Productivity

Become more productive, increase your energy and learn how to take control of your time. Also be sure to check out our complete guide to productivity.

5 Ways to Stay Productive While Traveling Abroad

5 Ways to Stay Productive While Traveling Abroad

Technology can open up many opportunities in today’s world, but it still requires us to make a commitment to what we want from life.

In my case, I used technology to work remotely and travel. While the internet is a great means to do that, it was ultimately up to me to ensure the work got done, even though I felt like I was on holiday.

4 Ways to Be More Productive (For the Next 20 Minutes)

4 Ways to Be More Productive (For the Next 20 Minutes)

Whether it’s living up to our potential, crushing our to-do list, or just trying to be our best selves, we all want to be more productive. But the idea of productivity can become a pit of guilt and self-recrimination.

There will always be more to do: more work, more steps toward our personal ambitions. You can stress yourself out for the sake of “being more productive,” while losing sight of what that really means.

So for the moment, forget being way more productive in the far future. How can you be a little more productive right now?

6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Productivity

I’m a long-time fan of TED talks. In fact this post is kind of a “part 2.”

I wrote 6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money in early 2015.

Ever since I published that, I’ve wanted to post about productivity TED talks. Here it is.

The whole idea of a TED talk is to change your thinking. I’ve watched countless hours of these talks, and the speaker is always attempting to either change your mind, or your mindset. That’s exactly what these speakers do. And that’s a good thing.

These six videos are extremely useful and helpful in changing the way we view productivity.

How to Be Happy, Seriously

How to Be Happy, Seriously

Is happiness the key to life?

For many, it is. But it’s so easy to get caught up worrying about our own happiness.

We can actually turn happiness into an idol that we worship, without even realizing it.

I’m not going to go into the religious implications of that, but I’m sure you would agree that idols aren’t the healthiest things to form. And you’re right. Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, happiness makes a terrible idol.

There is a way to achieve happiness without idolizing it, and it’s actually easier than you may think.

6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety and Feel Confident in Social Situations

6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety and Feel Confident in Social Situations

We’ve all been there.

A dinner party at work. A meet and greet at church. An “open house” at school.

Events that should be easy, but we end up making them awkward and uncomfortable.

The good news is that you’re not alone. We’re all awkward! Some more than others, of course.

Let me explain 6 things I’ve done to build confidence and reduce some of the awkward social stress.

The Most Unproductive 9 minutes of Your Day (Unless You Do This)

The Most Unproductive 9 minutes of Your Day (Unless You Do This)

What are the most unproductive 9 minutes of your day?

It’s no secret. It’s the snooze button. Did you see that coming? Probably.

But we’re not done yet. I’m going to explain why the snooze button is so unproductive, and how to actually snooze productively. Yes, it’s possible to hit the snooze button, and not be a complete failure, regardless of what the internet tells you.

In fact, you can actually do some really productive things with the snooze button.

If more than 1/3 of American adults are hitting the snooze (I suspect it’s actually more than that), then something needs to change.

At least, the way we view the snooze button.

4 Smart Ways to Increase Your Creativity as a Freelance Writer

4 Smart Ways to Increase Your Creativity as a Freelance Writer

Are you a freelance writer?

Or are you dreaming of becoming one?

Being your own boss and building a small business might be easier than you think. You just need to be creative!

But don’t be too excited about it, there are a few helpful writing tips you still need to learn about putting up the best creativity in your freelance job or career.

3 Apps That Are Taking My Productivity to the Next Level

3 Apps That Are Taking My Productivity to the Next Level

I don’t like to have a hundred different apps on my phone.

The more I have, the less benefit I get from the ones I do have.

For me, the 80/20 rule definitely applies to the apps I use on a daily basis.

I’m using [actually less than] 20% of my apps for 80% of my productivity. And here they are.