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Being and staying productive

By Angelo Echtermeijer

Introduction

Ever wondered why you carry out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, and how to stop that? Want to know why you can't seem to get eight times the work done in eight hours as you would in just one hour? This learning flow focuses on productivity enhancing techniques that you can easily implement in your day-to-day life. All chapters are hand picked by me.

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Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “A chapter focusing on the personality of a productive person, this chapter teaches you that not all hours are created equal and that your invested time will lead to saved time in the long run.

1 Seven Secrets of Highly Productive People

Some people are incredibly effective and efficient. They get lots of work done - and it's all high-quality. They seem to have boundless energy and enthusiasm. Maybe you've got a friend who's like that - or perhaps it's your colleague, or your spouse. You might think that they were born that way: they had the "productivity gene." The truth is

Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “Not a chapter you can easily follow to the dot, but definitely something that can give you insight in ways to improve your work pattern.

2 How To Accomplish More By Doing Less

Two people of equal skill work in the same office. For the sake of comparison, let's say both arrive at work at 9am each day, and leave at 7 p.m. In truth, a 10-hour workday is too long, but in most companies long hours are the norm at the management level. Bill works his 10 hours essentially without stopping, juggling

Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “Great chapter on how to withstand the temptation to procrastinate when you're working from home. This chapter also expresses the importance of setting (measurable) goals, taking necessary breaks and why working hard isn't the same as working smart.

3 7 tips to be productive when working from home

The days of confining jobs to bricks-and-mortar offices are over. Working from home has become common nowadays, in fact, that's how most of us at The Next Web work. Having the ability to work from the comfort of your own home introduces many advantages. Unfortunately, it also brings about many disadvantages that can cause problems when it comes to productivity.

Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “A fun chapter on mastering your time the Jedi-way. May the productive Force be with you!

4 How to master your time

The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks. Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren't the best at choosing names). The love of your life - Princess Lucia - is trapped in a burning building as you hurry to save her. You might think of Lucia

Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “A top 10 'hacks' on productivity, including simplifying your daily information streams, avoiding unnecessary work and working offline as much as possible.

5 10 Productivity Hacks

We all need a productivity boost now and then - sometimes throughout the day. We each want to be productive for very personal reasons - to accomplish more, to make more money, to get done earlier to make more time for our personal lives, to accomplish our goals. But whatever the reason, these Productivity Hacks will do the trick. Here

Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “By the same people who wrote the 'Top 10 Productivity Hacks'-chapter, this chapter focuses more on your motivation behind your productivity. Guaranteed that at least some of these motivation 'hacks' will work for you and motivate you to become and stay more productive!

6 20 Motivation Hacks

This article is a list of tips and tricks that, if used in combination, are a nearly sure way to achieve your goals. Achieving goals is not a matter of having "discipline". It's a matter of motivating yourself, and keeping your focus on your goal. Follow these tips, or any combination of them that works for you, and you should

Added by Angelo Echtermeijer: “If only everyone followed these forms of email etiquette.. Sigh.

7 Email Etiquette for the Super-Busy

In a recent blog post, venture capitalist Fred Wilson talked about his ongoing struggle with email management and the various solutions he's tried, concluding: "Every time I make a productivity gain, the volume eventually overwhelms me." It's a familiar problem. We're all extremely busy, and we all get too much email. So what to do? It's time for a more

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