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This Summer, How About a Workcation? Affordable ways to create a work environment that engages employees. A company's work environment really affects employee engagement and productivity but only only one in four U.S. workers are in optimal workplace environments, according to Gensler's 2013 U.S.

Affordable ways to create a work environment that engages employees

Workplace Survey of 2,035 workers. In an effort to create happy, engaged employees, companies are beginning to place more emphasis on creating a work environment that fosters engagement, productivity and innovation. Here are just a few ways employers can makeover the workspace to help employees work effectively: 1. Forget open-door, adopt open space. Workplace collaboration is key to spreading and developing innovative ideas. An open office space makes it easy for employees to interact more frequently, which is one of the best ways to encourage collaboration. 2. Workspace design can make a big difference in employee engagement and productivity without costing a penny. Related: Feng Shui and the Successful Entrepreneur 3. Related: Improve Your Office's Productivity by Boosting Employees' Sleep Quality. David Allen, Getting Things Done and GTD.

Our best-practices guide for implementing GTD with Google Apps on your desktop.

David Allen, Getting Things Done and GTD

Letter size PDF. 28 pages. This Guide will show you how to: - Understand the fundamental GTD best practices - Optimally configure Google Apps in the way we have found works best for GTD - Integrate your actionable email - Create project and next actions lists - Create useful reference lists - Use shortcuts to speed up your workflow ... and much more! Download a sample Note: This Guide does not include implementation on a mobile device or the new Inbox by Google app. Delivery: Once you purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download the Guide as a PDF, which you can save and/or print for your personal use. 6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day. Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?

6 Subtle Things Highly 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. It’d be great to get tons done and have work/life balance.

And who better to ask than Tim Ferriss, author of the international bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek? (Tim’s blog is here and his podcast is here.) Below are six tips Tim offered, the science behind why they work, and insight from the most productive people around. 1) Manage Your Mood Most productivity systems act like we’re robots — they forget the enormous power of feelings.

If you start the day calm it’s easy to get the right things done and focus. Here’s Tim: I try to have the first 80 to 90 minutes of my day vary as little as possible. Research shows email: 30-Second Strategies for Better Performance and Productivity. Half a minute is all it takes to make each day more productive. 1.

30-Second Strategies for Better Performance and Productivity

Take 30 seconds to set the stage for awesome success. Here's how: Before you start doing something, answer the question, "What can I do to make this awesome? " That's basically what Mike Williams of the David Allen Company (the Getting Things Done folks) asked me. When I started to interview him, he stopped me and said, "What would make this call wildly successful for you? " At first, it sounded cheesy.

Keep in mind this applies just as much to your personal life, too. Don't just move blindly on to the next task. Answer that question, and whatever you do, you will do a lot better. The Art of Focus. Like everyone else, I am losing the attention war.

The Art of Focus

I toggle over to my emails when I should be working. I text when I should be paying attention to the people in front of me. I spend hours looking at mildly diverting stuff on YouTube. (“Look, there’s a bunch of guys who can play ‘Billie Jean’ on beer bottles!”) And, like everyone else, I’ve nodded along with the prohibition sermons imploring me to limit my information diet. And, like everyone else, these sermons have had no effect. Since the prohibition sermons don’t work, I wonder if we might be able to copy some of the techniques used by the creatures who are phenomenally good at learning things: children.

I recently stumbled across an interview in The Paris Review with Adam Phillips, who was a child psychologist for many years. “There’s something deeply important about the early experience of being in the presence of somebody without being impinged upon by their demands, and without them needing you to make a demand on them. 10 Bad Productivity Habits That Are Holding You Back. You work hard to get your work done. However, you can’t help but feel that you are being held back. Missed deadlines, misplaced items, and a cluttered workspace disrupt your ability to get things done.