Productivity

Takeaway: There are 10 categories or types of basic values. Those values, along with some curious findings from the research—about what values are, what values we share, and how our individual values differ—are below. I’ve bolded the main ideas in case you want to skim! Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 42s. Personal values are often
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If you haven’t heard about the anti-work movement yet, you likely will soon. Here’s a primer: It is indeed (albeit loosely organized) a movement, coalesced on a discussion thread on Reddit, Anti-work: Unemployment for all, not just the rich!. The movement’s founder, Doreen Ford, describes anti-work as a radical leftist movement; its philosophical foundation is
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Takeaway: We can be busy both in the moment and overall. The key is to minimize how busy we are in any one moment while also taking on valuable and meaningful sources of busyness the rest of the time. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes, 39s. Busyness gets a bad rap in productivity circles, and often
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On this episode, we dig deep into the power of time blocking. Topics covered include: What “time blocking” is; The “working spheres” we occupy; The importance of time blocking when you have a lot of work; Why we should time block; How time blocking helps us work with greater intention; How we time block time
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One of the many areas of work life that was significantly disrupted in early 2020 was the way new employees were onboarded into organizations. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site workers needed to be brought on in a safe, socially distanced way. Other new workers who would be remote—whether initially or indefinitely—needed onboarding in a radically
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On this episode, we chat about how to work with greater intention throughout the day. Topics covered include: How intention lets us align our actions to what’s important and meaningful; The “Eisenhower Matrix” of importance and urgency; Revising the “Rule of 3” The hourly awareness chime; How to realign your focus to your intentions throughout
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This popular article, authored by Michaela Corning, was originally published by i4cp in 2009 and updated in 2022. It’s that time of (the lunar) year again. The holy month of Ramadan began recently and as in previous years, i4cp has seen an uptick in the number of companies accessing our previously published articles on productivity and
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On this episode, we chat about how to define productivity—and how what productivity means has changed over time, especially with the advent of knowledge work. Topics covered include: The misconceptions we have about productivity; How time management is less important than it used to be; How the productivity landscape has shifted; How most productivity advice
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A recent Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) study on HR Capability and Design asked this question of senior-ranking HR leaders representing 122 large organizations (those with more than 1,000 employees): “What are the most significant barriers to your HR function’s ability to deliver on the organization’s strategic imperatives/objectives?” The top response (60%) was overload or
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