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How Tim Ferriss, Pat Flynn, and Mimi Ikonn hack their lives in 5 minutes a day

Life hacks are everywhere. From the obvious — getting a good’s night sleep to become a “morning” person — to the exotic — placing your phone in a glass cup to maximize its alarm — each comes with the same promise: Life doesn’t have to be so hard.<p>But is it possible to hack your life in just five …

Productivity

Why You'll Never Do Your Best Work Alone

Beyoncé knows best.<p>At last week's Grammy Awards, Beyoncé’s <i>Lemonade</i> lost Album of the Year to Adele's <i>25</i>, much to her fans' dismay. This wasn't the first time that the record, Beyoncé’s sixth studio effort, found itself at the center of an uproar.<p>When it was released on April 23, 2016, <i>Lemonade</i> …

Creativity

Quiet Doesn't Cut It: Why Your Brain Might Work Better In Silence

Your brain doesn't deal that well with background noise, but even small doses of silence can help rejuvenate it.<p><i>Shhh.</i> Hear that?<p>No? That's surprising. Odds are, you can hear <i>something</i> right now: A siren, the hum of a fan, the blur of background conversations, the ticking of a watch. It's seldom that …

The Brain

This is The Easiest Way to Become More Productive Instantly

Look closely at your seat mates.<p>Earlier this week the Harvard Business Review published a fascinating piece on how the people we sit near at the …

Productivity

6 Brilliant Productivity Habits You Haven't Thought Of Yet

“Often, no matter how hard I work, I feel like I can’t get it all done. Even when I do my best to be productive, I just don’t make enough headway.” Phoebe dropped us a line from Minneapolis sharing her dilemma—and we immediately empathized with her struggle. Phoebe’s not alone in battling …

Productivity

Being Engaged at Work Is Not the Same as Being Productive

The holy grail of today’s workplace is high employee engagement. According to Gallup’s oft-cited research on the topic, just about one-third of U.S. employees are engaged on the job. That number drops to 13% worldwide, and has held steady for years. Many companies are investing heavily to identify …

Employee Engagement

I'm Amir Salihefendic, CEO of Doist, and This Is How I Work

Todoist is an old contender among to-do list managers, helping people corral their work into manageable tasks for almost a decade. It’s grown into a …

Productivity

5 Big Thinkers on How They Work Smarter

Work smarter, not harder.<p>Getting a handle on your work flow and figuring out how to work smarter can seem like an insurmountable task, but it is achievable. It is doable. Getting more great work done in today's environment takes a mix of innovative tactics and good-old fashioned grit.<p>I recently …

Productivity

How I Set Aside Two Days Each Week To Work On Just One Thing

You already know about time "batching," but when those batch periods slide all over your schedule, they aren't much good to you.<p>My company recently surveyed more than 350 U.S. business owners on the biggest time-wasters in their workdays. The results weren't much of a shock, with email coming up on …

Productivity

Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

To increase worker performance, employers often invest in a number of things, from rewards and incentives to education and training. These traditional approaches develop employees’ skills and enrich their work experience. But we discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity, one …

Productivity

Four Secrets Of People Who Finish Their Workweeks On Thursday

Polishing off the bulk of your work before Friday all comes down to your work habits from Monday to Thursday.<p>We all often face the same problem: The workweek drags by at a glacial pace, while the weekend speeds past us before we even realize what’s happening.<p>Mathematically, of course, it all makes …

Productivity

Why Skipping Lunch Is Bad for You and Worse for Business

Did you skip lunch last week—either by gobbling down something at your desk or forgoing food altogether? The odds are good that you did.<p>A 2012 …

I Work from Home

911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency?<p>ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home.<p>OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir?<p>ROBERT: No, I’m alone.<p>OPERATOR: And when’s the last time you saw someone else? Was that today?<p>ROBERT: Uh, my wife . . . this morning, I guess.<p>OPERATOR: Anyone …

Lunch

Why Setting Goals is Essential for Success in Any Area!

When I started working in my chosen profession, I couldn’t understand why there were those individuals who seemed to succeed in anything they tried, …

Success

Why Smart People Don't Multitask

Multitasking is really tempting. It's also really bad for you.<p>You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Every time you multitask you aren’t just harming your performance in the moment; you may very well …

The Brain

What Happened When I Forced Myself To Wake Up At 5 A.M. Every Day For A Month

Some early risers might get more done, but it turns out there are times when getting up earlier can make you less productive.<p>Early risers get a lot of good press: They are supposedly more productive and possibly better problem solvers. But after a month of forcing myself out of bed at 5 a.m., I …

Well-being

The Office Experiment: Can Science Build the Perfect Workspace?

In late May, eight employees of Mayo Clinic's medical-records department packed up their belongings, powered down their computers and moved into a …

Open offices are damaging our memories

It’s not just loud and sniffly, open offices are actually hurting our brains. Now some businesses are bringing back walls and doors.<p>Four years ago, Chris Nagele did what many other technology executives have done before — he moved his team into an open concept office.<p>His staff had been exclusively …

1 in 7 Employees Are Stars. The Best Companies Cluster Them Together.

Talent is what separates the best from the rest. The best-performing companies simply have better people. Right?<p>That’s certainly what we thought before Bain & Company launched its in-depth investigation of workforce productivity. After assessing the practices of global companies and surveying …

Harvard Business Review

Deep Work vs. Messy: How to Balance Productivity and Creativity

If only your office were quieter, if your colleagues would quit asking questions, if the phone would stop ringing. If only your desk were neater, …

Productivity

The Surprising Benefit of Being Inflexible

When I coach people on reaching their goals, I advise them to be flexible on their strategies. The goal might be sacred, but we can change strategies …

Declutter Your Life To Increase Productivity

Chaos may breed creativity, but organization is a key to success. Now that we’ve progressed a month into 2017, you may have found that some of your goals have been difficult to maintain. If your brain is feeling overloaded, here are a few ways to manage the mental and spacial clutter keeping you …

Productivity

Studies Show Working Overtime Is Basically Pointless

Opportunity does sleep, and it also takes needed breaks.<p>How many hours per week do you work? If you run a business, there’s a good chance you’re putting in more than 40 hours. My guess is you’re working 50 or more hours per week -- maybe more.<p>Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. Despite the recent …

Productivity

Todoist turns 10, thanks to you!

This month marks the ten-year anniversary of Todoist. (And in a happy bit of coincidence, it also happens to be the same month we passed 10 million …

Productivity

On Minimalism: A Solution to Gaining More Time

The Minimalists speaking at TEDxFargo about the benefits of letting go and living a meaningful life with less.<p>For some of us, taking on a minimalist …

Minimalism

7 Productivity Tips to Help You Accomplish Your Biggest Goals

Working towards your objectives can be daunting, but this young founder says that "the antidote to stress is a plan."<p>As a young entrepreneur who says her mission is to help others reach their potential, Caroline Ghosn understands the link between happiness and doing work that is of value.<p>Ghosn is …

Productivity

How to Take a Break Without Breaking Focus

We all procrastinate from time to time and struggle to get things done. For years, much of the dialogue around procrastination has been about how to …

Productivity

Eight Bad Habits You Must Break To Be More Productive

Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing.<p>Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative, and stifle your performance. Getting control of your bad habits …

Time Management

Adopting These Tough Morning Routines Will Make You Exceptionally Successful

Success starts first thing in the morning, and research shows that the most successful people use these routines to achieve it.Continue reading on …

Success