work from home productivity

The Pragmatic Guide To Being Productive When You Work From Home

Working in your pajamas.

The ultimate lifestyle. The ultimate dream of working from home.

The magic unicorn that does not exist.

OK, let me rephrase that. It is possible and you can, in fact, work in your PJs all the day long, but few people ever do (at least not the ones that want to be productive, as you’ll see later on).

A traditional setting is pretty straightforward: you are at the office, you work (or at least that is what you are supposed to do), when at home, you relax. When home and office are the same space, the line between them gets really fuzzy. How do you differentiate between work and relax, between office and home, when you stay in the same room all day long? Not as easy as one would think.

Working from home is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Like anything else in life, it comes with some major benefits, but also with it’s own unique set of challenges. It can be hard at first and it takes some getting used to, but it can lead to major productivity boosts. Studies have shown that people who work from home are on average 13% more productive than their office counterparts.

Unfortunately, this increased productivity does not come just because you stay at home more (I wish). You need to have a specific mindset and follow a set of true and battle-tested best practices.

Let’s dig into them. [Read more…]

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How To Make Your Passwords More Secure Than Your Bank’s Vault (A Productive Guide)

73%

The percent of people who use the same password for multiple sites.

How many do you use? One, two, maybe five?

Your online identity is as secure as the passwords you use. The more duplicates you have and the weaker they are, the more you open yourself to a world of unpleasant opportunities. From your email, to social media accounts, to personal and business financial information, everything online is protected by a string of characters that you use at least a couple of times a day.

But with so many places requiring a password, how can you possibly use a different one and remember them all?

You’d think it’s impossible, but it’s not. You just need the right tool at you disposal. A tool that can store all your password in a secure place, help you protect all your accounts and save you time and make you more productive in the process. Sounds like a unicorn, right? Not really…

Enter a password manager. [Read more…]

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science of posture

How To Be Damn Good At Sitting (The Science Of Proper Posture)

Hey you, yeah, you, sit up straight.

Do an audit of your body and posture right now. Is your back straight? What about your legs and arms? How much physical space are you taking up at this moment?

Notice how the simple act of being aware of your posture makes you automatically correct it. You don’t usually think about it, it’s automatic. You sit in a particular way, you stand and walk in a particular way. You’ve been doing it ever since you were a toddler so your posture in different situations has become a subconscious habit through years and years of repetition.

But that does not make it correct.

Just because you’ve been doing it for such a long time does not automatically mean you are doing it right. With the average person spending more than 1700 hours per year at work and spending up to 5.11 hours per day watching TV, researchers have estimated that we spend as much as 15.5 hours per day sitting down. In other words, if you are not sleeping, or you are most likely sitting down.

Your posture and how you use your body has a deep effect on your mood, energy, self-image (more on that later) and can lead to, or prevent, many physical injuries. With so much time spent sitting and with correct posture and body language being so vital to your daily productivity, you need to know how to set yourself and your workstation for optimal results. [Read more…]

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Why I Am Giving Away A $197 Email Productivity Course

I have a confession to make.

I dislike email. A lot.

I dislike how much time it takes away from people’s lives. According to recent studies people spend up to 28% of their time dealing with emails. If you work 40 hours a week, it means that you are spending 11.2 hours in your inbox. That’s 44 hours in a month. You spend one week out of every four buried in emails!

And let’s be honest, who works 40 hours a week? Your number is probably more like 55 – 60 and if you are an entrepreneur, it is more like 80 – 90 which automatically means you are spending even more time processing messages. [Read more…]