Productivity

14
Feb

Defeat Perfectionism With These Three Words

Five years ago, I was on vacation with my husband.  A beautiful, week-long winter retreat in Colorado.  And I was crying.  I was supposed to be on vacation.  Instead of enjoying the powdery ski slopes, I spent most of my time inside of our hotel room… working.  And my husband was not happy about it. At that point in my
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17
Jan

Why You Should Nap: How To Use Naps To Outperform

“Hey Demir, I get so tired around the same time every day at work--right after lunch.  I feel so sluggish… it’s a struggle to get anything done at all. But then, right as I am wrapping up my work day, I seem to rebound with an ill-timed burst of energy.  What the heck is happening here and how can I
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9
Jan

The Myth of Multitasking

It’s no secret: Multitasking does not exist. But somehow, we have tricked ourselves into believing that it’s a cornerstone of our work day. We answer emails, talk on the phone, and jot down notes at the same time. We drink coffee, scan paperwork, and listen to podcasts simultaneously. A lot of job descriptions will actually list “ability to multitask” as
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3
Dec

I Spent 3 Months Without A Phone – And Here’s What Happened

I spent 3 months without a phone - and here's what happened. In April of 2016, I hit bottom. It was 3 in the morning, and I was still up, staring at my phone like an addict.  My wife went to bed hours earlier, but I stayed up for 4 more hours, scrolling through my phone aimlessly:  News feeds, Facebook, Youtube.
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29
Nov

How Do I Defeat Emotional Working?

"Hey Demir, I'm finding that my productivity is really dependent on my moods. When I feel good I’m incredibly productive, but most days when I feel bad or emotional I get nothing done. Is there a way to get past this?” - Steve H. Thanks Steve. This is a real common question, but no one seems to be talking about
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29
Nov

ADHD or Productivity Crisis?

“Hey Demir, I think I have ADHD. I just can’t seem to focus on anything, and my attention span is 2 seconds long. It’s really interfering with my ability to get work done, and I feel like my productivity has taken a big hit because of this. What should I do?” – Mark K. Thanks for the question, Mark. Many

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27
Nov

The Productivity Paradigm Is Broken

Why are we so distracted? Well, over the course of the last three decades, the technology that we incorporate into our lives in a day has increased exponentially. We have smart phones, laptops, televisions, tablets, smart watches, GPS… The list goes on and on. It doesn’t just add, it compounds the distractions.  And according researchers, we use all of it
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27
Nov

Knowledge Isn’t Enough

You can’t search the web these days without seeing an advertisement for something that will “transform your productivity!” Come on… admit it: we've all procrastinated for a couple minutes clicking on them, searching for gems that we can add to our daily routine. “7 Simple Tips to Boost Your Productivity at Work”, “The 3 New Apps to be More Productive”, “This
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19
Jan

Pomodoros: How Timed Work Blocks Make You Work More Efficiently

Imagine this: you sit down to your desk at work in the morning, and you start thinking about the million things to do today. A load of paperwork. A revamp of an article you were supposed to run last month. Create a quiz called “Which Adorable Photo of a Puppy Hugging a Kitten Are You?” (I don’t know where you

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20
Dec

Gift-Giving Hacks For The Holidays

How many times have you found yourself passing out a hefty handful of Target gift cards to all of your friends and family because you don’t have the time, money or energy to give everyone exactly what they want or need? Probably many, many times. What if, instead, you could be forever known as the best gift-giver in the family,

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