Time Management

17 apps that will help you become a more productive person

I've spent most of my life in awe of early birds. You know the type: People who can jump out of bed at 5:00 a.m., run a mile, actually eat breakfast, and still make it to work on time.<p>As a night owl, I often struggle to be productive during the day. I've tried productivity hacks to no avail, and I …

Pomodoro Technique

A Time Management System That Really Works

Many people mistake time tracking for time management. They religiously keep track of everything they do each day, for weeks or even months.<p>And then …

Productivity

How to Make a To-Do List: Management Tips

We have all done to-do lists. Somehow there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things on your to-do list. Here is a …

Productivity

The story of a Harvard PhD with a chronic illness will help you pinpoint how you should be spending your time every day

Time — at least when it comes to an individual person's life — is a finite resource. Spend it on one thing and you won't be able to spend it another.<p>On a micro level, this is pretty obvious: If you spend the entire morning answering emails, you definitely won't have that project report ready by …

Productivity

Want to Save Your Business an Hour a Day? Automate These 11 Tasks.

The smaller your business, the less time you have for repetitive tasks that can be easily automated.<p>Automation may be considered a job killer, but it’s also a life-saver for small businesses who are looking for ways to streamline daily tasks while saving both time and money.<p>Sound impossible?<p>It’s …

Small Business

The 50-Year-Old Business Book You Need to Read (or Reread) Right Now

Management philosopher Peter Drucker called out the five timeless practices of successful leaders in 'The Effective Executive' in 1967.<p>There aren't a lot of business books from a half-century ago that have stood the test of time, but Peter Drucker's <i>The Effective Executive</i> (Harper Business), now …

Leadership

10 Timeless Time Management Techniques

<i>“I saw a bank that said ‘24-Hour Banking,’ but I don't have that much time.”</i><p>-Steven Wright<p>It’s impossible to “manage” time. There are 24 hours in a …

Productivity

Is a Shorter Workday Actually Better for Businesses?

In a Swedish study, a six-hour workday resulted in a 4.7 percent reduction in total sick days taken and a noticeable reduction in absenteeism.<p>How many times have you wished for a shorter workday? Late Sunday night, you might think to yourself how much easier Monday would seem if it were a few hours …

The Workplace

Why the 8-hour workday doesn’t work

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and …

Happiness

Making This Change Can Help You Take Back 40 Percent of Your Time Each Week

Endless meetings? Your schedule can be tamed.<p><i>Imagine spending two full days each week just sitting in meetings. Oh, wait--you already do. And, a Bain & Company study found, most leaders rate more than half of these get-togethers as ineffective. Yet the calendar creep continues: "The percentage of</i> …

Productivity

The Attention Paradox: Winning By Slowing Down

"<p>Let's consider the work cycle of Jing - a hypothetical manager based in a typical multinational business. She gets out of bed at 6:30am and, like four in five of us, checks her smartphone within 15 minutes of waking. She makes herself breakfast and spends half-an-hour scanning her phone and …

Happiness

To Get Better at Time Management, Borrow a Training Strategy From Elite Athletes

<i>This week, Science of Us is exploring time: what makes it feel like it’s speeding up or slowing down, how we learn to tell the difference, and how we</i> …

Productivity

How to Be More Productive at Work

If you can barely find time to duck into the restrooms amid a schedule of meetings and deadlines, it can be hard to dedicate an hour to do a gym …

Fitness

How to Be Your Most Productive at Any Given Moment

Is what you’re currently doing the most productive thing to move your day forward?If you’re sitting at home, scrolling through your smartphone for …

Productivity

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Squeeze Fitness Into Their Busy Routines

If there’s one thing I know about entrepreneurs, it’s that we are busy. I am constantly running back and forth, doing everything from promoting myself and networking to putting out fires in my business. It can be difficult to find time to do anything except eat, sleep, and work when you have such a …

Productivity

​5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Focus When You’re Super Distracted

