It is interesting how you can actually feel clutter building up around you. You can feel it there even when you are trying to ignore it, just like trying to ignore a pet waiting to be taken on a walk. No matter what you do, you won’t be able to devote your full attention to a task or project until you deal with the problem: clear out the clutter.
Clutter can be in your home, office, and even your mind. Ciara Conlon at lifehack.org reminds us that “Clutter is stagnant energy and by removing it from your life you will free up time and space for the more important things in life.” The idea of wasting your time thinking about the stuff piling up around you is discouraging. When you are striving for increased productivity, you don’t want to be wasting energy on things that don’t matter.Read the rest of this entry »
You know that satisfying feeling when you complete a task? Your success gives you the chance to take a deep breath, bask in your achievement . . . and then what? Get back to work. I have a tough time transitioning between projects or tasks, and I bet you’ve struggled before, too. Once I have something to show for myself, it’s tough to find the motivation and energy to start fresh on something different. But, if I want to increase my productivity this year, I’ll have to confront this issue.
So, how do you transition smoothly to a new project? There are many strategies—you may have to try a few to find a system that works for you. Here are a few suggestions you can try implementing to help you increase your productivity this year.Read the rest of this entry »
We talk about productivity all the time—at home, in the office, here on this blog—but we may not all be talking about the same thing. Productivity has a different definition for everyone. It’s important to find your definition of productivity, otherwise you’ll never be able to evaluate your progress and judge if you’ve reached the level of productivity you would like to. Read through these possible definitions and decide what kind of productive you want to be this year.
For some, a productive day means doing everything you can possibly get done in the shortest amount of time. This type of productivity is all about completion. If you like to look back on your day and list all of the tasks you accomplished, you may be this kind of productive.
Be wary of two things: one, losing control as you try to finish an endless list of tasks, and two, sloppy work. Make sure that while you are doing the most you can, you are also doing the best you can.Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes it’s not enough to simply do more to be more productive. Sometimes you need to change things up. Developing a new skill is a great way to add excitement to your day, and it will improve your productivity as well. A new skill can provide the variety you need to change up a monotonous streak in your life. Breaking up your routine can actually increase your productivity. When we are going through the motions, we miss opportunities to improve ourselves. Maybe the way you’ve always done something is not the most efficient or effective. While routines can bring you stability and calm, they shouldn’t make your life stagnant. Build on your routine—your foundation—by developing a new skill in your down time.
Your new skill can be work related—learning how to use a new program or app, advancing a skill you already have to the next level, or branching out from your current skill set with a skill your company can benefit from. Work-related skills can be beneficial, as long as you choose something that will excite you and give you the energy you need to be productive throughout your day.Read the rest of this entry »
You can download your Google Docs and use them in Power.ME.
To update a Google Doc file, simply open the file and it will update automatically.
You can remain signed in to your Google account in Power.ME, however, Google may sometimes need you to reauthorize your account. If you would like to manually sign out of your account, go to Settings. The Google Docs option allows you to unlink your account. Tap Linked and the button will change to red and read Unlinked.
So why would you want to download your Google Docs to your Power.ME account? There are so many reasons. The ability to organize your Google Docs with your other files allows you to have complete control over your files—you know exactly where they are and you can access them together anywhere. For example, if you are working on a project with your team, you might create a Google Doc file to share with your teammates. The planning, executing, and presenting phases of your project can be edited by everyone on your team. You can access these changes from anywhere at any time with Power.ME. You can also organize the Google Doc file along with other pertinent project documents so everything is consolidated. The convenience of accessing all of this information from your tablet or smartphone will change your life. Whether you are working with a team on an important project, party planning with a committee, or using Google Docs for personal purposes, you will find this feature irresistible. Be sure to test it out using the above instructions, or head to our User Guide.
We’re now four days into the New Year. If you’re like me, you have finished your neat little list of resolutions, and now you are waiting for your new life to begin.
It doesn’t work like that, actually. Perhaps that is why most people’s resolutions last three months, tops. You can’t simply wish changes in your behavior into existence. You have to plan, and you also have to pace yourself. If you have made six New Year’s resolutions, you have to find the time and energy to work on developing those six resolutions. You may not have time to work on all six at once, and it’s ok to stagger your resolutions to help you develop long-lasting habits.
I finished my list of resolutions just in time to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. However, I still haven’t defined specific next actions for each resolution. And that means I still haven’t made progress on any of the resolutions I set. How many years have I been setting resolutions? Plenty. So why haven’t I planned better?Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone has this idea that the New Year provides you with a blank slate. A chance to start over. This is true, as long as you realize that you have to put in some effort to clear off the slate and make it blank. Before you dive in to 2012, eliminate the clutter and paperwork that is bogging you down. The New Year will look brighter if you take the time to let yourself start over.
Start your clutter purge by going through your reference material. If you find something that could be reviewed once, review it and toss it. Clear out anything that is obsolete—an instruction manual for your old phone, spring catalogs, material for projects that you’ve completed. Give yourself the room you need to collect more reference material this year. If you come across an item you haven’t used in 12 months, you don’t need it. Look through it one more time if you need to, and then clear up space for new material.Read the rest of this entry »
New Year’s is a great time to thin out . . . no, this is NOT another weight loss resolution. It’s a resolution to thin out your projects and commitments for the year. Before you make plans for improvement this year, evaluate the past twelve months and note the projects that were overwhelming, unnecessary, or not worth your while. Make this year one where you accomplish great things, but only those things that keep your life balanced and joyful.
Go through the year chronologically, thinking through each of the projects you completed. Figure out when you were the most overwhelmed during the year. Was it during the summer? Maybe this year you need fewer summertime commitments. Were you busiest during a huge project with a tough deadline? This year you may need to allow more time or allot more resources to projects of that size. Make note of each project that overwhelmed you so you can make improvements on projects of that nature in 2012. Ask yourself: Read the rest of this entry »
We often get to enjoy a break from working at some point during the holiday season. This break can be relaxing or hectic depending on how full you (and your family) fill your days. Either way, you should enjoy your time away from your day job so you can appreciate the holidays, spend quality time with your family, and be well-rested when work starts back up again.
Before you leave the office and head off on your holiday adventures, make sure you empty your head of all your stuff. Make complete lists of next actions for the projects you are working on. Clearing your head before your break will let you relax while you’re gone and assuage your concerns that you won’t remember to complete certain tasks when you get back to work. And, if a task DOES come to your mind, you can add it to a list quickly, and then go back to relaxing with family and friends. Keep the list somewhere accessible when you come back to work. With your organized list ready to go, you’ll expedite the process of getting back into your work mindset in the New Year.Read the rest of this entry »