It’s the end of another busy day, and you look back and wonder “Where did the time go?” Most likely, part of your time was eaten up with those little distractions that take away from the tasks that really matter. It’s important that you attach value to your time. How you use your time has a huge impact on your ability to succeed. Increasing productivity and using your time wisely means you will have more time to do things that matter to you, like exercising, spending time with family and friends, having a hobby or pursuing other projects. Set yourself up for success by cutting these 11 biggest time wasters from your life, and you may find you have more time than you realize. 1. Multitasking Trying to do more than one thing at a time actually diminishes your productivity. The hu
There are some days in the life of an entrepreneur when it seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything that needs doing done. OK, make that more than some. In light of this fact, the key to being more productive may be not to work harder, but to work smarter. A recent study from Vouchercloud showed that in the course of an eight-hour workday, the average worker studied was productive for only two hours and 53 minutes. If this sounds like you, how can you make the most of your work time in order to be more productive? While no one productivity hack is going to make your to-do list go away, there are steps you can take to ensure that you get the most out of your valuable time at work. Here are four tips to help you schedule a productive workday.
In today's professional world, we all work under pressure. Good companies care for their employees’ well-being, but it’s also important that their employees know how to handle pressure well in order to cope with market pressure and stay healthy. It is also key to any professional woman’s future success. In general, pressure is a sense of urgency that we all must endure at varying levels throughout our careers and day-to-day tasks. It mostly exists to push us to execute more with less time. In my own field of construction, one is expected to manage and coordinate different tasks from land and lease signatures, execute contracts with vendors, and handle requests for proposals to mobilization, execution, testing and handover. In any role, and at any le
We all know that it takes hard work to achieve our goals. And in the world of business and entrepreneurship, we often hear how we must be willing to sacrifice weeks, months, even years of slaving away to suceed. But what if we’re all just doing it wrong? What if there was a way to accomplish a huge to-do list in less than half the time it would normally take? Barring the discovery of a time machine or a wormhole, you might say this is impossible. But with a little practice and self-control, it’s possible to get to the finish line before most people even start the race. Related: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less 1. Use the 80/20 rule. The Pareto principle is a universal truth that can help us recognize where to focus our efforts to be most productive. The
There’s a misconception that working in an office means combing through endless emails while clutching the phone in one hand and scribbling notes in the other. There are better, more productive ways for people to spend their work day. It took me multiple degrees and several careers to realize I needed to optimize my process by working smarter, not harder. When I joined ShopKeep, I found myself booked in back-to-back meetings from morning until night. That left little time to focus on completing tasks. My previous experiences had made me believe I was a strong multitasker, but this new venture taught me there's truly no such thing. According to psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, "It is the mark of effortful activities that they interfere with
The basis of every relationship, whether personal or professional, is trust---nothing meaningful in this life can be achieved without it. The foundation of trust is open, bi-directional communication. Trust takes time, dedication and intention to build, sometimes only to be carlessly violated and lost in moments. While there are many ways trust can be destroyed, here are five time-tested ways to build trust. 1. Tell the truth with kindness. By definition lying is an ultimate breach of trust, yet virtually all of us do it. In fact, according to a University of Massachusetts study more than 60 percent of adults are unable to engage in a 10-minute conversation without lying in some way. Whether in business or personal relationships, honesty is the best policy; how...
Offices can be a pretty depressing and soul-sucking place to be. The dress code, the rules that prevent you from being your true and authentic self, the stiff fakeness, the cubicles, and the lighting. Ugh, that terrible lighting. People stealing your snacks from the fridge, the co-workers that leave the seat up and never wash their dishes in the sink, and of course your miserable boss. We could go on and on and on. It’s enough to drive one completely crazy. That’s why some people do their best to lighten the office vibe with some humor. Laughter helps to remind us that we’re human and all have something in common. And besides every office has a funny guy. Here are 20 people who make the office a fun place to be: 1) Because Mocking Your Co-Workers is Always Hilarious Especially, when the