Manager and his time: who has a monkey on shoulders?

It seems like the burden of tasks being done by employees lies on a manager’s shoulders in the end. We’ll tell you how to get rid of this burden.

This article was initially published in Harvard Business Review in November-December 1974 and since then it’s one of the 2 most often republished articles of the magazine.

In order to republish in “Classic” section, Harvard Business Review has trusted Stephen Covey with writing a comment to it. Why in many cases managers lack time while their subordinates don’t have enough work? The article describes the importance of time-management and how to divide it among managers, directors, colleagues, and subordinates. Continue reading “Manager and his time: who has a monkey on shoulders?”

29 apps that will to enhance your office productivity

Our lives have become easier due to technologies. Now, when we all have smartphones and tablets, there is a great amount of apps that can track how many miles you’ve walked and how much time you spend in social networks. The line between fun and work in app world is not easy to distinguish. So, Eric Ebert has gathered 29 apps that will help you to be productive.
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Psychology of setting goals: should others know about them?

Many programs on coaching and self-perfection make it their rule that setting a goal is a key factor in achieving success. But is it true? Can choosing a direction vector lead us to a positive result? Are you surprised by the question? Believe me, you’ll be surprised by the answer even more. The thing is how the human brain works.

Setting goals is quite a difficult process which carries a powerful effect on the human brain. If you know the details of this process, you can make it work for you by using the knowledge you’ll acquire and get even more benefit.

What’s going on with our brains when we set goals? Continue reading “Psychology of setting goals: should others know about them?”

Work should be work sometimes

A Melbourne design agency Navy has divided a working day of the employees into 2 parts — a “silent” (when there must be silence in the office) and a usual one. Ollie Campbell, an employee of the company, has told in his blog how it allowed the agency to increase productivity of their workers by 23% and make a 4-day working week. Darja Hohlova has translated and shared this material. Continue reading “Work should be work sometimes”

3 rules of super productive meetings by Steve Jobs

Do your meetings seems to be a pointless waste of time with a strong feeling of something left unsaid? Take over the experience of one of the most efficient companies in the world where people are result-oriented and know the price of working hours.

Somebody desperately fights with sleepiness, somebody writes messages secretly and somebody watches a gorgeous colleague stealthily. There are many ways to wile the time away on a meeting. But not in the walls of Apple company because previous director knew perfectly well how to conduct meetings. Peter Gluhov has published an article on the 3 main Steve Job’s rules concerning productive meeting. Continue reading “3 rules of super productive meetings by Steve Jobs”

Productivity Pron 2: Zoo for a businessman

I like going to a zoo very much – communication with animals makes us calmer and friendlier. I have a zoo of my own which is always with me wherever I go and whatever I do. The zoo makes me an efficient battle machine which hits targets. Please, meet my animals and maybe you’ll get some for yourself.

Here they are, my adorable ones: a monkey, a dead horse, an elephant and a frog. I’m sorry for the horse, but I really need it. Today I will tell you briefly about every one of them, though, they each deserves a separate article.

Free book “Fake It Make It: How to Make an App Prototype in 3 Hours”

Is it possible to create an interactive demo version of your app idea without design tools, programming skills and hiring freelancers?

People study new tools and programming for weeks, spend thousands of dollars on designers and developers in order to make an app version that users don’t need.

The book will teach you an easy, quick and cheap way of prototyping web and mobile apps. And you don’t need any special skills for this. Continue reading “Free book “Fake It Make It: How to Make an App Prototype in 3 Hours””

Productivity Pron. Part I.

How to define the notion of productivity? As a rule, productivity implies the number of tasks you do during some period of time. The more things you do – the more your productivity is. At first, it seems logical. But there one thing. The formula doesn’t take into account importance of your tasks. Chasing quantity, you risk losing quality. So, how not to miss the most important and keep to an appropriate productivity level?

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Time-management for irrationalists

This article is for irrationalists. The ones whose life changes constantly. Who can’t work monotonously, step by step.

Many years ago serious and consistent people have agreed on considering themselves ideals and life standards. And they consider people different from them to be abnormal. Biases and traditional ideas of upbringing indicate directly that each child should develop extreme inner order. And mood changes is a result of an irresponsible parents’ attitude towards their responsibilities.

Neither irrationalists nor their parents are to blame for irrationalism. It can’t be cured or changed. Continue reading “Time-management for irrationalists”