Accountability: The Motivation You Need

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Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfastrecently wrote about the effects of accountability on various tasks. Since humans are social creatures, we flourish under circumstances in which the group is excelling. We wish to keep up with everyone else, and when those around us are producing, we are inspired to do the same. For those of us who work on projects that are primarily solo-jobs, it can be helpful to have an accountability measure in place. Maybe a mentor checks in to review your progress, or maybe you create deadlines enforced by a friend or peer. Whatever it is, accountability can increase our motivation. Here are three ways to make an accountability group succeed.

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Smart Glass Technology Can Lift Moods Inside the Office

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It’s a nice sunny day, but you’re stuck indoors at the office, staring longingly at the ugly window blinds. Simply opening a window to get some daylight can do wonders for your mood and productivity. But, the outside air can increase energy costs and mess with the otherwise comfortable temperature in the room. A new advancement in glass technology might allow you to have it all.

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Productivity Lessons That Have Endured Through the Ages [Infographic]

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There are some life lessons that are timeless. They were taught to us by older generations and we are likely to continue the tradition and teach these same lessons to younger generations. The holds true for productivity lessons. The infographic below from project management software Wrike provides a few timeless productivity lessons.

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Get More Done by Doing Less

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Learning the art of doing less doesn’t mean giving up on certain aspects of your life or forgoing important tasks. In fact, you can do less and get more done. That’s right, it’s possible to have it all. Leo Babuta of Zen Habits has outlined how to do less and maximize your productivity.

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Ask Yourself These 5 Questions to Boost Productivity

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When it comes to being the most productive person you can be, there are certain question you can ask of yourself, and others, to ensure that your productivity is at a maximum. Meggin McIntoch covers ten of these productivity based questions, and their importance, in her recent article on the Just Whelmed blog. I’ll give a brief insight into the five most important questions to ask when considering whether or not an activity, task, job, responsibility, or commitment will allow you to flourish in productivity.

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How Office Design Can Pump up Creativity

The Big Spaceship Open-Plan Office (Inc.com)

The Big Spaceship Open-Plan Office (Inc.com)

It’s no secret that open floor plans are common in offices around the world. Whether you work in design, IT, or production, collaboration is essential to the success of yourself, and your organization. While open-floor spaces have a bad rep for stifling productivity, they have a few benefits — like allowing employees to easily interact and share ideas.

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Be Productive and Healthy

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Productive people all have there own advice for how to become as efficient as possible in the workplace. Productivity guru Chris Kessler shared his efficiency secrets, and by habitually following these tips you can easily boost your productivity in no time!

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Another Case Against Open Offices — Your Time Should Be Your Own

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Open Offices — you either love them or hate them. Lately, it seems more and more people are turning against open office plans, saying they hinder productivity and overall work performance despite the collaborative atmosphere. Jason Feifer, senior editor at Fast Company, is one of those people. He makes a convincing argument as to why open offices are the wrong way to go, but he made one point that really stood out — in an open office you’re time is not your own.

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Time Management is Everything

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There is a common misconception that time is moving faster today than it did in the past. This is obviously a fallacy, but why does it seem this way? The answer is simple — we have more things distracting us today than ever before. With smart devices, social media, and ever changing social situations, life seems to have shifted focus to surviving rather than living. However, with a good sense of time management, you can tackle these distractions and create free time, where you are able to be as distracted as you like. Efficiency expert Chris Hardwick offers some insight to how he juggles his extremely busy life.

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How 20 Minutes Can Change Your Entire Day

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There is one simple secret to making your entire day better, and all it requires is 20 minutes of your time. A study from the University of Georgia found that when sedentary adults began doing 20 minutes of low to moderate aerobic exercise three times a week, they felt more energized.

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Turn Demotivation into Productivity

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In his recent blog post, artist Oliver Wetter discusses his ability to turn feelings of demotivation into productivity. As an artist, Wetter feels a constant pressure to turn out quality art. Seeing the constant stream of quality art emerging around the world can be difficult for Wetter as an artist, but it also serves as motivational.

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Don’t Eat Lunch at Your Desk!

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It is common knowledge that a nutritious lunch can spur afternoon productivity. Most of us think that stuffing a quick sandwich down our throats while staying at our desk is the best bet for staying productive, but recent studies prove otherwise.

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5 Ways to Conquer Your Laziness

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Becoming productive is basically impossible if you can’t get control of your laziness. When something seems like it will just take too much effort, you’d much rather be sitting on the couch catching up on your favorite show. It’s okay to have lazy days, but these days can snowball until you’ve procrastinated so much that your to-d0 list is several pages long. Below are five ways you can conquer your laziness to become more productive.

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Focus on Bandwidth Management, Not Time Management

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Many of us know the feeling. You get done with a Skype call with your boss and your brain is fried. Through the course of a 45-minute call, you discussed the new marketing campaign you’re heading, the emerging markets you will be focusing on, and how you will gain market share. You nailed every answer, and feel confident about the new project. Unfortunately, you now have to write an important memo to your coworkers, which your boss wants out in an hour. Bad timing.

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