Is It Possible To Be Productive Every Minute of Every Hour of Every Day? 0 69

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Productivity prioritization is essential to your everyday success. An unproductive person rarely gets things done.  Even the most productive person in the world will experience times when they just can’t complete their work. That is to be expected since no one can work 24/7.

So is it even possible to be productive at every day, at every minute, every time?

We wish it was so but that is physically impossible. We are not robots who only require power to run. We are human beings and we need to eat, sleep, and have fun. We only have a limited amount of resources that we can use each day.  We have a limited amount of energy and when it’s depleted we need to go sleep. Even our minds have limits as well.

Once we are stressed and mentally burdened, then we need to rest our minds or else we’ll go insane! And most importantly, we have very limited time on our hands. That’s why we have to make the most out of it.

Even though it is impossible to reach a 100% productivity rate all the time, it is still possible to create an ideal setting where we can be productive most of the time.

So how do we do this?

We think outside the box and we find solutions that we would have never known if we focused solely on the problem. If we want to be productive most of the time, then we make our lives as productive as possible by living in a way that moves us closer and closer to our goals.

What we do defines us, and if you’re doing things that will increase your productivity, then you’re going to be a productive person.

How can we be productive during our free time?

We’ll start with the simple things first. What we do defines us and this includes what we do in our free time. What books we read determines how we think, what sort of movies and series we watch determines how we see the world, our hobbies determine our talents and skillsets, and so on and so on.

Whatever minute thing that we do determines who we are or who we will become in the future.

So if you want to become a good leader, then you should read books about leadership. You should listen to podcasts on how to handle people, you should read autobiographies of great men, etc.

If you want to get along with people more, then watch YouTube videos that make you more charismatic or you could go to bars and social events and talk with people there.

Your life isn’t just defined by your line of work, most of the time it is defined by what you do. This includes the little things that you do as well.

This way you are being productive towards your goals all the time. This is the best way to be productive. By incorporating the little things that you go into your plans and goals you are ensuring that you will reach them in the near future.

If you keep doing this and strive towards your goals and mission, then you will find yourself getting closer and closer towards your purpose. Choose what you do in your free time carefully. Read selectively, watch carefully, and live wisely.

How can we be productive during our jobs?

When we think of productivity, one of the first things that we associate it with would be that of our jobs. Our professions are usually the first things that we should be productive on. It is our source of income, and it determines whether we can live luxuriously or live just enough to get by.

That is why this should be our number one priority.  If you haven’t planned out a definite career plan or have not determined a goal for your job, then you should probably get one.

After setting a goal for your job, it is time to do well in it. If you have a decent skill set at your job, then you should focus on learning more or sharpening that said skillset.  If you work in sales, then practice your pitch, learn to be charismatic and be proactive in meeting and dealing with customers.

However, one’s job need not necessarily be our primary concern in life. In most cases, our life goals coincide with our jobs. A doctor may practice medicine to cure people and the doctor’s life goal is to build a hospital that can take care of people who can’t afford it.

How to be productive in achieving our life goals?

Life is short. We can’t be living it without having a higher purpose to guide us. This purpose can be our beliefs and our goals. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably ambitious and have lifelong goals that you want to achieve.

You may want to be the next Elon Musk, maybe you want to get rich, maybe you want to become a movie star, an actor, or maybe even the next president. It doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you are taking action and moving towards your goals.  So if you plan to be president, but you’re only working in a retail shop, then you have a lot of planning to do. You won’t make it into politics with your current job and status.

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This points us to the most important method of achieving our life goals. That method being…

Aligning your status with your goals

This is the planning part of being productive. You have to align your current status with your goals and if not then you should change your current status.

A good example of this would the previous example of the person working in retail wanting to become president. Let’s call this person Jake. In his current state, it would be highly unlikely that Jake can enter into politics.

So what should he do?

Jake should change his current circumstances. The easiest thing for him to do to make his goal a reality is by going to law school. There Jake should focus on his studies and graduate as a lawyer. As a lawyer, Jake can now build connections and has a better chance of entering the political arena.

Conclusion

It’s impossible to be productive all of the time, but if you use your time wisely, you can be productive most of the time. To be productive in every minute of every day you just have to make sure that you are doing things that help you move closer towards your goals.

Here’s 14 Productivity Hacks you can try.

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How to Create a Culture of Collaboration 0 69

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

A company needs its employees to work together.  For the organization to function well, it must have multiple people with different expertise and skills working together towards a single goal. Basically, a company needs its people to collaborate.

