PRODUCTIVITY 23 Best Productivity Hacks of the Year

Hughes These… From Inc.com

These productivity techniques will keep you on track and happy all year long. Get ready to dominate in 2015 with these helpful hacks!

1. Turn Off Alerts
It’s terribly tough to get into your Zen zone when your phone is buzzing every few minutes. Depending on how chatty your phone is, you may get notifications for everything from new emails to retweets. It’s essential you shut these notifications OFF! Trust me, you’ll see efficiency skyrocket once you tell your phone to shut its blabbering mouth.

2. Ignore the News
As I lengthily discussed in an earlier article about productivity, the news can be a tremendous time sink. The idea that we need to keep up to date on the news is largely outdated. Most of what passes as “news” today is prettily packaged garbage–it’s trivial, depressing, unreliable, and largely unimportant. If something major happens, you’ll find out one way or another. Instead, focus your attention on what’s useful and actionable in your life.

3. Exercise in the Morning
It’s been shown that exercising in the morning can greatly improve your productivity. Exercise energizes rather than exhausts you, contrary to what the couch potatoes might tell you (not that I’m judging. I can be very spud-tacular myself at times).

Exercising also promotes good health (quick, alert the press!) and some studies have shown that exercise can improve your mood for up to 12 hours following your workout. Less stress, more efficiency–it’s definitely worth setting that alarm 30 minutes earlier.

4. 30 Minute Meetings
As Jeff Haden notes in an Inc article, “whoever invented the one-hour default in calendar software wasted millions of people-hours.” The truth is that most meetings never need more than 30 minutes to accomplish their missions. Many really only need 15 minutes. Don’t be a calendar default deadbeat. Next you’ll tell me you kept your phone’s default ring tone too…

5. Drink Water
Most of us don’t drink nearly as much water as we should. Our bodies thrive on water–just like the rest of the world! Drinking more water gives you more energy, keeps you healthy, and gives you an excuse to get up for bathroom breaks so you’re not stuck in a chair all day (which is horrifically unhealthy too, so you’re killing two birds with one water bottle).

6. Give Yourself a Break, Man!
You work hard–you deserve a break! Maybe with a Kit Kat, maybe with a cup of tea, maybe with a walk in the park. It’s easy to burn yourself out if you try to work at full-throttle all day long. The truth is that our minds just aren’t designed to work that way. For optimal productivity, try the popular and praised Pomodoro technique–work for 25 minutes, then give yourself a 5-minute break.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
This one is a pretty standard productivity tip, but it makes the rounds for a reason–when you’re too eager to please, you often end up getting in over your head. Remember, it’s not simply a matter of being agreeable–when you take on too much, all your work suffers. You may end up missing deadlines, and despite good intentions, you could end up disappointing others when you are unable to meet the extraordinary expectations you’ve created for yourself. Sometimes you just have to say “no,” and there’s nothing wrong with that.

8. Hug Your Dog
Many studies have shown how having pets can promote physical and mental wellbeing. Employees that are allowed to bring their dogs into the office are less stressed and often report more job satisfaction. There’s nothing like a cuddle with a furry friend to alleviate some of that toxic stress.

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How Do You Make Others Feel?

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

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The Seven Things You Must Leave Behind to Get Ahead

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The Seven Things You Must Leave Behind to Get Ahead

Beliefs That No Longer Serve You: If you want to move forward, you have to be willing to shed the old beliefs that you hold but that no longer serve you. It’s difficult to abandon some of your longest-held beliefs. But your beliefs are why you are who you are–and what you are–right now. What part of your life do you wish to be different? Examine your beliefs around this area, and you will find the beliefs you need to abandon and replace with beliefs that serve you.

And remember, to say you believe something without acting in accordance with that belief is the same as not believing it.

Your Willingness To Rationalize: It’s easy to find something external on which to place the blame for the areas where your results aren’t what you want them to be. There are countless excuses available to you. You don’t have enough time. You don’t have the right resources. Rationalizing away your failures may make you feel better, but they don’t absolve you of your responsibility.

You are the only one with the power to change your life. This is your story, and you have to write it yourself.

Your Willingness to Procrastinate: You are not a procrastinator. So many people say this about themselves that you would think “procrastinator” was a race or a religion. Procrastination is easily defeated by strong reasons. If you had a burning reason “why,” nothing could stop you from taking action now.

There is no someday. There is no tomorrow (certainly not one that is guaranteed). You are running out of time. Act now.

