Top 5 Gift Card Purchases for Improving Productivity

Did you get a Best Buy or other electronics store gift card as a gift? Below are six suggestions of office productivity tools that will boost your efficiency. Portable bluetooth speaker Use chore time to learn something! If you’re bored by cooking dinner, emptying the dishwasher, folding the laundry, or sweeping the floor, then just […]

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Two Ways to Tell if Facebook Deserves Your Attention

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I get asked a lot about social media, and if I think Facebook, for example, is a “waste of time.” They reference “kitten videos” or other such silliness.  I do use Facebook, and so I’ve paid attention to the interactions I’ve had on it lately, and analyzed them a bit.  Today, for example, I spent […]

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How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Weekend (Or Any Vacation)

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If you’re planning a vacation from work, here is a quick and easy suggestion for making the most of your time off.  It’s scandalous.  Blasphemous.  Heresy.  Your first thought will be, “I can’t possibly do that.”  Trust me.  You can, and if you do, you’ll realize what a real vacation is supposed to feel like. […]

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Kaizen for Personal and Team Productivity

Kaizen-Continuous Improvement

Kaizen, according to Dictionary.com, is a noun meaning: a business philosophy or system that is based on making positive changes on a regular basis, as to improve productivity. an approach to one’s personal or social life that focuses on continuous improvement. In business, this has been applied to “productivity” in a manufacturing environment: how to […]

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App Reviews: Tracking Expenses

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People are often looking to find new technologies to help them organize and keep track of expenses.  I’ve come across several that I find to be very helpful. One of the easiest ways I’ve found to keep track of expenses is an app called Expensify.  Record expenses with minimal fuss, snap a picture of the […]

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How Corporate Culture Affects Productivity

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(Are You Making Your Employees Less Productive?) Often overlooked in organizations, especially large ones, is the fact that productivity, happiness, and engagement are all related.  Employees who are happier and more satisfied at work are more productive and more engaged in the mission of the organization. There are several ways to impact the happiness of […]

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What it Means to Control Your Attention

The more I study productivity and effectiveness, the more I have become convinced that it has led me to the secret of life.  I believe that control, and specifically, control over your own attention, is the secret to peak productivity and to living a life of choice. I call this “attention management,” and this belief […]

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2013 Tech Trends to Watch, Conclusion

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Does your computer have a video camera? If not, you might want to pick one up (USB cameras are quite inexpensive.)  Although we’ve had Skype for video chat for a while, and more recently, FaceTime, I think Google Hangouts is going to bring video chat into the mainstream, because of how embedded Google is in […]

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2013 Tech Trends to Watch, Part 2

mobile wallets

Are wallets becoming obsolete?  Some technology companies are working to make that a reality.  You may be convinced in the coming year to start paying for things with your smartphone.  Several services, including Paypal, Google Wallet, and Isis, are teaming with smartphone manufacturers and payment processing companies to allow you to leave your wallet at […]

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2013 Tech Trends to Watch Part 1

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Happy new year!  I’ve noticed some technology products and services that have the potential to have a significant impact on our day-to-day lives this year.  Some of these can be real time savers and I believe merit consideration. The first is a class of service promising to revolutionize snail mail.  If you’re like most people […]

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