Sponsor of the Week: Perssist
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How does Perssist work?
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Being behind on your work isn’t a fun place to be.
Stress from unfinished tasks. Looming deadlines. Unprepared meetings.
You spend more time day-dreaming about being caught up, than you do actually working on it.
What would it take to get one step ahead of your work?
As you probably know, I am a big fan of Apple devices and how they drive my productivity.
They are simple. They just work. And they get the job done.
So, you might be surprised to hear that I recently traded in my iPad Mini. No reason to panic, it was to upgrade to the latest iPad Air 2.
This is the first time in years I have used a full-sized tablet and it has been a game changer.
This is a guest post by Kelly Combs. Kelly is Craig’s virtual assistant, and she doesn’t just proof Craig’s posts. Sometimes, like today, she writes them. She is a member of the eaHelp team.
Remember when you were a kid and someone would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? You’d exclaim an astronaut or president. An inventor or a millionaire.
But then somewhere along the way, someone told you that your goals were unachievable. Never mind that Neil Armstrong and John Glenn did it. George Bush and Barack Obama did it. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did it. You wouldn’t.
So your goals became smaller, achievable.
But, have your goals become just tasks in disguise?
Are you always running late to your next meeting?
Rushing (even running) from one appointment to the next?
You say you aren’t going to be late again. Yet, you repeat the same behavior over and over.
Being late isn’t an excuse, it’s a choice you are making.
“Today is going to be a productive day.”
That’s what you tell yourself as you get out of bed in the morning.
However, before you know it, you are 15 minutes late leaving the house for work. You arrive having missed the beginning of your first appointment. Then, you realize that you forgot the paperwork for your afternoon errand.
How could you have been better prepared?
TMN Sponsor of the Week: Meekan
Meekan is the smart meeting scheduler for Gmail, iCloud and Exchange calendars. It’s free, and available for Android, iPhone/iPad and Microsoft Outlook
Meekan’s flexible time scheduling engine matches everyone’s calendars in seconds, and pinpoints the best times to meet. No more email Ping-Pong to schedule meetings.
No matter which calendar you use, Meekan’s Global Availability Engine takes into account free/busy availability, time zones and working hours of all team members, including out-of-company participants using another calendar program (Gmail, Google Apps, Exchange/Office365.com and iCloud).
No need to browse your calendar for availability. Let Meekan sort all your free time and suggest the best times. Perfect for on-the-go situations. Instant recognition of other Meekan users, automatically suggests free time slots common to all attendees. The more you use it, the better it gets. Meekan will learn your preferences and offer tailored choices to optimize your time.
Meekan is how scheduling should look – stop working for your calendar, let Meekan work for you.
Today, many people head back to work after the New Year’s holiday.
If this is your first day back at work after an extended break, you are probably dreading what you left behind.
How many projects are still unfinished? What obligations are awaiting your return? What tasks have you forgotten entirely?
Instead of worrying about how you will ever catch up, you need to give yourself a start fresh.
This is a guest post by Swati Srivastava, an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and professional tips for job search, finding your career goal, and increasing productivity at work.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs
Doing what you love makes the workday easier.
However, even if you love your job, no day is same and it’s not always easy to enjoy your work. After all, work is all about, well, work!
So, how can you keep the flame burning to go to the work every day with the same enthusiasm? How can you have more time for other activities, avoid burnout and finish your work quickly?
As the year comes to the end, it’s time to look back at the best TMN posts of 2014.
I have blogged for over 5 years now, and it is always interesting to look back and see which posts gained the biggest traction. Ironically, the ones that you “think” are going to be big hits often are not, and the little ones are sometimes the most viral.
The breakout post of this year was “Write Your Emails Backwards” which was shared almost 3000 times.