Elon Musk recently sent out a memo to employees with a list of productivity tips, a few being pretty ruthless. His goal is to produce 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of June. He's also been known to sleep at the Tesla factor to ensure there is high productivity while producing the new electric car. With his goal in mind, these tips might just be what Tesla employees need to make it happen.Read More
At the end of every year, I peruse through my local book and stationary shops to find the right planner for the year ahead. Most times, those planners get full use for a few months, and then my organization slowly trickles until it’s the end of the year again and I’m looking for my next planner. Basically, I have yet to find a planner that works well for my needs.
At the end of 2017, I came across the Productivity Planner. Its main purpose is to help you prioritize your week and day so that you can achieve more of your goals. Each day is set up for you to prioritize 3-5 tasks which, according to the founders of the planner, will help you achieve more by doing less.Read More
I regularly conduct what I like to call “Destroy to Create” experiments, where I take a routine, habit or workflow and switch it up to see if I can make it better, faster, easier and/or cheaper.
In Q4 2017, I wanted to see if I could replace a laptop with the new 10.5" iPad Pro. Because it was Abundance 360 season, my busiest time of the year, I found myself using a laptop more than usual simply out of necessity. So I extended the experiment through to Q1 2018 to give the iPad a fair shot at a mix of everyday work -- design, writing, videoconferences, heavy email, browser use, Slack and file management.Read More
A good portion of our work lives can be spent going from one meeting to another, to a couple hours of phone calls, to answering emails and spending all the time in between (if any) preparing for said meetings or extinguishing small fires. But this isn't sustainable for your career or for your sanity. This doesn't leave a lot of time for meaningful work or creative outputs, which means work hours stretch on and on into evenings and weekends, leaving you little time for rest and play.Read More
An internet snow day is something we have all encountered -- a day in which we are reminded what life was like before we had access to the world wide web. Every now and then, the internet simply stops working, whether it's an issue with your router, the service provider, or just bad weather. So, what to do you do when the there's an internet snow day? Make the most of it! The infographic below from Cincinnati Bell offers a few ways to spend the day when you're internet just won't work.Read More
Over the last month, I’ve been sharing weekly reports of life with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Lily. As Mike and I settle into our new groove, my focus turns to how I can apply what I’m learning about good puppy-raising into my professional life.
This week led to some breakthroughs with Lily that are highly relevant to human high performance. Read on to hear them.Read More
Last week, I introduced you to Lily, our Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy who has become my productivity muse. Raising her and maintaining my usual work effectiveness will be a delightful challenge -- and each week, I’ll report my top discoveries and lessons learned.Read More
As the founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson is one of the most successful people in the world -- he knows a thing or two about how to be productive. Luckily for us, he often shares his insights on simple yet effective tips on running a successful empire.
Richard Branson recently uncovered an old diary from 1972 that contained a slightly odd but ultimately effective to-do list. The 22-year-old Branson listed items like expanding Virgin Records, buying items for his recording studio and learning to fly.Read More
As an entrepreneur, you feel baffled when there is too much work pressure. It hinders your creativity, resulting in further delay. The ability to use time tactically is one of the most worthy skills that entrepreneurs can have in their arsenal. By utilizing time properly, you can handle challenging situations with utmost expertise.Read More
When it comes to motivation and being productive, Stephen King said it best: "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." If we wait until we're motivated or inspired, nothing will be done. And let's face it, there are times when we feel completely lazy and feel like doing nothing. But it doesn't mean we should give in to this.
This past month has been one of the most challenging balancing acts of my life. My partner’s mother was hospitalized and took a turn for the worse the week before Easter. Tests results later revealed what the doctors had warned us would be the worst possible diagnosis -- Leukemia. At a time when my loved ones were falling into pieces, it was critical that I prepare myself for all possible scenarios.Read More
Every three months, I follow a process I call Destroy to Create: I select a regular practice, routine, habit -- something at which I’m already proficient and efficient in -- and reengineer it from first principles.Read More
A healthy diet promotes good health, and employee wellness is tied so closely to worker efficiency that 77 percent of lost productivity is attributable to health-related issues, according to a recent study.Read More
Before you pick up another cup of coffee and blame your tiredness on an afternoon slump, you may want to turn your focus elsewhere—like the lights in your office. That’s because light does much more than people realize to affect how well they work or how happy (or angry or sad) they feel at the office.Read More
We wanted to start the year off on a positive note, while finding a way to maintain that motivation and momentum throughout the year. That's when we came up with 52 Notes -- every week of 2017 we will send out an email with a note from our Founder and CEO Marissa Brassfield featuring a new productivity tip. These tips will be something you can implement into your life immediately and without hassle.
With technology making it easy to bring work home, we need our weekends to unplug and recharge now more than ever. Even if we don’t do any actual work over the weekend, our devices make it too easy to check email or Slack messages. A study by the American Psychological Association found that more than half of Americans check their work email over the weekend, and 44 percent check their email while on vacation. The result is a population of adults who are not getting the proper rest they need at home, making them less productive in the office.Read More
Distractions! Noise! People! Be it the ringing phones, running office machines or colleagues having an energetic discussion, noise is a major problem in open space working environments.
Most of the people who work in open space offices attest that their level of productivity is lowered by the number of distractions, noise, and people in the their surroundings.
Why has the idea of open space working environment spread so fast in the majority of office settings? The fact is, open space working has a number of advantages over the conventional office setting. The benefits of open space working affect both the employees as well as the business.Read More
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