Tag Archives: Productivity

Video: Productivity and Time Management

From Jezebel:

Is free time is the enemy of progress? So says Casey Neistat, one of those hard working overachieving type people who loves what they do and loves every minute of doing it and is super successful and who probably has everything all figured out. Who would you rather listen to? My money’s on him. I have less of it though. Definitely ask him who his money is on and go with that.

This guy has a very similar outlook to my own personal work style. What does that mean? No video games, working out in the morning (get with the program Mr. Spoons!), cutting into sleep to get things done, and ensuring there are blocks of time for family.

Based on some conversations the last few weeks, I thought it would be good to share.

More on Casey at Jezebel

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Productivity Bulletin: 1/30/2015

Photo: Sean MacEntee, Flickr

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Video: How productivity works

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.

The problem we run into is that it is easy to get motivated, but hard to stay disciplined.


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Productivity: Why it is important to have friends at work

11 Incredible Reasons Why Having Friends At Work Is Important (INFOGRAPHIC)This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee engagement software that helps companies improve their employee retention, and have a better organizational culture.

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Productivity Bulletin: 12/12/2014

Photo: Sean MacEntee, Flickr

  • Reject every opinion that isn’t at least 90 out of 100:

    As you evaluate an option, think about the single most important criterion for that decision, and then simply give each option a score between 0 and 100. If you rate it lower than 90 percent, then automatically change the rating to 0 and simply reject it. This way you avoid getting caught up in indecision, or worse, getting stuck with the 60s or 70s.

    This is an interesting quote, but is it applicable?  If we can surround ourselves with 90% certainty all the time, we would all be pretty successful.  I appreciate the intent, but this is leaning towards “interesting sound byte” vs. sound advice.  Thoughts?

  • Behaviors that people think are negative but are actually good:

    The same is true for life. Be okay with knowing it is the journey that is important, and sometimes in being lost and going down paths we never would have thought to choose we find out things about ourselves that are amazing. We discover unknown talents in ourselves, and meet friends or allies who otherwise would have remained a mystery. Being lost now doesn’t mean you will be lost forever. It simply means you are taking your time in finding your way, and also allowing the world around you to give input into the path which is best for you. Often it is that input we never would have dreamed to ask for that sets us on our true path.


  • The French are not as lazy as frequently reported:

    But in reality, France’s 35-hour week has become largely symbolic, as employees across the country pull longer hours and work more intensely, with productivity per hour about 13 percent higher than the eurozone average. And a welter of loopholes lets many French employers outmaneuver the law. All told, French workers put in an average of 39.5 hours a week, just under the eurozone average of 40.9 hours a week, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


  • Centralize your information:
    We might not be suffering from information overload, it could be that data is just in too many places (does this sound familiar?)
    http://www.simpleproductivityblog.com/information-many-places-simplify/Here is an example of how to do it:
  • Some exercises to do at your desk to counter-act the effects of sitting and typing all day:
  • Brainstorm better ideas in 1/2 the time:
    Research shows that 75% of our ideas happen in the first 50% of the time allotted. It seems crazy, but our brains actually respond better to pressure when it comes to ideation. Two other issues start happening with more time:
    1. Ideas get recycled in slightly different packages, because the group is clinging to a certain mindset. How many times have you stalled on an idea without looking at it in a totally new way?
    2. Defensiveness begins to take route. There’s no doubt that the collaborative aspect of innovation is critical, however, with more time to hash things out, the propensity to get entrenched in each of our own biases is heightened.
    3. Cut the actual sessions where a team comes together to innovate in half. However, provide a pre-work, individual assignment first that spurs thinking.
    4. Create ways that supports to all types of thinking and behaving to communicate their ideas. Not everyone is going to leap into a brainstorming free-for-all. Try less verbal concepts like “brain-writing


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