Time Management

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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?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could say to a co-worker, “I know you don’t report to me, but I need you to drop everything and do this for me?” Well, with the right approach, and knowing how to ask, maybe you can.
Bring-your-own-device programs—often known as BYOD—where people use their personal tablets and smartphones for work, are flourishing around the United States. But it can be tough to maintain your sanity when you’re expected to work during your personal time.
More than 70% of office ­workers and managers believe U.S. employees are more productive today than they were five years ago, according to a survey by office supply retailer Staples.
Most people can delete about three-fourths of their incoming email without even reading it … and not just spam. Messages from your employer, your colleagues and your buddies are wasting your time, argues Bill Jensen, author of The Simplicity Survival Handbook: 32 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More.
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