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The secret of the 10% most productive people? Breaking!

Here at DeskTime, we did a study of the most productive employees to understand their habits and learn from them. Originally published on Daily Muse, the article took off and was republished by Mashable, Business Insider, Inc.com, and Lifehacker. Here’s the original and complete text of the study with even more useful tips to increase your productivity.

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The ultimate list of apps & resources for freelancers

From the outside, freelancing might seem like the perfect work and lifestyle. Lucky freelancers can choose their favorite projects and clients, manage their own time and work from exotic countries while sipping cold drinks on the beach.

That’s the beautiful myth. If you’ve ever been a freelancer, you surely know it’s not all roses. And the freelance work you like and do so well doesn’t take up all of your time.

From my experience, roughly 10-25% of the time is spent on writing proposals, preparing contracts, prioritizing my tasks, planning my workflow, and issuing invoices.

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Motivating your employees – what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it

Employee motivation at the workplace seems to be a problem nowadays.

A study on employee engagement has found that 70% of employees are disengaged at work. For a manager whose success depends on the productivity of their employees, these statistics don’t exactly inspire confidence.

The chances are that your employees are counting down the minutes until they can shut down their computers and call it a day. That’s quite the opposite of the vision you have for dedicated, passionate employees who will stop at no ends to guarantee the success of your company.

Look:

Research from the University of California found that demotivated employees are 31% less productive, are 3x less creative and 87% more likely to quit than motivated employees.

And it gets worse:

It was calculated that every unmotivated employee costs the business an estimated $2246 a year. Now, imagine your company employs over hundred people, out of which 70% dislike their job… That’s a LOT of money they’re losing.

The question is: if 70% of all employees say they are disengaged and unmotivated at work, then what the heck are managers doing that terribly wrong?

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How to fire a problematic employee

10 step process for dealing with problematic employees – from warning to firing

Let’s say your business is doing well. You are constantly growing, increasing revenue. You have the best people on the team, dedicated to the same goals and vision as you are.

Sounds perfect, huh?

But then…

It comes to your attention that some of your employees are chitchatting behind people’s backs, and some seem a little resentful.

You notice that some of your workers are taking advantage of your good heart and are deliberately being difficult:

Some may not be as punctual as you’d want them to be. Some are cheating your time clocking system. And you may think it’s something offensive only to you, but consider your other honest and hardworking team members. Is this fair to them?

As a manager, it’s your job to take notice. Because good office environment has a huge effect on your employees’ work capabilities. Unfortunately, so does a bad one.

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modern office design

26 office improvements from A to Z to boost your team’s productivity

Where you work is as important as what you do.

Various studies have found a connection between office environment and employee productivity. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your team’s overall productivity about 20%.

And if 20% increase in productivity doesn’t sound convincing enough to invest in office improvements, here are some more stats that might change your mind:

A study found a company’s most productive employees can increase its yearly profit by $5,000.

Meanwhile, the average cost US businesses pay for unfocused and disengaged employees can reach $450-550 billion yearly.

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How to Write Productive To-Do Lists

Writing to-do lists is a helpful way to remind yourself of everything you have to do that day, from tasks at work, to picking up groceries on the way home. But their effectiveness depends on how you write them.

There’s no use in writing a to-do list if you don’t actually check off any of the items you need to get done. It’s easy to overestimate what you can accomplish and to write down every little errand and thing you should do, instead of focusing on priorities.  

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