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6 Things Productive People Do During the Workday

Posted by admin on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Repost from LinkedIn. Original article by Ilya Pozin.

Forget about your job title or profession – everyone is looking for ways to be more productive. Experiencing a highly productive workday can feel euphoric. But contrary to popular belief, simply checking tasks off your to-do list isn’t really an indication of productivity. Productive people aren’t focused on doing more things; this is actually the opposite of productivity. If you really want to be productive, you’ve got to make a point to do fewer things.

1. Start your day by focusing on yourself. If you begin your morning by checking your email, it allows others to dictate what you accomplish. Set yourself in the right direction by ignoring your emails and taking the morning to focus on yourself, eat a good breakfast, meditate, or read the news.

2. Create a smaller to-do list. Getting things accomplished during your workday shouldn’t be about doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours. It may be hard to swallow, but there’s nothing productive about piling together a slew of tasks in the form of a checklist. Take a less-is-more approach to your to-do list by only focusing on accomplishing things that matter.

3. Take breaks. You know that ache that fills your brain when you’ve been powering through tasks for several hours? This is due to your brain using up glucose. Too many people mistake this for a good feeling, rather than a signal to take a break. Go take a walk, grab something to eat, workout, or meditate – give your brain some resting time. Achieve more productivity during your workday by making a point to regularly clear your head. You’ll come back recharged and ready to achieve greater efficiency.

4. Follow the 80/20 rule. Did you know that only 20 percent of what you do each day produces 80 percent of your results? Eliminate the things that don’t matter during your workday: they have a minimal effect on your overall productivity. For example, on a project, systematically remove tasks until you end up with the 20 percent that gets the 80 percent of results.

5. Take on harder tasks earlier in the day. Knock out your most challenging work when your brain is most fresh. Save your busy work – if you have any – for when your afternoon slump rolls in.

6. Create a system. If you know certain things are ruining your daily productivity, create a system for managing them. Do you check your emails throughout the day? Plan a morning, afternoon, and evening time slot for managing your email. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted from accomplishing more important goals throughout the day.

Remember, less is more when it comes to being productive during the workday.

What’s your secret to productive workdays?

About Ilya Pozin:

Founder of Ciplex. Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn. Gadget lover, investor, mentor, husband, father, and ’30 Under 30′ entrepreneur. Follow Ilya below to stay up-to-date with his articles and updates!


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Five errors even good writers miss

Posted by admin on April 22, 2013 in Marketing Communications |

Repost from Ragan.com. Original article by Shanna Mallon Listen, even good writers make mistakes, from obvious repeats to subtle misspellings. It means we’re human. If you’re like most writers, you’re probably making common blunders on a regular basis. Don’t lose heart. Awareness is half the battle: By becoming alert to typical mistakes, you become less likely […]

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Free Fonts

Posted by admin on January 17, 2013 in Just for Fun |

There are tons of free fonts out there on the web. Explore. Have Fun. Create. http://losttype.com/browse/ http://www.fontspace.com/popular/fonts

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Add Related Posts to Each of Your Blog Posts

Posted by admin on January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

http://nrelate.com/install-products/install-related-content/install-for-wordpress/   Step 1: Log in to your Self-Hosted WordPress Account Step 2: Go to “Plugins” in your dashboard and click “Add New” /br> Step 3: Search for “nRelate” and click “Install” Step 4: Activate the Plugin Step 5: Check out the settings page via the nRelate section on the Dashboard sidebar If you would […]

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Add RSS/Twitter/Facebook Icon to WordPress Website

Posted by admin on January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Questions: How can I add icons and links for RSS/Twitter/Facebook in the area where I have my widgets? It’s essentially a 2-step process: 1. Upload the icon image(s) to your media library. 2. Add a “Text” widget to your sidebar and insert code similar to the following: <a href=”http://twitter.com/utoia”><img src=”http://www.deliberatemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/twitter-icon.png” /></a> <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/utoia.wooten”><img src=”http://www.deliberatemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/facebook-icon.png” /></a> […]

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How to Add Social Media Sharing Buttons to your WordPress Posts

Posted by admin on January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Original Post by Kelly Ward Want to make it easy for your blog visitors to share your great content with their friends? Add social media sharing buttons to each of your WordPress posts! They can share your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and more without leaving your blog. Don’t worry – you don’t need […]

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The Beginner’s Checklist for Small Business SEO

Posted by admin on November 29, 2012 in Search Engine Optimization |

The Beginner’s Checklist for Small Business SEO Research Before you do any SEO you need to research the part of the web you will be trying to change. Many people believe this is the most important step in the SEO process. No skipping! Complete the The Beginner’s Checklist for Learning SEO – Completing all the […]

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The Beginners Guide to SEO

Posted by admin on November 28, 2012 in Search Engine Optimization |

  What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? SEO is the practice of improving and promoting a web site in order to increase the number of visitors the site receives from search engines. There are many aspects to SEO, from the words on your page to the way other sites link to you on the web. […]

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Fabulous Reads

Posted by admin on November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Essential Books Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy by Andrew Liveris Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas W. Friedman In Fed We Trust by David Wessel The World is Flat by Thomas W. Friedman Better Together: Restoring the American Community by Robert Putnam The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard […]

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Color Theory : Color Meaning

Posted by admin on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  Red Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, […]

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