But moving fast, innovating, and excelling all at the same time is a hard thing to do. It’s even harder if you put people with varying beliefs, personalities and abilities together.

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration
How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

So the big question is, “How do we create a culture based on collaboration?”

Know the “Why”

Before anyone can collaborate, they need to know why they should do it in the first place. Some professionals may refuse to work with other people because they believe that they don’t need the help of others.

To convince these kinds of people, you need to show them that the project cannot be done by a single professional. Tell them that it will be faster and efficient if a group of people with special skills work together. Plant the seeds of cooperation early and you’ll see fantastic results.

Have a meeting and invite everyone involved in the project. Explain to them clearly why you need their services and why you need to solve this problem. If people know the “why”, then all that’s left for them is to “do”.

Use the UX Mindset

The user experience mindset or UX mindset for short is a way of thinking that puts the customer first. It reframes how you think and it will give you a new work perspective. Integrating the UX mindset into the team will instill cooperation.

People unite under the UX mindset because they have a common goal. Instead of bickering with one another, people will set aside their differences to create an amazing user experience.

Teach people to respect roles

Respect or to be more accurate, the lack of respect is one of the biggest reasons why people refuse to cooperate. Lack of respect stems from a feeling of loss, elitism, miscommunications, misunderstandings, and ignorance.

It’s hard to teach people to respect someone that they’ve just met. However “hard” does not mean that it’s impossible.

To remove lack of respect from your team, you simply need to show them respect. Respect can be gained by clearing up misunderstandings, having a positive outlook, and understanding the bigger picture.

An ignorant employee might complain that a certain job or role is useless but once you show them why the bigger picture, they will understand their foolishness and begin to show a little bit of respect.

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration
How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

Teach your people to accept and embrace change

The only true constant in this world is changing.  Change is something that happens all of the time but for most people change can be a bad thing.  Your people might be comfortable with the status quo and the thought of change is a scary notion for them.

However, change is needed for progress.  You simply need to convince yourself and your people that change can be good. You simply need to look at it from a different perspective. Show them that they’ll be getting more than what they’ve bargained for. All they need to do is to simply learn and embrace change.

Sure, some changes can be rough. And change may lead to tough times, but you have to take risks to move forward.

If this isn’t enough to convince them, then you can use change as a way to stimulate people. Frame the change as something that creates adventure and excitement. Frame it in a way so that they will learn to love the unknown.

Improve the communication between team members

People cannot collaborate if they can’t communicate with each other. And standard communication isn’t enough, they have to communicate perfectly with one another.

Perfect communication between team members is hard and it isn’t just about telling people what to do. No, perfect communication is a much trickier task. You must teach your people to use the right words at the right time.

Improper communication can lead to arguments. The use of incorrect words might offend people and impact them on a subconscious level. Learn ways to reframe your words, because a single word can alter your intended message.

Effects of a Culture based on Collaboration

A culture that promotes teamwork and collaboration is ideal. There are tons of benefits from having your people work well together. But some of the most notable and most important effects would be…

An increase in creativity and morale

This is probably one of the most obvious and most notable effects of a collaborative culture. Teams are more creative and more positive since they get along well with one another. People will also feel better if the workplace promotes teaming up and working with others.

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration
How to Create a Culture of Collaboration

More innovative members

A culture that promotes working together will also promote new ideas and new opportunities. Team members are more likely to participate in meetings since they feel comfortable talking and sharing their ideas.

Innovation stems from the will to change. And if people are open to change and new opportunities, then they are welcoming innovation with open arms.

Better ROI

Achieving a culture based on collaboration is hard. It might even be impossible for others, but once you reach it, it would be worth your while.

When a team is collaborative, they work faster and better with one another. People are more content with their work and they will do their best most of the time. People are also more creative, and innovation blooms freely in the work area.

In the long run, the team will be able to produce quality products and the company will make more money in the long run.

Conclusion

Mankind is capable of creating wonderful and amazing things. I mean we’ve created airplanes that can fly in the air, we’ve harnessed the power of lightning, and we’ve created cities that can accommodate millions of people.

This is all thanks to collaboration and teamwork. Creating a collaborative culture in your workplace is a big deal. Expect better products, better relationships, and overall a better team.

Creating an ideal setting where people promote the idea of teamwork and camaraderie is hard but it is well worth it. If you’re a manager and aren’t doing this to your team, then you’re missing out!

Here’s a great read – Top 4 Tips for Building a Real Networking Community

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

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