14 Productive Hacks to Get Things Done at Work 1 82

  • Productivity is the result of intelligent planning – not working extra hours every day. And we know that there will simply never be enough hours in the day. So, we've curated a list of clever productivity hacks to help you along.
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14 Productive Hacks to Get Things Done at Work

Productivity is the result of intelligent planning – not working extra hours every day.   The following productivity hacks can help you feel more in control of your workload.

  1. Isolate Yourself from Distractions

It is estimated that about 60 hours of work is wasted each month because of distractions. It also takes us about 25 minutes to get back on the job when we are distracted.

Remove all distractions from the work area. Things like news, games, and all other things that will hinder your productivity.

  1. Prioritize the Top 3 Things First

“Success is the sum of small efforts done day-in-day-out”

– Robert Collier

Write down the top 3 things that you have to do for the day. Be as clear and as specific as you can when writing them. Then do those 3 things first.

  1. Drink Lots of Water

The human brain is made up of 75% water.

Proper hydration is necessary if we want to function properly. Drinking the right amount of water gives us more energy, flushes out toxins, and it helps improve our work performance.

  1. Have Short Meetings

Your meetings should be short with a maximum length of 30 minutes.

Research says that the human mind has this ‘cognitive backlog’. This ‘cognitive backlog’ simply means that that the more information our brain acquires the harder it is to process new information. Long meetings provide lots of information which people tend to forget.

Have short meetings and have every member prepare what they’re going to say beforehand. Meetings should be where people decide on a course of action, they’re not supposed to brainstorm ideas on the spot.

  1. Use the Pomodoro Technique

What is the Pomodoro technique? This technique is all about breaking down your work into short 25 minute Pomodoro blocks. In between each block you give yourself a 5 to 10-minute break. After completing 3 to 4 Pomodoro blocks, give yourself a 30-minute break.

This short bursts of work and breaks will ensure that you are productive throughout the day.

  1. Group Similar Tasks Together

You’re doing paperwork for one hour and at the next hour, you’re doing interviews. This greatly reduces your productivity.

Doing similar tasks, on the other hand, improves neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is simply the ability of the brain to get stronger and better at tasks that it does over time. So you’re actually building a momentum of productivity when you’re doing similar tasks for a long period of time. Try it sometime.

  1. Music Boosts Productivity

Teresa Lesiuk from the University of Windsor, Canada has found out that the lack of music in the workplace impairs the quality of the work being done. It was discovered that work took far longer to finish without music.

Lesiuk also found out that listening to background music while doing repetitive tasks helps improves our mood and our focus. Mood and focus being a factor that determines how productive an individual is.

Why not listen to your favorite beat and tune to get the job done. If you can’t listen to music in your workplace, then try humming to yourself.

  1. Just Say No

Don’t be a “Yes Man”. It’s good to help others, lend people cash, or help your fellow coworkers. Just don’t say “yes” to things that will greatly affect the quality of your work. If your boss gives you extra work over the weekend without extra pay, then you gotta say “no”, since working on the weekends can affect your work performance.

Learn to say no because you are not a doormat to step on. Don’t sacrifice your work for the sake of others.

  1. Use Ad Blockers and Site Blockers

Don’t you find it irritating when ad continuously pop up during work? You have to turn close them one by one. Only to find out that minutes later, another ad has popped up!

This is probably one of the most irritating things that you could ever experience at work.

There are studies that show that these sites can disrupt the work of even the best multi-taskers in the world. If they get distracted by it what can a normal office worker do?

You should also avoid sites that take up a lot of your time like Facebook, game sites, news sites, and other sites that you visit often.

  1. Believe in what Elon Musk Says

We all know who Elon Musk is. He’s the man who wants to go to Mars, and he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it in his lifetime.

Whoever you are, wherever you from, or whatever you’re doing. I recommend that you listen to what Elon Musk says on business, productivity, and all things concerning life.

He’s a man with a net worth of over 15 billion US dollars, he’s a big influence on today’s space exploration efforts. And he’s a man on a mission.

Elon Musk Believes that “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”

This touches us to something that we should all remember. If we want something badly then we should do everything it takes to get. If you want to succeed in work and in life, then you should make an effort to succeed.

No productivity hacks or workplace tricks can contend with the sheer willpower needed to succeed.

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  1. Start the Day with Something Small or with Something Tough

You should always prioritize the most important things first. If your report is a day late, then prioritize in finishing it today.

If you don’t like to start big, then you can do the easier tasks first. You can build confidence and momentum that way. And then you’ll eventually be able to do the big tasks.

  1. Follow the Two Minute Rule

What is this two-minute rule?

Well, it’s very simple, if you can do something within a few minutes, then you should do it right away. Because if you don’t, then you’re work pile will continue to pile up and up and up and up.

  1. Don’t even think about procrastinating

The biggest hindrance to productivity is procrastination. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do for today.

Do your job and don’t even think about procrastinating.

  1. Just Do It!

Do you know what Nike’s motto is? That’s right, “Just do it”

Don’t overthink things and just do your job.

Also, check out these 21 productivity apps.

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Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes 0 61

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes

Here’s a list of interview blunders that tech guys often make—and how you can avoid them.

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job’s a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job.

Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at the interview portion of the job hunt. To keep you from making the same mistakes, be aware of the following common errors that too many tech job seekers commit:

  1. You’re not dressed right

The era of techs dressing like slobs is over, and that’s an especially egregious mistake on an interview. You don’t even have the job yet! Maybe when you’ve attained some seniority in the company you may be given some leeway, but not when you’re still applying for a job.

