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7 Foods to Eat Your Way to Productivity

Posted by Paula Rizzo on July 22, 2014 in Boost Memory, Food, Health, Reduce Stress

chocolateWhen we think about the different ways to get more out of our day, we don’t often think about changing our diet. If you’re not eating the right food you can feel sluggish, uninspired and apathetic. Want to give your brain a kick start to get more done? Put down the donut and try these yummy productivity boosters instead.

Blueberries – If there were such a thing as ultimate super fruit, it would be blueberries. They’re high in antioxidants, high in fiber and low on the glycemic index. Plus a recent study shows eating blueberries can help ward off degenerative diseases such as Alzhiemer’s disease. Which means there’s a good reason to indulge in blueberry pancakes for breakfast today! … continue reading.

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Grandma Knows Best (Productivity Tips That Stand The Test of Time)

grandma-3The grandparent-grandchild relationship is wonderful and yet simple, they give you life advice and chocolate, in exchange you teach them how to use their cell phone. There’s a lot you can learn from your grandparents including how to be more constructive with your time.

Here are few ways being more like your grandma could help you save time and money:

Check Email in Batches: My husband’s grandmother only checks her email a few times a week.  She doesn’t do it in between other activities, but sees it as a daily task, much like reading the mail. Grandparents I know also tend to respond to each email right away rather than saving it for later. The younger generation tends check emails constantly, often as a way of procrastination. Checking your email once a day like your grandma allows you to be more focused on your other tasks. … continue reading.

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Turn on the TV to Get More Done

Posted by Paula Rizzo on July 17, 2014 in Benefits of List Making, Increase Productivity, People, TV

redWatching too much television can be bad for your productivity. I’ve come up with a few ways to avoid the blackhole of Netflix, but I’ve been caught out a few times. Let’s face it we’ve all had that moment where you’ve sat down to watch one episode, and before you know it hours have past and you still haven’t started that thing you where going to do. It’s normal to feel guilty about your binge, but you don’t have to anymore.

Think of your time spent watching as ‘research’ – there are plenty of productive characters on television, and you can easily pick up a few tips.

Here are a few from some of my favorite shows:

Keep your eye out for new opportunities – When your incarcerated in a women’s penitentiary you always have to be on toes. Red from Orange is the New Black may run the prison, but that doesn’t stop her from always being on the lookout. Whether is a new inmate she can exploit or a run down greenhouse she can fix up – Red takes advantage of everything.

Real Life Use: When you think you’ve run out of options, look around you and you might find some opportunities that you’ve overlooked. … continue reading.

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How to Have a Four Day Work Week

Business Man With Nowhere To Go

(Photo credit: FábioMakesMistakes)

We’ve all been told that working harder is the obvious path to earning more. However a recent survey found that most millionaires believe that the four day work week is a ‘valid idea’.  Who wouldn’t want Fridays off? I know I’d love that.  But the key to securing your own four day week is not to endlessly pester your boss, but to get more done during those other four days.

Here are five tips to help you get all your work done by Friday.

1.  Schedule important tasks earlier in the week

As tempting as it is to ease yourself into the week, getting your critical tasks out of the way early will save you time. This way you’re not cramming everything in at the last minute and you have time to follow up on tasks if need be.  Plus once you get through the really tough stuff you’ll feel motivated to get more done. … continue reading.

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