Time Management

Most of us have had periods at work where it seems all we’re doing is putting out fires and dealing with interruptions. But when those occasional periods turn into everyday experience, it can lead quickly to burnout. Take this quiz and see how well you cope.
Is your biggest time waster: texting? surfing the web? chatting with co-workers? A new Career­Builder study reveals behaviors that employers say are the biggest productivity killers in the workplace.
If you’re always in a rush and constantly stressed out, chances are you’re making your co-workers feel stressed, too. The Wall Street Journal’s Sue Shellenbarger spoke to experts to get tips on how to slow down and stop spreading your stress.

Tuesday packs productivity punch

March 28, 2014 Categorized in: Time Management

If work is getting done, it’s probably a Tuesday. By a wide margin, that’s our most productive day of the week, according to an Accountemps poll. Thursdays and Fridays? We might as well stay home.
Just because they’re often hailed as productivity tools doesn’t mean smartphones are always helpful. How do you draw the line between what’s helping and hurting? Some experts offer their take on the issue.
Like overeating, procrastination is challenging because it’s impossible to give it up entirely. While humans don’t need to smoke or drink alcohol, they can’t survive without eating and they can’t exist without putting off some tasks until later.
If your inbox is always overstuffed and you feel overwhelmed, you’re probably not get­­ting everything done, says Eliza­­beth Grace Saunders, founder of Real Life E Time Coach­­ing & Train­­ing. Here’s what you should be doing instead:
Get the most out of your breaks … Practice “mind over mattress” to become a productivity super­­star … Identify flights with Wi-Fi.
The first few minutes after you arrive at work are critical to organizing your workday. Follow these three steps to coordinate—and simplify—your day’s work.
The Mini Tasker App is a free application that Android users can employ to make their phones operate on autopilot, says Lifehacker writer Alan Henry.
Learn how to budget your cognitive resources with these tips from Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan.

Tech fixes for your lack of focus

November 14, 2013 Categorized in: OrganizingTime Management

With so many distractions available via social media sites and other online pursuits, maintaining your focus at work is becoming in­­creasingly difficult. Luckily, there are applications to help you regain that focus.
Which of these activities—ones that we’re all guilty of—fritter away your precious minutes?