Archive for the Productivity Category
Posted on February 25, 2013 by LJ Earnest
Having one thing to track is fine. Having dozens at various stages in a process, and having to keep track of where each one is, can be a nightmare.
Today’s productivity tip is a simple thing I have been doing to not lose track of the threads of things moving through a process.
Posted on February 20, 2013 by LJ Earnest
Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the best things you can do for personal productivity is to automate repetitive tasks. If you can do something in one keystroke that before would take you 10, you have just given yourself a 90% boost in efficiency. Text replacing programs, [...]
Posted on February 18, 2013 by LJ Earnest
There are many articles out there about how to successfully start your day. Most of them assume that you are chipper and wide awake as soon as your feet hit the floor. In other words, they assume you are a morning person.
I am not a morning person. And I don’t believe that you can necessarily become one. However, that doesn’t mean that non-morning people can’t have successful starts to their days.
Here are ways that we can adapt the morning-person strategies and give us the same advantages for our days.
Posted on February 11, 2013 by LJ Earnest
These days, everyone seems to have multiple numbers. This can get out of hand, though, especially if you find yourself juggling multiple devices or missing calls.
Here are some suggestions for streamlining the phones:
Posted on February 10, 2013 by LJ Earnest
It’s been a busy stretch of weeks here as I prepare an e-book for SimpleProductivityBlog.com. I’ve been working hard on assembling something I think everyone can use: a way to get more time. Reclaim Your Time: A Guide To Editing Your Life is available for free. Click here for immediate [...]
Posted on February 4, 2013 by LJ Earnest
My current client is a tax preparation firm. Since it is tax season in the U.S., I have been working. A lot.
Unfortunately, working has been encroaching on my personal time. And I find that when I do not set the boundaries with my time at work, I get nothing done at night. Or even worse, I get grumpy and resentful about the choices I have made.
So, in an effort to get control of my time and to make better choices, I have started protecting my time. These are the methods I am currently using:
Posted on January 30, 2013 by LJ Earnest
Even though I write this blog and make it a point to find the best ways to be productive, occasionally I get buried.
Right now I am buried under a mountain of projects and tasks. I simply look at my task list and want to run away and join the circus.
There is a method to getting back out from under the mountain. All it takes is a bit of time and a very large shovel.
So here is the shovel for you to use as well, should you need it.
Posted on January 28, 2013 by LJ Earnest
We’re talking about streamlining inputs. I chose requests next because this is an input you might not be aware of, but still impacts your productivity.
Requests are those things that get flung at you in passing. A coworker passes you in the hall and says, “Hey, can you send me the template of the Jones file? I want to reuse it.” Or a child yells from the far corner of the house, “Hey, we’re out of toilet paper.” Or the dreaded “I need you to head up the fundraising dinner this spring.”