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Want to Boost Productivity? Step Away From the Computer & Relax

This piece on The New York Times about relaxing made is do a double take. After all, it seems counterintuitive, right? Do less and achieve more?

Well, the piece indicates the best way to get more done is to do less. Whether it’s a workout in the middle of the day, taking a quick snooze, sleeping longer during the night or spending more time offline and away from the office, it’s all good.

Tony Schwartz, the author of Be Excellent at Anything, explains in the piece:

“Time is the resource on which we’ve relied to get more accomplished. When there’s more to do, we invest more hours. But time is finite, and many of us feel we’re running out, that we’re investing as many hours as we can while trying to retain some semblance of a life outside work.” Read more

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Year-End Pointer to Get Promoted in 2013: Practice Your Job

You know the adage, “Practice makes perfect?” Well, as per one expert practice makes promotions.

As indicated in The Wall Street Journal, a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley rose from intern to principal in merely two years! Here’s how he did it (in addition to hard work, of course): He kept an Excel spreadsheet. He maintained it to track every hour spent during the day.

Mike J. differentiated his skills and work since not all work is created equal. As per the piece, K. Anders Ericsson, psychology professor at Florida State University, revealed that a person in a new job typically devotes time to get ramped up. After a period of time, the new employee has learned the job and reaches a plateau.

Although he or she gains more experience, the worker doesn’t get significantly better on the job itself. Read more