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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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7 Simple Tips for a Stress-Free Return From Vacation or A Conference

7 Simple Tips For A Stress-Free Return From Vacation Or A Conference

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! Utilize these seven simple tips to enjoy your time off, knowing you’ll have a stress-free return from vacation.

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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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