Category Archives: Productivity

Is a daytime nap the secret to business success?

According to Google…yes! So much so, that its Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, are kitted out with high tech sleep pods, where employees can go to recharge their batteries. These EnergyPods are said to incorporate NASA science, enclosing the occupant within a private space which shuts out any external stimuli, and reclining them in the optimum resting position to provide maximum blood flow throughout their body. If that’s not enough, there’s a built-in Bose music system for those who like to drift off listening to something relaxing, and a timer system gently wakes the occupant using light and vibration when it is time to get up.

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The one productivity killer you’re overlooking

“You’re not watching with me.”

“I am! I can do both, I have to check something.”

“Then check and then we’ll watch the show.”

“It’s fine, just keep watching, I’m paying attention.”

“But it feels weird to watch alone while you’re doing something else.”

“It’s fine, I’m watching. Here, I’m putting it down, you happy?”

“Yes, thank you.”

“So catch me up.”

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25 daily habits that are killing your productivity

Habits killing your productivity

Some days it seems almost impossible to be productive.

There are beeps and buzzes coming from your phone and calendar notifications on your laptop for upcoming meetings. These are just a few of the distractions that small business owners and employees experience on a daily basis. To fight the distractions and stay on top of things we try different productivity hacks. Most of the time they’re ineffective.

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Six things I discovered from giving up Facebook for a month

I have been a member of Facebook for well over a decade. To begin with it was a mild distraction which I would log into every few days, to contact a friend or look at some photos. But over the years I have become acutely aware of my growing addiction, and at times I would find myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I should have been focusing on a piece of work, or giving something else my full attention. It was wasting time and my concentration was suffering, and it was obvious I needed to do something about it. The perfect opportunity presented itself when my six-year-old daughter suggested I give up something for Lent…

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Why dehydration could be killing your daily performance at work

There are some occupations where keeping hydrated is a ‘must’ and part of working culture. The mining industry in Western Australia, for example, involves working in extreme desert climates where temperatures can soar as high as 40°C and beyond.  Miners are therefore required to keep their fluid intake up, and alcohol is usually banned from mining sites to help lower the risk of dehydration.

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How to save yourself from bad meetings

Imagine coming into the office one morning, settling at your desk to prepare for the working day. A colleague you sort-of recognise from down the corridor wanders into your office and, without a word, steals your chair and rolls away with it. No explanation as to why he took your chair in particular, or any acknowledgement that you might need it to get any work done. You’d surely kick up a fuss, right?

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3 reasons your resolutions won’t work (and what you should do instead)

3 reasons your resolutions won’t work (and what you should do instead)

Resolutions rarely work; just like “I’ll quit on Monday” rarely works.  In fact, according to a University of Scranton survey, about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% are successful. I’ve been one of the unsuccessful 8% so many times I decided to bag the resolution thing years ago. Here’s what I learned about why resolutions and Monday morning quitting have such a small chance of sticking for the long haul.

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Old school versus new school project management

Old school versus new school project management

Modern project management has very little in common with “old school” methods. Now project managers and teams can see at a glance how far things have come and how to transform their own daily project workflows in this new infographic from the Citrix project management experts.

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What were the 10 most popular posts of 2015?

What were the 10 most popular posts of 2015?

Now that the countdown to Christmas is in full swing, it’s always nice to reflect on the highs of 2015, and in our case, the blog posts that really got our readers thinking and sharing. So just before we kick back with a glass of mulled wine and call it a wrap for 2015, we thought you might like our Christmas Top 10 of the posts that grabbed the most eyeballs this year…

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Our top 10 takeaways from The Smart Working Handbook

Smart Working

Four years ago, the first edition of The Smart Working Handbook was published, designed to offer best practice advice in transforming organisations through smart working techniques. Its success was unprecedented, with more than 100,000 copies being downloaded and shared. Its advice has been adopted by numerous organisations including the UK Cabinet Office, as the official guide to Smart Working for the UK’s 440,000 civil servants.

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For a more productive and creative day, take a look at your workspace

Creative Workspaces

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Who are we to argue with the wise words of Albert Einstein? Certainly not me! On some days, usually when I’m up against a big writing deadline, it’s hard to tell if there’s really a desk under my mountain of paperwork, notebooks and mugs. A former journalist colleague of mine once discovered a six-month old mouldy, half-eaten pasty on his desk when he was ordered to give it a clean up!

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The 5 reasons you can’t stop checking your phone

“I’m bigger and I’m faster. I will always beat you.”

This is what Joan Crawford tells her daughter, Christina, in the 1981 movie ‘Mommie Dearest’ after shamefully beating her in a swimming race. When it comes to your phone you might want to think of your brain as Joan Crawford and yourself as Christina; you can’t beat your brain’s phone addiction, it will always win.

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