Rachel Eakley's a busy girl. As a trained chef, psychology grad student, blogger, dog owner, and girlfriend to David Karp, the founder & CEO of Tumblr, she's got a lot to juggle.
She shared how she manages her days here:
Do you spend 2.7 hours a day using your mobile phone?
Is that time well spent, or are you mindlessly staring into the Facebook abyss?
What would you do with that time if you weren't on the phone?
Were you more productive or less productive before the age of cell phones?
If you're not sure how much time you devote to your cell on a regular basis, try keeping track for a week, and then ask yourself these questions.
Maybe it's time to scale back some of this phone stuff.
At least, that's what I wondered to myself as a girl ran into me on the street last night while walk-texting...
Gregory Ciotti created this great video based on his scientific research about productivity.
Here are the bullet points:
1. Get Started. Studies indicate that getting started is the biggest barrier to productivity. However, once we've begun a project, we're compelled to finish it. This is called The Zeigarnic Effect - when we don't finish a task, we experience discomfort and intrusive thoughts about it.
2. Focus deliberately. Work in "packets of energy" (recommended: 90 minutes) and then take a break (recommended: 20 minutes). Don't rely on willpower to work, rely on habit and disciplined scheduling.
3. Create an accountability schedule. Write down what you intend to complete in your 90 minute work session before you start, so that you clearly understand what your goals are. For example: "9:00am - 10:30am: answer and file all necessary emails, then shut down email program until late afternoon to complete other work." Which leads us to...
4. Stop multi-tasking. Studies show that multi-taskers are much less productive than those who focus on one job at a time and work until that one job is completed.
Don't be this guy! ---->
The average person spends two days a year on hold! One of the things that Fancy Hands does best is handle all of those calls to customer service (should be called disservice, really).
Here's a year-end wrap up infographic about how Fancy Hands assistants helped our clients this year. If you're not one of our clients yet, imagine the possibilities...
No more listening to bad hold music while you feel your life slipping away from you. Ever.
Are you making New Year's Resolutions?
Only 19% of us will succeed in keeping them!
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We all know how to Google...but do you Google like the pros? NOW you do! Click to enlarge.
We really hope that you don't waste 36% of your time on annoying co-workers!
Harvard Business School boldly suggests a 3-Day Rule!
Can you imagine only letting your to-do list tasks stay active for 3 days before doing them or getting rid of them altogether? Considering some of our 2012 New Year's resolutions will be carried over to 2013's New Year's resolutions, maybe we should pay attention to this advice!
"A to-do list is only useful if you cross things off as often as you add tasks on. If something’s been on your list for more than 3 days, do one of the following:
-Do it immediately.
It may take you less time than you think.
Find a time slot on your calendar when you can get the task done. If it’s important enough to have on your list, then commit to doing it at a specific time and day.
-Let it die.
If you’re not willing to do something immediately or schedule it for later, you won’t ever do it. Accept that it’s not really a priority and take it off your list."