22 of the Best Time-Saving Tips to Use Right Now

timesaveAuthor: Marius Ursache
Source: The Ladders

I’ve been testing and adjusting various productivity techniques for the past five years, read lots of books (most of them repeating) and here’s some of my findings:

It’s not about time. It’s about energy

We try to squeeze as many hours in one work day, to be “productive”, but in the end everything depends less on time, and more on your focus, motivation and overall well-being (all of them linked directly with energy levels).

I’ve recently talked about my productivity techniques obsessions in an internal presentation at Grapefruit, and the resulting presentation is on Slideshare: Productivity porn

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A Wonderful Resource to Determine Your “Dream Job”

dream-jobAuthor: Alison Doyle
Source: The Balance

A career aptitude test can give you an indication of which jobs match your personality and which careers you may have an aptitude for, and there are a variety of online career aptitude tests and assessments available online. In addition, employment tests and talent assessment companies can determine if you are a good fit for the jobs you’re applying for.

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Boost Your Skills By The End of the Year With These 45 Free Online Classes

onlineclassesSource: The Muse

No matter where you’re at in your career, learning something new can only help you.

Looking for a new job? A unique skill could easily set you apart from the hundreds of other applicants. Worked in the same position for a long time? Expertise in a new field could be the factor that gets you the promotion. And, even if you’re a senior-level manager who’s totally content, getting experience in an unfamiliar area shows your team how much you value growing your job skill set.

Like most other things, though, learning a new skill is easier said than done. Unless, of course, all the resources are handed to you.

Today, we’re doing exactly that. To make sure that you don’t spend hours searching for what to learn and where to learn it, we curated a list of 45 online classes from awesome resources across the web.

Whether you’re interested in programming, graphic design, speech writing, or conflict resolution, there’s bound to be a class for you.

P.S. All of these classes are free.

P.P.S. None of them take more than 10 weeks to complete, so be ready to add new skills to your resume before the end of the year!

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5 Email Templates to Save You Time

emailsAuthor: Kayla Mathews
Source: The Daily Muse

I’m obsessed with being as productive as humanly possible, whether that’s setting better deadlines or finding the most effective way to schedule my days.

But my inbox was still a huge time-suck. And the kicker is: I was sending a lot of the same emails over and over again.

That’s when I started using canned responses. If you’re not familiar with them, you can save a response you craft and then, instead of constantly retyping it, you can click and insert it into your email, saving you time and effort.

Not sold yet? I’ve written five common, time-saving templates to get you started that’ll convince you this makes sense. (But first, you need to get set-up. If you’re a Gmail user, you’ll find instructions here. And if you’re an Outlook user, they’re called “Quick Parts,” and you can see them here.)

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8 Apps to Simplify Your Life

appsfor-lifeAuthor: Ruby Lowe
Source: Undercover Recruiter

If you love your job, but find it hard to strike a reasonable mix between work and your personal life, you’re not alone. It’s one of the main battles that any business man or woman has to find the answer to; striking the perfect balance is hard to do. Some people make sure they’re home on a certain number of evenings per week, while others simply schedule time with family and friends to ensure their job doesn’t completely rule their life. Different people have different techniques, but at the end of the day, everyone could use some extra minutes in the day every now and again!

Enter: new technologies. Smartphones have put the world at our fingertips. We’re able to call the other side of the world in seconds, send photos, videos and audio in just a click and use the internet (almost) anywhere. Could these apps be the answer to our work/life balance woes, allowing us more time for what’s important in life? Here’s a list of our favorite time-saving apps:

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6 Techniques to Fine-Tune Focus

FocusAuthor: Ken Sundheim
Source: Undercover Recruiter

Business moves at supersonic speed.  While technology has facilitated easier communication and information gathering, it has also ushered in a new economy in which the common worker can be more readily replaced by technological advancements than ever before. The option to utilize advanced algorithms, data visualization and robotics as opposed to human assistance has become increasingly more alluring to organizations. In turn, the burden to prove themselves necessary has fallen upon the common worker.

Competency alone no longer does the trick.

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The 4 Best Ways To Give Your Resume That Wow Factor

DogeAuthor: Diane Passage
Source: Huffington Post

With the unemployment rate reportedly declining, now is a great time to get your resume set for hiring. Resume writing and formatting can be a daunting task especially when you know somebody will read it and make a snap judgment about your qualifications. Hiring managers spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if they want to interview the candidate or not. That means you’ve got all of six seconds to hook that reader in.

Whether you’re starting your resume from scratch or adding some finishing touches, check out these tips to add that wow factor to get you noticed:

 

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