Productivity

7 Traits of Happy and Productive People at Work

Putting in long hours at work doesn’t always mean you’re productive. You’re exhausted and spread thin, and you’re probably miserable to boot. You’re only going through the motions of working. You may get the job done but your output isn’t exactly your best work. Citing a decade’s worth of research, Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer — authors of The Progress Principle — pointed out: “People are more productive and creative when they have more positive emotions.” Employees shouldn’t rely on…

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5 Days To Your Best Year Ever [& $1,183 in Bonuses]

Still Unsure if 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever is for You? – All Your Questions Answered Below including: ​$1183 in Bonuses How I made my biggest mistake of 2018 Some tough questions Michael Hyatt  – is 5 Years To Your Best Year Ever for you?​ Because I so strongly believe that 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever will get you on the right track with your 2018 goals, I’ve created a special bonus package for you that…

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6 Steps For Getting Into Flow State and Maximizing Productivity

We’ve all struggled to get momentum on a project. You sit down at your desk, open your laptop, and suddenly dozens of emails, Slack notifications, and text messages are hurtling at you, demanding your attention. Coworkers pop into your office (or cubicle) for “short” conversations that inevitably take thirty minutes. You find yourself distracted by Facebook, Instagram, and “Which Character From F.R.I.E.N.D.S Are You?” quizzes on Buzzfeed. You’re only able to work on your project in fits and starts and…

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The 3 Pillars of Productivity You Need To Unlock Your Full Potential

It doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 CEO or a solopreneuer, whether you’re happy working from home or climbing the corporate ladder. Deep down, we all want the same thing: to reach our full potential. The problem is that there are millions of potential ways to get there, and no two people are the same. Whether you are just starting on your productivity spirit quest or you’ve been at it awhile, the question remains: how do you know…

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Linguistics – how we relate to language

How we relate to language – we paint our faces with it yet we need a tool, a mirror, to see the end result of our efforts. It has always fascinated me how we relate to language. We use it every day, constantly and quite skillfully. Yet we know little about how it works. Think of it. We yell at the dog to get him off the sofa. We pause a moment to make sure we have actually scared the…

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Overcome Procrastination, Get Unstuck and Get Down to Work

Procrastination is an ongoing struggle for many – even for us here at Asian Efficiency.  There are many reasons why we — and you — might resist sitting down to work. In this post, we’re going to look at a specific form of procrastination (work paralysis) and what you can do to overcome it. We all go through periods of days, weeks or even months where we cruise through our action lists, effortlessly getting into the zone and ending each…

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Planner and Have the Most Organized Year

Image Credit: Twenty20.com If you’re anything like me, you have a busy life and an overwhelmed and forgetful mind. Between managing work, sports and/or hobbies, maybe you’re still in school as well, perhaps you have children and a family, and let’s not forget about your often overridden attempt at a social life, you probably find yourself misplacing lists and items and forgetting tasks often. As long as you haven’t forgotten to pick up the kids yet, I’d say you’re doing…

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Struggling to Achieve Your Goals? This Box Could Explain Why

Think back to your biggest goals and dreams of the last 12 months. Did you accomplish them? Did you come close but fall a little short? Or did you really not get much of a start at all? Listen, we all have books we want to write, businesses we want to start, skills we want to learn, and masterpieces we want to create. The problem is that most people get so bogged down with all of their daily “musts”, “shoulds”,…

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Stress relief products for writers—cheap and effective!

Doodle number one. Using the graphic tablet. Hargh! Writing can be incredibly rewarding. Especially when we have just finished, really finished a work, and congratulating ourselves for the feat. Alas, writing can also be a grueling experience. I mean, there are days, at times even weeks, we seem utterly unable to find even the most basic word to convey the ideas floating about in our mind. From this perspective it’s no wonder Kurt Vonnegut said when he wrote he felt…

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Making Time For What’s Important — TEA Framework, Pillar 1

We’ve all had that friend or colleague that seems to be able to get more done than anyone else. They do well at work, they have hobbies, they volunteer, and somehow they have time to coach their daughter’s soccer team, too. Through it all, they don’t seem stressed out or overwhelmed. How is that possible? We know that this seemingly-superhuman person doesn’t have more time than the 168 hours the rest of us have in a week, so the only…

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Simple Daily Planner to Increase Your Productivity

I’ve created a simple to use daily planner because I’ve been really focused on personal productivity recently. Now that I’m building my career and my business, focusing on my health and fitness, throw in some social activities all while being a new father, changing nappies and supporting my daughters growth, TIME IS PRECIOUS! The older I get, the more I realise that time is the most precious thing we have in our lives. So I need to make sure I’m getting…

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Increase Your Energy For a Productivity Breakthrough – TEA Framework, Pillar 2

Back in 2012, I remember having the ultimate productivity system setup. All the right tools were at my disposal – OmniFocus, Apple Calendars and Evernote. These tools have saved me a lot of time and I felt I had time management under control. I was always on time for appointments, I stopped working on the weekends, and most of my time was spent doing things I enjoyed doing. I remember waking up on a Sunday morning wanting to do my…

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3 Key Lessons We Can Learn From the One Minute Manager

Managing people isn’t that easy. You have to know the right things to do if you want to bring out the best in them. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is a remarkable book about management. It is about a young man who is in search of an effective manager and is willing to work for one. In his search, he meets some ‘autocratic’ managers who are only concerned about the results. Their organizations gained while their people…

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Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever (Free 2017 Planner)

I absolutely love this time of year! It’s a time for celebrating and getting together with family. It’s a time for reflecting on all of your achievements for the year. It’s a time for backyard cricket and it’s a time for beach, sun and plenty of outdoor activities (at least here in Australia!). But it’s also a time that I use to plan ahead for the next year. 2017 is now just one week away and I absolutely love kicking…

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Stop Others From Hijacking Your Attention and You Will Achieve Your Goals – TEA Framework, Pillar 3

Welcome to the third part of our article series on the TEA Framework – the Asian Efficiency methodology to productivity. In Part 1, we talked about how important it is to manage your time. In Part 2, we showed you how managing your energy is crucial for productivity. In this third post, we’ll dive deep into how managing your attention is vital. As a quick recap: at Asian Efficiency, we have the concept of the 3 Pillars of Productivity. Anyone…

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How we use Scrum at Asian Efficiency

What is the difference between a successful and unsuccessful team? Success can be measured in several ways, but the measurement we like to use are goals. Successful teams are able to reach their goals while unsuccessful teams often do not. Most successful teams follow a process to guide them through the daily activities that will help push them in reaching their goals. At Asian Efficiency, our team uses the Scrum process for us to reach our short and long-term goals.…

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