How Successful People Work Less & Get More Done [INFOGRAPHIC]

8 09 2016

As you begin working a new job, you always want to be as successful as possible. Although this often entails hours of hard work, sometimes this isn’t enough. Just because you put in the time, with whatever you do, that isn’t all it takes to be successful.

It’s the little things that successful people do that really takes them to the next level of success. They build systems and they build daily rituals that help keep them motivated, and help them work less while still getting more done! These things might seem insignificant, but when you do these things on a consistent basis, that’s when you really start to see their improvement.

Recently our friends at Blogtrepreneur have put together an awesome infographic about the little things that will take you to the next level in what ever success you are striving for!

How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done


The Madness of March

19 03 2013


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The seeding for the NCAA Basketball Tournament was released earlier this week.  As soon as it happened, the news immediately began covering the phenomenon.  Coverage ranging from who the top picks are to how you should fill out a bracket, a LOT of time is already being spent on this event.  I guess since collegiate sports do bring in so much money, the coverage is appropriate.  In the midst of all of the bracket-ology, talks of “bracket-busters” and the usual trash-talk associated with sports, I thought it would be appropriate to look a little deeper into the subject of March Madness, more specifically, the effects it could and should have at work.

What COULD happen at work:

  • Loss of productivity – Games will be televised simultaneously throughout the work day.  It’s tempting to watch the scores, even the internet broadcast, of each of your picks (and those that aren’t your picks.)  Don’t fall into this trap!  Find a time to check in, like a coffee break or lunch, make your notes, and update your brackets later.  You’re at work to work, not watch basketball.  Unless you’re in the sports industry…then that’s another matter…
  • Gambling – Brackets are finished, office pools get started.  Be careful joining in on the pool.  Make sure you know your company’s policy on the subject.  If you don’t know, ASK!  People have been fired for less.  Don’t let something as silly as March Madness derail your career.
  • Department rifts – Healthy competition among teams and departments can be all in good fun, but be mindful of rifts that your little bracket contest could cause.  Don’t pressure people into participating in your activity.  Also, remember why you’re at work.  Chances are good that it’s not to talk about basketball all day.  Give everyone a break and be respectful of others.

What SHOULD happen:

  • Teamwork – March Madness is about basketball.  The team doesn’t work unless they play as a team.  Pay special attention to the teamwork exhibited by the players and find your place on your own team, whether it’s guard, forward, center, coach or water boy.  Each part matters!
  • Productivity skyrockets– WHAT??  Yes, you heard me.  The competitive spirit of March Madness should extend beyond the bracket.  It’s okay to keep an eye on your team picks, but don’t lose sight of the fact that you have a job to do.  People depend on you to do that job to the best of your ability.  March isn’t a month for auto-pilot.
  • Rejuvenation – Think about how you feel after a short workout during the week.  Energized, right?  Taking a short break from the task at hand isn’t a bad thing.  Give your brain a minute to decompress.  When I get home from a long day at work, the first thing I do is watch about 15 minutes of cartoons.  Why do I do this?  Bright colors, light-hearted music, and simple plots to follow – that’s why.  It’s my time.  After about 15 minutes, I’m good as new, ready to take on the next challenge!

What do YOU think?  Do things like March Madness bring people and teams together or do they tear them apart?  I don’t think there’s a wrong answer here, so let me know!  Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.  As always, thanks for reading.

Here’s a little bonus for you, courtesy of my friends at Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Elite 8 Office Etiquette Tips for NCAA March Madness:

Get Out of Your Chair – It’s KILLING You!

29 11 2012

A while back, I wrote a post titled Take a Vacation! that discussed why it’s good to get away from it all.  “All” includes electronics (having a panic attack yet?) and believe it or not, can have rejuvenating qualities that increase productivity, innovative thinking, and your overall happiness factor.  

But, what if you don’t take a break?  Could it actually be killing you?  Check out this great INFOGRAPHIC below from Kayla Evans.  You might be surprised at some of the findings!  Read the full article here. 

Take A Break

Supercharge Your Networking and Job Searching with Evernote

26 07 2012

By Ashlee McCullen

Having been through several grueling job searches, I’ve found one of the most tedious and time consuming aspects is simply keeping everything straight.

Rather than fumble with a nightmare of folders, Word files, and contacts entries to organize myself, I’ve turned to notes service Evernote. With Evernote, I can track my progress applying to jobs and make notes on jobs in one place.

Plus, the service syncs between devices and is available in many platforms. I’ve used it on Windows, PC, and several Android phones from T-Mobile.

Here are some techniques I use. Feel free to alter them or let me know if you have any “pro tips.”

The meat of it: Job Search Notes

For each job posting (including “hidden” jobs) that catches my eye, I’ll create a note for it. This note then serves as a one-stop-shop for this particular position.

  • Note Tile: I use the same syntax for each job. Date created in 00/00/0000 format, job title, and company name. This way, I can quickly view jobs according to how long ago I found them, and act accordingly.
  • To Do List/Progress: For all progress made, I will include the date of the action. This is vital for gauging when to do any follow up actions or giving up. Plus, when you’re applying to dozens of jobs, it can be harder than you’d imagine to remember which online applications you’ve already filled out.
  • Contact Info: Include the usual stuff like addresses and phone numbers, plus any names of employees you know or will be contacting.
  • Job Information: I paste the URL of the job posting ,and possibly some or all of its text (Tip: Use text-only paste to avoid formatting headaches). I emphasize being able to see the original posting so you can use its keywords in your application.
  • Personal Notes/Observations: What I write here is fodder for answering “why do you want to work here,” for explaining what I can bring to the job and for developing intelligent questions.
  • Phone Interview Notes/Questions to Ask: This one is closely related to the above.
  • Files: Personally, I keep my files in a Dropbox folder, but you may find it more convenient to keep relevant files attached to the job search note.

Keeping track of it all

I recommend using at least two folders to organize your job application notes. I’ve used a “Job Postings” folder for grabbing info the moment I find a job, and an “Applications in Process” folder for jobs I’m committed to applying for.

When you give up on a particular job (ie you haven’t heard back in a few weeks), you can trash the note or place it in an “Archives” folder. Either way, it’s out of the way.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend installing the Windows or Mac client and learning how to use it efficiently. Creating check lists and formatting text into more readable bullet lists is far less tedious when you know Evernote’s keyboard shortcuts.

About the author: Ashlee McCullen is a staff writer for Apron Addicts, a website about kitchen fashion and home style. She also writes about mobile technology and self-improvement.