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Photograph by Mr. Lightman

These days, “overworked” is the new normal, and learning to manage your time wisely is the key to getting ahead in today’s 24/7 work environment.
Here are four key time-management tips to help you tackle the daily grind:
1. Make a realistic to-do list
2. Turn off distractions
3. Learn to say no
4. Find a timing system that works for you

shutterstock:

Photograph by Mr. Lightman

These days, “overworked” is the new normal, and learning to manage your time wisely is the key to getting ahead in today’s 24/7 work environment.

Here are four key time-management tips to help you tackle the daily grind:

1. Make a realistic to-do list

2. Turn off distractions

3. Learn to say no

4. Find a timing system that works for you

nasdaq:


Google will start serving up free wifi at all 7,000 U.S. Starbucks locations starting this week, in a move that’s expected to improve wireless access speeds by at least 10x and up to 100x in some locations. Check out the details: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/31/google-to-supply-free-wi-fi-hotspots-for-all-7000-u-s-starbucks-locations/

Free high(er) speed internet at all U.S. Starbucks locations? This is great news for telecommuters and those who consider the “coffice” their home base for work.
Better yet? You can be just as productive from a coffee shop as any office, with these 4 expert tips.

nasdaq:

Google will start serving up free wifi at all 7,000 U.S. Starbucks locations starting this week, in a move that’s expected to improve wireless access speeds by at least 10x and up to 100x in some locations. Check out the details: http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/31/google-to-supply-free-wi-fi-hotspots-for-all-7000-u-s-starbucks-locations/

Free high(er) speed internet at all U.S. Starbucks locations? This is great news for telecommuters and those who consider the “coffice” their home base for work.

Better yet? You can be just as productive from a coffee shop as any office, with these 4 expert tips.

6 Ways to Achieve That Elusive Work-Life Balance
In theory, work-life balance sounds ideal. In practice, it’s hard to achieve. Use these six steps to strike a better balance and hopefully get you to the beach for some “me time” this summer.
1. Plan properly
2. Execute
3. Schedule “me time”
4. Learn to turn off technology
5. Early to bed, early to rise.
6. An apple a day
Read more on how to get the work-life balance you need.
(Photo by Gray Malin via Lost at E Minor)

6 Ways to Achieve That Elusive Work-Life Balance

In theory, work-life balance sounds ideal. In practice, it’s hard to achieve. Use these six steps to strike a better balance and hopefully get you to the beach for some “me time” this summer.

1. Plan properly

2. Execute

3. Schedule “me time”

4. Learn to turn off technology

5. Early to bed, early to rise.

6. An apple a day

Read more on how to get the work-life balance you need.

(Photo by Gray Malin via Lost at E Minor)

newyorker:

A summer cartoon by Christopher Weyant. For cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/15YoucX

Summer is here (see the above New Yorker cartoon for proof) and it’s next to impossible to stay productive after the 4th of July vacation.
This week use these 12 productivity tips, from Eric Schmidt to Danny Meyer, on how super successful, super busy entrepreneurs organize their day.

newyorker:

A summer cartoon by Christopher Weyant. For cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/15YoucX

Summer is here (see the above New Yorker cartoon for proof) and it’s next to impossible to stay productive after the 4th of July vacation.

This week use these 12 productivity tips, from Eric Schmidt to Danny Meyer, on how super successful, super busy entrepreneurs organize their day.

fastcompany:

Our productivity tip of the day: 
Make a habit of identifying the most important item on your to-do list (the Big Ugly Frog) and immediately start your work day with that task. No email, no Facebook, no distraction. Get right into it. You can read more about the big ugly frog here.
And here are some other helpful To Do tips:
The 1-3-5 rule for more doable To Do lists
6 of the best alternative To Do apps
5 easy To Do’s that keep your To Do list healthy 

Focusing might be a challenge this week, with most people taking off  the tail end for the 4th of July. 
But to get things done, sometimes you have to go it alone.
Check out some of the productivity articles on OPEN Forum to make sure you’re making the most of your limited time this week.

fastcompany:

Our productivity tip of the day:

Make a habit of identifying the most important item on your to-do list (the Big Ugly Frog) and immediately start your work day with that task. No email, no Facebook, no distraction. Get right into it. You can read more about the big ugly frog here.

