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The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use To Get The Job Done. Katia Verresen's new client had a big problem: He needed to find three to four extra hours in his day.

The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use To Get The Job Done

This, of course, seemed like an impossible feat for an oversubscribed startup founder, but his ability to fundraise and recruit the best talent depended on it. By the time he met Verresen, executive coach to many such founders, he was drained, pessimistic, dreading every week before it started. Even though tech culture champions sleeplessness, overtime and burnout, Verresen has seen how this mindset can lead to failure. 5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long. Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week.

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only churning out high-quality work a portion of each day. Here are five practical steps to incorporate into any morning routine to optimize your time at the office and maintain productivity all day long: 7 minutes of exercise.

6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day. Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?

6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day

Know how many days per week you’re actually productive? About 3: People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive). We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us wants to be a workaholic either. 10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work. Do you feel like you can no longer cope with the stress of meeting your deadlines?

10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work

Does the lack of concentration stop you from focusing on your goals? Are you stuck or stressed out? Then put your headphones on. Try using some of the most Zen-friendly websites on offer that really work wonders for keeping your cool in the workplace. Uncover Your True Potential. This 15-Minute Activity Will Make You More Successful At Work. Don't Break the Chain. Start Every Day as a Producer, Not a Consumer. I have to agree that my most productive days are those where I don't allow myself to read the news, check e-mail, facebook, etc., right after I get up.

Start Every Day as a Producer, Not a Consumer

However, that happens because I've got a ton of stuff to get done, and the outside world takes a back seat until my workload is under control. Monotasking Is The New Multitasking. We all know multitasking is inefficient.

Monotasking Is The New Multitasking

A classic 2007 study of Microsoft workers found that when they responded to email or instant messaging alerts, it took them, on average, nearly 10 minutes to deal with their inboxes or messages, and another 10-15 minutes to really get back into their original tasks. That means that a mere three distractions per hour can preclude you from getting anything else done. Then there’s the relationship “inefficiency” that comes from multitasking. Multi-Tasking and it’s Effect on Concentration, Intelligence, and Reasoning.

Recently there was an experiment conducted that studied two sets of people. One consisted of individuals who multi-tasked constantly, while the other group rarely engaged in multi-tasking. Both groups were comprised strictly of students attending Stanford University, so it can be assumed that all are of above average intelligence. In order to compare their methods of concentration and managing information, both groups took part in a number of cognitive exercises. When some type of interference surfaced during the test, the individuals who multi-tasked frequently had difficulty maintaining concentration. The poorer results produced by the people accustomed to multi-tasking was surprising, as it would be expected that their background and familiarity with performing multiple tasks simultaneously, would have meant that they were better equipped to handle such an exercise.

How to Finish Your Work, One Bite at a Time. How-to-be-productive_530adf38cc928_w1500. 20 Ways To Wake Up With Motivation. Lets face it, feeling motivated is perhaps one of the most difficult things you could ever do.

20 Ways To Wake Up With Motivation

If it were so easy, everyone would be making progress and achieving their goals they’ve set out to achieve. Even worse is when we read countless articles from around the web that make it seem straightforward. As a result, it often becomes frustrating due to it seeming easy to apply on paper. It does little to improve your self-esteem and confidence, especially when you face difficulties in applying the advice you know and understand so well.

11 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Complete any Task in New Year. Motivation is the mental push from you to accomplish an action.

11 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Complete any Task in New Year

People have motives to do many things. Maslow’s Theory, one of the widely discussed theories of motivation debates that physiological needs (such as food, water, sleep etc) are the most basic and fundamental. 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer. It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet.

25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before. 1.

Duolingo This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. 2. 1386958356-get-done-35-habits-most-productive-people-infographic.jpg (1280×1035) Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better. You know the drill: open eyes, get up, move yourself robotically to the bathroom, dress up, and get out.

Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better

How To Become A Morning Person. You’ve heard it before: Getting up early is good for you. Luminaries from Ben Franklin to Ernest Hemingway to Michelle Obama have endorsed the lifestyle. And studies have shown that being awake in the early-morning hours can boost creativity, help with weight loss, and make you happier. But what if getting out of bed at the crack of dawn seems like the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest after downing a bacon double cheeseburger? You can ease into it with a 21-day challenge — the time it takes to solidify a new habit — and gradually build your endurance for waking with the sun. “You get to rise in sync with nature and start the day afresh,” says life coach Annie Lin. Time Management Skills Are Stupid. Here's What Works.

How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips. Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. I certainly want the answer. 17 Small Productivity Habits. The Mini-Habit The idea behind mini habits is that you can get to a larger habit if you start small, create simple goals, and aim for consistency. In his book Mini Habits: Small Habits, Bigger Results, Stephen Guise gives the example of “The One Pushup Challenge.” 17 Small Productivity Habits. How to Get It Done: Four Drucker-Like Action Steps. 10 Laws of Productivity. You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar.

Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. 2. When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. 3. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept.

How to Finish Your Work, One Bite at a Time. Productivity vs. Getting Things Done. This post originally appeared on the Exist blog. I’ve been a sucker for so-called “productivity porn” for a while. I still am, to some degree, but I’ve been working hard to cure myself of this time-wasting habit and I’m getting a lot closer to that. For anyone who’s not familiar with it, my interpretation of productivity porn is pretty much anything related to productivity as a topic of interest, that doesn’t actually involve getting anything done.

For me, it includes things like trying out new task managers, reading blog posts about productivity and stocking up on stationery I don’t need. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating. “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals.

GTD Cheatsheet – An Intro on the GTD system.