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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 Adventure Sports Worth Trying This Year

    12 Jan, 2013 0 comments All life areas

    Adventure sports are a major money making activity all over the world, and while most enthusiasts usually head to New Zealand – the adventure sport capital of the world – to experience some of the rarest and most extreme sports there are, not everyone needs to make that trip to indulge in some adventure sports. With the spread of these sports almost everywhere, you can find majority of these in your own country. Here are five adventure sports that are increasingly being offered by adventure sport companies’ world over. This new year, try something different, have a look at these and take your pick:

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    The Magical 90 Minute Solution for Getting Things Done

    26 Nov, 2012 0 comments All life areas

    What is it about 90 minutes that makes it the ideal time period for getting things done with maximum focus, resulting in better results? While researchers are still debating the exact nature of this phenomenon, it does well to know the 90 minute rule, which although is associated with one’s sleep patterns, can be applied to other spheres of life too. You can enhance personal and organizational productivity and time management with ease if the 90 minute rule is incorporated into the home and work environment. There are roughly three areas of your life which will benefit the most from this method – sleep, time and productivity. With practice, you can extend the habit to almost everything you do. Here’s a closer look at how you can apply it in daily life:

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    Getting Things Done : The Minimalist way

    06 Sep, 2012 0 comments All life areas

    Bringing the two concepts together, we discover that  Getting Things Done (GTD) has a lot to gain from Minimalism as a way of thinking. Have a look:

    Feeling like your productivity is lacking? Wondering how to get more done in the day? Feeling disorganized and disoriented? A lot of people respond to this kind of stress by trying to multi-task and making their life even more complicated. Instead, why not adopt some minimalist habits that will boost your productivity, increase your focus and stop running yourself ragged.

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    Basic Tips You Need To Know About Productivity

    12 Aug, 2012 0 comments All life areas

    There is always something we have to do, someone we have to see, or some item we have to purchase/get rid of/repair/replace. That’s the way of life; we have more to do than the time we have would allow us. You start on one task, and more pop up. Sure, sometimes we get stuff done, but how many times have you gone to bed at night wishing you would have done just a little bit more? To understate this; you need to make use of your time more wisely, and that will ultimately result in more productivity.

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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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