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April 2nd, 2014

Productivity_Mar31_CMany business owners and managers find that creating engaging presentations can be a real challenge. It can be incredibly difficult to not only develop a presentation that hits on all the important points, but also attracts and retains your audience's attention. Throw in the fact that many presentations are now being made over the Internet to remote audiences or employees and inspiring that necessary engagement becomes even tougher.
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Topic Productivity
March 7th, 2014

Productivity_Mar03_CNo one can refute the positive benefits of creating a to-do list when you really need to get things done. One of the most evident advantages is that it gives people who use it the ability to increase their productivity. A problem many business owners run across is that their lists are hard to follow, leading to a decrease in productivity.
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Topic Productivity
February 5th, 2014

Productivity_Feb03_CEmail is one of the most vital ways businesses communicate. You need to have time to check your emails throughout the day and often to respond quickly so that you don't come across as rude to the message senders. The problem many business owners face is that they have too many emails to communicate effectively. One thing that can help is to create a system that will aid in you in optimizing email handling by following our top five effective tips.

1. Turn off email notifications

Notification sounds are helpful in letting you know you have received a new email - important or not. However, they can also be distracting if you're trying to concentrate. To avoid this, turn off new message notifications on both your Smartphone and computer, and schedule a convenient time to check and respond to your emails instead. This will not only improve your organizational skills, but will also give you peace of mind that you are focusing on tasks without neglecting your inbox.

2. Schedule when to check your emails

Unless your work demands replying to emails instantly, checking emails can be scheduled to a specific time of the day. You don’t want to live in your inbox the entire day, just checking the emails you receive as this can seriously harm your overall productivity. According to studies, a person takes about 64 seconds to recover from email interruption, a minute you could have spent on a more productive task.
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Topic Productivity
January 9th, 2014

Productivity_Jan07_CEach new year many people, business managers included, set out on a course of self improvement. The goals or resolutions they set for themselves are often ambitious. Take for example boosting productivity. It's not easy to improve your productivity, but there are a number of tools that can help. One such tool is the various mobile apps centered around this concept.

Here are five great mobile productivity apps that are free, or cheap enough where they won't break the bank.
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Topic Productivity
December 12th, 2013

Productivity_Dec09_CBeing productive at work is a struggle for many people. While the Internet can be a marvellous way to boost productivity, it's also one of the more common productivity killers. From sites like Facebook and Twitter, to games installed on your computer, there are numerous ways your productivity can be hampered. Luckily, there are steps you can take to minimize distractions.
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Topic Productivity
November 14th, 2013

2013Nov14_Productivity_CA successful business is built on many different essential components. Communication is one of those elements and without successful interactions you likely wouldn't remain in business for long. The main form of communicating these days is through email, which many business owners and managers struggle with. Sure, they can write an email but they often fall flat with the subject line and the consequence can be wasted time trying to keep track of email content, or the risk that an email won't be opened by the recipient.
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Topic Productivity
October 17th, 2013

Productivity_Oct16_CBusiness owners are often faced with multiple tasks that need to be done at the same time. In order to complete these jobs they multitask. While this ability to tackle more than one thing at a time is an important business skill, it isn't always the best solution. In fact, those who constantly multitask are more likely to be less productive. If this sounds like you, you may want to cut back on how much you do at the same time and focus on one job at a time.
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Topic Productivity
September 19th, 2013

Productivity_Sep16_CPresentations are easily among the most challenging tasks business managers and owners have to do. They have to be lively and interesting, and you have to stand in front of people whom you may or may not know. The last thing you want is to have a presentation interrupted by a personal message or update on your computer. This could cause your audience to lose attention and be embarrassing for you. The good news is that there is a way to avoid this.
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Topic Productivity
August 30th, 2013

Productivity_Aug26_CThe project is one of the more common business processes used by companies around the globe. This process, which is different from your daily tasks and has a start and end date, can vary in complexity and length of time. One of the more important project scheduling tools is the Gantt chart which can help you stay on top of things. However, is this the best option when it comes to project management?
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July 24th, 2013

Productivity_July22_CWhile email is without a doubt one of the most useful communication tools out there, it can be challenging to master. Sure, you probably write many a day, but because emails lack face-to-face communication, it's easy for these messages to be read the wrong way, literally. One of the most troublesome areas people have is with the sign-off. Have you ever struggled with choosing the right words and deciding which is the most appropriate way to end your message?
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Topic Productivity