Mike Vardy

356 Flips | 5 Magazines | 18 Likes | 15 Following | 235 Followers | @mikevardy | Husband. Father. Writer. Productivity Strategist. Creator of TimeCrafting. Founder of Productivityist.

This Meditation Journal Is The Best Investment For Beginners

If you’ve been wanting to start meditating, but don’t know where to begin, here’s help. We just added an awesome meditation journal to our SheFinds …

Meditation

How the Bullet Journal stopped me lying to myself

The humble to-do list has been rebranded for millennials. A sceptical Leo Mirani finds himself converted<p>I have known my oldest friend since we were …

Productivity

How to Have the Most Fun in Your Free Time, According to Science

The calendar is an indispensable tool in our over-committed and over-stimulated culture, and one no longer reserved solely for work commitments and …

Time Management

The 5-Day Workweek is a Complete Waste. You Can Get Just As Much Done in 32 Hours.

Given the right motivation, it's amazing how much you can get done in a day.<p>In any given workday, how much time you think you actually spend working? By some accounts, it's only three hours a day.<p>When Andrew Barnes, the founder of a New Zealand-based trust planning firm Perpetual Guardian heard …

Employment

“Urgency bias” is killing your productivity

We often deceive ourselves into believing that getting X done now will give us the freedom for Y later, when in reality we let too many other tasks flood in. Quick as it may seem we can knock them off our to-do list, these minor chores sneakily steal our attention. If they feel urgent, we’re …

Time Management

Five Ways Bullet Journalling Has Improved My Mental Health

It has enabled me to identify certain anxiety triggers and track my moods<p>EmRoseCarey via Getty Images<p>I have struggled with depression and anxiety for …

Mental Health

How Journaling Helped Me Heal from Grief and How It Can Help You Too

<b>“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ~C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed</b><p>The day I was told that the man I loved was going to die from …

Creative Writing

These are the self-improvement journals you'll actually use

Productivity and self-improvement apps are basically shoved down your throat the minute you open the app store, but for a lot of people, nothing …

Productivity

Develop a Meditation Practice with this Behavioral Science Backed Accountability Journal

It can help you set and stick to a consistent meditation schedule—and it’s on sale for 31% off right now.<p>You feel better whenever you take time to …

Meditation

The Myth Behind Morning Routines

Everyone from Bill Gates to Jennifer Aniston to Queen Elizabeth starts their day with a routine that has been written about in every publication from Harvard Business Review to Glamour magazine. The polls have been tallied and the results are in: A morning routine is a key ingredient if you ever …

Time Management

Set priorities for tackling post-vacation workload

I just got back to work after two weeks of vacation and am completely overwhelmed. There are tons of things that need to get done, and I can’t seem …

Productivity

Helen Tupper: Our need for speed is impeding long-term success

Does your day look anything like mine? Email. Meeting. Reading email in meeting. Eating in meeting. Grab coffee. Check email in queue. Need I go on? …

Time Management

6 ways to use music to increase your productivity

Whether you’re using it to pump you up to work out when you’re tired or to unwind for a better night’s sleep, music is a powerful motivator in many …

Playlist

Why An Evening Routine Is More Important Than A Morning Routine

Nowadays, there is all this hype around morning routines. In fact, the topic of morning routines has become one of the most popular topics overall, …

Time Management

The More List and the Less List

A long time reader named Janice recently suggested an exercise to me that I tried out at the beginning of the month and have found to be really …

Productivity

Write for an Audience of One

<i>Write what you know.</i><p>Both Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway are attributed to this quote. Regardless of the original author, these words have been …

Mark Twain

4 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein knew how to work hard, and he also knew when to take time off.<p>He once said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”<p>Einstein’s curiosity drove him as a child, adult and older man to pursue scientific ideas and projects that are still applicable today, such as his …

Albert Einstein

Unclog Your Calendar to Make Room for New Opportunities

Never underestimate the value of calendar white space.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Time and productivity are ubiquitous words in the realm of entrepreneurship, business-growth, people management and career-building. So much so that a clogged, overscheduled …

Time Management

Pat yourself on the back. With words. Document your amazingness.

Self-Assessment Quiz — True or False:<p>I know how to write a comprehensive email to my manager that highlights my quarter-end benchmarks.<br>• I think it is …

Leadership

5 Scientific Tips for Getting Back to Sleep After You’ve Woken Up in the Middle of the Night

We’ve all been there: You fall asleep just fine after a long day of work, but at around 2 a.m., something happens. You’re suddenly wide awake, and no …

University of Pennsylvania

How the most productive people structure their mornings

Over the past five years, I have interviewed over 300 successful people about their morning routines—including the chairman of the Vanguard Group, Bill McNabb; the president of MIT, L. Rafael Reif; the president of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson; venture capitalist M.G. Siegler; and three-time …

Time Management

Feeling Burned Out? Here's Why All Ambitious People Should Spend Time in Nature

Nature puts everything into perspective.<p>Ambitious leaders--executives, entrepreneurs, and other motivated individuals--often get caught in a vicious daily routine.<p>Their exhausting day is full of engagements and decisions that demand immense focus and attention. And no matter how well conditioned …

Divorce

This is the only nightlight you should ever use, and it’s unlike anything else you’ve seen

A nightlight is a necessity, but most people just go to their local drug store to buy cheapo plug-in nightlights. This is a bad idea for a few …

Smart Homes

3 Timeless Productivity Lessons From Benjamin Franklin

Author. Printer. Politician. Scientist. Postmaster. Founding father.<p>As one of the leading thinkers and public figures of the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin knew a thing or two about getting things done—and playing the whistle (more on that later).<p>He demonstrated a tremendous stability to …

Time Management

Want to Get More Done? Instead of Changing Your Morning Routine, Do This.

What are you trying to achieve with your new morning routine?<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Priming. Controlled breathing. Waking up at 5 a.m. Waking up at 3 a.m.. Green smoothies. Coconut oil in your coffee. Journaling. Gratitude.<p>What do all these things …

Jack Dorsey

You Can Set Many Types of Quarterly Objectives. Here Are 5 Types That Work the Best

Many team struggle with setting effective quarterly objectives. Here are five types that will create better alignment and simplify implementation.<p>The core of my role as a leadership team coach is to help my clients set strong objectives each quarter that advance the companies growth strategy and …

proficiency

Information Overload, Why it Matters and How to Combat It

Designers often need to convey information to the users of their designs. Specialists in information visualization design in particular find …

Interaction Design

A look at the daily routine of Benjamin Franklin, who didn’t always follow his own ‘early to bed, early to rise’ advice

Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance man.<p>After getting his start in the printing business, he went on to establish himself as a leading writer …

Still Wondering How to Bullet Journal? Here's a Breakdown of What You Need to Know

If you are ready to start getting organized for the school year ahead, look no further than the bullet journal. The newest daily planning fad that …

Productivity

Five Ways To Find Balance When You're Too Busy Or Not Busy Enough

Too busy or not busy enough. It can seem like we only experience either extreme.<p>In any business, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture and get caught up in urgent tasks that are ultimately less important. For example in real estate, agents must have a “pipeline” versus “transaction” mentality. …

Productivity