It’s also not enough that you got a nice polo shirt on, especially when you also have tattered jeans and “classic” Air Jordan sneakers. Seriously, it doesn’t portray you as a serious worker on whom a company is supposed to invest their time and money. When in doubt, dress conservatively. Try on a suit for a change, shave or trim that beard nicely, and for goodness’ sake comb your hair!

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You’re too casual in your tone and mannerisms

You’re not out with friends. Instead, you’re interacting with a person who has a say on whether or not you get a job with them at the end of it all. They have power over you, so it’s right if you’re a bit formal during the interview. You have to be courteous.

If you’re too casual, then it may seem as if you’re not really serious about getting the job. That’s not the kind of worker that companies are eager to hire.

  1. You focus too much on your tech skills

It’s understandable if you like to talk about your range of technical skills. After all, that’s what you trained for and you’re more comfortable talking about what you actually know. You may want to emphasize your various certifications and other credentials.

Yet on interviews, your goal is to present yourself as more than a walking set of tech skills. You still have to prove that you’re a good fit for a company and their team of current tech workers. So you also have to present a positive character and not simply highlight your tech skills.

  1. You come off as arrogant

The ability to work as part of a team is a crucial requirement for many companies. You’ll fail to do just that if you somehow mistake your arrogance as self-confidence. If the interviewer thinks you’re arrogant, then they may also conclude that you’re not much of a team player at all.

So how do you know the difference? Basically, it’s all about the underlying attitude. A confident person knows what they can do and how good they are. An arrogant person, on the other hand, feels like they’re better than everyone else.

  1. You give curt short answers to questions

In a job interview, there’s really no such thing as a plain yes or no question. You answer “yes” or “no”, and then you have to elaborate on that answer. This type of question is like an opening salvo for a conversation, and you need to look at this as a chance to demonstrate your potential value to a team.

If you can’t communicate properly, then you’re a liability.

  1. You don’t know enough about the company doing the hiring

There’s simply no good excuse for you not to do any sort of research on a prospective employer. At the very least, check out their websites and see if there have been any articles written about the company. See if you know anyone working there and asks them some questions.

Your research should also cover the industry of which the company is a part, and you should do some studying about the company’s competitors as well. If you’re not motivated enough to study up on the company, it’s as if you don’t really care about them at all.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You don’t ask questions

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have questions for them. This is your chance to find things out about the company that you didn’t uncover during your own research. It also shows your interest in the company and the industry they’re a part of.

So when they say, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t say “No”. In fact, before the interview, you may want to prepare some questions about the company in advance.

  1. You ask about perks

While it’s understandable if part of you is asking the “What’s in it for me?” question, you still need to refrain from discussing the subject during the interview portion of the job hunt. Instead, you have to push that back after they’ve made you a job offer. So don’t go into the details regarding your benefits. Companies prefer workers who put the job and company first (or at least seem to). A “me-first” attitude is a turn-off.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You treat the interview like a therapy session

When you’re on a first date, you don’t spend too much time griping about your exes and your woeful romantic situation. The same goes for a job interview. Just because the interviewer seems friendly doesn’t mean you can go on and on about your previous work problems and current job hunt tragedies.

  1. You let the interview peter out

A successful interview doesn’t fade out like some sort of awkward conversation. At the end of it, you have to close properly. You have to end it by showing them how much you’d like to be part of the company. You can also ask questions about the next stage of the job hunt process. You have to present yourself as an asset that the company should use.

So remember, getting a tech job isn’t all about having the right skills. It’s also about being able to communicate and having the right attitude. If you can keep that in mind, then your job interviews should go more smoothly!

Here’s another good read – How to identify certain warning signs of a toxic culture before accepting a job

My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two 0 54

startuphood My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two 01

I have been working remotely for almost a year now. While this change in my work environment resulted in one of my most exciting career moves, it also turned out to be one of my most challenging. I have this co-worker that has a mind of his own, always make a mess at lunch, and will even take naps. That’s right, he takes naps. I work with this co-worker and sometimes he acts like he is two.

Can you relate? I thought so! Here are a few tips I have come up with that will help you get through those EXTRA busy days while juggling parenting, work, and the regular day-to-day.

Working remote with kids

Get Them Involved

Starting a new job can be enough of a challenge.  Add in watching a 2-year old full-time, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner and hitting work deadlines.

I found myself on the losing end almost daily. Then I had an idea. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I decided instead of trying to distract him with Bubble Guppies and Paw Patrol, I would get him involved. If laundry needed to be done, he helped. If the dishwasher needed to be emptied, he helped. If I had a conference call, he watched (with a full container of cheesies on hand).

I got him as involved as possible and it worked. I could not believe how much work I was getting done but I was. He was happy, my clients were happy and I was happy.

Don’t Wake up Early

That’s right. Don’t set yourself up to work ridiculous hours. I did this and trust me, you will get tired and your performance will start to decline. I was waking up at 5:30 am then working until midnight 2-4 days out of the week. All this did make me more irritable, I wound up even more behind and I had little to no patience.  

My advice: Sunday evening or Monday when you start your day, take a quick 10-20 minutes to plan out your week and then STICK to your schedule.

startuphood My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two

Be Honest

Finally – be honest. Tell the people you work with that along with working 40 hours a week you also are a full-time parent with your child at home all day too. I promise they will appreciate the honesty upfront. The majority of us have children, or enough compassion to understand what it takes even if you do not have your own children.

Get your child involved, stick to a schedule and be honest and I assure you working from home will continue to be the greatest workplace you’ve worked at!

Here are 14 Productive Hacks to get things done at work.

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