Productivity & Organization

Taking Peer Recognition Social – i4cp – Productivity Article

To the average movie fan, a Screen Actors Guild Award might not have quite the same cachet as an Oscar.   Actors, on the other hand, often make a really big deal—at least publicly—of earning one of these little green SAG statuettes.   SAG Awards are voted on by the organization’s members. In other words, actors vote for actors. And, if you listen to any SAG Award acceptance speech, you’ll almost always hear the winner gushing with gratitude about being …

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Pause Before You Begin: How to Invest in Yourself – Productivity Article

The new calendar year brings with it a sense of starting over. We are back to work with a clean slate and an opportunity to build new habits. We are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle our work. And yet, without intentionality around how we spend our time, we may find ourselves continuing on the same path we were on last year. Now is our chance to look at our former routines, set new habits, and decide how we want…

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Erin Blakemore: Taming Distraction to Tell Important Stories – 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 Erin Blakemore. Erin Blakemore is a Freedom user, journalist, and…

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How “Productivity Cycles” automate your effort for weeks, months & years – Productivity Article

While many jobs follow some sort of seasonality, knowledge work doesn’t.There’s no slow season when you’re building a company, designing apps, or developing software. But placing that same expectation for nonstop growth and output on yourself is a recipe for burnout. There’s no slow season when you’re building a company, designing apps, or developing software. But placing the same expectation for nonstop growth and output on yourself is a recipe for burnout. Click To TweetAs we’ve written in the past,…

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Sundance 2020: Kwesi Collisson on making magic and managing complexity for Nine Days – Productivity Article

What attracted you to Nine Days as a project?  The script. I had just completed a good run of advertising work in the late spring. A few days later, I got a phone call from two friends and fellow producers, Mark G. Mathis and Jason Michael Berman. They knew I had the rare combination of technical skills for production and post-production to be able to handle something this complex. I was originally brought on as a post production supervisor and…

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Improving Productivity With Project Management – Productivity Article

Integrated project management has helped PS managers and directors save 28 times more on their project budgets and improve processes all around. If you’re interested in adopting one of these systems, there are lots of things to consider. Here’s everything you need to know about what integrated project management software is, what advantages users have over non-users, as well as some concrete ways you can implement it.  What is integrated project management? Integrated project management is all about getting the…

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À Table! Take A Better Lunch Break The French Way – Productivity Article

France is a secular country, but there sure is one religion that all French people share—food and eating.  With its rituals, omnipresence, and etiquette, eating is a pillar of French culture and social interaction. It not only has an impact on how families interact and bodies are fed but it’s a central part of our professional lives, from closing deals to building strong team relationships. So besides helping us enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese, what can French…

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How Anyone Can Have A Prosperous And Productive Lunar New Year – Productivity Article

This isn’t going to be your normal “New Year” productivity podcast. You may or may not know that a few days after this podcast is released, it will be the start of a new Chinese New Year, or more accurately called Lunar New Year.5,000 years of Asian culture can’t be wrong, so since this is Asian Efficiency, we are going to talk about some of the lessons from Lunar New Year traditions, and how we can apply them to have…

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Change Your Life With the Bullet Journal Method – Productivity Article

If you have ever gotten frustrated with a pre-made planner because you ended up working to fit the planner, rather than the planner fitting you, there is a solution. That solution is Bullet Journaling. Ryder Carroll, the author of the bullet journal, has taken his simple system and made a coherent book out of it. Not only does he cover the basic methods (available on his website), but he shows how the bullet journal method can be used in a…

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How to Use an App Blocker for Productivity – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Our lives are constantly connected, through computers and phones and tablets and even, in some cases, through our watches. We’re always getting notifications from social media, email and other sites that all demand our attention all day long.  Frankly, it’s exhausting and it’s damaging to your productivity, especially if you’re checking YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat notifications during your workday.App blockers can be a fantastic tool to help you be more productive if you’re using them…

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What I Learned from i4cp’s Research on Culture Change – Productivity Article

