When it comes to email, are you a reactor or a batcher? There are two kinds of people in this world, but most of us, unfortunately, are in the “reactor” category – AKA, falling into the trap of constantly nibbling away on messages that come in throughout the day. “Batchers”, on the other hand, block off time in their calendars to power through their inbox, and then ignore it the rest of the time. Reactor’s work suffers since they are constantly interrupting their tasks to check messages, while batchers can stay in the zone and focus on work, distraction-free.
Our ethos at SaneBox revolves around the “batching” method. Sure, winnowing down your email can make it feel like you’ve made strong progress, but it’s a false sense of accomplishment. Studies have shown that batchers are more productive, less stressed, and maintain a higher state of contentment. We think that’s a pretty compelling argument against reacting and multitasking when it comes to email.
Want to get out of overwhelm—and get more done in the process? Here’s how:
Set up the right morning routine
What do all these people have in common—other than being insanely productive?
They swear by their morning routines—and if you want to get on their level of productivity, you need to swear by the same.
Have you checked out Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or watched her new Netflix show of the same name? The success of her “KonMari” method highlights the extreme overwhelm people feel as a result of an overly cluttered life.
In the show, Marie offers resources that help people simplify their homes and our personal lives. However, the conversation doesn’t go far beyond tossing out physical items that no longer bring us joy or taking trips to The Container Store.
The anxiety-inducing weight many people feel from collecting excess stuff is similar to the overwhelm caused by work overload, too. Countless emails (not with SaneBox, though!), meetings, Slack messages, and constant office distractions leave us wiped out at the end of the way, wondering what we actually achieved.
Is 2019 going to be the year you take it a few steps further in your career? We could all use some advice on how to navigate the workplace and take control of our careers – and not just slog through the day counting down the minutes until quitting time. Here are 10 ways to improve your skills both in the office and in your personal life. Cheers to making 2019 your best career year yet!
Guest posted by Elijah Vieau
There have been some major waves in the last decade around the topic of hacking your brain for optimal neurological performance. Some doctors and scientists even claim that brain hacking is at the frontier of mental illness treatment, with recent connections being made between certain mental disorders and specific brain circuits.
Yay science, right?
But what about those of us (myself included) who can feel overwhelmed by the basic concept of being productive? Or those who can’t seem to focus for more than five minutes at a time without tapping that Instagram icon and scrolling aimlessly?
SaneBox has teamed up with Todoist, 1Password, Droplr, and many more to bring you Productivity Gold, just in time for the new year. It’s the ultimate bundle for making 2019 your most high-performing, creative, and motivated year yet. It includes over $200 in savings and subscriptions from premium productivity services at deep discounts.
The Tech Industry may statistically be a boys club, but women in tech are becoming more prevalent and getting more of their share in the booming industry. However, there’s still a daunting mountain to climb of incorporating more women’s voices in male-dominated companies.
For some context, 57 percent of jobs in the 2017 U.S. workforce are held by women, and 26 percent of tech jobs in the 2017 U.S. workforce were held by women, according to the Department of Labor. However, According to TechCrunch, 74% of young girls expressed interest in STEM and computer science, and only 18% of women hold computer science degrees — a disparity industry leaders should be concerned about.