Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category
The Four Seasons of Productivity

The Four Seasons of Productivity

Our projects go through different stages. Our natural energy levels also wax and wane – not just over the course of a day, but over weeks or months. Your personal “seasons” may not follow the calendar ones at all … but it can be useful to think of your productivity in terms of these: Spring Spring is the season for new life and growth. Your...

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How to Win the Productivity Game

How to Win the Productivity Game

This is a guest post by Kirsten Simmons. All right, hands up, who loves Hyperbole and a Half? We’ve all had those system failure days, where the pressures of being an adult are just too much. Everywhere we look there’s something we need to do, all these boring, routine tasks like dishes and laundry and groceries. And let’s not even get started on the things...

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Should You Work Set Hours as a Freelancer? The Pros and Cons

Should You Work Set Hours as a Freelancer? The Pros and Cons

One of the key advantages to working from home is that, often, you can set your own hours. Even if you’re telecommuting to a regular 9 – 5 job, you probably have a bit of flexibility over the exact hours you work. And as a freelancer, you might well be able to work at any time of the day – or night. So, should you have fixed “work” hours, or should...

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Separating (or Not) Your Personal and Professional Productivity: 4 Views

Separating (or Not) Your Personal and Professional Productivity: 4 Views

For our last post in October (on the theme of Personal vs Professional Productivity), we wanted to give you a few different perspectives from some of the most awesome, fun, productive and creative people we know. Gina Trapani, of GinaTrapani.org Founding editor of Lifehacker and author of four tech books. I work at home, and the most common advice I hear about...

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How Your Personal Life Can Boost Your Professional Résumé

How Your Personal Life Can Boost Your Professional Résumé

When you’re putting together your résumé or applying for a job with a daunting list of requirements, it’s often easy to undersell yourself. Perhaps you’re fresh out of college and you haven’t had a full-time job before, or you’ve been a stay-at-home parent for a few years and you feel like you’ve fallen behind in the marketplace. Alternatively,...

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What Does Productivity Mean on a Personal Level?

What Does Productivity Mean on a Personal Level?

If I say the word “productivity”, you probably have a few associations. Things like: Getting things done (or even Getting Things Done, the book/time management system…) Creating to-do lists or checklists Focusing on measurable metrics Much of this works well in the professional domain. I work as a writer and writing coach, and I tend to have a list...

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Should I Be Keeping Personal Tasks In My Business’ Project Management Tool?

Should I Be Keeping Personal Tasks In My Business’ Project Management Tool?

I’ve always tried to keep all of my task lists in the same place. The general idea, in my mind, is that the more spread out I get, the less likely I am to get anything done. Recently, though, I’ve been seriously considering setting up a separate system for managing my personal productivity and my professional productivity. While this may seem to be heresy...

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October: Personal vs Professional

October: Personal vs Professional

During October, we’re going to be running posts on a personal vs professional theme. Chances are, you’re balancing the “professional” (paid work or studying) with the “personal” (taking care of family, pursuing hobbies, or simply getting enough down time). You might struggle to set or even see the boundaries between the two. We...

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Productivity in Academia

When the email came asking me to write a blog post about productivity in higher education my first reaction was to wonder exactly what that is. Productivity in higher education? Hmmm. Well, every spring we have to complete about a thousand (four) different forms that each tell a different story about our productivity: how many articles I’ve written, how many...

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How Much Education Does a Normal Person Really Need?

How Much Education Does a Normal Person Really Need?

You could probably describe me as an education junkie. While I did take what I describe as ‘the five year approach’ to getting my masters — I only took one class a semester — I’m actually only two classes away from graduating. Now that I’m this close to finishing, though, I keep thinking about the possibility of a doctorate. It’s...

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