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Discover Your Strengths (And Use Them)

Do you have trouble identifying your strengths and weaknesses? As we mentioned before, even if you think know what you’re good at, the brain has a way of distorting your perception (the Dunning-Krueger effect), and you may very well be wrong. Luckily, a new article at the OPEN Forum by American Express mentions a simple but effective way to discover skills you may not have realized you have.

The simple answer to your problem: pay attention to what people ask of you.

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Time Management Tips 26/03/11

Here once again is the latest in time management and productivity news from around the internet.

As April approaches, Business Insider has a 5 step feature on having a more productive month. The article suggests not just planning activities, but also working in a healthy amount of down time.

A new article by Laurie Tarkan at BNET cites recent research on multitasking in the world of digital devices and the toll it takes on the average worker. She offers tips on adopting a healthier “digital diet” to have a more restful and productive workweek.

In Exchange Magazine, guest columnist Jean Kelley places a similar emphasis on managing energy, with a feel-good, holistic approach.

But for those who are obligated to work while on the go, Lifehacker has 10 quick tips that should make the mobile workflow a little bit more productive. It’s the little improvements that can make the biggest difference.

Anyone trying to leverage the advantages of social media will appreciate these 10 twitter tools designed to increase your productivity from SloDive.com.

In the same vein, web designers and graphics pros will be able to save a few minutes with these free CSS3 tools from WebTecker.

For those trying their best to finally wind down from a hectic schedule, The Malaysian Star has an interesting piece on the science of sleep, including an explanation of the effectiveness of a siesta or mid-day nap.

The Hartford Business Journal features a series of tips for managing time and personal charisma, based on two new books.

And if you’re trying to take advantage of time management and productivity strategies for the benefits of a virtual team, GigaOM has six important questions you can ask to properly assess your team’s effectiveness.

 

 

Time Management Tips 16/03/11

More time management news and tips from across the web!

Backing up our latest article, Bill Balcezak at CRM Buyer reports on the ineffectiveness of multitasking, specifically looking at how the brain responds under the pressure of two different priorities.

As Daylight-Saving Time began this week throughout much of the world, an article in The Quad-City Times explores some of the history behind the practice.

Inside Higher Education explains a recent study which found that college students became much more productive when ‘nudged’ by a mentor or coach.

Do you feel like you’ve been robbed by time bandits? Roger Fransecky at The Huffington Post offers some tips for dealing with distractions, with special advice for smartphone users.

The Economic Times has an interesting piece on Google’s internal study on effective managers. Check out how the most information-driven company in the world measures productivity.

If you’re looking for a more effective way to delegate tasks to colleagues or employees, Jared Bilski of CFO Daily News has a sneaky but simple tip that will work to your advantage.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to limit personal web usage in the workplace, says Sean Silverthorne of BNET. The article provides advice for office managers trying taking on the monster that eats their employees’ time.

Lifehacker has a short piece recommending a software product that can help users waste less time on their favorite distraction sites and reclaim their willpower.

And entrepreneurs working from home can find a few helpful time management tips on the Drop Ship Access blog.

 

 

Unlock Your Inner Supertasker

We've said time and time again that multitasking doesn't work. Scientific studies continue to show that people are simply unable to accomplish two or more tasks at the same time with the same degree of efficiency and skill as doing they can doing each task individually. Even as thousands of job descriptions list multitasking as a desired employee trait, it's just not something that people can do efficiently. Well, make that most people.

According to a study released last year, about 2.5 percent of people have a natural ability to process two simultaneous tasks with no loss in performance. They're called supertaskers. Unfortunately, according to researcher Jason Watson, your chance of being one of these select few is comparable to the odds of flipping a coin five times and having it land on 'heads' every time. Even though you're probably not a supertasker, there are several strategies you can use to get just as much done.

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Time Management Tips 09/03/11

Here’s the latest update on the time management and productivity tips to hit the web:

A recent article at PsychCentral offers readers advice for overcoming common hurdles in productivity, offering a unique perspective based in the latest research and publications.

Author Chrissy Scivicque also tackles a few time management obstacles in The International Business Times, targeted toward people who are finding themselves with less time the more they try to manage it.

CTV News is reporting on a recent study out of MIT that suggests that occasional coffee breaks can actually increase productivity.

At Investors.com, a new article also includes a round of advice for improving efficiency and productivity in the business world.

The Femail section of The Daily Mail features a new collection of helpful tips for working women seeking a balance between work and home.

Men and women alike can see their productivity increase and stress levels decrease by slowing down and placing focus where it counts, according to this article in the Evansville Courier & Press.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on recent research that looks at how technology can interrupt our productivity on a daily basis and provides some tips for getting around it.

In a recent piece for The Ledger, reporter Kristen Gerencher takes a look at why some companies are actually spending more to increase worker wellness and productivity.

And if you feel like you’ve lost your ability to focus your attention on the tasks that matter most, Tony Schwartz at the Harvard Business Review has a series of tips for getting back your focus.

 
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Dr. Rob Rawson is a medical doctor, internet entrepreneur and a time management expert. He is currently traveling around the world whilst managing a business with 45 staff.

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