5 Reasons to Not Make Assumptions About Others

I made a mistake this week.  I made two assumptions that were completely wrong.

I am not typically one to make assumptions, but I was a bit off my game this week and fell into the trap I had been warned about many times over the years: "When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me."

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Productivity in the Workplace Series: E-mail Productivity Tips

E-mail can be one of the biggest distractions to a modern business.  Yet, e-mail is one of the most effective forms of communication.  Instead of calling 15 people to fill them in on the same thing, one e-mail can be sent to all of them with a single click.  For this reason, e-mail is one of the most popular forms of communication in the modern business.

But it comes at a price.  A price in the form of a loss of productivity.

As I have currently been writing a series on productivity in the workplace, this article will specifically focus on e-mail productivity and how to save

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Productivity in the Workplace

Early in my working career, I worked in sales in a cubicle environment.  Everyday, I found myself struggling to increase my productivity.  You see, I was in a department that was new and understood that, while our sales were difficult to come by, they were vital to the longevity of our newly developed department.  

Since our department was somewhat of an experiment, there were only about eight of us in total.  This meant that we sat next to one of the more established departments which was a high producer for the company.  The interesting thing about this seating arrangement was that the established department was able to make twice as many sales with less effort than our department.

As I worked on increasing my productivity every day, I watched team members of the established department sit back and often

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Getting Things Done as a Recovering Perfectionist

As a recovering perfectionist, my tendency is to want to master something before I share it and find myself in a place of vulnerability.  For this reason, perfectionism is both one of my strengths and one of my weaknesses.  It is a strength as I prefer to offer quality work.  It is a weakness because I often work on things that never get finished as I fear they won’t be able to find perfection.

And then I heard someone say: “If you aren’t embarrassed

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The Best Way to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

The best way to increase productivity in the workplace is to take away all irrelevant decisions.  As humans, we only have so many decisions we can make in a day before we become overwhelmed and burned out.  Even the smallest decisions take an output from our energy stores.  So why not eliminate all small, non-critical decisions?

Mark Zuckerburg recently explained that he wears the same shirt most days because

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