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  • The Productivity Diet: what you eat affects your productivity and concentration

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    Nov 6, 2013

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    You've probably heard the phrases "you are what you eat" and "healthy mind, healthy body," yet when it comes to being more productive at work, we're more likely to look at external factors, like how we plan and organise our work, rather than internal ones, like how we're fueling our body.

    In fact, diet, along with exercise and sleep, is one of the most important factors when it comes to getting the most out of yourself. Like a sports car, if you want to achieve optimal performance, you need to put in the right fuel. If your brain is running on a diet of soda and junk food, you're never going to achieve your highest potential.

  • Refusing: How to Say “No”

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    Oct 30, 2013

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    Some have a problem with saying “no.” You can recognise them easily: they work late every night, spend all their weekends helping friends and neighbours with DIY projects, and have permanent shadows beneath eyes and a face that ask‘how can I help you?’

    Refusing is an important coping strategy for dealing with information overload. Learning how to say “no” to more tasks when we’re already over-stretched will help us to become more productive.

  • The problem with RSS, and how to fix it

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    Oct 9, 2013

    As of today, RSS has failed. Even though there is a dedicated population using it, RSS never reached widespread popularity. Google’s latest research indicates that only 9.5% of internet users have ever subscribed to an RSS feed. 15 years after launch, RSS is still quite far from mainstream.

    Why did it fail?  

    As a concept, RSS makes a lot of sense. People can easily create their own newspaper, fed from their favorite blogs or news sites, not having to worry about spam (unsubscribing is easy – it’s not email).

    However, RSS does not solve the main problem with respect to consuming news: information overload. Quite the opposite, many users who try out RSS complain about receiving too much content. Despite being able to pick the RSS-feeds of your choice, the content which is sent through the feeds contains a lot of irrelevant stuff. In other words, even hand-picked RSS feeds are still too broad and not tailored enough to subscribers' needs.

    Example: Techcrunch

    Techcrunch is an excellent news source for the tech-savvy; however the average number of published stories per day is 40. Would you subscribe to feeds which each send you 40 articles per day? You’d be completely overwhelmed.

  • Overcoming Fear: How To Conquer Public Speaking Anxiety

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    Sep 21, 2013

    Productivity is not only about time management, avoiding distractions, and having well-structured To-Do lists. Sometimes the problem is at a more fundamental level: our fears. They can prevent us from taking action and realizing our goals.

    In this post I'd like to analyze public speaking anxiety, which is frequently identified as people’s greatest fear:

    “According to most studies, people's number-one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
    – Jerry Seinfeld
     

    Understanding the Problem

    In order to understand the problem, I’ve tried to illustrate the different elements of Public Speaking Anxiety and how they are connected:

    Fear of public speaking anxiety causes

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    Let’s examine the root causes of public speaking anxiety one by one:

  • Could a 4-day Workweek Make You More Productive?

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    Aug 28, 2013

    You’ve no doubt heard of the 4-hour workweek, popularized by Tim Ferriss, however most would agree that the concept of reducing your working hours so dramatically is more of a marketing hook than an achievable schedule.

    So if you don’t belong to the lucky minority who can fit their week’s work into 4 hours, how about 4 days?

    The idea of a reduced workweek with a 3-day weekend is one that seems to be growing in popularity worldwide, and there have been some interesting studies into its effects.

    While researching this article I found several examples of companies that have successfully implemented a 4-day work week, and they seem to fall into two camps: those that have lengthened the work day to fit in the same number of hours of work in  fewer days, and those that have reduced weekly working hours overall.

    Are 10-hour days the answer?

    Web development agency Reusser Design recently discussed in their company blog how they had lengthened the working day to 10 hours by changing their working hours to 6.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and compressing 40 hours of work into just 4 days.

    Team members are rotated in on Fridays so that there is always someone available to deal with clients, but otherwise the employees are free to work on their own projects or enjoy leisure time with their families.

    A 3-day weekend may sound worth a couple of extra hours at work each day, but personally, I can’t help feeling that restructuring the working schedule in this way has missed the point of the 4-day workweek.