Sure, you might wish that there were more hours in the day to get things done. But what if there were more minutes in every hour? That’s what Taylor Precision Products, maker of measuring devices, from thermometers to scales, has apparently accomplished with one of their timers. It puts at least 85 minutes in every hour, for maximum productivity. It’s either that, or a hilarious typo.
Workplace distractions can siphon away your attention, forcing you to lose office stature along with your focus. In order to operate at top speed and efficiency, you’ve got to sniff out obstructions that slow you down and make it difficult to work.
You can stay sharp on the job if you use your breaks strategically, using your free time to recharge and hit your workload again with momentum. Wasting your break time with mind-numbing or exhausting activities, on the other hand, can trip you up.
It’s all too easy to sit down to “work” and do anything but. Distractions from outside and within can grind you to a halt before you even get started.
What apps do you use to manage your personal finances and be a savvier shopper on your smartphone?
One interesting fact coming out this week is that Barack Obama appears headed for severe technology withdrawal as he gives up his Blackberry and email communication in general. Poor guy. As if having to deal with the economic crisis and the Iraq war aren’t enough — now he’s got this! Anyway, the fallout has sparked a debate over that the Wall Street Journal blog The Juggle. The key question: is the Crackberry a useful device that helps you save time and money or is it a life-disrupting distraction that should be limited dramatically at worst, and eliminated altogether at best?
Mike Elgan describes how he was able to dump outlook, move all his data to online services, and can now use any phone he wants:
You can apply the principles of the Getting Things Done book to all aspects of your Consumerist lifestyle, from following through on a resolution to draft a budget, to remembering to call customer service, to funding your IRA.
In Upton Sinclair’s, “The Jungle,” it eventually emerges that some of the Chicago meatpacking workers lose body parts in the factory gears. If memory serves, at one point even one of the workers falls in. The implication being that the owners are literally making mincemeat of their workforce. Similarly, in the NYT this morning, “Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity“