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.
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?
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.
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.
This is a guest post by Bryan Collins. Bryan is on a mission to teach people how to become writers and finish what they started with A Handbook for the Productive Writer.
Would you like to earn more or less for the time you spend working?
For several years, I was a freelance journalist living off various writing commissions. Although some commissions paid by the hour, I was still expected to complete them within a set period. For others, I was only paid for getting the job done. This type of freelance work meant I earned less for my time if I spent twenty hours on a commission that should have only taken ten.
I learned the hard way that making a living means finishing freelance projects on time. Even if you aren’t a freelancer, you still have deadlines. Here are three simple but effective time-management tips will help you manage your time and become more productive.
This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor quit his six-figure job to follow his passion, starting his blog Time Management Chef where he helps entrepreneurs free up more time through productivity hacks so they can focus on what they really love.
We are moving towards the end of the year at lightning speed. That may be an ambivalent feeling for many of us.
While you may be looking forward to spending your Christmas holiday with family and friends, you might be dreading the moment on New Year’s Eve when the little voice inside your head starts asking questions.
“What was my biggest accomplishment this year?”
“Which goals did I fail to achieve?”
“Did I really give it my all this year?”
Does that sound familiar? Don’t fret. Here’s the antidote to not worry about these questions next year.
This is a guest post by Colter Reed. Colter writes software, and writes about personal growth and productivity on his blog.
How long does it take you to get to work in the morning?
Got a number in mind? Remember that number.
Mine is fifteen. Five + ten. I’m going to put it to the test today.
Next question: how often are you late for work? Do you squeeze in, ten minutes late, or two minutes late, and hope no one noticed?
If you’re showing up late for work, your number for your commute time is too low.
It is not the instantaneous communication it was once considered.
In fact, email is the new snail mail.
It is slow. People read it infrequently. And they respond even less.
If you want something done quickly don’t send an email.