And here are some other helpful To Do tips:

Focusing might be a challenge this week, with most people taking off  the tail end for the 4th of July.

But to get things done, sometimes you have to go it alone.

Check out some of the productivity articles on OPEN Forum to make sure you’re making the most of your limited time this week.

Everyone runs into obstacles, but the way you deal with them will determine whether you trip and fall, or overcome them unscathed. These 8 strategies will help you move forward.
1. Listen to your gut when it comes to people.
2. Make frugality a company value.
3. Know the perils of emotional pricing.
4. Be willing to abandon what doesn’t work
5. Replace old strategies with new ones.
Read the rest of the 8 strategies on OPEN Forum that help close the door on obstacles so you can capitalize on your opportunities to succeed.

Everyone runs into obstacles, but the way you deal with them will determine whether you trip and fall, or overcome them unscathed. These 8 strategies will help you move forward.

1. Listen to your gut when it comes to people.

2. Make frugality a company value.

3. Know the perils of emotional pricing.

4. Be willing to abandon what doesn’t work

5. Replace old strategies with new ones.

Read the rest of the 8 strategies on OPEN Forum that help close the door on obstacles so you can capitalize on your opportunities to succeed.

Has your productivity been slipping? Get back on track by practicing what these successful business leaders preach from the Productivity Tips from Incredibly Busy People infographic on OPEN forum:

"I concentrate on concentrating." Martina Navratilova, tennis legend

"Pick one thing and do that one thing—and only that one thing—better than anyone else ever could." Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab.com

"By [giving people half of the time they ask for a meeting or appointment], I am able to cram a number of things in the day and move people in and out more effectively.” Gary E. McCullough, former U.S. army captain and now CEO of Career Education Corp.

"Force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions." Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project

If you tend to sleep in, Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, advises to start with small steps, such as getting up just 15 minutes earlier every day and gradually increasing the time.

Do you need a vacation this summer? If you’re like most small-business owners we know, the answer is a resounding, “Yes, but …,” followed by all the reasons you can’t possibly take time off.
For entrepreneurs, there’s good news and bad news about taking vacations. The good news is it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your business from a distance while still enjoying some R&R. The bad news is, all those ways to stay in touch are making it even harder to truly get the benefits of said R&R.
So what’s an entrepreneur to do?
Read more on OPEN Forum on your two types of vacations: The one where you stay in touch with your business and the one where you go completely off the grid. Open Forum’s tips can help you manage both.

Do you need a vacation this summer? If you’re like most small-business owners we know, the answer is a resounding, “Yes, but …,” followed by all the reasons you can’t possibly take time off.

For entrepreneurs, there’s good news and bad news about taking vacations. The good news is it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your business from a distance while still enjoying some R&R. The bad news is, all those ways to stay in touch are making it even harder to truly get the benefits of said R&R.

So what’s an entrepreneur to do?

Read more on OPEN Forum on your two types of vacations: The one where you stay in touch with your business and the one where you go completely off the grid. Open Forum’s tips can help you manage both.

We can’t wait for the economy to stabilize. We can’t wait for a time when there is more certainty. It used to be that you only had to manage momentum. Today, you have to create your own future. And that means change.

Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, from his commencement speech at University of Connecticut.

Read more of the best success tips and great insights from the 2013 commencement speeches on OPEN Forum.

7 Ways to Stay Productive When You Are Exhausted on OPEN ForumPulling an all-nighter to meet a deadline? Don’t worry. Put on the coffee, take a deep breath and follow these tips to stay sharp and get the work done. 1. Disable all computer distractions.2. Turn up the tunes that you don’t know.3. Take a short nap.4. Ingest coffee, sugar and caffeine.5. Exercise.6. Stand up.7. Slice and dice it.
(via 7 Ways To Stay Productive When You Are ExhaustedThe New OPEN Forum)

7 Ways to Stay Productive When You Are Exhausted on OPEN Forum

Pulling an all-nighter to meet a deadline? Don’t worry. Put on the coffee, take a deep breath and follow these tips to stay sharp and get the work done.

1. Disable all computer distractions.
2. Turn up the tunes that you don’t know.
3. Take a short nap.
4. Ingest coffee, sugar and caffeine.
5. Exercise.
6. Stand up.
7. Slice and dice it.

(via 7 Ways To Stay Productive When You Are ExhaustedThe New OPEN Forum)