In your search for productivity, are you constantly changing up your game?
Always trying new techniques, tools, and the latest gadgets?
This constant state of flux can actually make you less productive.
Perhaps, you need more of the “same” to get things done today.
I am very excited about Apple Pay. (Disclaimer: Yes, I am a big Apple fan.)
In my opinion, it is the biggest game-changer that Apple announced recently.
It has kind of been overshadowed by the iPhone 6 (and Plus). And the Apple Watch. And iPad Air 2. And more.
However, it went live last week, and I have been testing it every opportunity I get.
Out of the gate, I must say I am very impressed. Apple Pay will make it easier and quicker to make payments both in-store and especially online.
Are you ready for the weekend?
Before you head out the door, take time to wrap up your week. Completing just a few extra tasks will allow you to enjoy your time off and have a sense of peace with how your left things at work.
Today, I have 7 tasks to complete before leaving work for your weekend.
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People often tell me what they want to be.
Often, their big goals represent something they are not doing currently… like a new career.
Or something they cannot perform today… such as run a 5K race.
The question is, “Are you doing what you want to become?”
This is a guest post by Centask productivity blogger Bojan Dordevic. Bojan loves to write about all things time management and technology, and is the senior editor of AlphaEfficiency Magazine.
While many people take pride in their “ability” to multitask, dividing your attention between two or more tasks can actually result in diminishing returns on your efforts. Learning about the dangers and pitfalls of multitasking, as well as strategies that can lead you to the desired end results without rapid task-switching will exponentially scale the number of tasks you can complete, increasing your efficiency and the quality of your work.
We have all shown up to that meeting.
The one with no purpose. The one with no advance notice or details. And the one where no one could even find where the meeting was being held.
It ends up being a waste of everyone’s time.
To ensure your meeting is a success, you need to prepare in advance.
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Staying on top of your calendar can be a real challenge. Your day is full of appointments, meeting invites, and other requests for your time.
You need to manage your calendar or it will be taken over by those who will steal your time bit-by-bit until you discover that you have none left for your own priorities.
The result is that your day’s agenda becomes a mad rush from one event to the next. You feel a loss of control over your activities and at the end of your day find that you didn’t spend any time on your most important work.
This is a guest post by Linda Coussement. Linda helps entrepreneurs lead, grow and improve their remarkable businesses. Download her 10 page interactive Vision Guide and get a flying start to the growth and improvement of YOUR business.
Isn’t it hard to say NO?
Sure you can take on that extra project.
And sure you can work on those little action points today if your boss or client asks.
And of course you have 10 minutes to have a quick coffee with the colleague in distress.
Saying yes to all of this makes you seem like the perfect employee, colleague or business to work with, but really you’re just tying yourself in knots. Because all this “yes” saying is costing you your precious work time. And making up for it means making more hours or working weekends.
So even though saying yes feels very positive, you’re experiencing less productivity and more stress from it. So, what can you do?