The Need for Instant Gratification is Ruining Your Productivity

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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.

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Freelancer.com: Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap

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© Jorgophotography – Fotolia.com

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…]

POLL: What Are Your Barriers to Productivity?

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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…]

What You Can Learn About Productivity From the Producers of ‘Anger Management’

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(CC) Matthew Straubmuller/Flickr

Your next productivity inspiration might come from Charlie Sheen’s bosses, the producers of FX comedy “Anger Management.” The show was given a 10/90 deal — if the first 10 episodes of the series received high ratings, the network would ink a deal for another 90 episodes. But, there’s a catch. It all has to be completed in two years.  [Read more…]

My Favorite Analog Productivity Tools

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My go-to CB2 hourglasses
I’m often asked about my favorite productivity tools, and while I do cycle through an array of apps and digital tools, my absolute must-have in the office is my set of hourglasses, seen here. These particular hourglasses come from CB2, but any will do: the larger one is an hour, while the smaller one is 15 minutes. [Read more…]