Category Archives: Productivity

The Importance Of Good Tools For Productivity

Have you ever complained about not being able to perform a task due to lack of good tools? It may have been a software, a wooden chair, a traditional Chinese dish or any other thing, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the fact that you’ve got the talent, you’ve got the instruction (or recipe) but you miss a certain tool to help you build / create / prepare the final product.

Flickr user: zzpza

Flickr user: zzpza

The reasons for this situation might be trivial:

- the tool simply doesn’t exist
- the tool is super expensive and you can’t afford it
- the tool is unavailable in your country / region
- you don’t know how to use the tool (the least likely to happen, assuming you’re an expert). Continue reading

Are Organized People Happier?

What a silly question I am asking. Of course they are!

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Imagine one of the following:

1. Your boss from NYC is calling. He needs to review that important document produced last year. You didn’t classify it at that time. You just remember to have it saved somewhere on your computer. But where? And… what was the title? You need to use your Sherlock Holmes’ skills to find out. Eventually, you find the document but you’re super angry because you’ve lost time and energy which, let’s be frank, could have been avoided… Continue reading

8 Secrets Of Being Super Organized At Work

 

Flickr user: rmlowe

Flickr user: rmlowe

How’s your plan for this week? What plan, you may ask. Ai ai ai… not good! How will you know if you are effective if you don’t have a plan? The plan is in your head? Great but do you remember everything you have accomplished or had to postpone for later? Not curious to analyze if you’re a successful time planner? Remember that good time management increases productivity what, in turn, may translate in better salary and career advancement.

Check out our 8 secrets of being super organized at work: Continue reading

24 Hours Of Your Life

Remember our posts about productivity and distractors?

We all struggle with finding time to accomplish all the tasks from our to-do list every now and then. And it is no secret that it’s impossible to manage time. You have 24 hours daily at your disposal. Just the same amount of time as I have, your boss or the president of the US. It’s totally up to you how you will manage these hours. If you waste them, well… there’s no way back.

But here’s the good news: you can learn how to spend time properly so that you accomplish all your duties and won’t regret wasting your time. First step to success is to realize how much time you actually have because 24 hours is just an illusion. And this post is about this very first step. Continue reading

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful than others? Is it because they are famous? Is it because they come from a wealthy family? Or is it because their parents are powerful politicians? While all this may have crossed your mind, please note that these ARE stereotypes which means they may or may not hold true. There is so much more than that.

Today I’d like to present you the seven habits of highly ineffective people* to show you potential reasons of being unsuccessful in your endeavors…

1. Ineffective people wait for the opportunity to come…
…instead of going out there and look for it! These people are not proactive. They sit, wait and whine about life / boss / co-workers being unfair. They think that only lucky people are meant to succeed. Individuals with no vision, following the crowds and trends, swimming with other fish down the river. These people will never learn from their mistakes.

Flickr user: Phil and Pam

Flickr user: Phil and Pam

2. They have no clear goals.
These people start a project without knowing where exactly they want to go. They don’t care about short-term or long-term goals as long as they feel comfy in their world. They do things for the sake of doing. They don’t want to learn new skills. These people simply do not have a mission in life.

3. They procrastinate…
…and do the unnecesssary stuff first. They focus on things that are not important, not urgent, whatever the reason. Their problem is that they do not know how to manage their time. Or I’d rather say: manage their tasks and duties in time.

4. They don’t share success.
They don’t care about a “win-win” situation when dealing with other people. All they focus on is their own success which may leave others quite unhappy. These folks are extremely egoistic in their approach. Sometimes it’s so visible that people tend to avoid their company.

5. They require others to understand them…
…before they take time to understand others. They have poor communication skills and no intention in excelling them. What’s more, probably they have no idea about this fact because they never listen to any honest and constructive feedback. They also lack empathy, meaning they have no ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes.

Flickr user: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

Flickr user: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

6. They don’t cooperate.
They are not team players. They don’t know how to delegate tasks. They don’t trust their co-workers and they believe they will always do things better. In addition, they don’t appreciate the differences which can enrich the team’s competences.

7. They don’t rest.
As trivial as it may sound, this one is also important.
These people always work. They don’t allow themselves time to relax. They never have time for pleasure nor sport. The only focus is work, work, work. After a while, they are so tired that they there is no energy left.

Doing any of these?
Are you sure?
Give it a thought. Or two. Analyze your behavior and your results. Ask friends and co-workers for feedback. Review in details. Anything to excel? Yes, there’s always something to excel so start working on it. Any examples from your daily or professional life you’d like to share?

*Yup. I played a bit with Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” here. Nice read btw ;)

Stop Fighting With Procrastination

Procrastination has become quite a famous word recently. For those who struggle with the definition (I know you know what procrastination is, but just in case…), let me just mention that it is a habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute.

Flickr user: Reynante Martinez

Flickr user: Reynante Martinez

While on the Internet you will only find hints on how to fight with it or how to overcome it, we will tell you to stop fighting with it and here’s why: most of us procrastinate to some degree. So stop beating yourself up. Let go. If you have been procrastinating for the past days, weeks or even months, there must be a reason. Bear in mind one thing: dwelling on your past is a waste of energy. Take a deeper look into the reason of your procrastination. It may be the fact that you hate what you do, you are scared to do what you need to do, you are tired or lazy, or you simply do not want to do what you are supposed to do. Identify the reason and act upon it. Continue reading

How To Be More Productive And Better Manage Your Daily Tasks

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Flickr user: hellostanley

Let us guess, you have read several books and guides about getting things done but you are still wondering how you can get even more things done in a shorter period of time. Various methodologies are all nice and smart, nevertheless you struggle with accomplishing your daily tasks from time to time. In the end, you have to postpone some of them which leaves you super frustrated. While motivation should be your main driver, you notice that it disappears along the way. The good news is that you can stop that vicious circle. You just need to realize a couple of things: Continue reading

Back To School

Yup! Even Google is reminding us today that the summer time is over! But hey, let’s not be nostalgic, every change brings something positive. Even if you or your kids (if you have ones) do not feel like coming back to school or university, we assure you that you will soon get used to the new situation. Coming back to school or work after holidays might be stressful. Sometimes there are many new things to face: new teachers, new friends, a new outfit, a new schedule or maybe even a new school. What we do tend to forget though is how exciting it is to start a new chapter in our life! Continue reading