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9 Powerful Habits for Getting Important Things Done

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With a bit of effort, you can build the habits and the willpower to take care of your pressing tasks much more effectively.
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The Do's And Don'ts Of Creativity

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“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.” – Albert Einstein Creativity is one of the most intrinsically rewarding endeavors we engage in.

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10 Chrome extensions for streamlined, sped-up productivity

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Streamline your web-based workflow! These 10 tools can help. Integrate Google Calendar, share screenshots, and fire up other tools for getting things done.

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7 Things You Can Do to Conquer Defeat

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Getting slapped down by life is never fun. But there's a lot you can do to win in the end.
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How to boost your team's productivity

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Being a leader is a tough work. It’s not only for the amount of responsibilities but it’s also for the difficulties they have to face organizing and managing a team, trying to get the most out of overstretched resources. Boosting your team’s productivity is really not something easy! There are people that simply know what to do to keep their team’s productivity high, but unfortunately they are the minority. Most of us have to read and try harder to achieve this!
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5 Tips to Turn Your Job into What You WantSwitch & Shift

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New year, new job? If the thought of going back to work is filling you with dread, you might already be thinking about moving on to something new.
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11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day

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By getting to the heart of what makes some leaders truly great, you can become pretty remarkable yourself.
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10 Free Productivity Apps for Getting Things Done | Wrike Blog

10 Free Productivity Apps for Getting Things Done | Wrike Blog | Productivity Tools | Scoop.it
Hush (Mac): temporarily silences your Mac's system alerts so you can work without getting distracted by popup windows or chiming notifications. This one's great for quieting your machine when presenting a deck at a meeting ...
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✔ How Nozbe Can Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2015 - Getting Things Done with Nozbe Productivity Blog

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✔ How Nozbe Can Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2015 - Getting Things Done with Nozbe Productivity Blog http://t.co/mtckQ7IaDH #productivity
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7 Things Successful People Always Do Before Breakfast

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Getting big things done before you leave for the office in the morning can put you one step closer to the success you desire.
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How to Make the Most of Your Momentum When Getting Things Done

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Momentum is a key force to your productivity. It's the reason that sometimes you can work effortlessly, and at other times it feels like pulling teeth. You can structure your day so that you build momentum and ride it out strategically.
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Why no one should multitask — and how I finally stopped

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Research shows that multitasking lowers productivity by up to 40% and increases errors and stress.


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8 Simple Tips for Turning Your Goals Into Accomplishments -

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Steve Spring helps you transform your goals from dreams to reality.
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10 Chrome extensions for streamlined, sped-up productivity

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Streamline your web-based workflow! These 10 tools can help. Integrate Google Calendar, share screenshots, and fire up other tools for getting things done.

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These add-ons add more functionality to Chrome for Windows and Chromebook users alike, enabling you to quickly save items to Google Drive, clip articles, or keep tabs on all your social media shares.

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Don’t Go Into Marriage If You Haven’t Done These Things

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As exciting as it is to go and walk down the aisle, there are things everyone needs to do before getting married. Have you completed any from this list?
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5 Tips for Getting the Most Important Things Done Every Day

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Don't confuse being busy with making progress, and don't mistake your to-do list for goals.
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The Physics Of Productivity: Newton's Laws Of Getting Stuff Done - Yahoo News

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In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion.
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6 Timeless Vital Skills Every Manager Needs to Master

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Due to their organizations needing to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, today’s Managers and Supervisors face what at times can seem to be a host of overwhelming challenges, such as...
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Productivity 101: A Primer to the Getting Things Done (GTD ...

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Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organized and staying productive. It may seem complicated on the outside, but the end goal is to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you have more time for ...
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Five things to cut from your writing right now - Workopolis

Five things to cut from your writing right now - Workopolis | Productivity Tools | Scoop.it
My esteemed colleague Peter Harris recently wrote about how writing is one skill that can you hired faster, promoted first, and paid more.

He pointed out that the ability to write is one of the 10 most in-demand skills employers search for in resumes, as well as the fact that there’s a lot of writing involved in the job search – your online profile, your cover letter, your resume, email queries – all are written.

Writing is also a useful skill in your day to day work life, even if writing isn’t technically part of your job. A study by Grammarly found that better writers make more money across industries – notably in the fields of engineering and manufacturing, legal, sales and marketing.

We’ve talked at length in previous articles about how typos* and spelling errors can sink you, as well as addressed myriad grammar issues. But we’re not done. We want you to be better writers, so here are five things that you should remove from your writing to immediately improve it.

