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Why You Do Your Best in the Morning

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It’s 6:30AM and the alarm clock rings. Many of us “early birds” jump out of bed with a smile on our faces, ready to tackle the day. A “night owl,” however, probably has a different reaction to the 6:30AM alarm ringing – one that involves multiple uses of the “snooze” button and the question “Why do I have to get up so early!?” 

If you consider yourself a “night owl,” I highly recommend reading this article by FastCompany. It has some great science-backed reasons why being a morning person can be advantageous to your productivity

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Tips for a Better Tomorrow

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Many people that struggle to stay focused and happy at work spend too much time planning for the future, completely missing the present moment in the process. While they still work hard and produce good work, they just destroy themselves by being stressed out and neglecting their mental and physical needs. 

If you find yourself living life like a zombie trying to complete all the tasks on your to-do list and belittling yourself when you fail to reach your impossible standards, you should check out this article in Success magazine. It has some great tips to motivate you to make the most of the present.

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Tips for Mastering Remote Work

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Technology has evolved so much that it has made it increasingly convenient to work from home or anywhere. Companies recognize the benefits of working from home for both the organization and their workers. In fact, we at Selling Energy have created thriving, engaged remote teams.  As more forward-thinking companies adapt this approach, there are challenges when it comes to maintaining engagement.

Fast Company recently published a guide that walks you through the major challenges faced with at-home working and how to overcome them. Take a read and gain some insights into the methods that lead to productive, successful, enjoyable and rewarding at-home work.

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Set Yourself up for a Productive Workweek

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The workweek may be done, but you are still hammering away this Saturday. Maybe you’re finishing up that proposal due on Monday? Perhaps it’s your turn to watch the kids?

Fast Company published an article on 5 things to do this weekend to make Monday that most productive day of the week. Of their tips, my favorites include: set goals for the week ahead; think big-picture thoughts; and, do something fun. Read the full list here and consider fitting them into your weekend.

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7 Tips to Prevent Burnout at Work

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As efficiency sales professionals, we deal with stress on a regular basis. Sometimes the stress comes from setbacks or lost deals; other times it simply comes from having too much to do and too little time to do it. Whatever the source of your stress may be, it’s important to have some coping mechanisms to help you stay motivated and productive.

An article published on the Forbes blog suggests “7 Ways to Prevent Stress at Work and Regain Productivity.” If you struggle to cope with stress, I highly recommend checking out this article and applying some of these ideas yourself.

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10 Time-Saving Tips for Stressed Working Parents

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As every working parent knows, time is a scarce commodity more valuable than gold. Finding new ways to squeeze every second out of a typical day and get as much done honoring all your obligations can feel like a mountain too high to climb. Thankfully, we have put together this list of time-saving tips to help busy, working parents achieve just a bit more each day and feel less stressed doing it. 

  1. Delegate/Ask for Help - When there is too much on your plate juggling the kid's activities, additional stuff at work and you can’t seem to find any relief, ask a friend or family member for help. Anything they can help with to free up extra time will make a big difference. On the weekends, have kids “help out” cleaning up the garage or working on a project. Make it fun by turning it into a competition or game. This way you can spend family time together but also get some household chores done as well.
  2. Double Up on Recipes for Lots of Leftovers (Easy Reheat) - When making dinner consider doubling the recipe, so you always have a quick reheat meal ready to go for those nights when the time is dwindling quickly. Don’t worry about being the perfect parent and serving up a freshly cooked meal every night; your sanity is worth more than your reputation, and the kids won’t care.
  3. Hire Someone for Pickup/Drop Off of the Kids or Carpool with a Neighbor - Dropping off or picking up the kids can take up an enormous amount of time each week. Just by hiring someone for these two tasks or carpooling with a friend or neighbor can free up a lot of extra time. On those mornings when you don’t have the kids, go to the office extra early, before anyone else and get a lot done. On the evenings when you don’t have to pick up the kids, you can stay extra late and accomplish even more.
  4. Assign a Time Limit to Each Task and Stick to It - A fantastic way to manage time, especially if you never have enough of it, is to assign a time limit to each task and when the time is up, move onto the next item. Limiting your time may seem counter-productive, but it helps on a subconscious level. Your brain knows you only have a specific amount of time to complete your task and therefore works more efficiently to accomplish it on time. It also gives you a relief valve knowing that the job will end at a particular time, and you will reward yourself with a forced break.
  5. Use Your Lunch Hour Wisely - This golden nugget of time is perfect for many tasks that are hard to accomplish at any other time of day. Use the Internet to pay bills online, check on the kids (nanny-cam or other similar services), schedule appointments, and even order products for home delivery. Just spending half of your lunch hour crossing things off your to-do list will ease the stress of the rest of your day. Use your lunch break efficiently every day and watch your whole week improve.
  6. Take the Kids to Work on the Weekend - There is no better time to get a lot of work done than on a weekend when no one else is in the office, no phones are ringing, and no emails are coming in. However, if you have children, this can present a problem. The solution, bring the kids to work. Bring plenty of toys, snacks and things to keep them occupied. Set them up in the conference room or another office while you get some quality work done. The kids will love going to work with mom or dad and view it as a field trip. While you get points for the fun adventure, you also get caught up on work before your busy week.
  7. Prioritize Your Time - Juggling family and work is hard enough, but when faced with an invitation to do something extra, it can quickly reach Take a minute to determine whether or not it is worth your time and the stress. Do you really need to attend the company picnic or your third cousin’s barbecue? Does the lawn need to be mowed or can it wait a week (or even better, outsourced)? Prioritize what is most important and cancel any extra events and activities to help free up time and relax your schedule.
  8. Track Your Time - What are you doing each day? There are some great time-tracking mobile apps such as Tyme 2 where you can use timers to track your entire day’s worth of events. Try it for a full week to see where you can regain some free time. Perhaps you have a habit of reading the online news before work or checking the sports scores during lunch. You may find that freeing up these short bits of time and using them for other tasks can be the difference between having a stressful or non-stressful workday.
  9. Prepare the Night Ahead – Remember when you were little and your mom laid out your clothes the night before? This same practice can be a lifesaver when you are juggling work, home, and kids. Do as much as you can the night before. Get the kid's clothes ready, pack lunches, have your bags packed and even try showering in the evenings instead of morning. Anything you can do the night before shaves precious minutes off the morning bustle.
  10. Organize Everything - Keep everything in your home and office organized. There are dozens of great resources for keeping kids toys, clothes and office items in their proper place. Stick to routines and habits so that you don’t waste precious time hunting around for things. For example, always put your car keys in the same place every night when coming home. This way you will never lose them and frantically search when you need to be in the car on the way to daycare. And if you always seem to misplace your keys, you can get a wireless “key finder” on Amazon for less than $20 that will keep four items as far as 100 feet away within easy reach with a loud beep and a blinking light! 

