Productivity Tips

Engagement Survey (Infographic) – Productivity Article

Employee engagement is not the same as happiness or satisfaction. Engagement is the personal commitment an employee has to their organization’s goals and overall success. It’s the amount of passion they have for their work and their willingness to put forth effort.  Engagement is a hot topic for many business leaders today. Why? Studies show that companies with engaged employees realize greater productivity and higher profits than those with less-engaged workers. For example:  Teams with high employee engagement have better…

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Is Your World Outrunning You? – Self Improvement Article

There is nothing new in the world, except how frequently things are new, and the number of people having to accept and adapt consistently to that reality. The difference between your world and that of your parents is in how much less you can count on anything providing stability in your life and work, for any significant length of time. Perhaps your father and mother had to totally reconfigure their worlds two or three times in their adult life, if…

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What Is Your Professional Love Language? – Productivity Article

You’re a star ⭐️ I appreciate you 🤗 Here’s a token of my affection 🎁 Expressing love and appreciation for a significant other, family member, or friend can be as easy as sending a thoughtful text or gifting something special. But when it comes to the workplace, how can you appropriately relay your appreciation and yes, love, for your colleagues and team? The concept of “love languages” is an oft-discussed topic in popular culture around how one expresses their affection…

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Productivity Champ Spotlight — Stop Reading, Start Doing by Andy Henson – Productivity Article

Andy is a business owner and a member of Asian Efficiency’s productivity community, the Dojo. He’s been an active member since he joined in 2018.As a business owner, Andy was looking for the “perfect” system to help him move his business forward. He did research, read many books, and turned to the community for advice. After reading about different systems, he realized he needed to stop reading and just start doing.Read on and find out more about Andy’s journey and…

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Curated Reading: Security Edition | Laura Earnest – Productivity Article

One of the things that I love to do is to dive into a topic and do some research. These thing are always issues that impact my life at the time. I thought as one of the alternating short articles on the blog, I would make use of that research and share it with you. Today it’s about home security, and security of the smart home. I was talking to my hairdresser about his concerns with his phone…

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5 Ways Being Effective at Work Makes You Smarter – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Once you get the hang of a new job, it’s nice to feel like your boss made the role specifically for you. You can breeze through projects and lead your team members to success, which fills you with a sense of accomplishment like nothing else. Then maybe your job became a bit more challenging. You had to learn to adapt to the pressure, but you may not feel like you work as well as you used…

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What’s the True Worth of Talent? – Productivity Article

Would you give your best talent a 13% pay raise? Maybe you aren’t quite sure how to answer that question. Your first instinct could be that it all depends on the context and circumstance—13% is well above salary inflation, which consistently comes in at around 3%. But we’re talking about your best talent, not your average good-performing employees. Some of you might say, “Well, if we do that, then we won’t be able to afford salary increases for some people—and…

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What I Learned Taking a Bill Gates-Inspired “Think Week” – Productivity Article

Takeaway: A while back I spent seven days in Jamaica conducting a “think week.” This time in the sun was loosely modeled on Bill Gates’ annual think week ritual. I learned five key things: the more time we spend keeping up the less time we spend getting ahead; that we need to strike a balance between reflecting and doing; that stepping back from our daily grind helps us to be grateful of the lives we lead; that our lives need…

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Friends Work Here – Brooklyn – Productivity Article

Seth Godin once wrote, “who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what you become. Change the outcome by changing your circle.” The coworking space and community Friends Work Here in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn is a space where those collisions happen. Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of CreativeMornings, Tattly, TeuxDeux and Creative Guild, says that Friends Work Here, the coworking space…

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Darynda Jones: Finding the Focus to Write for a Living – 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 Darynda Jones.Darynda Jones is a Freedom user and NY Times…

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Here’s how to optimize your email time every day – Productivity Article

