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10 Less told ways to Increase Productivity

25 Feb, 2013 0 comments All life areas

Get off Facebook – Cut down your Facebooking time!

You found this article, most likely on Facebook, that’s okay. But think about how many hours a day you spent on Facebook? On the phone, at work, before going to bed – all the time? Well, let’s reinforce the obvious truth. Cut down your Facebook time. Studies show that less Facebook time = More productivity. (Well, we made that up, but you got the idea!)

  • Make shorter To-do lists

    We all make to do lists. Long enough that we end up missing out on some of them. Well, if the job was important enough, you wouldn’t put it on the list in the first place. Right? So instead of making long lists, make them shorter. Shorter goals are easier to achieve.

  • Treat everything on your to do list with same priority

    Many of you might disagree with this. How can you get things done if they are treated with the same priority? Well, even though you prioritized them, do you see some of them slipping down the list, even after you creating them? Well, that is human tendency. Try to make them prioritized based on urgency or time. That way at least the first in will get done first.

  • Any task should be done in 30 minutes

    For example, instead of tracking the entire time taken to get a job done, count them in smaller cycles. Like 30 minutes. Any job should be done in 30 minutes, not more. If it goes beyond 30 minutes, stop doing it. Its only making the other things on the list suffer.

  • Say No if you cannot get something done

    Most of us try to make people happy by promising them things that they cannot do. This is not the right approach. If you have something that will take time, tell them no first up. They might not be happy first, but at least they’ll appreciate your honesty in the long run.

  • Count in terms of musical cycles

    Do you listen to music while doing things? Then count in cycles of your favorite music. For instance if there is this one song that helps you get things done, put it on loop. So if the song is actually 5 minutes long, you’ll count as to how many times you played the song. So at the end of it you’ll be able to say how many cycles it took to get the job done.

  • Don’t do everything single handed. Collaborate with others

    One of the things that smart people do is collaborate with others and get things done together rather than single handed. More people involved, means more creativity and more ways to get things done.

  • Share your goals. Friends influence you positively

    Tell others what you’re working on and what you’re trying to achieve. Studies have proved that if you share your goals, others influence you positively to getting that thing done.

  • Take frequent breaks in between

    People stay away from taking breaks fearing that their focus and concentration will be lost. This is a wrong notion. Instead, take more frequent breaks. Your brain will get better ideas and energy with breaks and will be able to focus more and function more effectively.

  • Go public with your objectives

    Researches have shown that if you share your goals and objectives with public, you are more likely to get them done, rather than in private. But publicly sharing them is not enough. You got to keep track of it as well, or give others a chance to check back with you on progress. ResolutionTweet is one such app that will let you do that effectively with your friends. Try it out!

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    Daily Habits – the myths and facts about 21 days

    17 Jan, 2013 1 comment All life areas

    The New Year brings with it the promise of a new beginning, new opportunities and changes. And as convention goes, if you have  a new year resolution up your sleeve and want to make it into a daily habit, all you need to do is stay strong for 21 days. While the magical properties of the number 21 are unclear, what is clear now is that habit formation theories  which suggest it takes on an average about 21 days for an action to become a habit, are in fact false. A simple Google search about habit formation  or daily habits has long yielded results which tell the reader that a time period anywhere between 21 to 28 days is perfect for a habit to form. However, a recent psychological research breakthrough achieved by researcher Phillipa Lally and her colleagues from University College London has challenged this common belief that has been around since 1960. The research paper which has been published in the European Journal of Social Psychology has challenged the 21 day generalization and has provided a new turn to this sub-field of psychological studies.

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    5 LifeStyle Mantras for 2013

    04 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

    As the new year 2013 sets in, apply a few lifestyle  design principles that could bring about some significant  changes in your life in the next 12 months. Make some concrete choices, live consciously and cherish every moment you get. Keep these in mind:

     Just Breathe

    In 2013, the number one lifestyle mantra for anyone who wishes to balance life, achieve their   goals and bring about some positive development and growth, is to just breathe. Too often, we forget to maintain peace and calm of the mind and lose ourselves over a stressful situation. In the face of a problem, it’s important to maintain a balance, to centre yourself and to consciously focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly but deeply for five seconds, hold it for couple of seconds and exhale for five seconds. Count from one to ten backwards and take in the calming effect of deep breathing on your senses. Do this whenever you feel yourself getting worked up or stressed out. It hardly takes 20 seconds of your time and can help you slow down. A fast pace of life is good, however it’s extremely important to slow down and relish every second of life as it passes by.

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    Time Management Basics: The Pomodoro Technique

    04 May, 2012 0 comments All life areas

    GTD and time management experts as well as professionals from numerous fields stand by The Pomodoro Technique as one of the best methods to get things done on time and manage procrastination and distractions. This simple technique is extremely useful for those looking to boost their personal and team productivity by eliminating interruptions and distractions at work. The main idea behind Pomodoro is to decrease work anxiety by breaking down the tasks at hand and doing them in small intervals of 25 minutes each. This intelligent breakdown of time allows the person to complete the task at hand in small chunks during which their attention is completely focused on the task, followed by a small break to refresh the mind, and then starting again. Each productive 25 minute period builds momentum, thereby increasing the feeling of productivity as well. This technique can be used by almost anyone, in any form of work setting. However, it’s most effective for people who have to work at a designated place and have trouble concentrating for long periods of time sitting at the same place. Let’s have a closer look at the technique:

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    Working When Less is More: Simple is Powerful

    06 Apr, 2012 0 comments All life areas

    More and more people are beginning to explore the minimalistic, simplistic side of productivity to try and find a style of working which is less taxing, but more efficient. Less is More. Normally, we associate increased productivity and results with extra hours at work. The more you work, the more you get done. Recent studies however have shown that the key to increased productivity might not always be working more, but working less. The simpler, hassle free path to life can help you get the desired results, while maintaining health and peace of mind. Here are some great ways to work simple, work less and transform your lifestyle:

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    10 Steps to Writing The Best Essay

    09 Feb, 2012 0 comments All life areas

    Writing. Not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, and with good reason too. See, writing may seem easy, but putting down thoughts in a continuous, error free manner takes a lot of practice, time, and paper. It’s not as hard as rocket science though. With a few steps and tips on how to do it, writing an essay can be a fun and enjoyable experience. Like John Trimble once said, ‘…write as if the person you are talking to is right there, and has a sense of humor and an appreciation for simple straightforwardness”.

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