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The 6 Best Office Productivity Tools to Finally Beat Procrastination

It’s frustrating, isn’t it? You want to get more done. But mastering productivity feels like an uphill battle. Fortunately, a productivity system is a simple and effective solution. But once you have that in place, how do you keep up your productive habits? That’s right: With productivity apps. We’ve sifted through dozens of apps to [...]

How to Get a Meeting With Anyone (and Email Scripts You Can Use Right Away)

You fail to get busy people to answer your emails and set up meetings. What’s going on? What you need to do is capture their attention. And with the right email formula, your emails never go unnoticed. The result? You significantly increase your chances of getting a foot in the door. Read on to learn [...]

6 Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity and Focus (and What to Do Instead)

Feel like you lag behind and don’t finish your tasks when you should? You’re not alone. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s the way it should be. Quite the contrary. So let’s take a look at some of your bad habits and how you can change them into fueling your productivity instead of holding you [...]

5 Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Meetings – And Make Them Incredibly Productive

Unproductive meetings? I hear you - you’re not alone. According to Atlassian, half of all meeting participants consider meetings to be a waste of time. People use an average of 31 hours every month in unproductive meetings. 91% say they’ve daydreamed during meetings and 73% say they’ve done other work. Why is that? One reason [...]

Why You Fail to Be Productive – and the 3-Step Productivity Solution

Why does it feel like you never get as much done as you could (and should)? Your procrastination habits keep getting in the way. And while there is a lot of advice out there, it’s not very helpful. Quick tips like “use the Pomodoro Technique” and “change your work environment” will only get you so [...]

8 Fun Ways to Start a Meeting That Will Make Your Meetings Engaging and Productive

You know how it is: Productive meetings are hard to come by. But what if your team members would be engaged right from the start? Today, you’ll learn eight simple and fun tricks you can use to start a meeting. Use them to get people excited to attend and participate in your meetings - in [...]

5 Reasons People Hate Your Meetings (and What You Can Do About It)

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘meeting’? Chances are you’re thinking of a profanity or something worse. Yes, the word ‘meeting’ has a bad rap. People are unmotivated before they even enter the meeting room… At the same time, well-managed meetings could do so much for you. If people were happy [...]

10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

Meetings are a great opportunity to show off your smarts. Think about it: You have your team members’ undivided attention. It’s the perfect occasion to shine. But at the same time, you’re not sure exactly what you need to do to make a good impression. In this article, we’ll talk about just that. Read on [...]

Businesses waste $37 billion on ineffective meetings every year: What’s your share?

It’s startling, isn’t it? Every year, businesses waste $37 billion (yup, billion with a B) on ineffective meetings – and that’s in the United States alone. Multiply that number several times to figure out how much all businesses spend on fruitless meetings. What’s your share? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Here’s [...]