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March 7th, 2014

Productivity_Mar03_AAre you looking for a tried and tested way of increasing your productivity? If so, then there are a number of solutions. One of the most effective is writing a to-do list to help you really get on top of your day-to-day tasks.This guide will help you craft an effective one so you can skyrocket your productivity each day.
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February 5th, 2014

Productivity_Feb03_AIf you’re running a business, regardless of whether you have physical premises or operate in a virtual world, you probably receive a continuous stream of emails every minute of every day and beyond. Because of this, many business owners have a hard time simply handling the sheer volume of emails. If you’re dealing with the same issue, then you'll probably welcome our top five tips to solving your email deluge problem.

1. Turn off email notifications

Notification sounds are helpful in letting you know you have received a new email - important or not. However, they can also be distracting if you're trying to concentrate. To avoid this, turn off new message notifications on both your Smartphone and computer, and schedule a convenient time to check and respond to your emails instead. This will not only improve your organizational skills, but will also give you peace of mind that you are focusing on tasks without neglecting your inbox.

2. Schedule when to check your emails

Unless your work demands replying to emails instantly, checking emails can be scheduled to a specific time of the day. You don’t want to live in your inbox the entire day, just checking the emails you receive as this can seriously harm your overall productivity. According to studies, a person takes about 64 seconds to recover from email interruption, a minute you could have spent on a more productive task.
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January 9th, 2014

Productivity_Jan07_AIt's a new year and with it many people, business owners included, are undoubtedly setting goals and resolutions for the year ahead. When it comes to businesses, many owners and managers set a resolution to become more productive, something which isn't always easy. Luckily, there are numerous apps out there that can help, and with the rise of the smartphone and tablet, many of these apps have mobile versions as well.

Here are five great mobile productivity apps that are free, or cheap enough where they won't break the bank.
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December 12th, 2013

Productivity_Dec09_AFrom email to document storage, and even voice communication, almost every business system is connected in some way to do the Internet. Connecting to the Web is without a doubt an important tool that many businesses have come to steadfastly rely on. A common problem workers run across however is being distracted by sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, etc. when they need to crack on and get their work done.
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November 14th, 2013

2013Nov14_Productivity_ACommunication is one of the most essential components of business, and one of the main ways many companies and customers communicate is through email. One of the most important elements of the email is the part that many people either struggle with or ignore - the subject line. If you don't write strong or appropriate subject lines you will may risk the fact that the email will go unopened.

Here are five tips on how you can write better subject lines for your emails.
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October 17th, 2013

Productivity_Oct16_AAs a business owner or manager you are likely doing more than one thing at once. You are maybe even balancing three to four tasks at the same time. Have you noticed that when you do this, you often make more mistakes or actually end up working longer and harder? While multitasking is an important skill, it can kill your productivity if you are always balancing multiple tasks. The solution? Don't multitask as much!
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September 19th, 2013

Productivity_Sep16_AHave you ever been to a presentation, lecture or gathering where a person is showing a PowerPoint or slide show from their computer only to have an annoying alert pop up? This can be a big problem, especially if the alert is a private message, and it may distract the audience and cause their attention to wander. However, while this might be a universal issue, there is a way to prevent it.
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August 30th, 2013

Productivity_Aug26_AProjects are usually defined as a process that can be either individual or collaborative and are planned to achieve a desired result. They are usually different from your day-to-day work tasks and have a set start and end date. Some projects can be incredibly complex, so to stay on top of every aspect you need an easy way to see what needs to be done and when. Many people use the classic project schedule Gantt chart, but is there anything better out there?
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July 24th, 2013

Productivity_July22_AOne of the more important aspects of doing business is communication. Your clients rely on good clear communication channels in order to do business with you, and your employees often rely on communicative relationships to get their jobs done. Email has enabled businesses to communicate with ease. However, email etiquette is still expected and important. One area many employees have trouble with is how to properly finish, or sign-off an email.
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June 27th, 2013

Productivity_June26_AThe amount of time we are spending at our desks is increasing, and this is starting to take a toll on many of our bodies. Many of us go home with wrists that ache, or eyes that are strained. What this means is that our productivity actually drops, despite any increased hours. The good news is that there are changes you can make to create a more ergonomic workspace and reduce the strain on your body.
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