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7 Proven Steps to a Better Workday

7 Proven Tips To Better Your Day

Build these activities into your routine. You will get more done and feel better doing it.

By Peter Economy

While making a big sale or launching a new project can transform an ordinary workday into a great one, there’s also the other side of the coin to consider: boredom, burnout, and anxiety can make the hours drag on endlessly. But you can minimize or even eliminate those problems by giving your daily routine a simple tune-up. Here are seven things you can do to make every day as satisfying as it can be. [Read more…]

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6 Tips for Productive Time Management

Time Management

By Kevin Daum

There never seems to be enough time. Here are six tips for making the most of what little you have.

Once again Spring came around and messed with my time clock.  Even though I know I still have the same number of hours in the day, I can’t help but feel that Daylight Savings Timehas stolen an hour from me. My body clock still thinks it’s 7 a.m. when I wake up, and yet here it is 8 a.m. Sure, I have more daylight, but for the most part, the only light I need for my productivity is the glow of my computer. [Read more…]

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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Post It NotesBy Jeff Haden

Try one. Try them all. They work. Science says so.

You work really hard. In fact, you might not be able to work any harder. But you can still work smarter.

Here are five ways anyone can work smarter from Belle Beth Cooper, content crafter atBuffer, the social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social-media updates. (She’s also co-founder of Exist.)

Here’s Beth:

One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder. Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep, exercise, and recreation time, so our time spent working is as productive as it can be.

Working harder can be an easy habit to slip into, though. Sometimes it’s hard to switch off at the end of the day or take time out on the weekend and stop thinking about work. With a startup of my own to run, I find this even harder to manage. Whenever I’m not working on Buffer I’m working on Exist, and it’s easy to fall into a pattern of “always working” rather than working smart. [Read more…]

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Seven Ways To Boost Your Productivity

7 Productivity Tips

If you’d like instant results to improve your focus and productivity, then these seven ways to boost your productivity will do just that. In relation to the post on goal setting on Monday, the advice here is to work backwards, or “chunk” things down into bite-size manageable tasks (chunks). For example, if your main goal is world domination, then this will be a daunting item on your to-do list (I’m sorry for this example, it’s Friday). However, when you break it down into manageable milestones, which can then be subdivided into tasks, this brings your goal closer and makes the task more approachable.. [Read more…]

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Seven Strategies For Success in 2013

As we begin the New Year we often reflect on the previous and make choices about how we’d like to make changes. These seven strategies for success in 2013 will help you do just that. It may be that you’ve had a wildly hard working and financially successful year and want to calm down a little to spend more time with friends and family. Or, it may be that you’ve not achieved everything you wanted to achieve last year and are wanting to gear yourself up for greater challenges. Whatever your reflections tell you, take a few minutes out to read this advice from Paula Davis-Laack for Psychology Today.

Successful new year1) Embrace the three C’s. Not long after I started my business, I saw a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen for awhile. After we hugged hello, she remarked, “Whatever you are doing is working – you are positively glowing.” The happiness that she saw bubbling up in me had nothing to do with anything extrinsic (money, cars, new clothes), but the type of motivation that makes you happy in your core.

According to psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, in order for you to get more of that glow-in-the-dark happiness, you should pursue goals that foster relatedness (connection), experience mastery (competence), and autonomy or freedom (choice).

Click here to view the whole article on Psychology Today

Which of these seven strategies for success in 2013 will you adopt right away? This first point allows you to align your goals with your deepest values – if indeed you set goals. If you don’t set goals, think about it – and that’s not just financially, but can be applied to health & fitness, relationships, friendships, hobbies, sports, desires and aspirations etc. Goals create a destination which allow you to form a road map in order to get there. Without a destination, there is no road map, so how will you get there? Check out the posts on goal setting and visualisation to find out more. Now is a very good time to do it!

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12 Ways To Stop Procrastinating

If you’re a procrastinator, you may be pleased to know that you are not alone. Just about everyone procrastinates. It’s natural to procrastinate because it’s normally done with tasks you least enjoy. These 12 ways to stop procrastinating should help you to focus on the tasks that you want to be doing, the tasks that you’re naturally good at, the ones where you’re focusing on your innate strengths and talents. One of my favourite pieces of advice is to delegate. If you don’t like doing something, pay someone else to do it. There may be people in your own office environment who love to do things that you loathe to do – do a swap!

12 Ways To Stop Procrastinating

How To Stop Procrastinating1. Draw up a schedule

“One of the things we preach a lot here is to set out a time management schedule for the next three, six or 12 months,” Smith suggests. “Schedule the major and minor goals, plus the milestones. It will mean each month you can break down what is important and what isn’t.”

2. Work when you work best
“Figure out your peak working times, work with your body and brain, not against them. You will be more energetic,” says Todd.

