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Productivity: There’s No App For That!

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Picture yourself walking around a cocktail party. You’re looking fabulously dressed in your new suit, networking, enjoying the hors d’oeuvres and conversation, and commanding the room with ease. Now think what the number one question is that you are being asked. It’s probably not, “Are you enjoying the asparagus canapés?” More often than not, at these kinds of functions and in your day-to-day life, it’s “What do you do (for a living)?” I get that question quite often and am guessing you do too. When I answer “I’m a productivity specialist,” I usually get a long pause while they process that. I mean after all, it’s not every day one meets a productivity specialist. After an awkward moment of silence my reply is almost always followed by, “So what is your favorite app to be productive?”

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Fun… Sun… Stress? 7 Quick Tips for a Stress-Free Return From Vacation

Fun… Sun… Stress? 7 Quick Tips for a Stress-Free Return From Vacation

Taking a vacation often feels like a double-edged sword. Vacation is an opportunity to break free from the daily demands of life. A permission slip to live carefree, slow down, and really enjoy life. Ahhh. The joy of having nothing to do and nowhere to be. Can you feel it? Pure bliss. Then you return back to work and reality hits you like a truck, make that an eighteen wheeler! As if you didn’t already feel behind before your vacation, you return to hundreds of new emails and tens of voicemail messages waiting for you! This scenario can be an overwhelming feeling and give you a bad attitude toward taking vacations. According to Project Time Off research, 40% of American workers cite the heavy workload awaiting their return as the top challenge in taking time off. It does NOT have to be this way. I am going to share with you seven simple strategies I use to be able to enjoy my time off, knowing I’ll have a stress-free return from vacation.

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Why You DON’T Want To Improve Your Productivity

Why You DON’T Want To Improve Your Productivity

I have never met anyone who wakes up excited about improving their productivity. I mean honestly, it kind of sounds like work, a lot of work. But, what if I told you that productivity is simply investing your best time into your best activities? That’s how I define productivity. Chances are you have not actually thought about what productivity means to you. So many people equate productivity with getting more done in less time.

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Chimes, Dings, and Rings: Minimize Distractions

Chimes, Dings, and Rings: Minimize Distractions

Think back to the last time you were in your zone. I mean really in your zone – when a bomb exploding might not have been able to break your concentration. Were you able to get a ton of good work done? I bet you were. We do our best work when we’re able to completely focus on the task at hand. We screw up less too. According to an article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, interruptions of four-and-a-half seconds triple the number of errors made post interruption. Yikes! So how did you stay in your zone last time? Chances are you had come in early, stayed late, or were working on the weekend to avoid being interrupted. Guess what? You don’t have to come in at odd hours to get in and stay in your zone! You simply have to minimize distractions or completely eliminate them altogether. It’s easier than you might think.

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Are You Wasting Time On Pointless Activities?

Are You Wasting Time On Pointless Activities?

You waste time and you know it. You check Facebook. Watch television. Surf the Internet. You’re hardly alone. Most of us engage in these activities from time to time and are totally aware they’re wasteful uses of our time. I’m not worried about those. We choose to dig those graves and enjoy lying in them. What I’m worried about is the graves we unintentionally dig and fall into haphazardly. You should be worried too! I’m talking about wasting time on repetitive activities that we don’t even realize are wasteful. The good news is it’s possible to recognize those activities, decrease the time it takes to complete them, or totally avoid them altogether. I’ll show you how.

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When Nothing Goes As Planned, Can You Stay On Track?

When Nothing Goes As Planned, Can You Stay On Track?

Have you ever had a day where nothing goes as planned? We all have! Computers break down, cell phones fall in toilets, and children get sick. Life happens. Because you’re determined to be successful (otherwise you’re reading the wrong blog), you’re likely to stress out when you’re unable to be productive. Don’t allow yourself to become frustrated to the point where you lose sight of your goals for the day. You have to stay on track.

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How To Manage Interruptions Effectively

How To Manage Interruptions Effectively

How many times a day are you totally focused on an important task or project, only to be interrupted and kicked out of your focus zone? By the telephone ringing? Others at your office? Maybe an email notification? The consequence of interruptions is that you lose your focus and the time spent managing interruptions, therefore decreasing your productivity.

People don’t intentionally interrupt you throughout the day in an effort to diminish your productivity, but that is unfortunately exactly what occurs – all the time! Shockingly, the average office worker is interrupted 73 times a day while the average manager, every eight minutes. EVERY eight minutes? Think of all the valuable time you lose handling those inevitable interruptions. Many of those common interruptions are actually people. These may include colleagues, employees, and vendors. While controlling people is not really possible, managing interruptions is because we can control how we make ourselves available to them.

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Do You Know What To Delegate?

Do You Know What To Delegate?

We often overcommit ourselves to activities that don’t bring us closer to our goals or vision of success. Deciding what to delegate is as easy as recognizing the activities that are not maximizing our success. Stop committing to and engaging in those activities. Instead, start delegating them!

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