Make time work for you with these business productivity tips. Like the saying goes, work smarter not harder.
GET YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUD
These days, it doesn’t matter so much where and when works get done, as long as it gets done. Most businesses offer the technology for employees to work wherever they are. By moving business onto the cloud, work is easier to share and also accessible from anywhere. Which means you can get plenty done on your commute to the office, on your trip to see a client, or even while you’re waiting in the queue for your coffee fix. For a quick and easy cloud solution, check out One Drive. One Drive for Business comes with a terabyte of data. You can access it using your smartphone, tablet or computer, so your work goes where you go. You can also share files and folders with your colleagues, who can view, download and collaborate on the documents you’ve chosen to share.
DITCH THE DISTRACTIONS
Ah procrastination, the thief of time. With so many time-wasting sites just waiting to distract you, maybe it’s time to remove the temptation. Using site-blocking extensions or software can greatly improve your productivity. You can choose to block certain sites, or the entire internet, for a set period of time. StayFocusd is an extension available for popular web browsers which lets you block certain sites at the time you choose, or keep you away from the whole internet if need be. Cold Turkey goes one step further. Not only can you block sites and apps, you can even go so far as to lock yourself out of your computer. Looks like that Facebook status update will just have to wait until the work is done!
MAKE YOUR TIME COUNT
Created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management tool breaking down work into 25 minute intervals. Using a timer, these intervals are interspersed with a short 5 minute break, or longer 10 minute break. Using this technique is a great way to concentrate and complete a task without distraction. There are plenty of Pomodoro timers available for download. Tomato Timer is super simple, and super effective. For the best result, close your emails (you can get back to them later), set the timer and go. You’d be surprised just how much you can achieve in 25 minutes when you’re not open to any interruption.
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