It is both exhilarating and frustrating (and slightly embarrassing) when long-held beliefs are negated by new research. Recently, a new study by our research team here at i4cp shattered beliefs I have held for decades. And it has still taken me a while to admit this, even to myself. For as long as I can remember, I have believed that changing corporate culture is extremely difficult, if not impossible. And, even if culture could be changed, I always thought it…

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Brainstorming as a Balancing Act – Productivity Article

A freelance writer who recently published a book on honesty, Judi Ketteler leads a full, busy life. Her days are spent engaging—with her family, a large, bustling social circle, and the dynamic people she interviews for work—interactions that expose her to a constant stream of new information. Breakthroughs usually arrive during the precious hours in her schedule in which she is alone, untethered from the world outside her own head. “I go running—that’s when I think of 90% of my…

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Edie Meidav: Finding Creativity in the Absence of Distraction – 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 Edie Meidav.Edie Meidav is a Freedom user, American novelist, and…

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How to deal with an indecisive teammate or boss – Productivity Article

“I don’t know… let’s think about it and circle back next week…” If you haven’t been in a meeting that ended like this then count yourself lucky. For the other 99.9% of people working in collaborative environments, indecision is a regular (and annoying) part of the workday. For more reasons than we can get into, committing to a choice is often harder than it needs to be.Unfortunately, being indecisive isn’t just some minor annoyance. Indecision slows down projects, kills contracts,…

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Dropbox Hack Weeks support Foundation and nonprofit partners – Productivity Article

Hack Week is a time for Dropboxers around the world to be audacious creators and problem solvers. Each year, Dropbox has three Hack Weeks—one company-wide, one just for the engineering, product, and design teams (EPD), and one for summer interns. These are opportunities for people to shift their focus from working on day-to-day tasks to collaborating on new projects and they’re times to change the way we think about our products, processes, and the community around us. Our community spans…

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How To Act Like A Morning Person (Even If You’re Not One) – Productivity Article

Did you know that when you first wake up in the morning, your brain is physically bigger than it will be when you go to sleep? It’s because our brains are the most hydrated after a period of rest. According to authors Dr. Robert Carter and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter in their book, The Morning Mind, the best performing brain is a hydrated brain. So here’s the conundrum: If humans already have an inherent biological advantage to being morning people,…

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5 Simple Steps To Achieve Your Goal This Year Without Giving Up by Mid-Year – Productivity Article

2020 is here and I’m going to be a competent salsa dancer. My goal is to be able to walk into any salsa club, in any country, ask a woman for a dance and have one helluva time dancing with her to any salsa song.Just the thought of that is making me poop my pants.I don’t know how to dance salsa. People tell me I have two left feet. Yet I’m determined to accomplish this goal. In the past, it…

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Podcast Episode 14 – Are You A Chronic Starter? – Productivity Article

How many projects do you have that aren’t finished right now? I’m not talking about just the ones you are aware of. I’m talking about all those things that you put somewhere with the intention of getting back to them “someday”. Today we will look at how starting projects can become a problem, a way to list all of your projects, and how to combat some of the things that can keep you from finishing. Resources:Kathy Paauwhttp://OrgCoach.netRAM…

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5 Steps for Achieving Your Retirement Financial Goals – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Even if you adore your job, chances are you dream of hanging up your apron someday. The time to start saving is now, not several years down the line. You never know what life has in store, and the larger your nest egg when things are going well, the more security you’ll enjoy.How can you get on track with achieving your financial goals for retirement? Taking a step-by-step approach minimizes your frustration while getting you to…

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Is an Exodus of Gen X Workers on the Horizon? – Productivity Article

Every generation is inevitably saddled with stereotypes.   I’m a 46-year-old, card-carrying member of Generation X. This means I spent my early 20s hearing that my peers and I were all cut from the same dispirited cloth: Indifferent toward the future and allergic to long-term thinking.     Like most broad generalizations, this one wasn’t quite accurate. Although to be fair, I wasn’t exactly doing my part to dispel this myth. I was too busy brooding my way through college…

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30 Lessons Learned At 30 – Productivity Article

Takeaway: The article is too long/varied to write up a summary, but it’s pretty skimmable! Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 47s. I’m probably not equipped to give you advice on how you should live your life. And, when you think about it, who is? We all live different lives, face different challenges, and are all born into different eras and completely different situations. But in reflecting on my life over the past 30 quick years leading up to my birthday…

