30 Productivity Do’s and Dont’s

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If there was a productivity rulebook, what would it say? There are so many opinions these days on how to maximize your productivity and better manage your time. It’s hard to know which ones will actually work and which ones you’re just wasting your time on. If you’re looking for tried-and-true productivity tips that work (and ones that don’t), you’ve come to the right place. Here are 30 productivity do’s and don’ts you should live by.

DO

1. Make it a habit to wake up earlier. The early bird gets the worm.
2. Create your to-do list. Then make sure you actually use it.
3. Organize your inbox daily. Don’t let emails multiply and take over.
4. Take short breaks. Even 15 minutes away from your desk can help you refocus.
5. Get 8 hours of sleep. The mind works better when it’s well rested.
6. Keep your desk organized. Clutter creates a stressful environment.
7. Cut down on meetings. Spend your time actually doing work.
8. Exercise routinely. Your body needs to be in shape to be able to keep up.
9. Ask for help. No one expects you to know everything.
10. Turn off your phone. Social media and texts are a huge distraction.
11. Plan ahead. The more your schedule, the less time you waste.
12. Go digital. Use apps to help you organize your life.
13. Eat a healthy breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day.
14. Automate as much as possible. Your goal is always efficiency.
15. Make time for yourself. Burnout is a serious issue, don’t let it happen to you.

DON’T

16. Waste time on the little things. Think about the big picture and the bottom line.
17. Stalk your inbox. Emails don’t need to be responded to the moment you get it.
18. Be afraid to say no. Your time is valuable too.
19. Drink too much coffee. A cup or two is fine but too much can make you jittery.
20. Sit at your desk all day. Get up and move around.
21. Multitask. Sometimes it’s OK but most of the time, it doesn’t help.
22. Be reactive. Be proactive.
23. Try to do it all yourself. Outsource what you can.
24. Answer your phone if you’re in the middle of something big. One small conversation can turn into a long one very easily.
25. Keep your eye on the clock. Just work.
26. Work harder, work smarter.
27. Check social media constantly. You don’t need to know what your friends are doing right this second.
28. Wait. Just do what you can right now.
29. Think negatively. The glass is half full, not empty.
30. Forget about the plan. At the end of the day, always work towards your goal.
What are you number 1 do’s and dont’s for productivity?

5 Tips to Maximize Your Team’s Productivity

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Team dynamics can play a huge role in how successful you are at your job. Whether you are part of a team or manage a team, focusing on productivity as a whole is just as important as individual success. Getting a team to work well together is not always an easy task. It’s takes the right people and lot of time for everything to gel together. If you work on a team, here are 5 tips to maximize your productivity as a whole:

Forget about your titles.

When it comes to fostering teamwork, leave your titles at the door. It doesn’t matter who’s higher on the chain of command. Every member of the team should feel like their opinions are as valued as anyone else’s. Promote an open forum and encourage everyone to share their ideas. There’s no right or wrong answer and no one will get in trouble for having an opinion

Brainstorm together.

There’s no “I” in team. In order to tap into the full potential of everyone on a team, it’s good to often have brainstorming sessions. Ideas flow better when you have other people around you. You can feed off of each other’s ideas. You never know when one person’s perspective might help you come up with a wild but genius idea you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of.

Cut down unnecessary meetings.

More team meetings doesn’t necessarily mean increased productivity. Meetings with purpose can add value and drive your team in the right direction. But meeting just for the sake of having a meeting is often just a waste of time for everyone. Cut down on unnecessary meetings. Regroup when you must but give everyone on your team the opportunity to have time to work on their own parts of the project.

Collaborate effectively.

Everyone works best in different ways. Figure out how your team collaborates most effectively. While some people work best together in an office, others find teleconferencing even more efficient. It boils down to what type of project you are working on but think outside of the box when it comes to promoting collaboration and creativity.

Do a team building exercise.

Teamwork isn’t only developed in the office. Being able to work well with others also depends on how much you trust each other. Make it a habit to have regular team building exercises outside of the office. Even if it’s just for drinks, getting to know one another outside of work can really help promote productivity.

6 Simple Tips to Boost Your Confidence

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While confidence isn’t something we’re all born with, you can build your confidence gradually over time. Finding confidence in yourself can be the key to success, especially when it comes to productivity. You might not necessarily relate the two but confidence and productivity are actually intertwined. When you build confidence in yourself, you also find the motivation to do things you never thought you could do before. If you’re looking to boost your confidence, here are 6 simple tips you can practice:

Speak with authority.

In order to be confident, you have to exude it. To do that, you have to display it in everything you do, especially what you say. Always strive to speak with authority. When you are able to deliver you ideas and thoughts in a confident and cohesive manner, others will be more willing to listen. Believe in what you say and others will believe it as well.

Look the part.

Even though confidence comes from within, it’s important to look the part on the outside as well. When you look good, you feel food. Dressing nicely helps boost your confidence significantly. You don’t necessarily need to spend a lot to look good either. Just be comfortable in what you wear.

Be prepared.

If you’ve prepared yourself well, you’ll automatically be more confident because you know what to expect. There aren’t many curveballs that can throw you off. Put the effort and time into preparation and you’ll set yourself up for success.

Put 100% in everything you do.

When you decide to do something, be confident in your decision. Put 100% in everything you do, everytime. Even if you fail, you’ll have no regrets because you know that you put your all into it. However, when you succeed, it’ll feel that much better because you know that you can accomplish what you put your mind to.

Think positively.

Even when you’re feeling down, it’s important to always think positive thoughts. Pessimism breaks your confidence down and places doubts in your head. But it’s your choice. Choose to think of your glass as half full, not empty.

Practice makes perfect.

Remember that practice makes perfect. It may be hard to be confident right now but make a continuous effort to boost your confidence. As you create good and positive habits, you will see your confidence and productively grow slowly but steadily.