Work Life Balance: The Productivity Minute #16 Beating the After-Work Low-Energy Blues

Work Life Balance: Laura Stack talks about ways to maintain your energy after work. Keep up your energy so that you can enjoy your evenings and after-work time with friends, family and yourself. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. https://theproductivitypro.com … [Read more...]

Increasing Productivity: The Productivity Minute #15: Back To School Goal Setting For Parents And Their Kids

Back to school goal setting for parents and their kids. How can we as parents help our children to be more productive? Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), talks about how we can be proactive and help our children plan for success in school. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. https://theproductivitypro.com … [Read more...]

National Leave the Office Earlier Day is June 2! Celebrate with Founder Laura Stack

Pledge to work only eight hours on Tuesday, June 2 (versus your normal 10-14) and receive a FREE 10-day eCourse on “How to Leave the Office Earlier,” and be registered to win valuable productivity prizes from Day-Timer®! June 2nd was designated as National Leave the Office Earlier Day in 2004 by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, bestselling author and a leading authority on productivity and workplace issues.  The annual event, which is officially listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events, is intended to focus workers on improving their personal productivity and asks them to commit to working no more than eight hours on that day. “The eight-hour workday remains a myth to many working Americans,” says Stack. “But by implementing some simple strategies and tactics, even the most overworked and … [Read more...]

The Productivity Minute #9: Stress and Performance

Everyone has stress! But is yours the good kind or bad kind? Positive stress can create improved productivity levels, but negative stress can cause performance to decline. Learn to diagnose your stress levels and determine the proper balance in your life. … [Read more...]

The Productivity Minute #5 – Sleep: The Secret Productivity Trick

Laura Stack shares ideas on how to boost your productivity during the day by sleeping better at night and provides some tips on how to do it.  Watch video below. (C) 2009 Laura Stack.  All right reserved. https://theproductivitypro.com   … [Read more...]

Break Out of the Comfort Zone – guest post by Karen Leland

Welcome to guest blogger Karen Leland, who interviewed me for an article for Woman's Day and who authored Time Management In An Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day. Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone In my office, on my desk, I have a plain white coffee cup that has written on it in simple black letters, “’Do one thing every day that scares you’—Eleanor Roosevelt.” As I stare down the barrel of another year filled with hope, possibilities, challenges, and change, I think about what living the cup’s motto really means in practice. ? It’s all too easy to stay in the same routine year after year, doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts, eating the same foods, doing the same job and engaging in the same hobbies. Relatively nothing new learned or risked. No standing on the … [Read more...]

Time-Saving Tips for the Holidays!

Time-Saving Tips for the Holidays

When was the last time you had a really relaxing holiday?  I don’t mean that peaceful thirty-minute aftermath that follows a successful dinner party or the kids’ gift-opening extravaganza.  I mean a holiday that is relaxing, from beginning to end.  That includes travel, dinner preparations, and shopping.  All it will take is a little organization and advance planning.  Here are some tips to get you started. Plan your travel now.  Need to be out of town to see family or friends?  If you haven’t already made arrangements, make it a priority.  Especially if you plan to fly, the best deals disappear fast.  Get online and start shopping around as soon as you know where you need to be and when.  Once the arrangements are made, start getting things squared away with work.  Whether you need to … [Read more...]

Change is productive

With all the US Presidential election behind us, regardless of your political persuasion, let's talk about the big message of the Obama campaign: change.  If you want to become more productive, you'll have to be willing to make changes and create new, positive habits and leave old habits behind.  It is easy to become set in our ways and continue doing things the way we've always done them because, well, it's how we've always done them.  I'll take a line from Dr. Phil and ask "How's that working for you?"  Content, satisfied people are not apt to make changes.  After all, if everything is going along swimmingly, what's to change?  But people and organizations must continue to change for things to improve.  If your relationship with your significant other never changed, it would never grow … [Read more...]

A Healthy Worker is a Productive Worker: take care of yourself during the holidays

It's only logical that the healthier you are, the more productive you can be.  Think about it - the last time you were ill, how much work did you really get done?  It is so easy today to neglect ourselves because we are "too busy" or "too tired."  We're coming up on that busy holiday time of the year where everyone seems harried and has too much to do.  The holiday season doesn't have to be a drain.  Now is the time to take steps to keep yourself healthy! 1. Get enough sleep!  I know, easier said than done - but it is important! 2. Get your flu shot.  No, it isn't fun, but neither is the flu.  3. Don't neglect your exercise routine.  It is easy during the holiday season to skip over your regular workouts.  Try to stick to your routine, and you'll feel better! 4. Treat … [Read more...]

Laughter is Good for Productivity

Humor in the workplace is a productive thing, according to Psychologist Maren Rawlings from Swinburne University of Technology.  In a recent study, Rawlings "found a direct correlation between the climate of good humor in a workplace and employee satisfaction."  Previous research found a link between job satisfaction and productivity, so the logical leap is that humor is good for productivity.  Of course this doesn't mean we can spend our entire days cracking jokes, but it says to me that we can lighten up and laugh a little.  Rawlings also noted "If employers take measures to encourage a positive humor climate in the workplace, they are more likely to retain their staff." Keeping the staff you have rather than experiencing turnover is clearly more productive than re-hiring and training … [Read more...]