Don’t Call a Meeting When You Should Send an Email Instead

Better Communication Means Fewer Meetings

Have you ever finished a meeting and thought, “Wow. We could have saved a lot of time if we had simply sent an email to the group.”

Instead, 12 people were summoned to a conference room to sit and listen to someone read their homework out loud to the team.

These “bad meetings” are a big productivity waster in most companies.

Look at your calendar. Could your next meeting be replaced with a simple email?

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10 Reasons You Should Go to Bed Early and Get Up Early

The Early Bird Gets More Rest and Still Gets Up Early

Are you an early bird? Rising before everyone else. Getting a head start before the day begins.

Or are you an night owl? Staying up into the darkness. Working long after everyone else has given in for the day.

I use the early morning hours for writing, planning, and working out. These are my top tasks of the day. And the ones that usually get pushed aside by the hustle and bustle of the day.

By going to bed early and getting up early, you can make sure that put your priorities first.

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7 Secrets to Ending Meetings on Time

Tips to Prevent Long Meetings from Disrupting Your Schedule

We have all been there.

You are in a meeting that seems to go on forever.

It is well past the appointed end time and someone is still talking like they could go on all day.

You have long stopped listening and instead have started worrying about how the rest of your day is going to be impacted. You are already late for your next meeting, and the rest of your day is going to be thrown off schedule.

How do you prevent meetings from going over their time?

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10 Ways the iPhone Forever Changed Our Productivity

Ten Years Ago Today, iPhone Changed the World

Ten years ago today, Steve jobs introduced the iPhone on stage. It is still one of the best keynote speeches of all time. (You should watch it.)

I don’t think it can be overstated that, “The iPhone forever changed the world.”

It flipped so many industries on their head, from telecom to music to software to video games to entertainment to photography.

And of course, it forever change our lives. How we work, how we play, and how we relate to each other.

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Four Steps to Making the Most Out of Your Meeting Notes

Work Your Notes for Increased Productivity

This is a guest post by Steven Ovadia, a writer and librarian. He curates The Linux Setup and is the author of “Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches.”

Everyone knows that feeling of getting out of a long meeting. You just want to get away from it as quickly as possible.

Often this escape means sticking meeting your notes somewhere. Hopefully someplace you’ll find them again (unless you’ve learned to keep them in one place…), but not necessarily depending upon the type of meeting and your state of mind by the end of it.

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5 Productivity Questions to Ask About Your Todo List

Ensure Your List is Making You More Productive

Your todo list should be your best friend when it comes to your productivity.

It is there to catch your todos, keep your priorities on track, and to remind you later when you have long forgotten a random todo.

Is your todo list helping you get more done? Or do you forget about it until it is too late?

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6 Tips to Keep Clutter from Becoming a Bigger Mess

Make Cleaning a Habit Instead of a Project

6 Tips to Keep clutter from Becoming a Bigger MessHave you ever spent an entire day cleaning up your house? Or your garage? Or your office?

It’s not fun to have to dig out of a big accumulated mess.

Those “big messes” don’t create themselves. And with a little discipline and effort you can prevent those large time-consuming clean up jobs.

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Do Less, So You Can Do More of What Counts

You Can't Do It All, So Choose Wisely

Do Less, So You Can Do MoreMost of us are always striving to do more. Trying to cram as much into our days as our crazy schedules will allow.

The result is busy, hurried days where everything seems to blur together. Some things get done, but much doesn’t.

It might be time to ask, “Am I trying to do too much?”

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Being Ready for Your Workday Feels Great!

Advance Preparation is the Key to a Successful Day

Being Ready Feels GreatAre you ready for your workday?

Prepared to charge into your day’s activities? Set to take on life’s challenges as they come?

Or will you make it up as you go? Stumbling through your appointments and obligations, all the worse for the wear.

Being ready for your day makes everything go easier.

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Stop Waiting for Work to Come to You

Do Your Work, Rather than Waiting for Tasks to Arrive

Stop Waiting for WorkDo you sit around and wait for work to come to you?

If you are waiting for tasks to come to you, then you probably aren’t being very productive.

Not only does this type of “reactive productivity” show a lack of initiative, but it is a bigger problem because if you are waiting for work to come to you, it means you aren’t doing your own work.

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