“Never stop learning.” This principle is followed by entrepreneurs and successful people everywhere as a totem of progressing in their careers. Knowledge is power, which is why growing your arsenal of education is essential to go as far as you can.
Thankfully, technology makes it easy to learn even when you’re on-the-go, while cooking dinner, taking a walk, and even when you’re commuting in your car. Listening to podcasts is an engaging and fun way to learn about any topic you want – there’s something out there for everyone.
Podcasts can be an excellent source of information that’s easy to consume. Here are ten of our favorite productivity-related podcasts that will help you achieve success.
“Why can’t I send the password through email? It’s so convenient!”
If you’ve heard or thought this question before, you’re right – it is convenient! But is it safe? Not so much.
Sending passwords through email is a common practice, but the potential for unintentional disclosure of private and personal information is sky-high. This tends to happen frequently in the workplace, as employees may not understand the ramifications of such disclosure or may not be cognizant of the confidentiality of certain data.
Americans spend more than 100 hours per year commuting to work, with an average one-way drive-time of around 25.5 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When you do the math, that adds up to more than the allotted time workers receive for vacation (two weeks, 80 hours). All of this means employees are spending more time driving than ever – there were 139 million workers commuting in 2014, according to the same report.
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Political coverage is nearly unavoidable these days. Even the average workplace has become a politically tense environment. Unfortunately, this has led 31% of employees to report that political differences and expression have had a negative impact on productivity.
Technology can help productivity or hinder it—it all depends on how you use it. And if you don’t use technology the right way, it can act as a shortcut to overwhelm.
If you’re not sure if technology is helping or hurting your productivity, here are a few questions you might want to ask:
Arguably the most overwhelming part of your business (and life)? Your inbox.
According to The McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends about 13 hours per week reading and responding to email—which, if you work a normal 45-hour week, makes up for 28% of your time.
That’s a huge chunk of time—but, when you crunch the numbers, the majority of that time is not time well spent. According to SaneBox’s internal data, less than half (42%) of emails in your inbox are relevant or important—which means that a whopping 58% are just taking up time and energy, making you feel more overwhelmed than ever (a recent study found that participants experienced increased heart rate and higher stress levels when given access to email).
If you want to get out of overwhelm, you first need to understand where, exactly overwhelm comes from.
Simply put, overwhelm comes from having too many things on your plate—so eliminating anything unnecessary or non-essential will free up space for the things that are actually important.
But how do you determine what’s unnecessary and non-essential?