Productivity

Learn how to maximize your time and resources so that your business can become more productive (and profitable).

Project Brief and Delegation Tool

Project Brief Template

How to Delegate Tasks More Effectively How often do you delegate a task to an employee, but they don’t complete it the way you wanted them to? Then get frustrated because they did it wrong and end up doing it yourself? (Sound familiar?) When we are defining a project that someone else is going to complete,

6 weird things that will improve your productivity

add more yellow to your office

We’ve all heard the normal tips and tricks for making ourselves and others more productive. They’re all about staying focused, being dedicated, and just putting your head down and hammering things out. But what about the weirder tips for improving productivity? What about the things that maybe seem quirky, but truly boost efficiency? We’ve come

8 brain hacks to increase productivity

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I’m not one of those “naturally productive” people — I’m not even sure if there is such a thing. If I’m a “natural” at anything it’s laziness. But I’m also ambitious. I really do want to make a difference — and to do that I need to get things done. So I’ve collected a number

Office environment matters: 8 things that will make your office more productive

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When you need to focus and really get stuff done, where do you go? Probably your favorite local coffee shop. You know, the one with the quiet corner, open outlets, and the steady stream of caffeine at your fingertips. No interruptions—just a peaceful, conducive working environment where you can get a change of scenery and

How to focus and get your s*** done

focus and get work done

Focus. We all know it’s a key to productivity, but the whole world seems hell bent on preventing us from getting any real focus time. As a result, our to-do lists just keep growing, our clients get pissed off, and our employees are waiting around for us. Something has to change. So we head to

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Work Done

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Work Done

“Starters” are great at starting things — new projects, new ideas, new tasks. But they’re not the best at finishing things. “Finishers” on the other hand are great at finishing things — taking existing work and bringing it to completion. If they’re given a blank sheet of paper, it’s really hard for them to get

Creativity follows commitment: The secret to getting work done

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“Uuuuggggghhhh! It’s time to write another blog post. I don’t want to write a blog post! I have client work that needs to get done, I haven’t finished my taxes. I’m behind. Why did I decide to write this stupid blog anyway…” That’s what goes on in my head every time I try to write.

What I love about “missing out”

turn off notifications

It started slowly. At first there was just the You’ve Got Mail! alert from AOL. Then our phones started to notify us of text messages, emails, calendar appointments, and tasks. Now they buzz and beep to tell us that we have new likes, plusses, or friends. Everyone wants some attention! But it’s not just alerts

Weapons of mass distraction: 10 ways to protect your productivity

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Those mornings when you wake up and think, “Yes! Do all of the things!” are great. You’re full of enthusiasm for the tasks at hand, and you’re going to cross them all off by the end of the day. But 5:00 rolls around, and you’re not even halfway through. The day was lost to phone

Strategic Scheduling Tool

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If you are trying to grow your business, it is vital that you be strategic about how you spend your time and money. The nature of many small businesses is such that the owner spends much of his/her time reacting to situations and resolving crises. When this is the case, the urgent becomes a thief

Link my business to your business and see the road ahead

Community helps with ideas

So much of what I do as a business owner is stuff that I’m doing for the first time. Even after doing this for a decade or more I’m still learning new things every day. On the one hand, that’s something I like about what I do – I’m always learning! On the other hand,

How to get more out of your landing pages

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Artists like El Greco (pictured) were known for creating art with invisible directional cues that caused the viewer’s eye to move through the piece. Your landing page should work in the same way. It should be informative, seamlessly direct the audience to the information they want, and offer something stimulating. In this guest post for Spoutfire,