Category Archives: Time Management

I used to spend hundreds of my working hours on Facebook, so here’s what I did

I never saw Facebook as a harm to my productivity. Until one month, after checking my time tracking data I realized that I had spent 13 hours and 21 minutes of my working hours on Facebook.

That’s more than 40 minutes every working day spent browsing the newsfeed, checking random profiles and giving thumbs up to every new status update that came up.

That was also the month I spent every second day working overtime and feeling burned-out. After my discovery, I blamed Facebook. So I did what everyone would’ve done in my place: I blocked the newsfeed.

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Manage your email like a ninja – 8 effective email management tips

Gmail-Ninja

If you’re anything like me, you spend most of your working time processing an email. In fact, according to DeskTime.com, I spent over 50 hours just doing my email in April alone, and that is not including the time on my iPhone. That’s 4 times as much time as the second closest activity that month. Email epidemic is serious and it needs a cure.

Here’s some effective email management tips for Gmail users that will save you time so you can focus on higher priority tasks.

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How to Stay Productive and Focused During the Spring

The plant wall at the DeskTime office

The plant wall at the DeskTime office

The city breathes a sigh of relief as the snow pulls back, the sun shines longer, and layers of winter clothes begin to shed. That’s right, spring is back, the birds are singing, and people are just itching to get their share of vitamin D (that’s rays of sun, y’all!)

Though we love the spring, it doesn’t do much for office productivity. Because let’s face it, we want to be outdoors, enjoying the fresh, spring air.

Here are some tips to help you through those arduous days:

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How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

We’ve all been there – the feeling that you’re drowning under a pile of only growing work. As the feeling overwhelms you, you think, how on earth am I going to deal with this?

This is something I’ve been dealing with recently, and in stead of simply tossing up my hands and saying it’s impossible, I decided that I owe at least myself, if not my many bosses, to at least try to conquer the glorious mountain of work.

So it’s on. I decided that I would to EVERYTHING to the maximum, use every moment I had, stretch my attention to the max. I was going to have a week of ultra-productivity.

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Time Management is dead. Long live attention management.

Guest Blogger Graham Allcott, author of “How to be a Productivity Ninja”, discusses why attention, not time, is the key to ninja-level productivity.

 

Time management used to be so simple: spend the first hour of the day sorting out the post and incoming paperwork, then get on to the high priority tasks.  Spend the middle part of the day doing mid-level tasks and the end of the day wrapping up with the easier stuff.  There was no such thing as information overload, or at its’ worst it looked like six pieces of A4 paper in your pigeon hold.  Then we went digital, information became cheap and we got swamped: email, social media, the internet, software programmes, CRM systems, instant messenger, phone…

Where time management success was judged by completion, modern-day productivity is as much about what you ignore as what you do.  It’s time to think like a ninja!

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