Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions

14. January 2016 10:26 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

It's two weeks into the new year. Are you still upholding your New Year's resolutions? If you are, congratulations! Only 50 weeks left to go. If you have fallen off the wagon, don't be too hard on yourself. There are likely some good reasons.

Know Thyself

New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin sheds some light on the matter. In this talk, she explains the four types of personalities and their attitudes about rules. Whether you're a rebel who hates to follow any rule, even if it's your own, or an upholder who follows all the rules, knowing how you and others see the world will help you get things done.

Be the Early Bird

Many productive people report they get the most done in the morning before the rest of the world wakes up. But changing your routine can be a daunting task. It turns out there are some secrets for converting night owls to early birds.

One of the mistakes people make when they want to wake up earlier is to immediately start setting their clocks to the new time they want to rise. This will shock your system and make you feel more tired. Start by setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. After a couple days of waking up at the new time, set your alarm for another 15 minutes earlier. This gives your body time to adjust.

From getting enough sleep to jumping out of bed, Kosio Angelov, the founder of High Performance Lifestyle has great advice for people searching for more sunlight. Watch the video above for all seven tips.

Try These 10 Tips

WebMD offers some great advice for people seeking to keep their New Year's resolutions. Tips include practicing self control, making a single change at a time, and breaking goals into achievable chunks.

Whether you're rewarding your diligence with colorful stickers, or feeling overwhelmed by your goals, we want to hear from you! Let us know what you wish you were doing better, or what you feel good about accomplishing so far in the comments below.

2015: Perfect For a Fresh Start At Work

You may have enjoyed the last two weeks off from work, whether it was traveling to see family in another city or heading somewhere tropical to get away from winter. Whatever the case might be, you know next Monday is when we all face the reality that things are finally back to normal at work. How do you feel about your productivity in 2014? Did you constantly complain you were busy? Did you, in turn, feel like you didn't get anything done? Here are some suggestions to ease office stress into the new year.

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Keeping Productive During the Holidays

December is usually crunch time for everyone. All of the year-end work deadlines are piling up, in addition to holiday shopping, party planning, and visits to see in-laws. If you're stressed out and feeling unfocused, don't worry! That's totally natural. But rather than feeling like your holiday season is a bust, take time to reflect on strategies to keep you productive and on task, no matter what you have to do.

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Improving Your Work Experience

For many workers, summer is a time of vacations, Summer Fridays, or a general downturn in responsibilities. But now that Labor Day has passed and we're headed into the middle of September, operations are ramping up everywhere. You might feel overwhelmed by so many emails, uninspired and unable to get back into your routine, or generally unhappy with office politics. These three ideas might help you turn your disappointments into positives, helping you be more productive.

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The Case For Smart Office Design

When you think of your average office space, smart is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Instead, you probably utter the dreaded word "cubicle," and conjure up the image of a cramped desk space without a window, where you hear the din of a dozen others typing away or fielding customer calls. But an office definitely doesn't have to be like this.

In fact, when you move beyond the cubicle model of office culture, there's actually great potential to improve productivity! Maybe your office won't get a makeover today, but these following suggestions could have a big impact, even if you can adapt them in smaller ways.

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Web Resources to Increase Productivity

The web, and in particular social media, can be a massive time waster. Have you ever found yourself on Facebook or Wikipedia for what felt like 15 minutes but was really one hour? Has YouTube lured you away for a dozen different music videos at a time? While the web can get us distracted, it can also be the ultimate productivity tool, if used right. We've focused on apps before, but now we wanted to focus on specifically what you can access on your desktop or laptop.

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Get the Latest Productivity Apps

There are so many productivity apps out there that it can be hard to keep track of the useful ones. Of course, we always recommend Evernote, which has the single largest set of features and organizational tools. But we wanted to expand our horizons a little bit by providing a list of some of the latest (and best) apps that manage the insanity of everyday life! By avoiding bad organizational apps, which will ultimately do more harm than good, you can focus more on the things that matter in life. More...

Workplace Productivity Hacks

1. May 2014 18:20 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

With the warmer weather upon us, it gets even more difficult to stay focused on the tasks at hand during the workday. Earlier in the year we had a few tips for springtime productivity that you are hopefully following already! But we wanted to explore specific hacks that'll help you stay focused when you're in the office, preventing you from getting burnt out or dissatisfied, no matter where you might be working or what your position in the company is.

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Spring Cleaning Your Digital World

20. March 2014 20:41 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Even if it might not feel like spring outside, today officially marked the start of the season. As we transition to warmer weather, we're also moving into a time when cleaning out clutter becomes a priority. Of course, managing your house or apartment is form of spring cleaning, but a digital spring cleaning might also be necessary! In order to help you out, we wanted to highlight some tools to help leave your online life in tip top shape.

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Get Productive For Springtime

20. February 2014 19:16 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

As the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up, it means that spring will soon be here for most of us, both in the US and across the world. Rising temperatures means more time spent outside, and more time to get distracted from important work and other professional goals. But don't fret! We've got a new productivity tips, apps and gadgets to keep you focused in springtime (or any other season when distractions are at a maximum).

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