How much time do you spend a day on email? 30 minutes? An hour? Two? Take a second and write down a number that feels right to you. Ready? Ok. Here’s the bad news. If you wrote less than 2 hours, you’re most likely kidding yourself.According to a recent study by Adobe, workers spend on average 2.5 hours a day dealing with their inbox. In our own study of 225 million hours of work time, we found that 76% of…

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Why Vision Is More Important Than Strategy – Productivity Article

Vision and strategy are both important. But there is a priority to them. Vision always comes first. Always. If you have a clear vision, you will eventually attract the right strategy. If you don’t have a clear vision, no strategy will save you. I have seen this over and over again in my professional and personal life. Once I got clear on what I wanted, the how almost took care of itself. Let me give you an example. In July…

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How businesses can benefit from age diversity – Productivity Article

These results support the notion that we prefer younger leaders to guide us into the future, to stimulate innovation, and upend the status quo. But elders help prevent self destruction. In fact, even in the entrepreneurial world, older leaders are more likely to succeed. The probability of extreme start-up success increases with age, at least until the late 50s. Experience pays off. And older workers possess the wisdom, experience, specialized knowledge, and superior ability to council younger Millennial phenoms who…

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Improving Productivity With Time Tracking Apps – Productivity Article

Here’s a question that seems deceptively simple: What do your employees do all day?  Of course, you’d like to think that they’re cranking away on work-related tasks for the bulk of their office hours. But, do you really have a clear idea of what they’re accomplishing? Could you point to specific things that they’re checking off day in and day out? Could you easily tie those to-dos back to overarching business goals? Hmm…suddenly that opening question isn’t quite so straightforward.…

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6 Tactical Ways To Use Trello Board And Card Templates – Productivity Article

As a person who spends a majority of my workday creating and managing processes (and working with people who sometimes follow those processes and others who sometimes deviate), it’s really helpful to have standardization. Imagine being able to make every card on your Trello board fit the same mold and have all the information it needs. That’s the beauty of Trello templates.  A few months ago, Trello announced this new feature for making card and board templates, and the community…

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10 Health Hacks to Feel More Energized and Focused (TPS285) – Productivity Article

We talk about health quite a bit here on the podcast, and for good reason: we believe that good health leads to energy, and energy is a key part of our TEA Framework: if you don’t have enough energy, it doesn’t matter how focused you are or how much you master your time – you aren’t going to be as productive as you want to be.In this episode we are going to be sharing some of our best health hacks…

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Podcast Episode 16: Preventing Predictable Annoyances – Productivity Article

February 5, 2020 / Predictable annoyances wear us down, much like a river wears away stone. By dealing with these ongoing issues, we can free up our time and energy for something more meaningful. Let’s turn our pigeons of discontent into bluebirds of happiness. By Laura Earnest This is only a snippet of a Productivity article written by Laura Earnest Read Full Article

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Is Your World Outrunning You? – Self Improvement Article

What have you done lately? I mean, what have you actually finished, completed, and accomplished? If you haven’t made a list in the last year, I would highly recommend that you take a few minutes and capture that. It has always intrigued me how much a less-than-conscious part of me can still have energy wrapped […] The post Is Your World Outrunning You? appeared first on Getting Things Done®. This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written…

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Where to Find The Best Personal Time Management Software – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Your schedule is packed, but there’s still more that you wish you could do — and despite your best efforts, you can’t find a way to squeeze even one more second out of your week. At times like these, you can turn to personal time management apps to transform your schedule, cut out wasted time and optimize your time management.Below, we’ll cover some of the best personal time management software out there — and we’ll also…

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Why We Must Think Differently About Employee Development – Productivity Article

A few weeks back, I was on a call with a colleague. Somehow, we landed on a topic that’s become a personal favorite in the decade or so that I’ve been around the HR profession: overused business buzzwords. We had a good laugh going over some of the standards in the corporate canon: Triangulation of synergies. Low-hanging fruit. Secret sauce. Outside the box. There were plenty of others, but we can circle back to those. Or not. Anyway, it seemed…

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How to reset your caffeine tolerance – Productivity Article

