How to Stop Procrastinating

It’s tempting to put off the unpleasant things you don’t want to do. We’re naturally predisposed to do things that make us happy, so if a task is causing discomfort, we’ll find ways to procrastinate and put it off.

Procrastination may be a natural instinct, but it’s also a huge workplace productivity killer. You’re not being efficient if you’re pulling all-nighters or doing busy work to avoid the big stuff. This blog post covers why we’re so prone to doing it anyway, and how to stop procrastinating.

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Why You Should Eat a Frog Every Morning

Mark Twain once said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you know that the rest of your day will be better because the worst is behind you. After all, you’ve already eaten a live frog, what’s the worst that could happen?

Author Brian Tracy applies this same theory to productivity and business. But of course instead of “eat a frog,” he means “complete your worst task.” This can be an assignment you’re dreading, a major project with a tight deadline, or a high-priority task that’s giving you anxiety. Whatever it is, do that one thing right away.

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How to Boost Productivity with Team Building Events

Team building activities are often met with a groan. Nobody wants to spend time playing awkward games with coworkers. But team building doesn’t have to be boring. The right team building exercises can help your employees bond, which in turn boosts engagement and productivity.

Companies with engaged employees are more productive, as discovered by Gallup’s State of the American Workplace survey. Companies in the top 25% of Gallup’s Q12 Client Database have significantly higher productivity, profitability, and customer ratings, and less turnover and absenteeism than companies in the bottom 25%. In fact, engagement is more important to workplace satisfaction than company policies and perks.

It’s clear that engaged employees are productive employees, but how do you increase engagement at the workplace? When 70% of the American workforce reports feeling “not engaged” or “actively disengaged,” this seems like a tall order.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Cycle to Work

One way to make sure your day is off to a productive start is by exercising. It doesn’t have to be anything rigorous – even a brisk walk is enough to get your blood flowing and energy up. If you like to cycle, consider commuting to work by bike. It kills two birds with one stone – you get to exercise by going someplace you’re already supposed to get to.

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Why You Need to Make Time to Grow Your Emotional Intelligence

Productivity is generally talked about using cold, unfeeling data, but it might help to get a little mushy now and then.

Emotional intelligence, or EI, is a concept that thought leaders and hiring managers love to talk about. But does it have a place in the discourse of productivity-minded leaders? It’s not that some managers don’t care about their employees’ feelings; they would just prefer to focus on aspects of the work environment that can be easily controlled.

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Does it Make Sense to Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Ringing in the new year is a joyous, exciting occasion. It’s the time to reflect on the year gone by and think about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. 45% of Americans will also make New Year’s resolutions as a way to make positive changes and set new goals. But with only 8% of people actually accomplishing these goals, does it even make sense to make New Year’s resolutions? Or is there a better, more productive way to set new goals?

There are a lot of reasons why so many people give up on their resolutions. One explanation is called the “what the hell effect,” where when you have one moment when you don’t stick to your goal, you give up on the week altogether, thinking you’ll get a fresh start the next week. This often happens when you set resolutions that are too ambitious and too difficult to keep up.

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