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The Secrets Of A Productive Business

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In terms of time that you need to organise yourself, your staff and a successful business, it can seem like you barely have any to work with at all. The saying goes that we’ve got the same amount of time in the day as (insert extremely successful person here), yet surely we cannot be doing everything ourselves in order to propel ourselves forwards. So what are the secrets of those who are managing to get everything done? Don’t panic – it’s not all as mysterious and time-consuming as it may seem.

Pssttt … It’s Not Just Them.

There are people in this world who are super-productive. But to truly succeed, they need a firm foundation of people who are willing to help them achieve what they want and need to achieve. It’s a case that is first rooted in education. Those who are given the privilege of succeeding are more likely to go further than those who put the work in. It’s unfair, but unfortunately a fact of life. To truly succeed in the business world, you need to be able to pass your work over to those who are more able.

How Do I Find The More Able?

You think outside of the box. Don’t just look towards humans – look towards technology, too. The computers that are able to process things a thousand times faster than we ourselves are able to. The apps that can help us out with simple things that take way longer for humans to complete. For example, investing in real-time ID scanning and ID authentication rather than having clients visit you or having to take time out of their schedule to go one step further in validating their existence will save not just you the hassle, but your customers too. This is beneficial to the both of you. It’ll keep your customers coming back.

So What Happens After That?

Keep the simplicity coming. Delegate the jobs that need delegating, whether to human or computer. Focus on your own management issues and stylings and think about whether these need working on. This is something that technology definitely can’t help out with. There are resources online to let you know what you should be doing to keep your team happy, if you have one, or what you need to do to increase productivity/effectiveness of your staff, but it’s more a case of trying and testing these theories. Everybody is different, and that goes for not just you but your staff as well.  Especially in terms of project management, certain tactics work well in some situations but not so much in others. It’s a way of being able to move forward and get more stuff done in the time that you have given to it. Setting yourself limits on the time that you have can definitely aid you in regards to getting a set amount of work done in a set amount of time, but it’s more about recognising the impact of said work and how much it positively impacts your business.

Eugene Feygin

Impact of Office Lighting on Employee Productivity

Improving your business day to day and over the long-term can be expensive and involved. But there’s an easier way to make work life better for your employees immediately and without huge cost: light.

The light in your office has a direct impact on mood and energy, as well as physical ailments such as eye strain and headaches. Most offices have too much artificial light, which makes it difficult for employees to respond to various tasks with the necessary illumination.

The solutions to this work light problem might surprise you. For one, more sources that are controllable enables employees to adjust the light as needed. Glare-reduction strategies can help, too, as can swapping in halogen bulbs for other types. Use this graphic to learn more about this impactful way to change your employees work day.

Click the image to see the whole infographic by Quill.com.

Impact of Office Lighting on Employee Productivity


About the Author

Eugene FeyginEugene Feygin is a Program Manager at Quill.com. While he is not working, he enjoys traveling, taking photographs and using Instagram.

7 Ways to Build Muscle and Teamwork in the Office

We often spend more than a third of each day at the office. That’s a lot of time to often be sitting at a desk or in front of a computer. It’s to our advantage to make those hours more active not only for our health, but for our professional life, too. Even simple activities like walking help to get blood and creative juices flowing. If your office has a gym, definitely use it. Get some colleagues together for a workout or walking group and make it your own recurring ‘meeting.’

Here are 7 more ways you can get active and build office camaraderie while you’re at it:


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Shana Schneider is a fitness expert and founder of FITWEEK™, a fitness company that helps women turn every week into a FITWEEK™. As a “FitStylist” with a busy schedule herself,Shana helps women incorporate individual fitness into their everyday lifestyle by providing unique insights, tips, advice and how-to videos through her FITWEEK™ website.

Mobile, Native Apps and Project Management Software – What’s the Connection?

Remote work is seeing a steady rise, and key to making it possible is cloud computing and the continuously rising mobile usage rate. You’ve heard of the BYOD (bring your own device) revolution, and whichever side of the BYOD fence you’re on, there’s no denying that mobile devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in the workplace.

Enterprises of all shapes and sizes have chosen to embrace the mobile landscape, taking advantage of enterprise-specific mobile apps to keep their employees productive even when outside the office.

In the project management arena, it’s been established that projects are better carried out by teams, and teams nowadays can be dispersed geographically, hence, the growing prevalence of cloud-based project management software to keep these teams connected. Cloud-based also means the ability to access the project management application via any device – PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

How’s your mobile experience?

Now, step back for a moment and recall how using your phone to browse a site not optimized for mobile makes you feel. Does adjusting the text to a size that’s easy on the eyes, then swiping horizontally and vertically to read an article in its entirety put you off? What about Flash or Java and their effect on load time? Or pop-up windows, perhaps? If they do, it most certainly is the same story for a lot of other users.


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Maricel Rivera writes content for Comindware, a business solutions provider whose project management software offering, Comindware Project, provides a whole suite of project management capabilities and comes with native apps for both the iOS and Android platforms. You may connect with her on Twitter.

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Silent Killer #6: Modern Indentured Servitude

Today’s world is one of sharp contrasts. As a society, we have more choices, opportunities, wealth, and prosperity than at any other point in human history. Yet, we are also more depressed, dissatisfied, and despondent than ever before.

In fact, more than 21 million Americans are depressed, according to Mental Health America, costing U.S. companies more than $31 billion each year in lost productive time.

A key contributor to this malaise is our contemporary view of work – that it is an endless series of ‘things to do,’ things which have commercial value for the enterprise but produce little or no sense of value for ‘me.’


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Chris Majer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Human Potential ProjectChris Majer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Human Potential Project, is the author of The Power to Transform: Passion, Power, and Purpose in Daily Life (Rodale), which teaches the strategies corporate, military, and sports leaders have used to positively transform themselves and their organizations in a way readers can adept to their own lives and professions. He may be reached at www.humanpotentialproject.com.