Productivity

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

Happiness

Want to be a more productive person? Use a pen and paper

Krista Ray, a 22-year-old theater producer based in New York City, used to keep all of her to-do lists and schedules in one place: Google calendar. But last summer she found a better system to keep her life, finances and events in order — and it doesn’t involve technology or apps, but just a simple …

University of California

3 Things Very Successful Entrepreneurs Do To End The Day

Every entrepreneur has heard about having a productive morning. It’s been the hot topic of conversation among productivity savants for years. But what about other critical parts of the day? Are we forgetting to optimize those important moments, such as the last 15 minutes of your workday?<p>I recently …

Time Management

Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context.<p>The news that multitasking is bad isn't even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the …

The Brain

Feeling Overwhelmed? One Simple Way to Overcome It

Refocus fast with this anti-busyness ritual<p>As I went from one meeting to the next with a client the other day, he told me, "I came back from vacation feeling all zen. I had a great break. I read some good books, reflected on the last year, and really enjoyed the time with my family. We're halfway …

7 Ways to Create the Perfect Home Office

As millennials in or entering the work force, we value a healthy work-life balance. Flexibility and time are seen as some of the most important …

Happiness

How Isaac Asimov Avoided "Getting Stuck" While Working

When you’ve hit a wall while working on a project, there’s no sense in banging your head against it. Here’s how Isaac Asimov, the prolific science …

Happiness

3 Surprisingly Inefficient Daily Business Practices

At SUMO Heavy, we hate inefficiency. We’re a small dev shop with just under 20 employees so it’s absolutely critical that we remove any inefficiencies to ensure lean and smooth operations to support our much larger clients. Many entrepreneurs will agree that there are plenty of pros and cons of …

Leadership

Best journaling apps

Journaling can be a great habit to get into. While some journal for their own sake, to recall memories and great milestones, others journal for their …

Productivity Apps

The One Thing Happy (and Successful) People Do Every Single Day

What is the secret to happiness? This elusive emotion is something we consistently chase after, but is it a goal we should be setting in the first …

Self-improvement

Secret Productivity Killer: Too Many Rules in the Workplace

What would the world be like without rules and regulations? We'd experience chaos on the roadways, anarchy in our schools, a criminal justice system run amok. In short, we'd stop functioning as a society.<p>In the workplace, management puts rules in place to keep the organization running efficiently. …

Want To Unlock Your Brain’s Full Potential? You Should Know This 90-Minute Trick

The brain is complex and mysterious. It does everything from composing music to solving the most complicated mathematical problems in the most …

Happiness

The dos and don'ts of work email arguments

From an entertainment perspective, one of the great joys of corporate email is that people never learn. There have been hundreds of well-publicised cases of ill-advised email use and still, the most basic – and eye-bleedingly obvious – of lessons remains unlearned: if you don't want it repeated, …

DOS

These are the worst things about working in an open office

Readers share their stories of peeping colleagues, mistress chats, never-ending illness and worse.<p>If you’re reading this at work, chances are your colleague can peer over your shoulder and read it as well. Such is life in the open office.<p>Last week, our story about why open offices are bad for us …

OpenOffice

I Gave Up on To-Do Lists—Here’s How I Use a Might-Do List and a Calendar to Plan My Days Instead

Last year, I shared my One Big Thing philosophy. The idea is simple: Focusing on one big thing each day is more productive and more satisfying than …

The 15 Surprising Things Ultra Productive People Do Differently

Do you feel like you are constantly in a rush and like you’re not getting things done?<p>Our day-to-day lives are full of distractions. Whether it is …

Time Management

Seven Steps for Using Data and Power BI to be Productive in Telling a Data Story | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI

The Microsoft Office team recently partnered with Levo, a network for millennials in the workplace to help navigate their career paths, to poll 1,500 …

Information Architecture

We Are Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster, Hosts of America's Test Kitchen, and This Is How We Work

For over sixteen years America’s Test Kitchen has approached cooking through a methodic, scientific lens, explaining how to execute a recipe to …

Lifestyle

5 Ways to Make Sure You're Starting 2017 the Right Way

2017 can be the most successful year yet for your and your business. These productivity tips can help you start it on the right track.<p>When you're running a business, you may feel as if you never have time to get out of crisis management. There's no time like the present to sit down, take stock of …

Business

How to know whether you should start an email with 'Hi,' 'Hello,' or 'Hey'

You will notice throughout my blog, THE TEMPLATE, that I often begin emails with:<p><b>Hi ____,</b><p>Technically, I should also put a comma after "Hi," so it would be:<p><b>Hi, ____,</b><p>Looks weird, right? I know. The two commas throw me off.<p>Now maybe an English teacher would disagree, but this is where I "learn the …

Clever planners to get you organised in 2017

If your New Year’s Resolution to get organised for the year ahead is already falling by the wayside, maybe you need some hi-tech help. Gone are the …

Google Calendar

Mailbox

If you've ever heard of Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero concept, then you know you can boost productivity by focusing only on the emails that matter. …

Productivity, Traps and Terrible Poll Numbers

1. Julia Azari at FiveThirtyEight with a must-read about the productivity of new presidencies.<p>2. Seth Masket at Vox on why heath care is such a trap for presidents. As he points out, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had little choice but to run on reform. Donald Trump is certainly an interesting case. …

Elections

Office New Year's Resolutions You've Already Broken: Move More, Sit At Desk Less

Experts say we should get up from our desks every 20 minutes to avoid a host of health problems. I say you’ll never do it. Cartoon by Ted Rall.<p><b>Last: Leaving On Time</b><p><b>Tomorrow:</b> Wasting Time Interneting

Business

Regain Control of Your Calendar & Life

Teressa Moore Griffin is founder and CEO of Spirit of Purpose. She provides simple tools that help you get beyond real or perceived limitations in …

Lifestyle

8 Chrome Extensions to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

By now, we've all set our resolutions for the New Year. We're going to be healthier, live more productive and efficient lives, get organized and finally learn a new skill. But by the beginning of February, about 80 percent of us will have already given up on the resolutions we set just weeks ago. …

Chromebook

8 Startup Slump-Busters to Combat Burnout

The most difficult part of being a successful professional isn't getting started, it's staying productive.<p>The most difficult part of being a successful professional isn't getting started--or the unkown.<p>It's staying productive. And eating chocolate.<p>Sure, you're productive when you first start a …

Success

3 tools to help you keep your new year's resolutions

We’re several weeks into the new year, right around the time when folks start struggling with their resolutions—if they haven’t already abandoned them altogether. That’s because resolutions require more than good intentions and will power. You need to systematically create new habits.The good news …

Good News

How to Detox From Social Media Without Deleting Your Account

Are you a digital marketer considering a break from social media? Here's our advice for detoxing without deleting your account altogether.

Viral Marketing

Lazy Ants Make Colonies More Productive

Not all ants are workaholics. Strangely enough, it looks like that's a good thing.

Life Sciences