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The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Psychology

This Is Your Perfect Schedule for a Productive Day (Science Says So)

Picture this: It’s 1:30 PM, and you’re just getting started on an important project that’s due to your boss first thing the next morning. But rather …

Are You Too Stressed to Be Productive? Or Not Stressed Enough?

If you’re like me, you often ask yourself how you can get more work done in a day. How can you best boost your productivity? I always assumed that if I could just reduce any stress I was facing, my productivity would rise. But my intuition was, in fact, wrong. It’s true that stress can be a health …

Productivity

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Tapping your productivity in ways you never have before takes unconventional thinking.<p>Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

Productivity

How to design your time

<b>By Thomas Davies</b>, Director, <i>Google for Work</i><p>F or many of us, work can feel like a never-ending cycle of long meetings, overflowing inboxes, and urgent …

Time Management

20 Tips for Boosting Your Productivity at Work

Start each morning by writing down the 3 main tasks you want to achieve that day. This will help you stay focused throughout the day and when the end …

Productivity

Staying on track for finals: Productivity hacks that work

Apr 04,2016<p>Procrastination and productivity: forever connected and always at odds. I like to claim that it’s not that I’m a procrastinator, it’s just that panic is my muse. The pressure of an impending deadline sharpens my sense of purpose and gives me the tunnel vision necessary to finish the …

Procrastination

Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters

<i>(Photo: New employees arrive at the campus of Amazon in Seattle. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)</i><p><b>Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters--and you already know two of them.</b><p>There are some people who pretend at productivity, whose résumés appear impressive until you realize their greatest …

Productivity

This Googler Explains How To Design Your Time Rather Than Manage It

Breaking all your tasks into quadrants can help you become more strategic about how you work.<p>For many of us, work can feel like a never-ending cycle of long meetings, overflowing inboxes, and urgent demands. No matter how fast we go or how hard we work, there’s far more to do every day than there …

Time Management

How To Actually Reach The Goals You Set

Some years ago, I conducted an experiment with the traders I worked with as a performance coach. We went back two months in their journals and identified goals they had set at the time. We then walked forward in the journals and identified how often they had written about those goals and how long …

Motivation

3 Changes To Your Physical Environment That Can Make You More Productive

Where and how you work can determine how productive you'll be when you do.<p>Ernest Hemingway never ate at his desk.<p>He also never read the newspaper, talked on the phone, or opened his mail at his desk. He wrote at his desk. That’s all.<p>Mason Currey gives us a peek inside Hemingway's writing process in</i> …

6 Tips For Improving Productivity In The Office

If you're anything like me, daydreaming and burnout have become daily occurrences. Whether it's the drag of going to work on Monday, or the burning desire to hit 5 p.m. on a Friday, maxing out productivity throughout the day can be a challenge.<p>I've found that working in regular breaks and planning …

Productivity

12 Habits Of The Most Productive People

You know those super-productive people who manage to get more done than the rest of us? These are their secrets.<p>Some people just get stuff done. By the time most are pouring their second cup of joe, these super-achievers have been to Crossfit, hit inbox zero, and nailed the rough draft of that …

Self-improvement

10 Productivity-Killers to Overcome in 2016

It happens every day, several times a day. We start work in the morning, eager to accomplish more than we did yesterday, but then like clockwork, the productivity killers slowly eat away at our time. Before we know it, it's quitting time and we haven't accomplished nearly as much as we had hoped. …

Social Media

3 Productivity Tips You Can Start Using Today

When a major product is about to launch or your team is scheduled to make an important presentation, it’s easy to ride the wave of deadline-induced adrenaline spikes and push yourself to work every waking moment. But of course that’s not sustainable, and we inevitably crash. So how can you make …

Productivity

Do What You Love -- And Watch Your Productivity Suffer

“Follow your passion!” We’ve all heard that advice. And while it sounds like nirvana, beware! The tasks you love can destroy your productivity.<p>To me, your talents and passions are revealed by the things you can’t not do. The activities that perk you up no matter how tired you are. The ones that …

Management

The Truth Behind Why We Procrastinate

It’s ironic, but I’m procrastinating this very second. I’m supposed to be reviewing some survey results for a series of leadership speeches I’ve landed with a giant energy company. But instead I’m writing this article.<p>It’s not like the motivation isn’t there. The client is paying a significant …

Procrastination

5 Quick Breaks You Can Take to Boost Productivity at Work

If you think that powering through your day is the only way you’ll get everything done, think again. Working nonstop is not the answer. Taking …

Productivity

9 Willpower Workouts to Maximize Your Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on HubSpot's Sales Blog. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.</i>According to author Robert Pozen, regular …

Health

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

Productivity

How To Finally Stop Procrastinating (For Real This Time)

Your brain has a neocortex and a limbic system, and sometimes they fight. Here's how to get them to play nice.<p>Think about all the stuff you've been putting off—really, go ahead. Chances are you've been putting off thinking about the stuff you've been putting off, right? It's not that you don't …

Bustle

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.<p>1 of 11<p>(Image: Askold …

Business Technology

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 …

Productivity

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.<p>One of the most important ways to figure out how you work best is to figure out <i>when</i> you work best by finding your "<b>biological prime time</b>."<p>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.<p>The secret to working more efficiently isn't about working more or less, but …

Success

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.<p>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 …

Productivity

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.<p>We often hear people say something like, “I don’t …

Productivity

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

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