Becoming more productive

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.  William Penn 1644 – 1718 One of the biggest issues people face today is being overwhelmed. Most people complain of having too much to do and too little time; they seem to be unable to manage all of their responsibilities. I often work with people to help them become more productive. The goal is to help them achieve more and still have time for a life. When they first come to me, they mistakenly believe that I can magically create more time, or that I can provide secrets that …
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How’s your timing?

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. Dion Boucicault 1820 – 1890 These days, everyone seems to be short on time. So many people here in America are multitasking constantly and sacrificing sleep, yet they can’t seem to catch up. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Or are there? As it turns out, humans are notoriously bad at judging time; our brains simply aren’t wired for the task. A 2011 study by researchers Jennifer T. Coull, Ruey-Kuang Cheng, and Warren H. Meck observed that “There are no sensory receptors specifically dedicated for perceiving time.” And so we rely on …
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Pseudo-productive procrastination

I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done. Susan Orlean 1955 – Many people today engage in what I call “pseudo-productive procrastination” — usually without even realizing it. While this behavior might convey some short-term benefits, it can ultimately damage productivity and severely hinder you from reaching your long-term goals. What is pseudo-productive procrastination? Quite simply, it’s performing low-value or unnecessary tasks in order to delay working on a more valuable project. It manifests in many ways: checking email every few minutes; doing more research than necessary; over-organizing electronic files …
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