There is no dearth of advice on how to increase productivity. From simple time-tracking principles to a more efficient work space, there is much we can all do to increase our productivity. There are also countless productivity tools and apps available today geared towards helping us manage our work and daily lives. Despite this, I find that very little emphasis is put in managing negative productivity.
I’ve been reading old post from one of my favorite bloggers of all time, Sacha Chua, and her post about negative productivity caught my eye. For those following her blog for sometime now, we all know how her productivity will put most to shame. Well, here’s what she has to say about negative productivity and how to handle it.
“The trick to dealing with negative productivity is to catch yourself – ideally, shortly before you mess up, but shortly afterwards is fine too. Do not make things worse in the process of trying to fix things.”
She goes on to say that “it’s better to detect your periods of negative productivity on non-critical operations than to” catch them too late and end up with a bigger mess in your hands.
I know this principle is something that isn’t new. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same is true for things that decrease our productivity. Catching it early on is something that we all need to do, but if you are to do that you must make it a habit to check yourself regularly for things that might be affecting your productivity and fix what ever needs fixing whenever you can.
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InstaBG is the newest and most innovative way to create a more interesting background for your Twitter account. If you personally love Tweeting or you are an internet marketer who uses Twitter for your IM campaigns then it is quite likely that you would be interested in gaining more followers. Having a personalized background on Twitter is like giving your account an edge over your competitors. The more interesting your Twitter page is, the more people will see you as someone worth following. Twitter does not actually allow you to grab and upload your instagram photos, but third party software such as InstaBG does.
I’ve used InstaBG for quite a while now and I am still amazed by what it does and how it helps make my day on a daily basis. InstaBG does not just allow you to grab your instagram photos and upload it into your Twitter page but it can actually change these photos every day automatically. Why is this beneficial? Well, for the reason that people would actually see different images changing as InstaBG changes them and your followers would think that you are always available even if you’re away for a vacation. Plus, it gives you a sense of uniqueness. This is especially beneficial for those who like to take photos and show it to the public.
InstaBG also allows you to customize the size of the photos and how you want them to look like. You can upload several photos at a time. You can customize their background colors, spacing and lay out. InstaBG is the next big thing on Twitter. Make sure that you’re the first one to use it.
A daily problem I encounter as a blogger is finding the perfect image for each post I write. While this may not be considered by many bloggers as a problem, not being that particular about putting up and image on with each post or simply being unconcerned about the image quality and intellectual property rights, I have to admit that I am very much particular about all of the above. In my opinion, although an image is not essential for each and every blog post, having one helps in drawing visitor’s attention, increasing the chances of their taking time to actually read what you wrote. If you like using images for your blog posts as much as I do though, there are some things you should realize when it comes to picking the right image:
- It should reflect the topic – Don’t add an image just to make your blog post look pretty. Choose images that reflect the topic and has something to add to the post, and when you can’t think of something suitably specific, go without (just like we’re doing for this post!).
- Respect copyright laws – The good thing is that there are many images online that you can reuse without trampling on copyright laws such as those licensed under Copyleft. You can also search for stock images from sites like Depositphotos stock photos, where you will find virtually any kind of image you need for a reasonable fee. However you get your images, just make sure that you give credit where credit is due and that you don’t do something against the law.
- Think quality – Stay away from grainy images and choose image with good aspect ratios. Vector images are a good idea because they will scale properly whatever size you need them to be.
- Insert them properly – One of my pet peeves about many fellow professional bloggers is that they don’t bother to properly align the images they insert. It only takes a few seconds to change the alignment and resize the images so that they blend with rest of the post. No matter how good your
One of the most seemingly trivial but major loop holes for every publisher (or any project in any industry at that) is in the area of communication, particularly when it comes to miscommunication. The funny thing is people often attribute miscommunication to lack of communication, when in fact most people often DO communicate, but still end up misunderstanding each other. We see this everyday not just in our businesses but in our everyday lives. When it comes to business though, this is an error we cannot overlook because it can mean the difference between a failed project and a successful one.
If you find yourself boggled by the many times your instructions or simple messages often seem to go unheeded, maybe it’s time to check your methods of communicating. Ask yourself questions like:
- Are my instructions/messages clear? – Remember what may be clear to you might not be clear to others. So check your messages for any vague wording. Although we must always strive to be concise, sacrifice the message length if you need to explain something in greater detail.
- Did I check for understanding? – Do not assume that someone understood your entire message just because you took great pains to make it understandable. If your message is in the written form, encourage questions by adding the cliched but useful statement, “Feel free to contact me for any clarifications.” If you are communicating with someone verbally, as them outright if they understand what you said. Even better, ask them to repeat the important points of your instructions. You’ll be surprised at just how much different they might have understood your intent.
Taking time to communicate more effectively might feel unnatural to you and may seem a waste of time, but in the end it will help you more than you’ll ever know.
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