Category Archives: Productivity

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How to Write Productive To-Do Lists

Writing to-do lists is a helpful way to keep yourself on track with everything you have to do that day, week, or month. From tasks at work to picking up groceries on the way home – lists provide a simple structure and help you to arrange the environment around you.

But there’s one trick – the effectiveness of a to-do list depends on how you write it.

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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How to find your state of flow and be more productive

There are days when I spend hours writing one paragraph of a blog post, and days when I write the whole thing in half an hour.

I never knew what that was – the moment when time gets lost and everything is just flowing effortlessly out of you. Until I found a video by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a former psychologist at the University of Chicago, who calls this state of mind ”flow”.

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How to Exercise when You’re Working 9-5

If there’s one thing that keeps a doctor away – besides apples, of course – it’s exercise.

In addition to improving one’s mood and shedding those extra pounds, being physically active on a regular basis helps prevent and manage a wide range of health problems, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression – the list goes on and on.

But I know what you’re going to say.

You’re spending long hours at work, so there’s no time to exercise. Kids happened, so there’s no time to exercise. You’re just so tired from all the side projects, duties, even the awful weather – so guess what. There’s no time to exercise!

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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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5 ways to hack your attention span to get things done

If you’ve been following the DeskTime blog, you know that attention is like a muscle – it can only be strained for a certain amount of time before it needs rest. Though this is undeniably true, and supported by multiple studies, sometimes we just need that extra boost to get sh*t done.

Now how do you hack your attention span, which is subject to biological law? Here are X tips to get you started, hack that attention span, and push the envelope to get things done.

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8 steps to create a productive office culture

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t need to think about how to get your employees to work more?Wouldn’t it be great, if it just happened all by itself?

That automatic habit of doing isn’t simply coincidence, and neither is it luck.

It’s a carefully crafted office culture of productivity.

Though it may come more naturally to some than it does to others, it’s possible to create a positive office culture that oozes productivity in any business.

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The most productive and unproductive countries of the world in 2017

DeskTime surveys every minute of over 250,000 employees in 105 countries around the world. As a result, we have a significant amount of productivity-related data that we can use the compare the de facto productivity of people around the world.

We’ve collected and compared data that shows us the most productive and unproductive countries in the world, based on their DeskTime productivity metrics. That is – the amount of time spent at work and the ratio of productive vs. unproductive apps they use.

We considered countries that had 100 DeskTime users or more, to achieve statistical significance. Of the 105 countries using DeskTime, 67 qualified under this criteria, making a total of 768 companies participating in this roundup.

So what are the most productive countries in the world, and which programs do they use?

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Mobile games to play at work and stay productive

Playing games at work is a time-honored tradition. Be it two minutes playing Candy Crush or leading your army in a war against witches – we’ve all been there.

The mobile games market has grown rapidly and is estimated to hit the $4.5 billion mark in 2018 and grow even more in the upcoming years.

However, getting caught by the boss is not the greatest feeling. At the same time, integrating games in your work can also be beneficial for you during breaks – playing games can give you time for some passive thinking, that’s needed to solve work-related problems.

And keep you energized and motivated.

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9 creative ways to make yourself take breaks at work

Almost every office around the world has certain types of “inhabitants”. In fact, you’ll probably find some of these characters in your workplace too.

There’s the Organizer who always seems to be coordinating lunch, smoking break or the next office party. There’s the Chatter and the Smoker, and the Coffee Junkie who seems to walk a mile weekly between his desk and the coffee machine.

Silently in the corner sits the Hard Worker – probably an introvert technical genius or a diligent administrative worker. One has to wonder – does he ever get up to eat, drink or even go to the loo?

If you also happen to find yourself at 6PM and stuck to your chair with sore eyes and a cramp in your back, it’s time to change your work habits. Scientists agree that short breaks from work actually improve your productivity, restore your energy levels and have a long-term positive impact on your well-being.

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