Can you help me with something?
It appears to be a simple request. However, before you realize it, you have spent half the day working on something you shouldn’t. You feel guilty bailing, so you end up not getting your own work done.
Before you say yes to that request for your time, make sure you evaluate the situation carefully.
You’re never going to get to the end of your todo list.
(Nor should you…)
However, before you call it a day, resolve to do one more task.
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?
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?
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.