Greetings dear friend,
It’s the Holiday Season! In addition to your normal work schedules, you may be coping with shopping for gifts, making and sending holiday greetings, attending a plethora of seasonal parties, cooking special meals, and traveling or hosting a holiday meal. If you have any ideas on coping with the busy holiday season or ideas on inspirational books, games, or movies that you want to share, go ahead and send them here. I’d love to hear about them, and share them with the community. And if you know of anyone who would appreciate Meta Hacks like the ones this week, go ahead and have them subscribe here.
Here are my 5 hacks for this Holiday week.
- Monitor Productivity Levels:
Start by tracking how much work you complete on an average day. Google Chrome Extensions like RescueTime record your most frequently visited sites, and track how much time you spend away from your computer. Running the app will provide you with a productivity rating and a detailed log of how you spend an average day. If you knew that you were wasting a huge amount of time on Social Networking, you’re more likely to make conscious adjustments on how you manage your time.
- Get Rid of Clutter:
Delete old files, uninstall unused programs, and organize documents into appropriately labeled folders. This makes your work easier to find and improves your computer’s performance. Enable Priority Inbox on Gmail or Clutter on Outlook to get a clean, spam-free inbox.
- Block Time-Wasting Websites:
Visiting non-work-related websites is a surefire way to hinder productivity. A quick, five-minute break to check your Facebook feed or watch a YouTube clip may not seem like much, but a few of those per day add up to a lot of time. If your employees have trouble staying away from sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, maybe you should block access to them using URL filters. Of course, if you want your employees to take occasional breaks during the day, you could use apps like StayFocusd or Strict Workflow. These allow you to set a limit on how long and how many times users can visit non-work-related sites.
- Watch Videos on Double-Speed:
This is another way to get information from your computer more rapidly. Listening is usually slower than reading, but it can be memorable.5. Increase Your Mouse Sensitivity:
It is possible to perform more actions in different parts of the screen when you increase your mouse sensitivity. This is truer when you are more proficient, such as for professional gamers. If you rarely have problems with accuracy and have not increased your mouse sensitivity recently, then consider doing so!
Daniel, Founder & CEO
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