6 Tips to Help You Work First, so You Can Play at Ease

Don't Confuse Things You Want to Do with Things You Need to Do

Work Frist, play laterYou are supposed to be doing an important project.

When suddenly, you realize that you are doing something else entirely. It’s easy to confuse the things you want to do with the things you need to do.

Before you know it, you have spent hours on mindless, often meaningless, tasks.

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5 Tips to Help Put Meetings in Their Place

Always Put Your Todos Before Your Meetings

Put Meetings in Their PlaceI was talking to a business colleague the other day who was venting that he was spending almost 8 hours a day in meetings.

Curious, I asked, “When are you doing your work, then?”

“That’s my problem! I am not getting to any of it!”

Are you spending your day in meetings instead of doing your work?

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Are You Taking Your Notes in All the Wrong Places?

5 Tips to Keep Your Notes All in One Place

Taking Notes in Wrong PlacesWhere do you take notes?

That is a tough question for many to answer. In fact, a note-taking tool is usually the tool missing from most time management toolkits.

Todo lists, calendars, and even address books are pretty common. But, as simple as they need to be, not everyone has a note-taking tool at their disposal.

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Clean Up Your Phone for Increased Productivity

When Was the Last Time You Organized Your Phone?

Clean Up Your PhoneYou spend time cleaning your office, your car, and even your bedroom. You also spend countless hours filing paper and email.

Yet, when was the last time you cleaned up your phone?

Is it as organized as the rest of your life, or is it a mess of unused apps, notifications, and more?

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Always Give Yourself More Time Than You Think You Need

Don’t Underestimate the Time Needed to Complete Your Tasks

Give Yourself More TimeAre you guilty of not allowing enough time for even life’s simple tasks?

You end up rushing because you didn’t allow enough time for getting ready, traveling to obligations, and finishing last-minute work.

Not allowing enough time is a sure recipe for stress, disorganization, and wasted time.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity in Creative Work

How to Be More Creative in Less Time

pablo (12)Creative work is hard.

New ideas take time. And effort.

These endeavors never seem productive. They require long periods of brainstorming, often requiring solitude or isolation. (Although sometimes teams work, too.)

Is it possible to get your creative work done faster?

Creating Faster

How do you create? Where do your new ideas come from?

If your work involves creating new concepts, you know that the process can be tough.

You write. You brainstorm. You think.

Sometimes the ideas come. And sometimes they don’t.

Yet, there are ways that you can increase your creative productivity.

Some people use rituals to get their mindset just right. Or special ways to get themselves “in the zone.”

While there is not one simple way to simply “be more creative,” there are proven techniques to help you create faster.

Here are 5 Ways to Help You Increase Your Creative Productivity:

  1. Do it Quick – A rough first draft is better than no draft. As well, an initial cut at something often gets the creativity flowing. So, make your first version quickly… and see what comes. If you are writing… just write. If you are brainstorming… post on the board whatever comes to mind.
  2. Play – Creating is hard work. Yet, one of the best ways to come up with ideas is to “play.” Have fun, joke, go out-side-the-lines. When you play, you will come up with creative ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
  3. Draw or Write – It takes a particular type of person to be creative on a computer or when typing. Most people create best when they use simple tools like pen and paper. Write, draw, use a whiteboard. Manual tools will often get you going more than staring at a blank computer screen.
  4. Repeat – Repetition is one of the best ways to hone your ideas. Redo that initial rough draft.  If you are pitching an idea, keep repeating it over and over. You will improve with each iteration.
  5. Start Over – Another great technique is to start from scratch each time you try to improve your ideas. It can feel like a step back, but each time you do, you will create slightly different and better angles on your concepts.

Increase Your Creative Productivity

Creating new ideas is hard.

Finding time to develop those ideas can be harder.

With a few small changes in your creative process, you might find you can create faster, and increase your creative productivity.

Question: How do you increase your creative productivity? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Why Reading Your Email is a Waste of Time

Stay Out of Your Inbox Unless You Are Going to Act On It

Why Reading Your Email is a Waste of TimeDo you open emails and then leave them in your inbox?

Would you do this with your post office mail? (Your mail carrier would get angry pretty quickly…)

This action makes no sense. It wastes time and only serves to create more work later.

Don’t bother opening your emails unless you are prepared to actually do something about them.

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