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Downtime? 25 Alternatives to Reaching for Your Smartphone

You may not realize it, but you’re a drug addict. The drug I’m talking about is your smartphone. You can’t deny it. The first moment you have a second free, what do you reach for? You’re waiting for the train or the bus. Or you’ve just gotten out of a meeting. You’ve been disconnected for like, 27 minutes now! Got to check what’s going on in the world. Did you get an email? Did someone “like” your status? Did you get retweeted? You’ve gotta know now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as guilty as you. I know whenever there’s an “in-between” moment I automatically—it’s a reflex—reach for my smartphone. I notice my pulse elevate slightly in anticipation just before I get that first hit: […]

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Why Giving Up Can Be the Best Time Management and Productivity Technique

  When we think of productivity we often look at it as the accomplishment of a set list of tasks. However, from time to time we find that our time management skills and productivity start to suffer when we try to take on a particularly taxing task. It is in situations like this that we feel like we are at an impasse. When this happens it may be surprising to hear that the best course of action, counter intuitive as it may sound, is to simply give up the task. Here are some reasons why giving up can be the best decision that you make for your time management and productivity. It may be strange to think of giving up as a potential positive step […]

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Vacations Are Meant For Relaxing. Why Are We So Stressed Going Back To Work After Long Vacations?

Christmas is right around the corner and many of us have planned or are in the midst of planning some vacation time. After all, we all need some time to unwind and relax. But what happens after that long awaited vacation? We need to get back to work, that’s what! Usually, two or three days before we come back to work, after a long break, we start to feel our tension and stress levels increase. Going back to work after our vacation suddenly feels like a gargantuan effort. To make things worse, it affects our last vacations days and buries many of our recently collected happy memories…ever feel like the vacation just blurred by? One would assume that we’d prepare to avoid all this stress […]

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Go Clutter-Free and Boost Your Productivity

We’ve got a lot of distractions. Between the TV, our laptops, our smartphones, our friends and our jobs, there’s a lot going on a lot of the time. It’s hard to be creative, to be innovative and to just be productive when you have a million different things grabbing your attention. How are you supposed to just hunker down and focus? How can you increase your productivity without decreasing your morale? On average, employees waste 4.3 hours per week looking for items that have wandered from their original spot. It’s easy to see why that leads to stress and frustration – think how hot and bothered you get when you can’t find the TV remote in the couch cushions. Whether you’re at work or home, […]

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Time Management

Drop into any office during peak working hours and you are sure to find people busy at their desks trying to get their day’s work done; yet, at the end of the day, it seems like there is still so much left undone.  Speak to any stay-at-home parent and you will find them complaining of always racing against the clock to get all their jobs done.  What’s the problem here? It’s obviously not a lack of effort because everyone works pretty hard; it is more likely to be a lack of an important skill – time management.  If you find yourself nodding in reply to the description of people stressed for time, here are a few ideas you may find useful in managing time better. […]

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Six Simple Steps to Better Time Management

Being able to manage your own time is a crucial skill in the workplace. If you work for yourself, it’s even more important – poor time management could spell the end of your business, or at least make you less successful than you’d hoped. Poor time management can be at the root of many problems. If you find yourself taking work home in the evenings, for instance, it might not be because you’ve got too much work but because you’re not managing your time well during the day. And if you’re often stressed out and frustrated by your work, this might be a time management issue too: no-one likes feeling disorganized and behind with things. If you know your time management skills aren’t quite up […]

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Seven Procrastination-Busting Tips to Use Today

One of the most common questions I get is “how do I stop procrastinating?” It’s human nature to avoid hard work if we can – and it’s no surprise that many people find themselves chatting on social networks, or tackling “easy” work rather than getting on with important projects. If you struggle with procrastination, though, there’s plenty you can do to make it easier to get on with the task at hand. Try at least one of these tips today: #1: Achieve Quick Wins at the Start of the Day One of the best ways to beat procrastination is by taking action – straight away. If you tend to start your day by staring at your inbox, or chatting to colleagues, look for a few […]

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Why You Need to Delegate More

Do you live by the motto, “If you want a job done well, do it yourself?” And do you feel stressed out, rushed, or anxious a lot of the time? Perhaps you’re worried about forgetting one of the many tasks on your mental list (you’ve not had time to sit down and commit it to paper). Or maybe you have a whole bunch of things that keep getting put off — like sorting out that niggling problem with your computer, or organizing your files — and you just know that this is eventually going to result in a crisis situation. The truth is, you don’t need to do everything yourself. Good delegation is an important part of time management: it means figuring out which tasks […]

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10 Ways to Find More Hours in Your Day

We all wish we had just a bit more time. Just think what you could do with an extra hour or two each day: you could finally stick to an exercise routine, or spring-clean the house, or write your novel, or learn the guitar, or get a new qualification. I can’t magically make all your days 25 hours long. But I can help you find more hours in your day for the things that really matter. Get Out of Bed Earlier If you normally get up at 7.30am, try getting up at 7am. That half-hour might not sound like much — but it could be time that you use to meditate, to exercise, to read that book you’ve been meaning to finish, or simply to […]

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How to Find Time for What Really Matters

Do you ever feel as though weeks, months, even years, are going past, without you making any real progress in your life? Often, our time can get swallowed up in the busy-ness of day-to-day living: emails, commuting, meetings, chores, TV… You’ve probably got some aspects of your life that really matter to you, but that never seem to get the time they deserve. Perhaps it’s your family or friends. Maybe it’s that novel you’ve always meant to write, or that small business you want to start. Here’s how to find enough time for the things that are truly important: Get Up Earlier If you work a regular office job, you might tell yourself that you’ll work out / study / draw up that business plan […]

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