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The Ideal Work Schedule: Circadian Rhythms

The Ideal Work Schedule: Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — and hardwired — ebb and flow in our ability to feel alert or sleepy has important implications for you and your employees. Read more

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Increase Your Email Productivity

Increase Your Email Productivity

(Contributed by reader, Emma Dutton)

Email is a hugely convenient way of staying in touch with personal and professional contact but while it can be a huge boost to productivity, it can also be a huge detriment, too. Like most things, it all comes down to how you use it. Does email rule your life, or do you have control over your email habits?

Studies show that up to a third of the average employee’s time is spent—or wasted—on tasks that relate to email, at a global cost of $650 billion a year, mostly because they’re sending and actioning email inefficiently or unnecessarily To effectively solve this problem, it’s first important to have a productive email management system, one that allows you to take total control of how your inbox is set up, and how it processes and files new messages. If you’re able to set up your inbox in a way that facilitates an organized approach to checking and actioning email, the problem is already halfway to being solved. The second key, of course, is in practicing effective and efficient emailing habits, and this is where the difficulty lies for most people. So what are the most efficient ways to handle the daily deluge of email messages that so many of us face?

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