Productivity seems to be the word of the year. We all want to be more productive in less and less amounts of time at home and especially in the workplace. Here are some of the top enterprise productivity apps that can help make our lives a little bit easier, and a lot more productive.
Eran Abramson5 Great Enterprise Productivity Apps to Try Today
Two aspects of the modern workplace are information overload and stress. These two rose precipitously from the mid-nineties to the mess we are so used to today; which raises the question: is there a connection?
Nathan ZeldesProductivity, Information Overload & Stress: is there a Sweet Spot
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
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
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.
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?
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
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?