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What Type of Office Space Is Most Productive?

Most employees prefer private offices to open-office layouts, according to a recent survey by Clutch. Not all businesses can afford private offices for all employees, though, so they must find ways to adjust their office layouts for optimal productivity.

In this article, we explain how small businesses can create office layouts that increase, instead of hinder, productivity. Use the information to understand how you can tailor your office for increased productivity.

Topics: Productivity Business Culture Teamwork

Say Goodbye to Time Famine with These Schedule Hacks

Do you ever feel like there aren't enough hours in the day and you don't have enough time to finish everything? If you do, you're not alone. It even has a name that started showing up in scientific studies around the turn of the century: time famine.

What is time famine, and what can you do to hack your schedule and find more time in your day?

Topics: Time Management Productivity Personal Development

Need More Time? Increase Productivity with IFTTT and Zapier

Almost every everyone carries a cell phone in his/her pocket. When one speaks of cellphones, the conversation turns immediately to mobile applications. Amongst the clutter of many apps, products, and services, it is often difficult to keep on top of things. The more options there are to choose, the harder it is to manage.

What if your email client could organize your emails in folders without having to do it manually? What if you could get a notification every time your competitor made a change on their website? What if you could track all hashtags related to your business? Thanks to automation services like IFTTT and Zapier, you can do all this.

Topics: Free Software apps Productivity

5 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Stay Motivated

The bravest souls quit their jobs to pursue a dream of turning their passion into profit. Considering the time it takes to achieve success, passion can easily fizzle. There is a point of no return when it is too late to stop because so much has been invested.

We are not going to give up on a dream just because we are feeling tired; we have to find a way to bring back the energy and commitment we originally had for this endeavor.

Topics: Productivity Entrepreneurship Personal Development Motivation

How to Be More Productive [video]

To be more productive, follow these simple steps:

Topics: Productivity Personal Development

Don’t Get Duped into Duplicating Work

The Greek myth of Sisyphus tells the tale of a man condemned to rolling the same giant boulder up a hill for all of eternity only to have it roll back down each time. There are times when handling work around the office can echo this myth and make us all feel like Sisyphus. How many times have you moved a paper or project across your desk, only to have it reappear still undone or needing your attention once again?

Topics: Time Management Productivity

Email Bankruptcy

If two days of email review, erase or respond are missed, the inbox is overflowing.  In the days of old when there was a real "inbox" sitting on a desk at your business, the visual impact of overflowing paperwork had impact on your psych.  With the virtual inbox hidden behind the bytes and ram, the stack is not quite as dramatic.

It is getting worse.  I have added to the problem by providing the Best Email Marketing Services List for Business on the Planet.  While the list is profoundly helpful, it does give more opportunity to fill your email inbox (and mine).

It may be time for email bankruptcy.  (For those times when a computer crashes or is replaced, illness, vacation, etc.)

Topics: Time Management Productivity Email Marketing

The Best Video Ever For Improving Productivity

This video will show you how to improve your productivity.  In fact, it does such a good job with explaining how to improve productivity that you will be celebrating in a big way.  Since you are the boss of you and have the ability to make your own judgment about what is most important, you (with an entrepreneurial mind) is looking always for the next big thing. 

After you watch the video and follow the principles, the next big question you will have:  "What would I do with extra time each day?" 

Topics: Time Management Productivity Personal Development

Time Management, Productivity, Project Tracking Software | RescueTime

"On average RescueTime 3 hours and 54 minutes worth of productive time per week per person."  RescueTime is a tool that allows you to easily understand and optimize how you and your team spends their time and attention. RescueTime gets it done with NO DATA ENTRY. RescueTime is all automatic.  You install a small application on the computers of choice and the software and web sites which are actively being used is automatically tracked.

Topics: Time Management Free Software Productivity