Thanksgiving is tucked away behind us, but most of us still have a long to-do list before 2017. Here are some suggestions to ensure you still have time to truly relax and enjoy the end-of-December holidays!
End of the year deadlines? Tips to get things done and still have plenty of time to enjoy the holidays
Are you constantly rushing all over the city to meet with clients or members of your team? Or maybe you’re traveling across the country to a conference and only have brief chunks of free time between meetings? How do you get anything done with all this running around?
The answer is you need to be smart and flexible about when and where you work in downtime between meetings. Take a look at the options here and increase productivity during those limited windows.
The Rio Olympics may have just finished, but the spirit of the Olympics is still top of mind for many of us. As athletes begin their four years of training awaiting the 2020 summer games and as winter athletes train compete for games two years away, you may wonder, what drives Olympians to achieve? How are Olympic athletes able to compete at such a high level with all of their many obligations? A few things are important to create Olympic-style success according to folks writing about and working with Olympians and professional athletes: time management, confidence, and enjoyment of what you do.
Here at cove, we promote a balanced productive lifestyle. And here's a productive thing to do: take breaks. Breaks serve a vital role in one’s levels of productivity and abilities to stay focused—but what should you do during your designated break times? Here are some suggestions for things to do on your time away from work.
Staying focused on the job can be a challenge no matter where you work. For those in a more traditional office environment, the typical workday routines are often easier to stay on top of. Freelancers on the other hand must rely entirely on self-discipline and dedication to stay productive.
“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.