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Weekly recap: 10 time management tips, predictive analytics, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on time management tips, predictive analytics, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Predictive analytics. Making little decisions with big data
As I mentioned in this article, predictive analytics is one of the next big trends in Business Intelligence. What is it, and how is it useful? This article attempts to answer those questions. Continue reading

5 time-wasting tasks that IT shouldn’t be doing anymore

Save TimeWhat do you classify as an “IT task?” Maintaining your critical systems? Keeping the network running smoothly? Programming? I don’t think anyone would argue about any of those tasks being IT-specific. But, what about plugging in a monitor? What about connecting a keyboard and mouse? Those are some of the tasks listed in this interesting article entitled, “5 time-wasting tasks that IT shouldn’t be doing anymore.”

Is every user capable of performing the tasks mentioned in the article? Probably not every user, but many could. However, I think the point of the article is this: Companies would save a lot of time if they let users handle more of the simple tech tasks (like plugging in a keyboard), instead of requiring the IT department.  Continue reading

20 tips for better time management

ProductivityI love this quote:

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” -H. Jackson Brown

In effect, the number of hours in a day isn’t the issue…it’s how you use them. Do you regularly feel like there’s never enough time to accomplish your daily tasks? Maybe it’s time to focus on your time management. If you need help, this article on lifehack.org entitled, “20 tips for better time management” has some great tips. Continue reading

13 ways to simplify your workday

ProductivityDo you ever come to the end of a busy workday and wonder what you did all day? You were busy, but didn’t quite accomplish anything. Be careful, don’t confuse “busy” with “productive”.

If your days are packed with busy, yet unproductive work, maybe it’s time you altered your routine. This article on zenhabits.net has some great ideas for simplifying your work day. I especially like number 2 and 7.

One of the keys to productivity in general is automation. If your job involves repetitive tasks, such as those associated with Excel, I suggest you employ some automation tactics like this company did.

12 ways to find more time

Save TimeThey say people always live up to their means. If you find a better, higher paying job, your style of living changes to reflect your higher income. In other words, you will always feel like you need just a little more.

I think the same is true for time. If our days were 30 hours long, would we be any less busy? I’m not so sure. Just like money, the answer for a lack of time isn’t hoping that you will magically get more. It’s using what you have in the most efficient manner. Continue reading

5 new rules of productivity

ProductivityForget everything you know about productivity. This article on positivesharing.com really challenges our preconceived notions of what is (and isn’t) productive.  An interesting and thought-provoking article, though I don’t believe that everything mentioned is entirely feasible.

For example, the points about missing deadlines if you don’t feel like working on a project made me scratch my head. In most companies these days, missing deadlines is not an option. If you consistently miss deadlines, you will be replaced. Continue reading

5 ways to start your business day right

ProductivityA good start to your business day is the key to productivity. However, there’s no magic bullet. What works best for you may be completely ineffective for me. For example, some people get themselves going with a jog in the morning. I never got into jogging…it’s always been boring to me. It’s all about figuring out what works best for you and sticking to it.

I like to start my day with a good sense of my business. This usually begins with my dashboards. I have all the data I want to see in one place, providing access to information such as: What changed from the day before? Are there any trends over the past few days I should pay attention to? Continue reading

How to run a meeting like Google

Productivity

Chances are you’ve attended an unproductive meeting. You’ve probably even attended an unproductive meeting in preparation for another unproductive meeting. Many complain that they could accomplish so much more if they didn’t have so many meetings.

Meetings are not inherently unproductive. Whether or not a meeting is productive falls squarely on the meeting leader’s shoulders. If the leader allows attendees to stray away from the main topic, the meeting quickly becomes a waste of time. However, if the leader keeps the attendees focused, meetings can actually solve problems and increase productivity. Continue reading