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10 Productivity Hacks To Kick-Start Your Day

Clear your desktop, light a lemon-scented candle, and get ready for a more productive day with these tips.

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The 4 D's of Productivity, and How to Use Them

According to the OECD Better Life Index, the United States ranks ninth from the bottom among advanced nations in the category of "work-life …


A productivity expert says this is the time of day when you should work on your most important tasks

Productivity is a highly personal thing — a get-stuff-done strategy that does wonders for one person may do nothing for you.

One of the most important ways to figure out how you work best is to figure out when you work best by finding your "biological prime time."

It's a term that was coined by Sam …

Time Management

12 successful people share their best productivity hacks

If you find yourself getting easily overwhelmed by emails, struggling to keep your eyes open at your desk, or constantly getting distracted by coworkers, chances are, your productivity level isn't what it could be.

The secret to working more efficiently isn't about working more or less, but …


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

If you want to get more stuff done during the day, you may look at the habits of super-successful people and try to emulate them.

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.

Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that your new …


Why New Personal Productivity Efforts Don’t Stick

We all have “productivity systems,” whether we design them with intent or just let them grow up around us. A productivity system is simply a collection of behaviors, repeated consistently and in a particular order, plus the tools that support them.

We often hear people say something like, “I don’t …


Make Productivity Your 2016 Resolution and Trim Your Inbox Fat

It's that time of year again. We've already eaten too much turkey, and as holiday cookies spread throughout offices, our bulging waistlines remind us that New Year's resolutions are right around the corner.

Every year, "be more productive" ranks right behind "get in shape" and "eat healthier" in our …


Most Resolutions Fail Because They’re Not Important Enough

The arrival of a new year, with its clean slate, gives you another shot at getting things right, or at least making them better. My Wharton colleague Katy Milkman has conducted research on the “fresh start effect,” and it’s really real: January — or a birthday, anniversary, new month, or any …

Harvard Business Review

Productivity Hacks From an MIT Efficiency Expert

Only handle it once.

Between endless email chains, office chatter, and meetings to discuss future meetings, it can be hard to get work done some days. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Bob Pozen, the author of Extreme Productivity (and five other books), former vice chairman of Fidelity Investments, …


3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity

All of us have goals and dreams for the future. But not all of us do what it takes to achieve those goals. We get caught up, stuck, sidetracked, and derailed. Things come up, causing us to veer off track and lose our momentum.

Yet, if we want to succeed in any endeavor we set our sights on, we have …


From Coffee Shops to Cat Videos: 12 Unexpected Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

Last week, a friend of mine asked me how my day was."Busy, but productive," I replied.But what did that even mean? I suppose what I'd really meant …


How To Achieve Peak Productivity Levels, Even While Procrastinating

Whether you’re a motivated and self-disciplined person or someone who procrastinates endlessly and gets sidetracked, few people can just power straight through the day and be productive the entire time. The pull to procrastinate and put off doing difficult tasks doesn’t necessarily mean you’re …



How to increase your productivity

Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned …


Here's Why You Keep Falling Short Of Your Goals

Many of us struggle with what psychologists call "goal congruence."

Know why you fell short of last year's New Year's resolutions? Most likely it's because you didn't actually want to achieve them. In fact, that's probably true of many of the goals you set.

Before you protest otherwise, let me …


Innovative Ideas for Leading a More Productive Team

Last year we brought you The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity Methods, jam-packed with the most popular and effective ways to get more …


How Keeping Track Of These Two Things Totally Transformed My Productivity

Getting a handle on your body’s natural rhythms lets you work smarter instead of just harder.

It's nearly impossible to improve your productivity without establishing one important piece of groundwork: You first need to take stock of how well you manage your time, attention, and energy already. …


Five New Habits That Will Make You More Organized In 2016

Making small changes to your daily routine will make you more likely to follow through with your resolutions.

Getting organized is one of the most popular promises people make to themselves as they enter the New Year. But how can you keep your resolution instead of being part of the 92% of people …


7 Secrets Of People Who Keep Their New Year's Resolutions

Make your resolutions stick with these tips from those who know how to do it right.

Making resolutions is a popular holiday tradition, but keeping those resolutions past the first week in January is the hard part. Statistic Brain, using data from the University of Scranton, says while 45% of …

Commit to Under-Scheduling in 2016

“Oh, no!” I thought as soon as I spotted the email in my inbox. The message that prompted my sense of dread wasn’t a cancer diagnosis, a huge financial loss, or even a missed deadline. It was an email from a good friend, inviting me to attend an event that evening — a night I had planned for “me …


13 Productivity Hacks That Worked For Real People

Are you at work this week? Are you getting a lot done? Nearly 60% of office workers planned to work at least part of this week, according to a recent survey by staffing firm Robert Half. And of those, about four out of five expected to be “very” or “somewhat” productive.

But if you could be more …

University of Southern California

17 easy productivity hacks that will help you crush it in 2016

A new year is upon us and chances are, you're resolved to being a better person or higher achiever in 2016.

And it might not be as hard as it seems.

A few simple tweaks to your routine can make you far more productive — which will really help you crush it in 2016.

Here are 17 simple things you can …


9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity

In recent years, work has become infinitely more complex.

Technological innovations have led to round-the-clock work schedules and mounting expectations. Our assignments have grown more collaborative, requiring more coordination, conference calls, and meetings. We now face an endless barrage of …


How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

Harvard Business Review

7 Productivity Secrets of Sports Champions

One of the main goals of any company is to improve productivity. Increased productivity means higher revenues and a stronger bottom line. So how can you improve productivity in the workplace? In many of the same ways that you improve productivity on the field. Here are what some of the most …

The One Thing That's Undermining All Your Productivity Hacks

Energy can be either a catalyst or a barrier, but it's always the precondition for doing anything productively.

It’s 10:53 a.m. Your calendar says you’re free now from 11 til noon. But you’re emotionally and mentally drained from the call that just wrapped. Do you launch into that project proposal …


Four Productivity Hacks To Power Through Your Day

Calling on a higher power to make it through the rest of the day? ‘Treps, these four hacks will make your day a breeze. Get cracking!

1. Set the scene Ever wonder how people read at cafés? Knowing that it’s become quite difficult to focus at will, cafés continue to be the default spot for quick …


Top Five Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are busy souls and with only so many hours in the day and an endless list of tasks to be accomplished, becoming efficient is integral to success.

In the spirit of brevity, here are my top five productivity tips that will pay immediate dividends:

Create a “Top 3” List: Every morning, …


7 Long-Term Productivity Habits Of The Most Successful People

Most employees are happiest doing rote work, but highly successful people aren't most employees.

One thing uniting the most high-power leaders with the lowest-level workers is time: Day in and day out, we all have the same amount of it. Where the variation comes in is how we use it. Some of the most …