We live hectic lives these days, and every bit of timesaving helps ease our stress. These tips can add minutes or even hours to your busy week and help put a smile on your previously stressed face.

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How Productive People Prepare for Meetings

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Meetings are an important part of running a successful business, whether they’re held internally or with clients. There is, however, a fine line between productive meetings and extraneous ones. If you feel that a meeting is worthwhile, do yourself and your counterparts a favor and take some time to plan in advance. Productivity is particularly important in the context of meetings because each wasted minute of meeting time is not just a “minute.” If you have 20 people in a meeting and six minutes are used inefficiently, you’ve effectively wasted 2 hours. From a financial perspective, this can have a detrimental effect on your bottom line.

So what can you do to best prepare for a successful, productive meeting? Inc. published an article with tips to help you prepare for meetings in advance. If you’re tired of meetings that waste time, I recommend reading the full article here.

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What You Need for High Stakes Problem Solving

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Very often professionals find themselves in high-pressure situations that need tailored solutions.  The challenge is thinking outside the box (and quickly!) without compromising relationships or the health of your business.  When you’re facing an unforeseen obstacle or something entirely new, what is the best way to handle it?  What’s more, how can you be the most effective in a quickly paced and competitive environment? 

In Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Cuhigg’s Smarter Faster Better there are anecdotal stories about people faced with these issues in a variety of different situations, from a world-class poker player and an intelligence agent to the creators of Google and writers for Pixar’s Frozen.  Duhigg groups these compelling stories into packaged examples of teamwork, innovation, motivation and creating goals with appendices on how they can be applied to your personal or professional life.  If you’re looking for an entertaining read about high-stakes problem-solving with a dose of self-help, then this is the book for you. 

Here is a summary from Amazon: 

At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done.  Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.  They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.”

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How to Get a Self-Motivated Team

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When we think about ways to improve productivity, we usually think of software programs, smartphone apps, time-management systems, to-do lists, ergonomics, and so forth. While these tools and life hacks have the potential to improve productivity greatly, we often overlook a key factor in our ability to perform at our highest potential: self-motivation.

A self-motivated employee is empowered with the desire to improve the success of his or her company. This empowerment makes the employee want to produce high-quality work. Since productivity is necessary to produce high-quality work in a timely fashion, the employee ends up working productively.

So how does one become self-motivated? According to an article published in Inc, the way in which a leader hires and manages his or her employees has a significant effect on those employees’ level of motivation. The article argues that an “engaged, empowered, enthusiastic” employee works harder and is easier to manage. If you are a leader in your organization, I highly recommend reading this short piece and considering how you might create a team of empowered employees.

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Monotasking

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Do you ever feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs doing? This may be the result of an overly ambitious workload; however, more likely than not, it’s simply a consequence of frequent multitasking and a general lack of focus. Let’s face it – there are countless things that can distract us at any given moment: our email inbox, social media, co-workers… the list goes on and on.

 So, what action can we do to ensure that we’re focused on the task at hand? An article published in the New York Times suggests that “monotasking is something that needs to be practiced.” Take a read and remind yourself what it feels like to do one thing at a time next week.

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