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The iPad: The Ultimate Productivity Device?

Friday was the launch date of Apple’s iPad device outside of the United States and early reports suggest that sales are likely to be as “brisk” as they were when the American public had first dibs.

Now that the device has made its way into nine additional countries, many wonder if part of the appeal of the device is its inherent appeal to be used to maximize productivity. With Apple themselves marketing their iWork suite as productivity apps and The Omni Group focusing their energy on bringing all of 5 of their productivity apps to the platform, it’s clear that the iPad is being positioned as a device geared towards fostering productivity.

(That said, it’s also being touted as a cutting-edge gaming device.)

Whether the iPad becomes the “go to” device for people wanting to be awesomely productive or if it’s just a flashy new gadget (re: distraction), one thing is certain – it is going global.

Is the iPad the ultimate productivity device?  What do you think? Click Here to Read Article …

Working for the Weekend?

Not that silly of a question,  really.

Even if you put in a 9 to 5 work week, it’s entriely possible that it doesn’t end there.  Some people work straight through the week.  Some take other days off during the week because they can simply get more done on the weekend.  Others have part-time passions that they pursue on what would normally be considered “days off” – myself included.

So do you work over the weekend?  Do you put in a full day when you do?  Leave a comment to let us know! Click Here to Read Article …

What Fuels Your Productivity?

As we approach the end of a week (for many of us), it’s time to take it easy over the weekend…get in a little rest and relaxation.

But once the weekend is gone you’re right back at it again. This patterns repeats itself, week in and week out. It’s not necessarily monotonous, it just…well…is.

Clearly, you have to have something that you’re doing all of this for. Is it the knowledge that another weekend is just around the corner that keeps you motivated? Is it that long-awaited beach holiday? Is it the satisfaction of knowing you’re the best at what you do?

What fuels your productivity – and why? Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Time Your Tasks

You’ve likely heard about The Two Minute Rulewe’ve even discussed it here at WorkAwesome recently.  Keeping track of how long it takes to do tasks is important, as is keeping tabs on your time so you don’t spend too much time on anything that doesn’t require it.

How do you keep tabs on your time?  Here’s some helpful links to get you started: Click Here to Read Article …

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PechaKucha: Your Unofficial Exhibit

I only recently learned about PechaKucha, a non-profit organization in Japan that started as a way to give voice to designers and which has turned into the everyday person’s outlet to present, well, anything.  On a PechaKucha Night, as one of their presentation gatherings is called, a few presenters will show anything from their first grade art project to their latest high tech web design work and the only presentation rule is the 20×20 format: 20 slides of 20 seconds each. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Really Productive People

This is a list of the top 5 productivity pundits, in no particular order.  When you’re not reading up on it here, you can either check them out at their respective websites (or just read here and we’ll cite them when applicable).

  1. David Allen – Creator of Getting Things Done.
  2. Merlin Mann43Folders founder.  Mind you, his focus is now on creating stuff as opposed to advising on ways to do just that.
  3. Seth Godin – He ships, ready or not.
  4. Leo Babauta – Simply and effectively – with a certain amount of zen – he gets things to done.
  5. Scott Belsky – CEO of Behance and founder of The 99% Conference…he’s penned a book on Making Ideas Happen.

I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention that there are oodles of other really productive people – and they help others do the same.  We’re here to help to help you be awesomely productive as well – and we’re going to continue to do it in the most awesome way we can. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Take a Break

Knowing when to take a break is important, but a lot pf people don’t know how to take a break.   Some would say that surfing the internet for a few minutes between articles will do the trick.  Others profess that getting up and going for a walk fills the time nicely.  While these ideas may seem on track, that’s not entirely the case.

A break is defined in several ways, but the one we’re going to focus on is:

A pause or interval, as from work.

It’s important to remember that you really do need to press the “pause” button when you take a break.  That means if you work on a computer all day, you should get and get away from it during the break.  If you work inside, go outside.  If you work in solitude, find interaction of some sort.  A break should not only be that interval you take to get away from your work, but give you a chance to break the pattern you have while working.
How you take your break is just as important as when.  Do it right and you’ll come back recharged every time. Click Here to Read Article …
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What’s Your Favorite Motivational Quote?

Getting productive – and awesomely so – isn’t easy by any means.  Some people use music to get them going; some people use a combination of the aforementioned with a Diet Coke.

A popular way to get clear and then get going is through the inspiration that comes from motivational quotes.

Do you use motivational quotes to get moving?  What are some of your favorites? Click Here to Read Article …

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