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A Google executive creative director explains what he does for a living and why it's nothing like an ad agency

Steve Vranakis joined Google in 2011 after a 20-year career in the advertising industry. He was the founding partner of VC CP, a London-based agency that grew to hundreds of employees across five global offices and helped launch huge brands including Coke Zero, UK mobile carrier O2, and price …

Advertising

Billionaire Richard Branson's favorite productivity hack is simple

<i>Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. — William Shakespeare</i><p>To be more productive, Virgin Group's billionaire founder Richard Branson says you need to pay attention to the clock and get to places on time.<p>"Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, ensure you are there …

Richard Branson

6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People

For starters: They don’t need alarm clocks, stick to their bedtimes, and don’t sleep with their smartphones.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>You may feel super productive by pulling all nighters, but you’re …

Sleep

What I Learned By Waking Up At 4:30 A.M. For 21 Days

The challenge was simple: waking up 21 consecutive workdays at 4:30 a.m., a challenge I gave the name of #21earlydays. I was already used to waking up early (6 a.m. almost every day), but this time I wanted to go further. I wanted to test myself and be more aware of my own limits. And at the same …

Time Management

I spent a month trying to learn French in my sleep — here's what happened

For the past month, attempting to learn French has been a part of my nighttime routine.<p>After I turn on this 5-hour video, I dim my iPhone screen and doze off, the French man on the screen whispering <i>avoir</i> and <i>être</i> into my ears.<p>There are loads of sleep-learning playlists available, all with a …

Sleep

This simple exercise can help you achieve your goals in 2016

I failed. Miserably. In the past 12 months, I've been berated by more than one close friend for failing to return phone calls, forgetting birthdays, and flaking on dinner plans.<p>Where did I go wrong? And why do more than eight in 10 well-intentioned people fail to achieve their New Year's …

Johnson & Johnson

15 Productivity Hacks For Procrastinators

Let me guess.<p>You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to …

Productivity

Forget resolutions—use these nerdy lifehacks to make life a little better in a lot of ways

It’s New Year’s. You want to set goals, and achieve them. But, realistically, you’re probably not going to. Researchers find that anywhere from 40% to 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions successfully stick to them.<p>The problem is that people often aim to completely overhaul their lives, …

Nutrition

You’re Doing Your To-Do List Wrong. Here’s How to Fix It

Staying organized while knocking out daily to-dos isn’t easy. Whether you’re a traditional pen and printable to-do list kinda gal, or you’ve gone the to-do list app route, with the right tools, there actually is order at the end of your seemingly never-ending list. And reaching the end is easier …

Time Management

13 bad habits you should break in 2016 to be more productive

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Following are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become …

Time Management

Here's how much work your brain can handle before needing a break

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor …

Time Management

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Make Plans but Don't Follow Through

Humans are prolific procrastinators. It’s easy to make plans and throw dates on your calendar, and yet it’s practically inevitable that you’ll let …

How to Use Flow to Make You More Productive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The average person has 70,000 thoughts each day, and if you don’t learn to organize them, they have the potential to wreak havoc on your productivity.<p>When you succumb to the flurry of thoughts running through your head, your mind becomes …

Productivity

These Four Common Mistakes Are Making You Less Productive At Work

If you’re working long hours or getting up early because you think you “should,” you’re probably doing yourself more harm than good.<p>When I first email Chris Bailey, the man behind popular productivity blog <i>A Life of Productivity</i>, to set up an interview, I am greeted with an auto-reply that reads, …

Time Management

Theodore Roosevelt used this productivity trick to get more done in a couple hours than most people do in a day

Theodore Roosevelt, widely regarded by political scholars as one of the greatest American presidents, was also one of the most prolific.<p>Before becoming the country's youngest president at age 42 following President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, Roosevelt had already served as police …

Time Management

The Easiest Way Ever to Boost Your Productivity - Neuromarketing

Do you find chunks of your day consumed by less than productive activities? Updating Twitter? Checking Facebook? Clicking on those fascinating links …

Productivity

Is Your To-Do List Taking Over Your Life? It Might Be Time to KonMari Your Calendar

Thanks to organization expert Marie Kondo and <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing</i>, the word "declutter" has made its way into over 4 million homes worldwide. Since its publication, people seeking household Zen have applied the principles Kondo …

Minimalism

4 Time Management Tips That Will Give You an Extra Day

Do you ever feel like your work time is <b>slipping through your fingers</b>? That feeling you have at the end of the day, when there are still things to do …

A productivity expert says there's one huge myth about how to get more stuff done during the day

For example, you might start setting your alarm for 4:30 a.m., a la Michelle Obama, who uses the wee hours to work out.<p>Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that your new morning routine will help you become the FLOTUS, the POTUS, or any more successful than you are right now.<p>That's according to …

Time Management

Want to be more productive? Don’t go paperless.

Brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing their doors. Libraries lend out e-books. Receipts are emailed or texted. Bank statements are sent …

Productivity

12 successful people share their best productivity hacks

The secret to working more efficiently isn't about working more or less, but smarter.<p>Here, 12 successful people share how to do just that, compliments of their productivity hacks. Get ready to get focused:

Time Management

Surprisingly Simple Hacks to Make You Super Productive

In his 2012 bestseller, <i>The Power of Habit</i>, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg helped readers understand why they eat those cookies every …

Time Management

The Best Music to Listen to For Optimal Productivity, According to Science

Get in the zone.<p>Oftentimes we have innumerable distractions at work competing for our attention. Luckily, music can help put us back on a more …

A Harvard psychologist says these 4 habits can make you more confident at work

Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy wants you to banish both of those habits — for the sake of your confidence.<p>Cuddy is the author of "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges," a book on the subtle yet powerful ways our posture can influence thoughts and emotions.<p>We don't just …

Body Language

The 5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick

In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg explains a simple three-step process that all habits follow. This cycle, known as …

The Psychological Trick That Could Help You Reach Your Goals

Everyone from elite athletes to top business executives knows it's important to have goals. After all, goals are what turn dreams into actionable, achievable steps.<p>Whether you set out to lose weight, renovate your house, or complete a triathlon, defining a goal can boost your motivation, at least …

Goal Setting

Is It True That You Must Choose Only Three Of The Following: Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, Friends?

<i>Does the "entrepreneur's dilemma" as described by Randi Zuckerberg ring true for people in the business world? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Matthew Jones, Life Coach & Personal Growth</b> …

Self-improvement

A Stanford scientist shares a simple way to stick with good habits even when you're feeling lazy

I'm well aware that a bowl of Quaker oats is hardly the most nutritious or substantive fare. Honestly, it doesn't even taste that good.<p>But at the end of a long workday, the absolute last thing I want to do is start chopping up vegetables or steaming tofu or — worst of all — cleaning up after I've …

Stanford University

Your Desire to Get Things Done Can Undermine Your Effectiveness

<i>I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important.</i> <i>The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.</i> —Dwight D. Eisenhower<p>President Eisenhower was not alone: In their work lives people routinely feel pulled between tasks that demand immediate attention and tasks that are …

Time Management