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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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10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier

Happiness and ProductivityHow do we prepare ourselves to be uber productive in the New Year? By happy of course! There is a clear relationship between happiness and productivity – it transpires that happy people accomplish more. In fact, I can say from experience that this is true. Put me in a warm climate by the sea where the sun always shines, where I exercise every day, engage in my favourite water sports, where there are long hours of daylight and my productivity skyrockets. Put me in London in the cold winter months of rain and shorter days and my productivity takes a massive hit. I almost go into hibernation. Here are 10 scientifically-proven ways to be happier which are well worth 5 minutes of your time to read. I promise you won’t be disappointed. [Read more…]

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Is Managing Your Time A Waste Of Time?

Time ManagementIs managing your time a waste of time? Controversial title I hear you say. This is an intriguing article from Entrepreneur.com where Steve Tobac looks at some of the myths associated with ‘time management’. In my top ten tips for effective time management, you’ll have seen that I came across the idea that ‘time management’ is a misdemeanour because one thing in life that we really can’t manage, is time. It’s given to us, and is our most precious commodity. It cannot be replaced. We can, however, manage ourselves, and more importantly, our focus. [Read more…]

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Get Healthy To Further Your Career

Stress Relief?This article really caught my attention as I can completely relate to the content. If you live and work the city lifestyle, the chances are that regular alcohol consumption is regarded as the norm. You get to the end of the week (which was apparently Thursday at my last company), and to unwind, you hit the pub for a few ice cold jars – or whatever your tipple may be. That very thought right now has got me excited at 4.30pm on a Friday afternoon. The trouble is, that this often continues over the weekend and what goes up, must come down. [Read more…]

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3 Tips To Boost Your Focus And Productivity

If you think you’re being efficient by multitasking, then think again! These 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity are brought to you by Daan Harmsen.  The 3 headings he uses are focus, disconnect and controlled chaos. The first is self-explanatory, disconnect is about removing yourself from distractions, such as social media, phone calls, emails etc and the last is about managing your time effectively. Some people use systems to plan their days, but end up spending more time managing their systems than they do doing the work itself!

Multitasking Harmful For Your BrainFocus — One method that many people use to get more done is multitasking. Why do one thing, if you can do two things at one, and get twice as much work done? The problem with multitasking is that humans are notoriously bad at it: our brains are just not wired to be good at it. In fact, when you multitask, your productivity drops so much that you would be better off just doing one task after another. Answering e-mails and talking to someone on the phone at the same time might seem like a good use of your time, but it really isn’t. Focus on one thing at a time, and try to be completely present in the moment.

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Good to see multitasking slated among these 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity. Why? Not only is multitasking proven to be highly inefficient but it’s also proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains weren’t designed to switch from task to task all day long. A study at Harvard found that those who multitask were less able to concentrate and it affected their memories. You may argue though that it’s impractical not to multitask. Eben Pagan advises to do “enlightened multitasking” – which is about scheduling your multitasking – opening yourself to distractions for a fixed period of time, say an hour before lunch and an hour at the end of your day. Then you can focus for the rest of the day. Genius.

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