/ Asked by David
I'm really trying to increase my productivity at work. Are there any apps, resources, or information you'd recommend to help increase my productivity?
Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Great question! Over my career I have always worked to improve my productivity. It not only helps me get things done, but it also increases my confidence and gets noticed in the organization which has helped with my career.

There are countless apps, resources and books out there. Most of them make great promises, but few of them have had a great impact. One book and methodology that has stuck and I use every day is ‘Getting Things Done’ or GTD by David Allen. His book and practices have been around for a long time… and that’s because they work. It would be easy for you to pick that up and get yourself organized in a day or two.

With established Getting Things Done habits I use two other powerful tools. The first is Asana (www.asana.com). It is an online social tool designed to help teams track their work and projects. I have used it in the past for ad hoc projects and have since adopted it for my daily task list and keeping me on point. There are many others out there like Basecamp, Slack, etc.

Finally, I use Evernote to house and store everything I need access to. If your company doesn’t allow that, then Office 365 and OneNote can do the same thing. I find a structured file system and a single place where I can access everything I need in one location helps out tremendously for my productivity.

Regardless of the tools you use, discipline and habits are key. Prepping for an hour or two each Sunday so you know what needs to get done in the following week. Breaking it down into daily tasks that you religiously get done. Daily reviews before you leave the office so you are prepped for the next day and week end reviews to check your progress.

Hope this helps.

Bret
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Hi
Productivity is so key when it comes to succeeding at work. Kudos for identifying that area. The best thing I ever did for that was take an Outlook class because my company uses that to manage emails and schedules. Whatever you use for email and a calendar, I suggest you dig deep into that and commit yourself fully to it. If you become a master of that, paying attention ways to keep your inbox at zero, create and manage tasks and use your calendar the right way, you will be amazed at what you start to accomplish. Hope this helps!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Awesome question! It is great that you are staying on top of all the latest productivity tips and tricks. My personal 2016 productivity favorite is OneNote! It is awesome and allows me to also house documents in it as well. Business insider has a lot of great recommendations as well! http://www.businessinsider.com/best-productivity-apps-for-iphone-android-2016-7/#pocket-lets-you-save-articles-to-read-offline-later--on-any-device-1
-Nell
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
PRODUCTIVITY!  The goal we are all aiming to achieve, how to be the most effective and productive at work.   There are three things that have helped me become more productive:  "Eat the Frog" by Brian Tracy, setting goals with timeframes attached, and Calendar Reminders/Alarms.
"Eat the Frog" by Brian Tracy speaks about picking the one thing on your "to do" list that your are least excited about doing, and do that first.  He calls that least favorite thing the "frog", and if you do that first every day you will be more productive.  I have tried that and it REALLY works.  The reason being if you have ever had something that you have procrastinated doing because you don't want to do it, (maybe a paper, or studying for an exam) it weighs heavy on your mind, no matter what you are doing, that is a nagging feeling and nothing gets done as fast with as much enjoyment as it should, simply because you know you have to do something you don't like at some point.  Just do it, get it over with and with that comes a great sense of accomplishment, energy and you become more productive instantly!  Try it.
Setting goals is something we all do, just remember to set timeframes for each project so as to stay on track, so you get everything accomplished and don't get too far behind.  Sure there will be times when you plan an hour and realize you are needing more time, if you can stop, and schedule time to come back and finish it later, so you can get the rest of your list checked off.  If you can't stop, keep going finish and learn next time to allow more time when you have a similar project.  This is a great learning and a way not to overcommit.
Finally, set reminders on your calendars for upcoming important deadlines and use the alarms on your outlook, phone or computer to keep you on track during the day.  Besst of luck and here's to being more productive! 

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