Productivity

The Importance of Being Productive; It’s Your Choice

The Importance of Being Productive; It’s Your Choice

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Take a moment to consider everything you know about being productive. Perhaps you think about methodologies and concepts; Getting Things Done, Inbox Zero, The Pomodoro Technique. Your thoughts go to the tools you use, like Evernote, OmniFocus, or Knowmail. And all kinds of productivity tips and advice can come to mind: “don’t multitask,” “eat the frog,” “no screen time after 9 pm.”

Tim MetzThe Importance of Being Productive; It’s Your Choice
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Information Overload, Technology, and Productivity

Information Overload, Technology, and Productivity

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Information Overload is a large and growing problem that detrimentally affects individual, group, and organizational performance and productivity.

It is a condition in which there is more information available to review then can be effectively analyzed, or where the rate of information being received is higher than can be efficiently processed.

Michael EinsteinInformation Overload, Technology, and Productivity
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View email threads as complete conversations

View email threads as complete conversations

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As we go through our inbox, many times the email threads keep growing with more information, individuals and importance.

This is a common thing, and we’ve become accustomed to it, but many times it is difficult to keep up and the display is not as practical as we wish for: requiring us to click and read messages individually, as well as taking up so much room (redundantly) in our inbox.

Eran AbramsonView email threads as complete conversations
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Who’s killing your productivity?

Who’s killing your productivity?

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Productivity: everybody wants it and also laments the lack of it. After all, no matter how productive you are, you can strive for more…and really only a few of us are all that productive in the first place.

So – if you aren’t as productive as you might wish, who is to blame? You, someone else, perhaps an actual entity? Check the culprits below (in no order of ascending or descending guilt) and what you can do about it.

Nathan ZeldesWho’s killing your productivity?
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The Inbox Clearing Index, where are you?

The Inbox Clearing Index, where are you?

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I wanted to tell you about an inbox clearing study in which we took a peek into thousands of Outlook inboxes of knowledge workers around the world. The study, in collaboration with my colleague Dr. Gilad Ravid from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, examined a dataset that included millions of datapoints which describe, on an hourly basis, the inboxes of the Outlook users: the number of messages in the inbox, number of read messages, number of messages sent, number of responses sent, average response time, and number of unread messages. What did we find?

Yoram KalmanThe Inbox Clearing Index, where are you?
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Productivity tip for pros: the five weeks folder

Productivity tip for pros: the five weeks folder

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Most productivity tips I give are nothing new – many books, blogs and other experts share them as well (with slight variations) over and over. Not surprising, since they make sense, they work – and nobody patents them…

But I have one tip that is entirely my own invention, and I’ve been teaching it for years at Intel – where I started my crusade against email overload two decades ago – and elsewhere. It isn’t patented either, and you’re welcome to use it and to disseminate it.

Nathan ZeldesProductivity tip for pros: the five weeks folder
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How to stay productive and adapt to a workplace without admins?

How to stay productive and adapt to a workplace without admins?

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Administrative assistants have been around since antiquity. Surely you don’t think Ramesses the great, who ruled a large chunk of the known world, processed his own email?

In the twentieth century they were variously called personal secretaries, Administrative assistants, admins, and so on; and they played a critical role in “keeping the boss together”, as the saying went. The result was that said boss could devote full time and attention to managing whatever they managed – whether it was people, operations, or even a one-person job. Admins were paid less, so it made sense to have them do the time consuming work at the lower end of the complexity scale.

Nathan ZeldesHow to stay productive and adapt to a workplace without admins?
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