Making Small Choices: Most television is a small choice. Spending time arguing about politics is a small choice. Mindlessly browsing the web for some new distraction is a small choice. The work that you do that produces no results yet makes you appear to be busy is a small choice. If you are going to get ahead, you have to make bigger choices.

Is what you are doing right now the biggest choice you can make?

Your Desire for Comfort: If you are reading this, you are probably pretty comfortable. You have heat, light, shelter, food, water, and love. That’s all you really need to survive. Once you reach this point, you’re comfortable. And comfort is a dangerous state. You were born hungry. You are going to have to leave comfort for discomfort. You are going to have to leave satiated for hungry.

It’s okay to be pleased and proud. But you can never be fully satisfied.

Your Fears: This is a big one. The one thing most likely to keep you from success is fear. You might be afraid of what other people will think. You might be afraid of failure. You might be afraid you aren’t ready, and you might be afraid that you aren’t good enough. These are fears, and they aren’t real. Danger is real; fear is a state of mind, and one that will keep you locked solid right where you are.

You must step into your fears. You must step through your fears to become more. Fear is a cruel and ruthless governor. It will limit you as much as it can, unless you burn it down.

People Who Don’t Support You: There are some people that can’t be happy for your success. Some of them love you and fear losing you. Some of them have too small visions and their vision limits yours. Some of them are petty, small-minded folks who only feel good about themselves by trying to make others feel smaller.

I have no idea whether or not you become a composite of your five closest friends or not, but I do know that people who don’t support you do in fact hold you back.

If you want to transform yourself, you are going to need to leave part of your old self behind. That’s the price you pay for transformation, and the price you pay for becoming the person you were born to be.

A new year is excellent time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Hit reply to tell share your thoughts, ideas, or stories. If you know someone who can use this, forward them this email or point them to the original here: http://viztrans.com/149qB3O.

Happy New Year! Make it your best ever.

Anthony Iannarino
http://www.iannarino.com

6 Daily Routines That Will Make You Happier

From Inc.com “Hughes it.”

6 Daily Routines That Will Make You Happier

Here’s the thing with happiness: It’s something you’re able to work at and develop. Happiness is about expressing gratitude and loving and appreciating your life. It is the joy that derives from all of the many moments within your day-to-day routine–the elderly woman on the bus who flashes a wobbly smile, that checkout clerk who truly means it as he/she asks you how your day is going, that luscious spot of grass inside the park on which you sit in the sun to eat lunch, that hot girl/boy who decides to kiss you on a date. Happiness includes a choice we make each second of our day–to put our attention on something we cherish, something which makes us feel good, or to focus on something that makes us feel uncomfortable, annoyed, or angry. Here are six steps to happiness.

Healthy Living

Being healthy will mean listening to your body and providing yourself with the best you possibly can all of the time.

It means that you do things you enjoy, whether it be going to concerts, knitting, sunbathing and swimming at the beach, or singing your favorite songs as loudly as you can.

Move your body! Bodies were made for movement; as such, they require a lot of exercise; therefore make exercise a vital part of your day-to-day routine. Instead of driving your car, walk to your destinations as much as possible. You won’t be just pumping fresh oxygen and blood around your body; you’ll also be helping save your planet! Take the steps, chase the birds, and carry your own shopping bags. Do whatever you have to do to just move!

Eat healthy foods. Food actually is fuel–not merely a pleasure pod for the taste buds. Think about the nutritional value of all the foods you place into your mouth and whether they actually are offering you the sparkle you want. It’s easy: Research shows that specific nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids (nuts, leafy greens, and fish) proteins (beans, yogurt, nuts, eggs, chicken, and fish), and complex carbs (fruit, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and whole grains) actually make you feel happier!

Sleep. Make sure you get plenty of rest every evening and do not shy away from getting an occasional nap in.

Optimism

Happy individuals opt to see their world through rose-colored glasses. It is about perspective: You get to select exactly how you wish to view things. Consider the glass half-empty or half-full choice that all of us know so well, and remember that “you bring about what you think about.” This means that your experience is a reflection of your thoughts; therefore, if you have a desire to be happy, you must think happy as well.

Relationships

Studies show that happy individuals have better quality relationships than those who aren’t happy. This includes the relationship you have with yourself. It’s important to develop a strong sense of self, as well as to feel good about yourself, which requires loving, respecting, and looking after yourself as much, if not more, as other people. Make time to strengthen and develop bonds with loved ones and friends.

Clarity

Clarity cuts across all aspects of your life, which includes relationships, personal development, career, and lifestyle. Get clear about where you are and where you’re headed instead of merely floating around waiting for a little wind to catch you and give you guidance. Do what will interest you the most, what you love, and what will make your heart sing.

