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It’s Not Poor Time Management…It’s Focus

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Recently I have observed several people whose time management skills are exceptional. They plan their day, pick their most important tasks, fill in gaps.and never get things done. It''s not poor time management.it''s poor focus management.

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What To Do If You’re Not Naturally Productive

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One thing people assume about me is that productivity comes naturally. After all, I spend a lot of time reading and writing about it, not to mention adjusting my own methods. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not naturally productive. But in spite of that, I am still highly productive.

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Debunking The Myth of the 2 Minute Rule

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One of the standard pieces of productivity advice is "if it will take you less than two minutes to do the task, do it now." Unfortunately, this can actually be counter-productive. Today we will look at the additional conditions you need to assess before applying the 2 minute rule.

2014 85

5 Signs You Are Out Of Balance

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We all get busy. Busy is something we can expect from time to time. But when we start giving too much of our energy and focus, we can get out of balance. Today we will look at the 5 signs you are out of balance, and then look at the consequences, and what you can do. The 5 Signs.

2015 65

Simple Productivity: 7 Day Productivity Plan (Infographic)

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It doesn''t get much simpler than this: a 7 day productivity plan, bringing together the best advice in productivity. The post Simple Productivity: 7 Day Productivity Plan (Infographic) appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

2014 86

Minimizing Distractions to Increase Productivity

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This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. For the most part it is extremely common for most people to have difficulties in keeping focused on a single task, especially in today’s multitasking environment at any office or job you might undertake.

2012 78

7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We’ve all heard about the habits of productive people. But productivity is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. Here are 7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People. Do any sound familiar? Procrastination.

2012 81

Building Margin Into Your Schedule

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One easy way to up your productivity and make your life less hectic is to build margin into your life. Building margin gives you a buffer between tasks, appointments and activities and can greatly decrease your stress and sense of overwhelm.

2014 55

4 Areas To Hack Your Workspace For Better Productivity

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Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Whether you work in a cube farm, or in your own office, chances are you spend a lot of time there. The space where you work can have a direct effect on your productivity. Here are 4 areas you can hack to make your workspace a more productive place.

2012 75

Why Task Lists Will Not Make You Productive

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. An acquaintance of mine is constantly making lists. She makes them on old envelopes, scratch pads, her phone, her laptop, her email and even her hand. Yet she is one of the most scattered, disorganized and unproductive people I know.

2012 78

The Beagle Guide To Simplicity

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Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. While I was writing the article about cat productivity , I caught my dog looking at me sadly. A beagle, she has mastered the whole “puppy dog sorrowful look.” ” That’s actually why I have a dog right now, but that’s another story for another time. Our dog is an older beagle, adopted as an adult from a rescue, we think about 9 or 10. She is sweet, loving, and generally happy. My dog looked at me for inclusion.

2012 71

Information In Too Many Places? Simplify!

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One of my readers askend me to address the question of what to do when you have information in too many places. She said she had notebooks everywhere, plus all her email accounts, plus sticky notes scribbled on and stuck all over her house and office.

2014 51

Increase Productivity By Protecting Your Time

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. My current client is a tax preparation firm. Since it is tax season in the U.S., I have been working. A lot. Unfortunately, working has been encroaching on my personal time. And I find that when I do not set the boundaries with my time at work, I get nothing done at night. Or even worse, I get grumpy and resentful about the choices I have made.

2013 65

7 Secrets of Managing Extreme Busyness

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I have been extremely busy over the last few months, and it is about to get worse. Everything will ease up in June) Several friends and acquaintances are amazed at what I have going on, and asked me how I manage it. So here are my 7 secrets of managing extreme busyness.

2015 42

4 Tips To Make Forward Progress

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Sometimes we don''t make progress, not because of procrastination, but for other reasons. Yet making forward progress is not that difficult. Today we will look at 5 ways to make forward progress, regardless of if you are short on time or inspiration.

2014 50

What I Use: My iPad Productivity Tools

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I''ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the tools that I use to operate at peak productivity. Today we will start a series of articles about my go-to productivity tools by looking at what I use on my iPad.

2015 40

No Meeting Days: Protect Your Productivity

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Meetings can be, at best, a necessary evil. At worst they can be a soul-sucking drain of your creativity and time. One of the best ways to protect your productivity from this insidious sapper is to schedule a No Meeting Day.

2015 34

Why You Shouldn’t Over-Plan

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Planning is the basis of any productivity system. Yet many people struggle with the two extremes: under- and over-planning. Today we will look at why you shouldn't over-plan and how to make sure you are planning at the right level.

