the fault of those responsible, because they refused to be held responsible. Even politicians would admit only that “mistakes were made”, hiding behind the passive voice instead of admitting their errors. I feel we’ve mostly gotten beyond…

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4 Simple Yet Powerful Techniques To Rewire Your Brain – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook The following is a guest post from Ken Marshall. To learn how you can guest post for Productivity Theory, please read our Write For Us page.Have you ever felt like your brain was lagging behind the rest of your life?As if you’re stuck in some permanent fog and mental fatigue? It’s a terrible feeling that is all too common. In today’s society, with ever rising periods of screen time, long hours in unfulfilling work environments, and…

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Total Rewards Coronavirus Meeting Themes – Productivity Article

Each week, i4cp convenes total rewards leaders to discuss the latest issues facing their profession and organizations amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Below are highlights from those calls.5/28/2020In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, total rewards leaders will be weighing many factors as they think about salary planning for 2021, such as unemployment figures and how the U.S. economy recovers from the damage wrought by COVID-19. Total rewards leaders from companies such as CoorsTek, Choice Hotels International and Mutual of Omaha…

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10 Books on My Self-Isolation Reading List – Productivity Article

Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 49s. Because I’m spending so much more time all of my time at home these days, I’m finding myself reading a lot more. I’m using the books that I’m reading during self-isolation to do two things: both give my mind a healthy break from thinking about current events, and to invest in my knowledge and skills. In case you’re looking for a read as well, here’s what I’m digging into! I’m not a fan of…

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Turning the Everyday into Art – Productivity Article

Inspiration is frequently presented as a lightning bolt, almost mystical in its unworldliness. In reality, its origins are often more prosaic, derived from day-to-day objects, scenes, and personal relationships.  That isn’t to say the subsequent art is any less ambitious or powerful—the three artists below are proof of that.  *** Pui Wan Lim: Memorializing a disappearing city  Pui Wan Lim learned about miniatures as a teenager in 2009 after her sister lent her a book about the art form. Her…

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Georgie Powell – The Power of Self-Reflection in Uncertain Times – Productivity Article

A digital wellness entrepreneur on the importance of connecting to ourselves – and our communities – in times of crisisIn the second of our Attention Experts interviews, we talk to Georgie Powell, a former Google executive who co-founded one of the original screen time apps after growing concerned over her own tech habits.She has since gone on to start Sentient Digital, a Responsible Technology and Digital Wellbeing Consultancy that helps organizations to build strategies and products which encourage a better…

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What happened when I turned on every site & app notification for a month – Productivity Article

In my defense, it seemed like a good idea at the time. For almost a month, I decided to ignore my carefully curated and productive settings and turn on all the notifications—every single one—to see what happens.It would be like the movie Yes Man where Jim Carrey agrees to everything that comes his way. Except instead of exciting opportunities, I’d only be receiving notifications. All the notifications. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re reasonably concerned with your productivity. As such, you…

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BONUS: Communication Breakdown Q&A – Productivity Article

Today’s episode is from a Facebook Live that Michael and Megan did on the topic of communication breakdowns. They took questions from viewers and we’ve collected some of the best questions and answers so that you can gain important insight into how to manage your own communication breakdowns. Enjoy! This is only a snippet of a Productivity article written by Michael and Megan Read Full Article

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How Digital Agencies Can Take Client Pitches Virtual – and Win New Business – Productivity Article

Blame it on Mad Men. Blame it on those bloated Madison Avenue profits. Or blame it on the first agency executive who uttered the phrase, “Why do this over the phone when we can come and pitch you right there?” Whoever caused it, the result is the same: whenever an agency pitches for new business, they’re expected to do so in person and, often, en masse. But as someone who’s been on both sides of this strange equation – both…

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Who’s left out of the distributed work economy – Productivity Article

Mornings consist of sorting through emails, responding to messages, and having meetings on Zoom. Lunch was delivered by DoorDash because there was no time to get groceries or cook. And a busy workweek means errands are run by someone from TaskRabbit.  This lifestyle might sound familiar to those who work in tech or whose work has been enabled by technology. Whether you’re a social media manager, UX designer, writer, engineer, etc, you’re someone who can do your work from just…

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Why Wrike’s Onboarding Template can Help Save Money – Productivity Article

For most new employees, making a good first impression is a top priority. New hires naturally want to instill a sense of confidence in their employers and offer reassurance that bringing them aboard was a good decision. And while this sentiment should be reciprocated from company to employee, the fact is that it too often isn’t — at least from an organizational standpoint.  Here’s the thing: onboarding is a critical early phase of any employee/employer relationship. Without a smooth employee…

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How PTC Turns Retail Dreams Into (Augmented) Reality With Trello – Productivity Article

If the smell of the iconic Swedish meatballs isn’t enough to draw you in, the aisles stocked with beautiful decor, furniture, and cooking ware will be. Ah, IKEA. The never-ending dreamland of all things ‘home’. What’s not so dreamy is when you buy the seemingly perfect couch or piece of furniture and to your surprise—it doesn’t fit in the space you’d planned for it. That’s the classic problem TWNKLS | AR, a PTC Company (also known as PTC) set out…

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Live Q&A On Productivity, Tech, Behind The Scenes, and Working for AE – Productivity Article

Live Q&A On Productivity, Tech, Behind The Scenes, and Working for AE 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 This is Episode 300 of The Productivity Show, and we thought we’d celebrate by turning the show over to you!This is our first Q&A episode of the show, and we invited listeners…

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