Research has shown that working out of a coffee shop can boost your creativity and productivity because of all the background noise. Well, now you can take those noises without everywhere you go, thanks to Coffitivity.
Many entrepreneurs need to learn that they simply can’t do it all on their own. Getting help with administrative tasks can go along way, especially when you are just starting out. Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker are the authors of Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA, and know just how useful a virtual assistant (VA) can be to businesses of all sizes. They talked to us about how hiring a VA can help boost productivity and provide support that ranges from bookkeeping to marketing.
Plying away at your inbox often involves writing and re-writing the same email over and over again. Many will find that the requests they receive tend to be similar in nature, which also means they are often repeatedly writing the same responses. CEO of HootSuite Ryan Holmes says he has begun using canned responses to save himself a bit of extra time when replying to emails.
Instant gratification can be an amazing thing. Thanks to the Internet and mobile technology, we no longer have to wait to hear a new song, to read the news or find the answer to just about any question you may have. However, instant gratification also has a downside — it might be ruining your productivity.
A ‘glass half-empty’ outlook may be the key to unlocking your productivity. Adam Grant, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, says optimistic employees who do not worry about their work do not perform as well as those who do worry. On the flip side, it is those optimistic businesspeople that take more risks, but also find themselves in more debt.
Getting through a typical 9-5 workday isn’t always easy. Our days are filled with distractions that take away from our overall productivity and the company’s bottom line. The infographic below from Time Doctor outlines just how much time is wasted at work and what the major distractions are.
In the world of 10- and 12-hour workdays, there seems to be little time for breaks or rest. The once-revered lunch break has now turned into a crammed “eat while you work” session. A recent article in The Atlantic suggests that you should only work through your lunch break if you really want to. [Read more...]
I enthusiastically recommend outsourcing or delegating tasks you’re not passionate about doing yourself — the pain-in-the-butt tasks that are necessary yet don’t fall into your areas of interest (or skill) — and I have to share a pleasant case study I just experienced firsthand with Freelancer.com. [Read more...]
I’d be honored if you could take a couple minutes out of your day and answer this quick poll on barriers to productivity. It’s just four questions and will be immensely helpful for some research I’m conducting. Here it is — thank you in advance! [Read more...]
Working late into the night is a normal occurrence for the modern-day professional, who just doesn’t seem to have enough hours in the day to get it all done. If this describes your life, you are probably doing it wrong.
Many jobs require people to sit at a desk for several hours at end, which can bring about issues like back pain if the office chair you are using is uncomfortable and inappropriate for extended use. What you do need is one of the below chairs, which comply with ergonomic standards and will give you a comfortable place to complete your eight hours of daily work. As an added bonus, these chairs have some really cool features. [Read more...]
A new study from Spain suggests there is a correlation between fitness levels and cognitive performance. By examining Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and how it changes depending on the cognitive task, the study found that fitness levels have a major effect on sustained attention. [Read more...]
Ah, the follow-up email. I get at least five a day from well-meaning bloggers looking to place a guest post or companies pitching a product, news item or service. Should the follow-up email be forgotten for good or remain a mainstay in modern communication? [Read more...]