2015 34

Beyond Productivity: 5 Psychological Drivers To Efficiency

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In this article is a list of psychological drivers to efficiency, and how leaders can apply them to everyday work scenarios. The post Beyond Productivity: 5 Psychological Drivers To Efficiency appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 40

Coffee In the Workplace: An Infographic

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. This infographic on coffee in the workplace was too good to pass up. Enjoy! Graphic provided by https://www.zoho.com/general/blog/work-coffee-the-unbreakable-bond.html. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). The post Coffee In the Workplace: An Infographic appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

2013 46

5 Productivity Errors That Make You Look Flaky

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Most of the time, if we’re not functioning at peak productivity, no one knows. But there productivity errors that can make us look totally flaky. Do you make any of these mistakes? Not Writing Things Down.

2012 54

3 Tips for Smoother Workflows

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Most of what we do every day can be classified as a workflow; we do repeatable sequences of actions. In this article we are going to take a look at how to make smoother workflows. The post 3 Tips for Smoother Workflows appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

2014 42

Why Simplifying Will Make You More Productive

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Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I believe it is part of human nature to complicate things over time. We want to enhance what we are doing, so we tweak the process. In the best results, the tweaks lead to improvements. Most of the time, the tweaks don’t really buy us anything, but we leave them, and after a period of time, the tweaks morph into a burden of extraneous actions. This is not an un-doable process, though. Just as we complicate, we can simplify as well.

2013 46

Why Effort Isn’t Enough to Reap the Best Rewards (Virtual Book Tour: Cynthia Kocialski)

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Today we have Cynthia Kocialski here to talk effort and rewards as part of a book tour for her latest book, Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success: How to Prosper Without Being at the Top of The Class. Our regular Open Loop section will appear tomorrow.

2012 55

Is Your Default Activity Killing Your Productivity?

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was listening to a Get-It-Done-Guy podcast recently ( Keep on Track by Designing Your Transitions ) where he talked about staying on track, and mentioned a default activity.

2012 50

Productivity Toolbox: Schedule Your Free Time Tasks

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Sometimes a task list just isn''t enough. Even though there are plenty of things on the list, and plenty of time to do them, things still don''t get done. Today we will look at the productivity toolbox method of scheduling a block of free time with tasks in order to power through a list.

2014 40

What Is Whole Life Productivity?

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As I mentioned in my last article , work and life no longer have distinct boundaries thanks to the technology that we carry with us at all times.

2015 28

Opening A New Door

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The end of SimpleProductivityBlog.com.and the start of something really great.Whole Life Productivity ( [link] ). The post Opening A New Door appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 28

The Reason We Don’t Reach Our Goals

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One of the first ways to go about reaching a goal is to crystallize it in our minds so that we are clear about what we are trying to have/do/be. Then the next is to break it down into manageable steps.

2015 33

Making Habits Stick

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The new year is almost upon us, and many of us will make New Year''s Resolutions. The sad part is that most of those resolutions won''t stick until the end of the first month.

2014 33

Relaunch-cation

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I am on "vacation" this week in order to prepare for the major announcement coming next Monday. Check back then! The post Relaunch-cation appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 28

Learning To Say No

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I have a confession to make. I have a hard time saying no. I am constantly asked to do things.because I have done things in the past. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I have time in my schedule for the constant inflow of tasks.

5 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Who doesn’t like that feeling of being productive while expending little energy? I sure love feeling like I’ve gotten a lot done without feeling like I’ve been through the wringer.

2012 50

Hit The Ground Running With A Productivity Ritual

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve heard many people complain that routines are straightjackets. Yet anyone who has been around a small child for extended periods knows the power of a bedtime routine. In fact, bedtime routines are suggested for adults who are having trouble sleeping. Because a repeatable set of actions before bedtime creates a mindset that allows for the onset of sleep. Creating A Ritual.

2013 39

7 Ways To Regain Your Focus

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We all have those days where we seem to easily get off track. We head for the kitchen to do the dishes, and an hour later find ourselves in another room with another task - and the dishes are still not done.

2014 33

Simplifying The Task List

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Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Even though I write this blog and make it a point to find the best ways to be productive, occasionally I get buried. Right now I am buried under a mountain of projects and tasks. I simply look at my task list and want to run away and join the circus. It isn’t the first time it has happened, and I am sure it will not be the last. But there is one thing I have learned from all the times this has happened.

2013 39

Managing Family Schedules Using Google Calendar

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Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the challenges of having a family with activities and schedules is that it can be difficult to coordinate things. Even in my small family, it can be difficult to keep track of where everyone needs to be.

Software Review: LifeTopix

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What if I told you there was a piece of software out there that allowed you to freely link planning, shopping, finances, notes, travel, projects and more together? And not only that, but integrated with iPhone/iPod Touch built-in calendars? This is the intriguing premise behind LifeTopix.

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Why Planning Is So Important to Productivity

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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Do you use your productivity system for planning? Or just for keeping track of where you have to be and what you have to do?

2011 43

5 Simple Procrastination Busters

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We''ve all had days where we have had trouble getting things started. Perhaps it is just a general disinclination; or perhaps we are dawdling. The end effect is we are not getting done what needs to be done. Today we will look at five procrastination busters to get you started on your tasks.

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