Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions

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

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.

New Year's Resolutions for 2015

It's that time of year where we start to reflect on all that we've accomplished in 2014 and all that we wish we had gotten done. Out of these reflections come our 2015 resolutions. While it's often true we don't follow through on these resolutions too far into the new year, it doesn't mean they're hopeless. We have a few tech-focused ideas that can be implemented easily and another general suggestion for staying on track with major creative goals. What are you waiting for?

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Keeping Productive During the Holidays

11. December 2014 08:23 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

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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Stay Focued With Holiday Apps

With Thanksgiving just a week away and other December holidays just about a month from starting, you're going to need something to help keep you organized. We're going to be coming out with tech-focused gift guides next week, but for now, we wanted to share some holiday-themed apps that can help you stay on track, no matter what your goals might be. Whether it's keeping track of what you're eating, easily sharing money with friends and family, or navigating the treacherous weather, we've got something for you!

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Making Your Job Hunt More Successful

6. November 2014 10:28 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments

Three of the most stressful things in life are finding a new house, dealing with the death of a loved one, and looking for a new job. We are wanted to talk about the latter stressor: job hunting. Though the economy has improved considerably over the last couple years, competition for most office jobs remains stiff. So, how can you stand out from the crowd? Try sprucing up that resume and making other changes as you go about your job search. By highlighting some of these tips, we hope potential employers move you to the top of the pile.

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Apps to Help Supercharge Your Life

Let's face it: nobody really enjoys household chores or tasks that waste a lot of our time and energy. Whether it's doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning that pesky kitchen sink, or balancing your checkbook, there are an endless number of tasks that feel mundane. If you use a smartphone, iPad or computer, thankfully there are apps that allow you to take the hassle out of these chores. It may not make them fun, but you can save time and supercharge your life in the process.

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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...

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