Takeaway: When you consume caffeine habitually, you’ll need to consume more and more to experience the same energy boost. This makes occasionally resetting your caffeine tolerance worth the effort and the struggle. To do this, slowly lower the amount of caffeine you consume each day, or go “cold turkey” if you don’t consume a lot to begin with. Invest in your energy at the same time to counterbalance withdrawal symptoms. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 59s. Podcast Length: 29 minutes, 49s…

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Is Your Planning Procrastination in Disguise? – Productivity Article

The process of planning can be an important method of prioritization of our creative lives. It can also be a comfort—there’s something soothing about writing a list, checking off a box, making a schedule. Yet as much as planning might provide clarity and signal to others that we have it together, it can be procrastination in disguise.  “For some people, planning can be a way to organize what might feel chaotic, but it can creep into avoidance,” says Melbourne-based clinical…

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Brian Condenanza: Finding Focus with Freedom and the Pomodoro Technique – 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 Brian Condenanza.Brian Condenanza is a Freedom user, Argentinian entrepreneur, and…

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How to be Productive All Day, Every Day – Productivity Article

Most of us have really productive days once in a while. We might even string a few together or even get an entire week of productivity. But when it comes to how to be productive on a consistent basis? That’s a whole other question.We’ve all faced moments where our productivity slips. Something happens or our routine changes and all of a sudden we feel defeated, frustrated, and angry that what was working so well suddenly stopped.So what do we do?…

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Pulling off major sci-fi surprises on an indie budget for the Sundance film Save Yourselves! – Productivity Article

What do you think is causing the feeling that we are communicating more, but connecting less?  Eleanor: I think that’s typical of our generation and happens for everyone. It’s maybe less in-depth communication.  Alex: The thing we were latching onto was the fact that now you can get any information, you can learn about all the horrific things happening in the world, but there aren’t nearly as many actionable things to do as there is information about the upsetting nature…

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Using Performance Management Optimize Projects – Productivity Article

In the world of professional services, project performance management is absolutely vital to business success. By nature, professional services is a project-based industry that depends on delivering outcomes in the most efficient way possible.  Of course, performance management becomes even more critical when managing multiple accounts and projects. That’s where a solid performance management process comes into play. Having a robust process in place will help you stay organized while you analyze and assess all the projects under your charge. …

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Your Realistic Guide To Beating Burnout (Because A Vacation Isn’t The Answer) – Productivity Article

Is your first thought when your alarm goes off each morning — “Oh no, not again?”  When you finally roll out of bed, down a cup of coffee, and make it to your desk, even the simple task of opening your email inbox seems like a feat of superhuman strength. You struggle to focus, you’re increasingly irritable toward your team members, and you can’t muster up any enthusiasm about your daily work tasks.  If this sounds all too familiar, there’s…

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Journaling – Productivity Article

Kids do it. Adults should too. When we were kids, ‘diary’ was a more popular term and it mostly consisted of childhood crushes, angst, secrets, or how much we hated (or loved) our life. A few months ago, I went home for my mom’s 74th birthday and found my diary when I was sorting through my old stuff (I wanted to get rid of all of it but my mom is not really the type who purges stuff—who can relate?).…

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What You’re Not Changing You’re Choosing – Productivity Article

I saw this phrase on Pinterest: “What you’re not changing you’re choosing.” That’s pretty powerful. What am I happy with? I’m choosing that. What am I dissatisfied with? If I’m not working to change it, I’m staying stuck. What does this all mean in practical terms? This year I am choosing those things that bring me joy. I am noticing what is in my life, and where I am at any given moment. I am taking time out…

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Goals and Objectives You Should Know – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook If you’re working in development and need to test an automated app or another kind of product that relies on automation to function, it’s crucial to think about your automation testing goals and objectives.This overview of automation testing goals and objectives will help you get off to a strong start and create tests that make you feel confident that your product is behaving as it should.The Automated Product Is High-Quality and ReliableOne of the first things…

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