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Bringing plants into the office could increase your productivity by 15 per cent

If you’re at work in an office, take a look around. What can you see?<p>If your workplace has adopted the modern trend for minimalism, with simple, functional furniture and little else – it could be having a seriously detrimental effect on your productivity.<p>To make your working environment more …

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Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day

Let’s face it: Email is killing our productivity. The average person checks their inbox 11 times per hour, processes 122 messages a day, and spends …

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Study: Whopping 93% Say They're More Productive Working Remotely

Catherine Conlan’s spent her fair share of time in offices. These days, though, the rural Minnesota writer clocks in from home to a content marketing agency in Baton Rouge, La. Still, many of the work-life balance challenges are the same.<p>“There are days where I’m still rushing around to pick up the …

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How To Channel Your Weekend Hobbies Into Weekday Productivity

Weekend hobbies can help improve workplace performance, but only if they're chosen based on what you did during the week.<p>If you find Mondays particularly difficult, it may be due in part to how you spent your weekend. Lingering hangovers and lack of sleep aside, new research suggests that the …

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6 Tips To Increase Your Productivity - And Your Profits

You might feel hyper-effective at work, but guess what? During an eight-hour shift, the average person is only truly productive for three hours a day<i>.</i> The rest of the time is sucked up by meetings, email maintenance, distracting colleagues, and social media.<p>As an entrepreneur (with ADHD), I know …

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This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like A Charm

The "Ivy Lee Method" is stupidly simple—and that's partly why it's so effective.<p>By 1918, Charles M. Schwab was one of the richest men in the world.<p>Schwab (oddly enough, no relation to Charles R. Schwab, founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation) was the president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, …

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Productivity: Beyond The Checklist

, Forbes Staff<p>Productivity is a bad word. Ask 10 people what productivity means and you are likely to get a range of answers. Heck, even search for the definition and you will get a similar variety, even some in conflict.<p>At it’s core, productivity is about value. Producing something that provides …

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What Sending After-Hours Emails Does To Your Productivity

Even if you aren't working nights and weekends, the expectation of constant availability can cause you to burn out.<p>It’s 9 p.m. and you suddenly remember that you wanted to ask your employee about an upcoming project. Before you fire off an email, ask yourself, "Is this urgent?" If you’re sending …

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Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour

Most people who wake up at 4 a.m. do it because they have to—farmers, flight attendants, currency traders and postal workers. Others rise before dawn because they want to.<p>Russ Perry, the 33-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., resident and founder of graphic design firm Design Pickle, says that 4 a.m. to 6 …

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The Secret To Exceptional Productivity? Living A Life Of Conscious Action

People often ask me about how I manage to find time to run a company, write for Forbes, publish a book, and raise a young family. My answer is always the same. There are no life hacks or secret techniques that one can employ to boost productivity. Instead, I believe productivity is the result of a …

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Your Air-Conditioned Office Could Be Hurting Your Productivity—Here’s How to Fight Back

With the mercury peaking and the dog days of summer setting in, offices everywhere are fighting back the only way they know how: by cranking up the …

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The best productivity system for procrastinators is to work with your natural tendencies

In an age where an overloaded schedule is a badge of honor, there’s no shortage of time-management apps and systems for the ambitious worker. But the classic Pomodoro Technique remains one of the most popular productivity options—and for good reason.<p>The Pomodoro Technique, designed by developer and …

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How to Take Better Breaks to Boost Your Productivity

You'll never be the best you can be if you aim to be 100 percent productive all the time. It's impossible for any worker to work nonstop without …

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Why The Most Productive People Constantly Change Their Methods

The most productive people think about output deliberately, and then keep switching up their tactics to get the best results.<p>"If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," goes the old adage, but the most productive people throw this advice out the window when it comes to getting stuff done.<p>Instead of letting …

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Six Simple Sunday Habits To Set You Up For A Productive Week

Go easy on those summer barbecues. Heavy eating on Sunday may sink you into a food coma you'll still be feeling on Monday.<p>It’s hard not to resent Mondays. The day marks the end of the fun and freedom of the weekend—and that’s especially true during the summer, when ordinary Saturdays and Sundays …

Self-improvement

10 Must-Read Books That Will Make You Ridiculously Productive

Ahhh, productivity. The revered topic in both the business and personal world. It seems we’re all looking for a magic bullet to help us get more done …

Management

From Sunshine to Rain: How the Weather Affects Your Productivity

The weather does have a major impact on your daily productivity. Maintaining productivity during weather-induced laziness requires movement, exercise …

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A Day Without Distraction: Lessons Learned from 12 Hours of Forced Focus

Here are the rules: All work must be done in blocks of at least 30 minutes. If I start editing a paper, for example, I have to spend at least 30 …

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This Outdated Approach To Productivity Is Bad For Your Brain

Our working habits were designed for physical labor in an industrial production line, not mental exertion in an office.<p>Your car has parts that perform specific tasks. The radiator cools the engine. The spark plugs ignite the gas. The intake manifold distributes air and gas evenly to the cylinders. …

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How To Improve Productivity By Managing Information Overload

, CommunityVoice<p>Statistics on how much information overload costs businesses are usually measurements of the number of dollars lost. However, for a leader to remain competitive in his or her chosen industry, the concern cannot be about dollars alone.<p>In industries that are growing, the concern is …

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Small Rewards Might Be the Key to Productivity

Finding the key to productivity is a lifelong goal for everyone. Unfortunately, much like losing weight, the methods are copious and the results are …

Job Satisfaction

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through On What We Set Out to Do And What To Do About It

By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, <i>The Hunchback of Notre Dame</i>.<p>Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other …

Procrastination

Another Benefit to Being Tall: Increased Productivity

There are many benefits to being tall: more Tinder swipes, an ability to reach the top shelf, and best of all, a higher salary. Tall people get an …

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4 Productivity Myths Your Boss Doesn't Want You to Know the Truth About

I hope you’re sitting down for this.<i>Napoleon wasn’t short.</i> In fact, he stood a respectable five feet, seven inches -- which, at the time, was …

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How to do the most work in the shortest time

We are designed by evolution to be busy. That’s OK for the caveman, who needs to feed himself; not OK for you in the 21st-century when you have to deal with an ever-growing range of tempting distractions. Which is why it is so baffling that Paris has been identified as the city with the shortest …

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7 of the Most Interesting Podcast Episodes About Productivity We've Ever Heard

For most of us, the struggle to be productive when we want to be and when we are expected to be can seem endless. There's no one-size-fits-all …

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