Productivity

3 Habits of Exceptionally Productive Leaders

How to lead without being a boss and how to be productive without getting everything done.<p>Productivity isn't about getting <i>more</i> done, but about getting <i>what matters most</i> done. With this in mind, here are three habits productive leaders do differently to focus on what matters most.<p>Productive leaders …

Time Management

5 Mind Tricks to Convince Yourself to Sleep More

You can find thousands of tips about sleeping better, but before you do that, you have to convince yourself that it's worth it to sleep more.<p>Given the choice (and the guarantee that you would not suffer any negative consequences), how many hours would you prefer to sleep each day? Five? Six? Zero? …

Time Management

Don't use email unsubscription services that sell your data - try this instead

A report from The New York Times on newly uncovered malpractice at Uber pointed to the company buying data about people’s Lyft ride usage through Unroll.me, a free service that helps you unsubscribe from email lists and newsletters.<p>Unroll.me isn’t the only one; you’ll find others like Unsubscriber …

April 24

A former McKinsey partner says if you can't make a dent in your to-do list, you're probably thinking about it all wrong

Every so often I'll try "time blocking": scheduling different tasks into my workday instead of writing them down and hoping they'll get done at some point.<p>In theory, this strategy is brilliant. And yet I rarely find it helpful.<p>What typically ends up happening is I organize my day beautifully: From …

Happiness

11 problems everyone with a hair washing schedule will understand

Two events in two days and only one can have clean hair<p>The hair washing schedule struggle is real. In an ideal world, you'd wash your hair every other day, on the days you want to look nice. But sometimes life gets in the way.<p>There's always a last minute drinks invitation when your hair was not …

Hair Care

The new status symbol: it’s not what you spend – it’s how hard you work

The rich used to show how much they could spend on things they didn’t need. Today, a public display of productivity is the new symbol of class power<p>Almost 120 years ago, during the first Gilded Age, sociologist Thorstein Veblen coined the term “conspicuous consumption”. He used it to refer to rich …

Social Justice

This Mindfulness Technique Will Instantly Make You the Most Productive Person You Know

Life is busy. We’re all constantly running a million miles an hour, trying to accomplish everything as if we were superheroes.<p>Whether you’re a …

Time Management

Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Overcome Information Overload

You’re researching and learning and finding information, but you feel as if you’re digging yourself into a hole.<p>There are conflicting opinions and …

Information Overload

A Frugal Wedding Adventure, Part 2: The Planning Fallacy Strikes

In Part 1 of this frugal wedding mini-series, I talked about how my fiance and I are trying to spend just $2,500 on our wedding.<p>Surprisingly, the …

Weddings

The Working From Home Etiquette Guide

Working from home seems like the ultimate golden opportunity – images of answering emails and taking conference calls in your pajamas and rolling out …

April 23

Writing Better Won’t Cure Your Academic Woes

The problems result from issues that are structural, not stylistic.

Writing

Games Inbox: Call Of Duty: WWII thoughts, NieR: Automata weirdness, and Bloodborne 2 hope

<b>The morning Inbox ponders which was the first real-time strategy, as one reader vows to buy all of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s DLC.</b><p><b>To join in with the</b> …

Gaming

Rain has postponed the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway to 1 p.m. ET Monday. With a forecast of rain throughout the day, NASCAR decided to make the decision more than two hours before the scheduled start of the race, telling the drivers at their prerace meeting that they won't try to wait it out. NASCAR would need at least a three-hour window – and possibly more thanks to cool temperatures and the heavy rains – to dry the track and get at least 250 laps of the 500 scheduled completed for an official race. The forecast is for a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain throughout Monday afternoon.