Strengths

It’s critical that you use and identify your strengths instead of dwelling on your weaknesses. Figure out what you are good at and then do it. Leave stuff you aren’t so good at for somebody who is.

Enjoy

Life is for living, for enjoying, and for experiencing–remain present with yourself within each moment and completely love this life! The only time that exists is the present, as you read this sentence. The prior moment is simply a memory and the next moment hasn’t occurred yet, so remain here, present, and exactly where you are, and enjoy it completely.

Dear AT&T

To whom it may concern,

Recently I walked into the AT&T store at Valley view Mall in Roanoke Virginia where I live.

I was greeted by William, he’s worked at the store for six years.

My goal was to upgrade my iPhone 5 to a 6 Plus and here are a few tips to help you improve your sales & increase customer retention:

1) He never put the phone in my hand, in fact I never even saw it! I never got to see it in action. -Big Mistake (this is customer service 101) *Don’t feel bad, The Verizon Reps across the street did the same thing twice to me

2) I would not let your reps wear a T-shirt with jeans I don’t think it looks that great. I’m okay with jeans but I would prefer something different other than a T-shirt.

3) I had to leave to go get my girlfriend lunch and he had my cell phone number one suggestion would be a follow-up text from him or a generic text that goes out to all customers that leave the store after they make a purchase or even if they don’t make a purchase. – He could’ve told me he was holding the phone for me in the text or if I came back that afternoon I would receive $15 off my purchase of a Pelican Case, something to motivate me to come back into the store. *No follow up kills your sales

4) As I walked out I remembered and saw my old rep that sold me a phone two years ago but I couldn’t remember his name and I didn’t even remember him. What if he had been following up with me every quarter? I would’ve asked for him for sure and definitely come into upgrade my phone.

5) Your emails are generic that I receive each month. Why not tailor them to the specific phone I have? All iPhone users want another better iPhone. This would get me back into the store sooner.

6) It’s been Saturday since I stepped into the store. There’s been no follow-up from my rep and no incentive to come back in. So now I sit here wondering when will I make it back to the store to get my iPhone 6 plus and when will I make it back or maybe now I’ll just go to Best Buy since I’m out of contract.

I am a customer service pro.

Yours truly,

FrazierHughes.com
540-314-5583
Sent from my iPad

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50 THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL RIGHT NOW

Brittany my employee asked for these. Here you go!

Right now, you can control:

1. How many times you smile today.
2. How much effort you exert at work.
3. Your level of honesty.
4. How well you prepare.
5. How you act on your feelings.
6. How often you say “thank you.”
7. When you pull out your wallet for luxuries.
8. Whether or not you give someone the benefit of the doubt.
9. How you interpret situations.
10. Whether or not you compete with people around you.
11. How often you notice and appreciate small acts of kindness.
12. Whether you listen or wait to talk.
13. When you walk away from a conversation.
14. How nice you are to yourself in your head.
15. Whether you think positive or negative thoughts.
16. Whether or not you form expectations of people.
17. The type of food you eat.
18. When you answer someone’s question—or email or call.
19. How much time you spend worrying.
20. How many new things you try.
21. How much exercise you get.
22. How many times you swear in traffic.
23. Whether or not you plan for the weather.
24. How much time you spend trying to convince people you’re right.
25. How often you think about your past.
26. How many negative articles you read.
27. The attention you give to your loved ones when you see them.
28. How much you enjoy the things you have right now.
29. Whether or not you communicate something that’s on your mind.
30. How clean or uncluttered you keep your space.
31. What books you read.
32. How well you network at social events.
33. How deeply you breathe when you experience stress.
34. How many times you admit you don’t know something—and then learn something new.
35. How often you use your influence to help people instead of focusing on building your influence.
36. When you ask for help.
37. Which commitments you keep and cancel.
38. How many risks you take.
39. How creative/innovative you are in your thinking.
40. How clear you are when you explain your thoughts.
41. Whether you formulate a new plan or act on your existing one.
42. How much information you get before you make a decision.
43. How much information you share with people.
44. Whether you smoke or drink (unless you’re an alcoholic, in which case I am not qualified to offer you advice).
45. Whether or not you judge other people.
46. Whether you smell good or bad (unless you have some strange resistance to soap and deodorant).
47. How much of what other people say you believe.
48. How quickly you try again after you fall.
49. How many times you say “I love you.”
50. How much rest you get at night.