After four world tours and five albums in five years, the boys of One Direction know a thing or two about being productive. I sat down with them at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood and got their take on how they’re staying productive post life as One Direction and what tips and tricks they picked up along the way.
There are a few times in life where we almost always feel like we got the most out of our time spent. For example, when we exercise, we reap the benefits of burning calories, strengthening and toning muscles, and generally feeling good from endorphins. When we budget our money, we know that time spent will lead to money well spent and money well saved.
Then there are other times in which we feel don’t at all feel like we are being truly productive. The good thing is that some really smart people have realized this and developed pretty cool productivity power tools to help us get the most out of our time doing potentially time-wasting tasks.
Your environment can improve or harm your productivity. If it’s too loud, too quiet, too hot, too crowded, too this, or too that, you’re not going to get much done. Eileen Vitelli is an interior designer and project manager for //3877, a boutique design firm focused on high-end residential, restaurant, and hospitality projects (Fun fact: The company’s name is actually the latitude and longitude of DC, where they are based.). She recently took on cove as a client, a company that empowers individuals to work when, where, and how they want through a network of convenient locations. Since cove is all about productivity, I spoke with Eileen about what she thinks it takes to design spaces conducive to getting things done.
After recently moving from DC to South Carolina, Elliot Volkman is settling into his new home and life in Charleston. He’s the Digital Marketing Manager for Blue Acorn and definitely doesn’t miss the two-hour daily commute in the DC metro area. Outside of work, Elliot stays busy as a freelance tech reporter and as a husband and dog owner. Read on to learn how he gets it all done.
No matter what the weather is, the calendar says it’s spring, and spring is a time-honored season for getting organized and making the most of your space.
Organization is key to increase productivity. If you have to spend 55 minutes a day to clear a work space or find a critical item, you’re losing time, energy, and motivation. Set aside some time this month to adopt these organizational habits and watch how spring cleaning your space can also help your spring clean your mind.
As a yoga teacher and health coach, I am constantly on the move in a car or walking from client to client and can easily feel fatigued when I don’t watch my energy levels. I also used to work in non-profits where the nature of the job was to sit for extended periods of time—especially when deadlines loomed heavy. So over the years, I definitely needed to learn ways to stay energized and feel balanced throughout the day among the busyness of it.
“According to a study conducted by a Boston marketing firm, the average American burns 55 minutes a day—roughly 12 weeks a year—looking for things they know they own but can't find.” -Newsweek
That is a staggering number to me. 55 minutes per day?! That’s seems like an awful lot of time to spend on looking for things. And this report seems to be based around physical objects we own. I can only imagine what that number would increase to if the report included things we look for in our inboxes, shared drives at work, folders on our computers, etc.
I have a terrible, dark secret—I am absolute shit at getting things done. I’m prone to procrastination and forever succumbing to a short-attention span. I find myself mindlessly flicking through Instagram while ignoring the third-rate reality TV on Netflix I was using as an excuse to not work. Sometimes I suddenly wake up, having recently gone down the rabbit-hole of Wikipedia, only to find I am “learning” about Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor 1—which I am still not certain is a real thing—even though my initial search was for red pandas (There is no better way to kill time. Trust me. Click here. Do it now.)
Email is stressful. I have to maintain one of those inboxes where there are no unread emails or I go into a panic. I archive, delete, or file everything. When I see my colleagues’ inboxes with 6,093 unread emails, I just. can’t. deal.
So I got to wondering, how does one even tackle such a monstrosity? I went back to the basics and came up with a few steps to clear out and maintain a well-organized inbox.