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Spend More Time Actually Sleeping in Bed

With rare (Robert Herjavec) exception, lack of sleep hurts your productivity and wrecks your health. An article at Men’s Health shares some fast and basic tips to get you sleeping longer. These may not help insomniacs (sorry), but they will benefit the rest of you: In the late afternoon, do not take a nap or consume coffee; you will be awake all night. Set a regular bedtime to program your brain to power down at …

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How to Find More Time

Life is too busy. There is never enough time to do everything you wish you could do. Luckily, Einstein proved time is relative, and in an article for the New York Times, Anna North discusses research showing how you can trick your brain to feel less rushed. Experiments show that people feel more stressed and feel like they have less time when their goals are in conflict with each other. This can occur on small …

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How to Find More Time for Personal Reflection

Good project managers know not to fill their teams to full capacity with work, because some wiggle room is always important. Wiggle room in your life to stop and actually reflect on what you are doing is important too. In an article for Inc., Paul B. Brown suggests various ways to find timeouts in your day to stop and think. Here is a sampling: At the very beginning of your day, nothing has had time …

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3 Steps to Add More Hours to the Day

Time is what you make of it. It is within your power to reshape it to get more out of it. In an article for Lifehack, Scott H. Young shares three broad steps to creating “new” time in your day. The first step is to scrutinize how you are currently spending your time and cut back on the low-value activities. For instance, most people probably spend too much time watching TV of some kind (including …

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Data on What Motivates Workers in Their 20s

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jeffrey Arnett shares data from a poll he conducted in 2015 with a sample of 1,000 21-to-29-year-old workers. It reveals the attitudes of this young, transitional component of the workforce. Arnett’s major insights are as follows: (1) These people are not lazy, but not often fully committed to their jobs. (2) They are willing to work their way up the career ladder, but not willing to be exploited. …

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4 Simple Tips to Improve Your Work Ethic

When you acknowledge and embody a few fundamentals, developing stronger work ethic becomes a simple proposition. An article at HRZone provides those fundamentals. First, you need to understand why you want your work ethic to improve in the first place. Are there benefits you want to reap, risks you want to avoid, or both? Whatever your reasons are, they will serve as your starting point for setting a path to improvement. To incentivize yourself to …

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6 Reasons Your Employees Are Not Working Their Best

Are you frustrated with your team’s lackluster output? Maybe the issue is your lackluster leadership. In an article for TLNT, Mona Berberich identifies some ways you may be setting them up for mediocrity: You do not make enough time for performance evaluations: You must not think of evaluations as a chore or a “necessary evil.” They are a time to discuss how employees can improve, whether they are doing poorly or are already doing excellent. …

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The Four Habits That Create Work Ethic

What mystical forces must come together in order to create reliable work ethic? In an article for Lifehack, Scott H. Young says that this force comprises habits directed at building four things: persistence, focus, “do it now” attitude, and “do it right” attitude. Persistence and focus are the bedrock of work ethic; if your brain clocks out after an hour of work, all hope is lost. To develop these two, grab a stopwatch and start …

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How Do You Improve Work Ethic If You’ve Always Been Lazy?

Can a leopard change its spots? Of course it can, with some body paint. In an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Alison Green describes how even the laziest person can develop strong work ethic. To begin with, imagine all of the times you have procrastinated important work—and how many hours you have spent dwelling on the fact that you had uncompleted work waiting for you. Think about how many carefree hours of your …

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Get Responsive about Communication with Deadlines

Procrastination works when nobody cares about anything but the final product—but realistically, in business, people are going to want regular updates on your work progress. Thus, get responsive to your deadlines with tips from Eva Rykrsmith in a post for The Fast Track. She essentially says that great work is accomplished when you actually care about the work, as opposed to great work resulting from merely millions of hours being thrown at it. Ideally, you …

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