An interesting starting note: I just read an article on 10 words to cut from your writing on Entrepreneur.com, and while I agree with a few of their arguments, I disagree with the majority of the article and think there is plenty of room for almost all the words on the list, including “just,” “amazing,” “quite” and “things.”

On that note, here are 10 things to cut from your writing.

Adverbs: Obviously it’s not that you should never use adverbs, but they are really massively overused in writing these days. Case in point: that sentence have been better if I’d written, “It’s not that you should never use adverbs, but they are overused in writing these days,” don’t you agree? Whenever I’m editing my own work, I find more than one “really,” “totally,” or “obviously” that has weakened the writing. Not everything needs to be qualified, and often, there is one word that will better replace the two you’ve used. If something is “extremely important,” perhaps it is “imperative.” Go through your writing and ask yourself if all your adverbs are necessary. If not, get rid of them.

Exclamation marks: What is wrong with everyone these days!!!! People throw exclamation marks into everything! In the wrong place!!! And as the wrong punctuation!!!! All the time!!! You don’t need them!!! Almost ever! STOP IT!!!! This means you!!!!!!!!!!

Caps: WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT, YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED A GROWING OVERUSE OF CAPS IN WRITING THESE DAYS. IT’S A LAZY WAY TO CONVEY EMPHASIS. While people are less likely to use all caps in more formal communication, they still MIGHT throw in the odd all caps word when trying to make a point. I’M NOT BLAMELESS. I THINK MANY OF US ARE A LITTLE GUILTY. BUT I ALSO THINK IT’S TIME TO LAY OFF THE ALL CAPS LOCK AND TRY TO EXPRESS YOUR EMPHASIS IN ANOTHER MANNER.

Clichés: I know it seems like I have an axe to grind but you should hop on this bandwagon and avoid clichés like the plague. Just give them up cold turkey, and say “It will be a cold day in hell before I use another cliché.” Give it the good old college try at least, and if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

I should clarify that there appear to be those who would classify every saying ever coined as a cliché. That’s ridiculous. There’s always room for a well-placed adage. Have the wisdom to know the difference.

That: It’s not that you should never use that, it’s that often there are those that use it when it is unnecessary. I think that those people need to be told that, often, when you remove “that” from a sentence – sometimes completely, other times replacing “that” with something else – you will find that that sentence becomes stronger.

Literally: We’re back to adverbs here, but this one needs a section of its own. There is a rampant problem lately of people using the word “literally” as yet another method of adding emphasis (sometimes you get both Caps Lock and literally). You’re not literally going to rip your own face off if you hear that song from “Frozen” one more time (I AM LITERALLY GOING TO RIP MY FACE OFF!!!), any more than you’re literally dying laughing at that joke someone just told you. You are figuratively going to rip your face off and figuratively dying. Stop using “literally” when you mean “figuratively.” It literally drives me crazy. Wait … no it doesn’t.

What do you wish people would cut from their writing? Spill it.

*There will be at least one typo in this article, because it is the rule of the universe that when you are writing about writing, you will make an error, so that readers can point to it as though it is the GREAT IRONY OF THE DECADE!!! Know that every writer knows this and accepts it.

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The Simple Science of Getting More Done (in Less Time)

The Simple Science of Getting More Done (in Less Time) | Productivity Tools | Scoop.it
In today’s busy world, we’ve become a people obsessed with productivity and “work hacks.” Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead, and even gives us more availability to do the things we love outside of work.

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Muhammad Ali's Best Productivity Tricks

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Muhammad Ali is certainly best known as a boxer, but he's also an incredibly productive, inspirational person. He's done a lot done in his life, so let's take a look at some of his best tips for gettings things done and enjoying life.
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How 10 CEOs work smarter, manage better and get things done faster - Washington Post (blog)

How 10 CEOs work smarter, manage better and get things done faster - Washington Post (blog) | Productivity Tools | Scoop.it
How successful people manage their time, their work-life balance and their employees.
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60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

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Sometimes we need reminders about all those things to be thankful for in our everyday lives.

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andrew desrochers's curator insight, December 9, 2014 2:51 PM

Does your religion have a big impact on your life? if not, then how does religion affect the people around you? Why do you think freedom of religion is the fourth thing on the list?

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 6, 2015 1:07 PM

Teachers are the most creative people I know.  There has to be a way to incorporate this list into a lesson/project.  My head is spinning with ideas - too many to write down!