Rain has postponed the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway to 1 p.m. ET Monday. With a forecast of rain throughout the day, NASCAR …

NASCAR

Want to Be Emotionally Resilient? Science Says Do This

Anyone can do it and it doesn't cost a thing.<p>Do you worry a lot? Sometimes over things you absolutely can't control, so that worrying about them serves no practical purpose? Do you think you worry too much? Do you worry that all this worrying may not be good for you?<p>Most of us do at least some of …

Anxiety

5 tips for writing an email that gets an answer and doesn't annoy anyone

Our inboxes are to-do lists dictated by other people: <i>Ping!</i> "Schedule me!" <i>Ping!</i> "Respond to my question!" <i>Ping! Ping! PING</i>! "Make a choice about these 20 things in the next two minutes!!!"<p>Every time you email your contacts, you do the same by adding another task to their lists.<p>Out of consideration …

11 things never to send over work email

What happens in your inbox doesn't always stay there.<p>In fact, one stupid email from your work account can have serious real-world consequences.<p>"Email can be a wonderfully efficient time-saving tool — if used properly," Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor …

Why You’re Not Really Working If You’re Home in Your Pajamas

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

The Workplace

Power Productivity with Exclusive Eat That Frog Bonus!

I've compiled all of my productivity techniques into one, easy-to-access ONLINE learning platform.<p>You'll be able to access these new training …

Time Management

Flood Of Emails At Work Is Hurting Productivity: Study

People now spend one third of their time at the office and half of the time they work at home reading and answering emails, according to a study by …

April 23

5 Tips on How to Re-Ignite Your Stalled Content Strategy

Is your content marketing program losing steam? Here are some tips on how to get it back on track.

Content Marketing

Here’s How I Complete My To-Do List Every Day

I had been doing to-dos wrong for 15 years.<p>I’m a big to-do list person. I’ve probably been making daily to-do lists on yellow Post-its for close to 15 years now. Every night before I go to bed I pen a bulleted list of all the things I need to accomplish the next day. However, inevitably, at the end …

Time Management

Stress Kills! 5 Ways to Keep Your Stress Levels Low.

The ability to manage stress is what sets apart successful entrepreneurs from not-so-successful ones. Just ask Bill Gates and Richard Branson.<p>I’ve been known to skip a few meals, dump four shots of espresso into one cup and even drink a few of those five-hour energy bottles. I thrive on these …

Happiness

The best time of day to do different types of tasks

Picture this: It's 1:30 p.m., and you're just getting started on an important project that's due to your boss first thing the next morning. But rather than brilliant ideas flowing from your head to your keyboard, you're struggling to stay alert.<p>If you're like most people, early afternoon isn't your …

Time Management

How The Most Productive CEOs Keep Email In Check

Not every exec hits “inbox zero”—or even tries to. There’s more than one way to keep emailing to a minimum.<p>How many hours a day do you spend sifting through your inbox? Does the idea of taking up arms against a sea of emails each morning feel hopeless? You aren’t alone. Some of the most productive …

CEOs

Get Organized: It's Time to Make Every Work Day As Productive As Possible

Are you guilty of binge watching Netflix for hours in the evenings or weekends? Do you spend every extra minute you get mindlessly scrolling through …

Time Management

20-Minute Household Tasks to Do Before Monday Morning

The idea of spring cleaning is daunting — a whole season devoted to ambitious housework. So this week we're breaking up home maintenance into a bunch …

Time Management

Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

The “Deep Work” author on focusing on what matters, regaining your “cognitive fitness,” and taking control of your time.<p>I was asked recently to name a book that changed my life. The book I chose was Cal Newport’s “Deep Work,” and for the most literal of reasons: It’s changed how I lived my life. …

Time Management

5 Tips to Help You Stay Ahead of Your Schedule

Our schedule is an important resource that we can’t purchase, it often used ineffectively. Planning ahead the schedule of work is a great way for you …

Time Management

How to turn on 'Undo Send' in Gmail

There are no second chances in life, but there may be in email.<p>While this is of little consolation to those wishing they could hit "undo" on semi-recent national events, Gmail's Undo Send feature gives us all the break we so desperately need.<p>Are you using it? You really should be.<p>Email, after all, …

Technology

Abandoning browser tabs is the best choice I've made for my productivity

Browser tabs used to help me stay organized. Now they’re part of the problem.<p>For me at least, it’s become second nature to open a page in a background tab to save it for later. That sounds fine in theory, but then half an hour later, I’m buried in so many tabs I can’t even see their titles anymore. …

Chromebook