3. Shock:  multitasking is a myth
Studies have revealed that our brains can’t multitask, they prefer to do one thing at a time. University of California psychology professor Russell Poldrack, who has researched the subject, recently told a US radio station: “When we sort of force ourselves to multitask, we’re driving ourselves to perhaps be less efficient in the long run even though it sometimes feels like we’re being more efficient.”

4. Focus on now
If you have a fear of failure try to get it into perspective by exaggerating how bad your failure could actually be – the more absurd the better for reminding you that nothing is that bad…

5. Delegate, delegate
If there are some tasks you just are not interested in find someone in your organisation who is and delegate. If it is task in your home life, outsource it. “It’s better to pay some $40 an hour to get something done than worry over it,” says Todd.

Continue reading full article on The Australian.

I’m happy multitasking has been described as ineffective among these 12 ways to stop procrastinating. Not only is it ineffective but it has been scientifically proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains were not designed to constantly switch from task to task. Chronic multitaskers have been found to be forgetful, mentally slower and with lower concentration levels. Click here to view an older post on the damaging effects of multitasking. The best piece of advice is to delegate I think, then you’ll focus on the things that you’re naturally good at. If you work for yourself, from home for example, as I do, there are outsourcing desks like Elance.com where you can post a job, and contractors will submit a bid to do the work. You check out their ratings, portfolio and reputation and Bob’s your uncle. And they’re normally much cheaper than your own hourly rate – and much more efficient because they’re doing what they want to be doing so you can focus on what you want to be doing.

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29 Ways to Focus On Your Creativity

If you ever think you’re not the creative type, then you’re wrong. Everyone is creative, it’s just that most of us have been educated out of it – according to Sir Ken Robinson, the creativity expert. You’ll be pleased to know however, that there are ways to induce creativity, to get it back. Here are 20 ways to focus on your creativity that you should watch to with sound.

Please share with your friends if you liked these 29 ways to focus on your creativity. It’s easy to forget that we were all born creative, it’s inside us all. Unfortunately most people get sucked into work and neglect their creative sides so pick a few of these tips each day and get creative!

 

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Ways To Focus And Be More Productive

Less is often more, and that’s what this article is about. When you get overwhelmed it’s easy to just increase your working hours, get more stressed and in turn your productivity takes a hit. These ways to focus and be more productive are written by Margarita Tartakovsky for Psych Central. She reviews a book by Laura Stack, MBA, president of the consulting company The Productivity Pro®, called What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results and Save 90 Minutes a Day. She examines the necessity to process all new information fast, meaning to tackle things straight away that take less than 3 minutes so you don’t hoard new information, and to not use your inbox as a to-do list – priceless. There’s plenty more of course..

Ways To Focus And Be More Productive

What To Do When There's Too Much To Do1. “Determine what to do.” Of course, not every task on your list is important. Your job is to figure out which tasks are and which ones aren’t. Stack calls this triaging your to-do list. In the ER, Stack said, triage nurses don’t see patients on a first-come first-serve basis; instead, they pick patients based on severity (i.e., level of importance).

“Just as the triage nurse has to decide which patients need the most attention, you must determine which tasks on your list take priority over the rest,” Stack said.

She developed the following cheat sheet to help you clarify your priorities:

  • P1: You will get fired if this isn’t done today
  • P2: A valuable long-term activity that should be done soon
  • P3: Someone will be unhappy if you don’t do this eventually
  • P4: Human “pain-management” activities such as socializing and Facebook

2. “Schedule time to do it.” In today’s fast-paced, pressure-filled world, it’s not realistic to plan every minute or even hour of your day. But you can carve out time for your must-do tasks. For instance, you can block out 45 minutes to finish a job report, Stack said. Continue reading on Psych Central.

If you continued reading the whole article on ways to focus and be more productive on Psych Central, you’ll have seen that “Focus Your Attention” was mentioned, and she summarises the need to turn off all distractions – one of the best ways to focus I’ve experienced so far. Do you have any favourite ways to focus? List them below and share with the world!

 

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5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction

This article, which I’ve renamed 5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction, really caught my attention as it’s something that I feel incredibly passionate about. Beverly D. Flaxington for Psychology Today explains how around two thirds of people in the US and Canada are dissatisfied with their jobs. Two thirds of people! We spend 5 days out of 7 every week at work – that’s a massive proportion of our lives. It’s really upsetting to think just how many people are not happy with their work and it proves that society as we know it, simply does not work. On a lighter note, there are ways in which you can improve your job satisfaction which Beverly Flaxington explains.

