A new year is upon us. That means fresh starts, new beginnings, resolutions, and all that jazz. I figured that before I zoom into my next year, trying as always to be more productive and more efficient, I should take a quick backwards glance at what I learned in 2014. To do this, I decided to create an annotated list of the best articles on time tracking and productivity shared in the past year.
(I based my list off of the articles that had the absolute most shares on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media platforms.)
Without further ado,
The Top 10 Time Tracking and Productivity Articles of 2014
1) The Simplest Way to Avoid Wasting Time
Greg McKeown writes for LinkedIn about the tendency to have too many projects at once. He offers case studies about people and companies who work super hard, but because they are not focused, they never go very far in any one of their many many endeavors. However, this article doesn’t simply highlight a huge problem, it also offers answers. After a convincing argument for the need to be more selective in the projects we choose, McKeown offers six practical tips for how to make it happen. Also, his graphics are great.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree shares productivity tips from Cal Newport. Cal works as a full time professor, writes books, writes for academic journals, keeps up a blog, and manages to finish everything at 5:30 everyday without working weekends. In this article, Cal offers some simple but brilliant tips for increasing productivity. Every point is backed up by outside research and links to other articles if you want to read more.
This article by Huffington Post expounds on a brilliant infographic that toured the web in 2014. The infographic shows how the world’s creative geniuses scheduled their time. Not only does it offer a quick glance at their basic schedules (in a fashion not at all dissimilar to the Hours model of a colored timeline), it also incorporates fascinating tidbits about the quirks of many great men.
Business Insider writer, Richard Feloni, says that young workers often work crazy hard and yet waste a ton of time because they don’t know how to manage their time effectively. Étienne Garbugli says he was once in that boat, but now that he has spent many many years working, he is ready to help others by granting them 20 practical tips he wishes he had known when he was 20.
In yet another powerful article for LinkedIn, Greg McKeown highlights the difference between people who fill their lives and yet live unfulfilled and people who are geniunely successful, happy, and satisfied. I found his annotated list of myths about successful people to be very insightful. For example,
Myth: Successful people sleep for 4 hours each night
Truth: Very successful people rest well so that they can be at peak preformance.
“Being organized isn’t just about going through your paper piles once in a while. It’s not just about doing the spring cleaning thing once a year either. Those things are great, but organized people are organized because they’ve chosen to make organizing part of their daily practice. Yes, I’m talking every. Single. Day.”
Thus begins MindBodyGreen’s great list of 10 daily rutials of the very organized. Some of the items are more personal at-home types of things, but hey, great productivity starts when you wake up and ends when you go to bed. The way you are organized at home directly affects office hours. So maybe I should wash the dishes in the sink every night before bed.
Marc and Angel Hack Life believe that the process of achieving booming success lies in quiet, behind-the-scenes practices and habits. They decided to compile a list of quiet rituals that they found to be common amongst successful humans. They base their list off of case studies of famous people, tips from successful people they know personally, and research studies.
I must admit, I’m biased toward the morning. However, no matter whether you are a morning person or a night person, this infographic from Linda Lacina of Entrepreneur.com offers helpful dos and don’ts for making the most of those lovely (or dreaded) early hours.
“Length of work and quality of work at a certain point become inversely related… In other words, the more you work, the less productive you become. ”
Work less, work better, and have more vacation time? Sounds like a win win situation to me. Within this fascinating (and well written) TheAtlantic.com article, Cody C. Delistraty puts up a compelling argument for shorter, but more productive, work time.
Using technology takes a huge chunk of our time everday, and yet so many of our devices and programs came without a manual or any kind of instructions. In a hilarious, just over 5 minute video, David Pogue shares 10 little known technology tips. When it comes to the use of technology, even the tiniest hacks will add up to save you tons of time.
And with that you have it, the top ten time tracking and productivity articles of 2014. Speaking of the changing year, The Wall Street Journal published an article about 3 apps that can help you keep your new year ‘s resolutions, and they included Hours. Apparently they think Hours is a top notch motivator for the new year. We here at Tapity, tend to agree with them.