10 Productivity Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

“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

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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.

 

9 Tips to Help You Start the New Year with a Clean Slate

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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.

10 Tips to Make Your Work Day Easier

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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?

The Top 10 TMN Posts of 2014

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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.

3 Powerful Time Management Strategies

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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.

6 Steps to Crush Your Goals in 2015

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This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor decided to leave his six-figure job in order to follow his passion – to help online entrepreneurs free up more time, so they can do what they love. Want to become more productive? Download his free Productivity System and learn how to double your productivity in 7 days.

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.

How Long Does It Really Take You to Get to Work?

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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.