5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction(1)    Focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want. When we are dissatisfied in our jobs, we can easily put our finger on what’s bothering us: We hate the boss. The work is too hard. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything. The culture is oppressive. The list could be one short, yet problematic thing, or it could be replete with things we can’t stand. Instead of focusing our brain on what we don’t like, or don’t want, turn it around. Take the time to focus on what you do want. What kind ofenvironment would you like to work in? What kind of boss would you like to have? Paint a picture – both mentally and in writing – of what you would enjoy. Get clear on where you’d like to head next. Turn your attention to where you want to go. Put up a picture, write on 3 X 5 cards you keep nearby or develop a mantra about a future state that would be healthy for you. Turn the focus on your desired outcome.

(2)    Make a list of things you enjoy about your job. Let’s face it – there has to be something that’s good. At a minimum, you are getting paid. Possibly you are learning something new. Or you like a co-worker, or the commute is easy. I once had a job I absolutely hated, but I was in a reverse commute where I was going against the major flow of traffic to and from work every day. For the entire time I traveled to and fro, I used it well. I listened to music I love. I bought audio tapes. I used the time to plan ideas for my next career. Find the things that you can feel positive about. Write them down. Every time you find yourself feeling dissatisfied or down, take out the list and read it. Orient your mind to what’s currently positive in the situation.

Continue reading full article on Psychology Today

If you do feel you need to stick with your job, for whatever reason, then I think these 5 ways to focus on job satisfaction are some great words of advice. When I felt like I was stuck in a rut at my last employment, I’d often look around me, and notice people in a worse situation than me, and it would make me realise just how lucky I was. I’d also count my lucky stars that I was working with such an awesome group of people who became friends. They essentially kept me there actually. I think it’s really important not to lose sight of where you want to go, and to focus on what you want. Don’t drift from week to week thinking that that’s life – because it’s absolutely not, it doesn’t have to be at all. Living for the weekends is not what life is about. Too many people fall into that trap. Each and every one of us has something of value that we can bring to the world in some way or another. It’s just up to us to figure out how to do that, and to grow a pair to make it happen. The internet has opened up so much scope for people to make money using their own skills and creativity. Seek, and you shall find.

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10 Ways To Focus On Your Job Hunt

If you’ve just come to the end of your studies at university, it may be that the summer you’ve always looked forward to is taken over by the daunting prospect of job hunting – unless of course you’re lucky enough to already have your ideal job or income generating idea lined up. Here are 10 ways to focus on your job hunt brought to you by Josh Tolan of Spark Hire, who wrote this article for Business Insider.  As with everything, focus is absolute key in ensuring that you land your ideal job, and that you don’t just settle for one as it has an attractive salary and it’s vaguely in tune with your interests and goals.

Focus On What Makes You HappyDefine The Job You Want
Nothing kills job hunt momentum more quickly than unrefined searches. Unrefined job searches deliver unrefined job results, so take time to think about what you want to do and where you want to go. Once you have an idea of the job you’d like, tailor your search to reflect your position’s criteria.

Keep in mind that not all results will be your dream job. If the results you receive aren’t what you want to do, perhaps you need to re-define what you’re looking for.

Don’t Take Rejection Personally
Rejection happens. You must acknowledge that there may be better candidates than you applying for the same job, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Acknowledging defeat will deter your focus and hinder your determination. To keep your focus, ask the company’s recruiter if you can have feedback about your application or interview. If given, improve upon the suggested areas and move on to the next lead.

Continue reading whole post from Business Insider

The reason I excerpted these 2 points from the 10 ways to focus on your job hunt are because they’re so incredibly important. I fell into the trap of applying for all sorts of jobs where my skills and qualifications fitted best. I wanted a decent salary. I settled for quite a few jobs for the wrong reasons, and unsurprisingly, didn’t last longer than 16 months in my longest employment (where I developed insomnia). Had I known what I know now, I’d have written down my long-term goals, asked myself what I personally wanted to achieve. I would have asked myself where I wanted to be in 5 year time, or 10 years time, and worked my way backwards to see what I needed to do to reach those goals. I’d have delved into my past to think about what really makes me truly happy. What are your true, natural talents that you were born with? Everyone is born creative, but our education systems suck this out of us (in case you haven’t seen it, watch Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity in the videos section of this site. In fact, watch the Steve Job’s speech too – very inspirational).

I think it’s so incredibly important to really ask yourself what makes you happy and what makes you tick. Otherwise, you find yourself on the slow corporate career ladder, climbing it gradually with relatively small pay rises each year, by meeting your appraisal goals and pleasing your employers and after 5 years or 10 years, you can find yourself in a position wondering what on earth you’re doing there. This has happened to a number of my friends in their 30s. Don’t let it happen to you!

I almost forgot to mention, the author of this article, Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark hire which instead of using cvs, uses video resumes and online interviews to connect job seekers with employers – what an ingenious idea!

 

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