​Embrace the task at hand with these simple tips<p>Thanks to work overload, always-pinging digital devices, and packed schedules, it seems like multi-tasking has become a default mode for most of us.<p>But attempting to keep that up can lead to distraction and stress—not to mention a decline in quality …

Pomodoro Technique

5 Email Templates For Handling The Most Annoying Parts Of Your Workday

You shouldn’t have to write an original response every time you get asked the same question.<p>I’m obsessed with being as productive as humanly possible, whether that’s setting better deadlines or finding the most effective way to schedule my days.<p>But my inbox was still a huge time suck. And the …

Employment

Things 3 is an $8 productivity app that's worth every penny

For those who like to stay organized, there are plenty of free apps out there that will get the job done.<p>But while those apps — including Apple's own native apps, like Calendar, Notes, and Reminders — are adequate, shelling out for a third-party app is often worth it.<p>Enter Things 3, an $8 app …

Apps

How To Write Your Personal Constitution For Success

What are the three gaps that separate you from where you are today and where you want to be?<p>If ever you’ve felt out of sync or filled with uncertainty, you may have stumbled upon the three gaps. What you believe, what you value, and what you spend your time on are all key points in creating a …

Productivity

Most people think about the concept of 'having enough time' the wrong way

In my new house the top floor is a single room with gabled walls and a single window that looks out over the street.<p>I go up there twice daily to meditate for half an hour, so every time I’m in that room I can’t help but think, at least once, about how much time I have left in the day.<p>During those …

Productivity

Five Tips and Skills to Manage Your Time That Actually Work

Source: stevepb/Pixabay<p>Do you have too much to do and too little time to do it? Do you have tons of unread emails in your inbox? If this sounds like …

Productivity

3 Ways You Can Fight Multitasking And Get A Better Brain

Proven ways you can increase your focus and cut down on distraction.<p>Which is worse for your powers of concentration?<p>Doing several things on technology (email, texting, surfing the web) at once.<p>Or:<p>Trying to get all of those things done, but after you've had a few puffs of marijuana (medical or …

The Brain

If You’re Overworked, Overscheduled or Overcommitted, Here’s How to Take Back Your Time

Many people are constantly overwhelmed by projects, goals, tasks, phone calls, emails and the constant demand on their time by everyone close to …

Productivity

A 5 Step Process For Boosting Productivity--By Getting Less Done

It's not about clearing your inbox. It's about moving the needle.<p>How many productivity hacks have you tried?<p>Have you scheduled " Airplane Days" where you disconnect from the internet?<br>• Have you tried daily standups with your team?<br>• Have you used productivity apps like iDoneThis?<p>When I was working 90 …

Productivity

There Are Not Enough Hours In The Day To Grind For 'Overwatch' Anniversary Skins

Once again, <i>Overwatch</i> has returned with yet another microtransaction-focused event, this time for its one year anniversary. Usually, these events are not all that controversial, but in this case, I think it’s time to point out that things are escalating a bit in terms of the rewards being offered …

Gaming

4 Ways to Escape the 'Busy' Trap (And Actually Get Things Done)

These tips can help you break the cycle of overwhelm and create impact with your work.<p>If you're a top performer, you're used to the breakneck pace of business today.<p>You probably find it's simple to fill every hour of the day with more work. After all, there's always <i>something</i> vying for your …

Productivity

A helping hand in solving the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent labour productivity figures found Britain’s workers have managed to improve their output per …

Productivity

College Swimmers: The Benefits of Planning Your Week

Becoming a collegiate swimmer can be extremely stressful and busy. It can be hard to balance class, homework, practice, meets... Stock Photo via Mike …

Swimming

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Most people learn time management the hard way: by trial and error.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of</i> …

Happiness

5 Simple Tips That Can Help Even the Worst Procrastinators

There is hope for those of us who, like Herman Melville when writing Moby Dick, need to be chained to our desks to actually complete a piece of work.<p>Have you ever sat down to work on a business pitch... or your resume... or an important speech you've been ask to give... and then realized it would …

Procrastination