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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Finding The Final 5% of Productivity – Saving Minutes to Find Hours!

Finding The Final 5% of Productivity –  Saving Minutes to Find Hours! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Start to connect productivity to thought & perception - rather than action and performance.

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(From the article): The source of productivity is within thought and perception itself. We can perform efficient actions with the help of gadgets, but ultimately to find the final 5% of workplace productivity, we will need to learn how to work with our thoughts.
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Sara Duggan's curator insight, May 4, 6:24 PM
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Just read a study that says multitasking is all a figment of our imagination. Productivity is all about thought and perception. Good stuff. 
 
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Seven Effective Shortcuts To A More Productive Workday

Seven Effective Shortcuts To A More Productive Workday | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you had one extra hour every day, what would you do with it? Call it "strategic slacking."


Via Bobby Dillard, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Over and above your regular duties, the last thing you probably feel like doing is hitting up an industry event or crafting thoughtful emails to your contacts, all in the name of networking. The good news is that you don’t have to pour a ton of time into these efforts; making brief, two-minute connections at a time can have big-time benefits. "When it comes to developing a relationship with someone, frequent little checkpoints can be more effective than one long email," Bregman says. For example, forwarding someone an article along with a two-line note saying, "I thought you’d enjoy this," shows you were thinking of them and trying to be helpful, without requiring much investment on your end. It’s a win-win.
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Why Busy Isn't Always Productive

Why Busy Isn't Always Productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When deciding if you’re just busy or actually productive it helps to know the difference between merely urgent and truly important. That difference is found in your true goals.


Via Daniel Watson
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(From the article): One more thing, as you ask yourself that question keep in mind the words of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower who said “What is Important is Seldom Urgent and What is Urgent is Seldom Important.”

 

When deciding if you’re just busy or actually productive it helps to know the difference between merely urgent and truly important. That difference is found in your true goals.

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Library@NYP's curator insight, November 8, 2014 10:19 PM

It is important to focus on our goals especially during busy periods and stressful times to avoid burnout.

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The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity

The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It's safe to say most people are addicted to meetings. It doesn't quite make sense, especially from a boss's perspective. Meetings are expensive. The hours your employees spend in meetings are hours when they're not working.

 


Via Barb Jemmott
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A helpful look at meetings - and how to make them more productive.

 

(From the article): The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that office workers spend an average of four hours per week in meetings. These same workers reported feeling like half of that time is wasted. Additionally, a Salary.com survey reported 47 percent of workers say meetings are the No. 1 time-waster at the office.

 

Obviously, not all meetings are unnecessary and unproductive. I spoke with project management and productivity expert Tony Wong to find out how to transform meetings and increase productivity. Here are his tips:

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David Hain's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:49 AM

Meetings, bloody meetings!

John Michel's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:44 AM

The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that office workers spend an average of four hours per week in meetings. These same workers reported feeling like half of that time is wasted. Additionally, aSalary.com survey reported 47 percent of workers say meetings are the No. 1 time-waster at the office.

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12 Bad Habits That Are Making You Less Productive

12 Bad Habits That Are Making You Less Productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you guilty of these bad habits that are hurting our productivity at work? If so, it's probably time to cut it out.
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(From the article): But it's not just about the amount of sleep -- it's also about quality of sleep. Studies have shown that people who gaze at a backlit screen right before bed actually report having lower-quality sleep -- even when they get just as much sleep as someone who didn't look at their electronics before bed. This is because presence and absence of light tell our brains whether or not they should release the sleep hormone melatonin that makes you tired. Because the LED lighting emitted by the screens on our electronic devices is so similar to daylight, it can trick our brains into thinking it's daytime, causing us to stay awake for longer. 

 The best way to break this habit? Buy an alarm clock that's not your phone, and charge your phone in a separate room so you avoid the temptation of checking it altogether. If you're worried about missing an emergency call, then try sending those last-minute texts 30-60 minutes before you hit the hay. It'll mean you get more sleep and higher quality sleep, leading you to operate at peak productivity the following day. (Read this blog post for tips on getting the most out of your sleep.)
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12 Psychological Tricks You Can Use to Improve Your Productivity

12 Psychological Tricks You Can Use to Improve Your Productivity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Do you want to increase your productivity in such a way that you get more done in less time and get more done with less work?


Via Daniel Watson, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): If your mind is dragging with negative thoughts, worry about what you need to do, or even shame or guilt over things you are doing wrong, you simply can’t be as productive. So get rid of those negative thoughts, fix the things that lead to a negative conscience, and get your mind clear!

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wimi-teamwork.com's curator insight, November 14, 2014 8:26 AM

Get to grips with your own psychology to improve your productivity. Really like the tip to train your brain's reward mechanism...

Claude Emond's curator insight, November 15, 2014 8:49 PM

Being more productive: A little help from yourself!

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You Will Absolutely Love This 20-Minute, Life-Improving Daily Habit

You Will Absolutely Love This 20-Minute, Life-Improving Daily Habit | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You could spend hours reading advice on how to improve your diet or become more organized. But maybe you'd be better off using that time to take a nap in the afternoon.

Via Barb Jemmott
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One of my recent life changes is a focus on getting enough sleep. In the past, I have tended to be one who would burn the candle at both ends. 

 

This is an interesting idea....

 

(Quote): Of all the advice you get about how to improve your life, does this sound like the one thing you'd be very happy to add to your daily routine?

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Angie Mc's curator insight, April 2, 2014 11:38 PM

Nap!

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, April 3, 2014 11:12 AM

Yes, It's becoming a theme with me...

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The Link Between Quietness And Productivity

The Link Between Quietness And Productivity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 

Some of you may have tried to reach me this morning and found that I was unavailable. That’s because I was knee high in muck with my husband and some friends. We were out having what I call clamming wars, here on Cape Cod.

 

I have to admit, my team was quite vocal everytime we scored a clam, which by my count was many. The other team raked for clams quietly in the distance. You can imagine our surprise when the quiet team hauled in considerably more clams than our team. Who would have thought?

 

Sometimes we forget that the most productive people in an organization aren’t the ones who make the most noise. In fact, it’s often the quiet ones who out-produce everyone else.

 

Here are some reasons I think this is so.

 

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