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Time Management Secrets Anyone Can Use

Time Management Secrets Anyone Can Use | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Having trouble focusing on what you really need to do? You're not alone. According to a survey by Salary.com, the average worker admits to wasting 2.09 hours of each eight-hour workday, not including lunch or scheduled breaks.
Love Learning's insight:

Eight simple tips to help you focus, free up time and get more done every day. If you're struggling to make room to Take10 each day, why not start by looking at how you manage your day?


Let us know if you or your team would like some help with this. We've got a whole box of tricks that will transform the way you work.

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Covey’s Time Management Matrix

Covey’s Time Management Matrix | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Covey’s Time Management Matrix separates Urgent vs Important tasks via 4 Quadrants. See full article for examples with comics.
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What's the difference between important and urgent and why does it matter to your productivity? Read this it's good.

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Time management News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker

Time management News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker | Love Learning | Scoop.it
The Simple Secret to Time Management: Jedi Time Tricks. How to Stay Productive When You're on the Road. Ask an Expert: All About Paperless Living.
Love Learning's insight:

Focus on the improtant things not the urgent things

Schedule your priorities

Do the most important thing first

One at a time

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Outlook tip: Color code messages addressed only to you

Outlook tip:  Color code messages addressed only to you | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Email expert Itzy Sabo sets Microsoft Outlook to color-code all email addressed only to him blue, because those messages are more likely to be more important and require action from him.
Love Learning's insight:

A simple tip to make it easier to prioritise your emails

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The case for taking a real lunch break - Fortune Management

The case for taking a real lunch break - Fortune Management | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Eight out of ten employees now gulp a quick lunch at their desks, says a new survey. But not taking a breather during the day, even for just a few minutes, is a recipe for burnout. The paradox here is that by pushing people too hard, you actually make them less productive. But if employees learn to manage their energy better, partly by taking short respites from work throughout the day, they get far more done, and add much more value, in far less time.


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Timex Group :: Top 10 Ways to Save Time at Work

You'd expect that the President of watch company, Timex, would be pretty efficient at time management. And he doesn't disappoint. Here are 10 top tips to be more productive at work

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Finding the Productivity Sweet Spot | Visual.ly

Finding the Productivity Sweet Spot | Visual.ly | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Guess which industry wastes the most time at work?


....Insurance! Averaging 2.5 hours a day


How do we deal with this? Why is it so bad?


The suggestion here is to allow people a limited time to do non-work activities because it makes them more productive overall and more engaged. 


If that sounds too radical here's one insurance company who manage it rather successfully.

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Should You Send That Email? Here’s A Flowchart For Deciding

Should You Send That Email? Here’s A Flowchart For Deciding | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Email is broken. There’s too much of it, no one can agree on how to use it, it’s too easy to send, which encourages a glut of CYA CCing, and there are spammers.
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The Unimportance of Practically Everything

The Unimportance of Practically Everything | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Why do otherwise intelligent people find it so easy to be distracted from what really matters?


"Sometimes what you don't do is just as important as what you do." - Warren Buffet


To get started, I recommend a simple action list.

  1. Before you leave the office today, write down your top six priorities for tomorrow on a Post-it note.
  2. Cross off the bottom five.
  3. Write down your top priority on a Post-it note and put it on your computer.
  4. Schedule a 90-minute window to work on your top priority — preferably the first thing of the day.
  5. Every time you are about to check email, Facebook, Twitter etc., write down what you are about to do.





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Ground Rules for Email Management

Ground Rules for Email Management | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Email can be very time consuming. These ground rules are designed to help companies and employees get their time back and get email management under control. The principle is to only touch an email once and to keep your inbox clear.


Most of these are fairly well known, but they are good sound ideas for most people

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The Power Hour: How to Beat Procrastination

The Power Hour: How to Beat Procrastination | Love Learning | Scoop.it
If you're looking to beat procrastination, this guest post by Angela DiCarlo has a great tactic: adopt something called The Power hour.


"So what is this Power Hour?


To put it to you straight, this is the one hour that you buckle yourself into your chair and do what needs to get done. You do not let distractions, unrelated calls, negative self-talk, unnecessary breaks, refilling coffee, checking the internet, unproductive time on social media, grabbing supplies from the cabinet in the other room, or anything not directly related to the task."


One of the "tools" the article suggests you use to prevent distraction during this hour is to keep a pen and paper handy to write down anything that pops into your head suring the power hour that could distract you. By writing it down you stop the thought from nagging at you and you can address it when the hour ends. This technique is great for all sorts of situations where you can be easily distracted like telephone conferences, or online meetings


The author suggests answering these 3 questions before you start:

  1. Where in your life are you letting unnecessary “work” slow down your progress?
  2. What actions take up the majority of your working day? Are these the things that will make you money or contribute to your goals?
  3. How would turning one extra “working hour” per day into one “income-producing hour” change your income over the next month? Repeated consistently over the next year, what would that be worth to you?

If a power hour seems too much to commit to why not try a shorter version - the pomodoro technique 


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7 half-truths, lies and fallacies that productivity gurus tell

7 half-truths, lies and fallacies that productivity gurus tell | Love Learning | Scoop.it

There are a lot of personal productivity blogs out there, but a lot of the ideas they peddle are not going to work for eveybody.