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Resolutions and Taking Risks: Creatives Look Ahead to 2020 – Productivity Article

The start of the new year is a time for big-picture thinking and deciding what our priorities are for the months ahead. The design and tech worlds are on the precipice of major ideological changes and we are facing fundamental questions about our place in the world, and the way we interact with each other. If 2019 was marked by upheaval and unexpected challenges, what does 2020 have in store and how do we prepare for the decade ahead of…

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Lack of Motivation: The Forgotten Emotional Aspects of Productivity – Productivity Article

Motivation is a strange, fickle thing. Sometimes you wake up and feel like you can take on the world. You’re eager to tackle your work and are convinced that nothing can stop you. Other times you don’t feel like doing anything. Your productivity plummets and the amount of time you spend watching Netflix skyrockets. You can’t seem to get going, can’t find any traction, and can’t make any progress.Few things are more frustrating than having important things to do and not having…

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5 Science-Backed Ways to Get Over the Dreaded Afternoon Slump – Productivity Article

There’s no denying the reality of the afternoon slump. Even the most motivated people can find themselves extremely tired by midday. And whether it’s due to a lack of sleep or a heavy lunch doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that it’s impacting your ability to get things done.As we’ve written in the past, there are all sorts of factors that contribute to our energy, motivation, and focus throughout the day. And knowing what to do when you feel…

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Does Your Organization Need Single Sign-On? – Productivity Article

Contents: Introduction to Single Sign-on What Benefits Does Single Sign-On Offer? Why Passwords Are a Problem Case Study: Equifax Is Single Sign-On Right For You? Introduction to Single Sign-on IT leaders operate in a sector that is marked by constant change. New technologies bring both opportunities and risks and stretch the capabilities of corporate IT departments at every turn. Staying on top of these shifts should be paramount for every tech leader: with hackers constantly searching for fresh vulnerabilities to…

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The Mind at Work: Kay Tye on unlocking the grip of negative emotions – Productivity Article

Our experience of emotion is mediated, in other words, by many factors besides the stimulus that arouses them. In different strands of her research, Tye has identified both hunger and social status as factors that can cause the same stimuli to evoke very different behaviors. In the case of hunger, Tye has shown that after just one day of fasting mice will shift the balance of their behavior. “If you make an animal really hungry,” she says, “then not getting…

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9 Apps to Boost Your Productivity and Motivation at Work – Productivity Article

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page offered their earliest employees a unique benefit: 20 percent time. They believed if you let employees spend 20 percent of their time on projects they’re passionate about, they’d be more motivated at work and would use that time to create amazing things. And they did. Some of the outcomes of 20 percent time include Gmail, Google News, and AdSense. If you’re struggling to find your motivation at work, take a page from Google’s…

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The Trello Way To Keep Tasks From Collecting Dust – Productivity Article

It’s that time of the year when everyone takes some time off to relax and spend time with their friends or family (or, if you’re me, climbing a mountain). The in-office staff is a skeleton crew. They are soon going on vacation too—and they hopefully left a card on a Trello board with some “while I am out” instructions as a virtual passing of the work-baton.  After some much needed R&R, you come back to work and look at your…

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5 Actionable Tips To Make 2020 An Awesome Year – Productivity Article

How was your 2019? Was it great and you achieved everything you aimed for? Was it a ‘meh, could have been better’? Or you’d rather not talk about it?Whether your previous year was great, ok, bad–always aim for a better year ahead. Here in Asian Efficiency, we want to help you, our customers and readers, to always have their best year, every single year without having to sacrifice what’s truly important. By this we mean, time for those you love,…

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30 Day Challenge: Gratitude | Laura Earnest – Productivity Article

One of the things I hear over and over is that for a more satisfied life, one needs to make a gratitude list. I can always use more satisfaction in my life, and so for the new year I have decided to start with a gratitude. Why Gratitude? So much of what our culture is today is about “more”. More money, more time, more efficiency, more whatever. But yet there is little effort to recognize what already is.…

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