This article is a good reminder to always use critical thinking and personal judgment when reading anything online.


However, it also makes the following excellent point around the value of taking time to think:


"There’s a quote from Mad Men you may be familiar with, when Roger Sterling tells Don Draper: “I’ll never get used to the fact that most of the time it looks like you’re doing nothing.” ...


The bulk of the work takes place in the mind.

And when we feel pressured to be constantly moving and doing things visibly in a corporate world that doesn’t accept time to think as part of a role, we take precious cycles away from that brain. Truth is, we could get stuff done much faster if it was acceptable to sit, think and process. That’s where 90% of the work happens.


With some exceptions, most productivity gurus encourage this status quo by advising you to life a task-driven life."

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14 Foods You Should Eat To Increase Productivity

14 Foods You Should Eat To Increase Productivity | Love Learning | Scoop.it

A list of foods that will improve the way you think and work.

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How to Use Parkinson's Law to Your Advantage

How to Use Parkinson's Law to Your Advantage | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. If you're into productivity, you'll know this proverb as Parkinson's Law. This interesting stat (Utilising Parkinson's Law to the absolute max.
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Sound advice on how to allocate approriate amounts of time to differenct tasks

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It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings

It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Daily stand-up meetings have become a common ritual of many teams, especially in Agile software development. However, there are many subtle details that distinguish effective stand-ups and a waste of time

Love Learning's insight:
Daily stand-up meetings can be a powerful communication and team building tool

There are several goals for a daily stand-up meeting:

  • To help start the day well
  • To support improvement
  • To reinforce focus on the right things
  • To reinforce the sense of team
  • To communicate what is going on

As a mnemonic device, think of GIFTS:

Good Start, Improvement, Focus, Team, Status

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Get your email read with a killer subject line

Get your email read with a killer subject line | Love Learning | Scoop.it
You're composing that email to Someone Very Important, and you'd do backflips if it would get him or her to actually open the message.
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Get faster replies to your emails and create some good email karma by using clear and to the point subject lines in your emails.

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10 Ways to Make Some Motivation Today

10 Ways to Make Some Motivation Today | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Do you need some motivation today? Maybe a gentle nudge towards action? Or perhaps a swift kick to get you moving? Less Moping, More Making When you can’t get yourself motivated, you need to ...
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9 ways to use Evernote to increase productivity & organization | Ethical SEO Blog

9 ways to use Evernote to increase productivity & organization | Ethical SEO Blog | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Evernote is a popular free tool that you can use to organise everything you do online, from writing to do lists to saving links. Here are 9 ways you can use it to improve your organisation skills. Ibe if the coolest things about evernote is that you can access all of your notes from any device - desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile. So you always have what you need wherever you go.


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Think Productive TASK How to get your inbox to zero | thinkproductive.co.uk

Think Productive TASK How to get your inbox to zero | thinkproductive.co.uk | Love Learning | Scoop.it

How to organise your inbox for productivity

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43 Folders Series: Inbox Zero | 43 Folders

43 Folders Series: Inbox Zero | 43 Folders | Love Learning | Scoop.it

A series of posts looking at the skills, tools, and attitude needed to empty your email inbox — and then keep it that way.


There's a huge range of tips you can try here and let's face it who wouldn't benefit from managing their inbox a bit better?

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7 Tips to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Cloud Productivity

7 Tips to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Cloud Productivity | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Here are 7 tips to make your meetings quicker and more productive.

  1. Prepare an agenda
  2. Don't Travel - use web conference tools like EGC/Adobe Connect
  3. Start on Time
  4. End on Time
  5. Keep it short
  6. Ban Distractions
  7. Know the outcome in advance
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How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google

How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google | Love Learning | Scoop.it

How do some of the most modern and productive companies in the world approach meetings? This article looks at how Apple, Google and several smaller startups have rigid criteria to cut down on unnecessary meetings and make the meetings that do happen as productive as possible.


Here are the key takeaways:


  1. Always have an agenda
  2. Set an end time for the meeting
  3. Invite as few people as possible
  4. Always leave a meeting with concrete actions assigned to specific people
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Meetings are key factor in a team/corporate sucess, they just have to be well conducted.

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Best Productivity Method?

Best Productivity Method? | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Booking some time at the end of the day, or every week to review what's been done and what's next on the agenda can go a long way towards helping get control over your to-do.


Reflection is powerful and essential if you want to improve anything.

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Hofstadter’s Law and yarn bombs: How to keep your brain from underestimating task time

Hofstadter’s Law and yarn bombs: How to keep your brain from underestimating task time | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Do you ever wonder why you never have enough time -- no matter how much planning you undertake to stay on top of things? That's called the Planning Fallacy. 


Hofstadter's law states that it always takes longer than you think, even when you take into account Hofstadter's law.


This article suggests two simple ways you can combat this tendency. They are both very simple, but apparently very effective.


Why not try them and let us know how you get on?

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10 Laws of Productivity

10 Laws of Productivity | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Every idea is different. But when it comes to successful idea execution, patterns quickly emerge. Read on for 10 ways to amp your productivity...
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