All posts tagged: Productivity + Life Efficiency

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My Productivity Secret: Sticking to It

Guest blogger Ethan Austin is the co-founder of GiveForward, an online fundraising network that makes it possible to raise money for loved ones with medical expenses. Follow Ethan on Twitter @ethanaustin. Ninety-nine percent of the time the hard part isn’t knowing the right course of action. It’s having the discipline to stick to it. There are a million and one brilliant blog posts floating around the Interwebz that will tell you what you should be doing to be a more productive human being. This is not going to be one of them. And the reason why is simple: I totally suck at personal productivity so I’d be a total fraud if I gave you advice on how to be a more productive person. So instead of telling you what you should be doing, I’m going to let you in on a secret. You can read all the blog posts in the world with ingenius plans on how to be a more productive human being, but if you can’t stick to the plan, they don’t mean a whole …

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Have Epic Goals? Here’s How to Stay Motivated

In “How to Maintain Motivation When Your Goals Are Epic,” Fast Company‘s Grace Nasri asked several entrepreneurs with pretty huge missions about how they stay motivated. Folks like Arianna Huffington, NASA’s Bobak Ferdowsi, and our very own Leah Busque doled out some lessons from the front lines. From keeping things in perspective to keeping passion at the center of all you do, these tips are at once inspirational and actionable. We hope you take a few moments to read this article today. Call us partial, but we particularly loved Leah’s approach to staying motivated: “I wake up every morning with a singular goal —to push my company as far as I can that day. My company is dedicated to solving a pretty huge problem, and it can be overwhelming to think of the magnitude of this vision. My approach is to choose specific and actionable items to complete each day to move us closer to these goals, and to encourage everyone on my team to do the same. This keeps us on track for accomplishing …

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My Productivity Secret: Do Less

Guest blogger Sam Hodges is the co-founder of Endurance Lending Network, a web-based lending platform that connects small businesses looking for $50-500K of debt capital with non-traditional lending sources. Follow Sam on Twitter @HodgesSam. An irony of this blog entry is that I’m writing it a week later than I’d hoped — it’s been a busy week as we accelerate into the New Year at Endurance (a lender to small businesses in the U.S.). Endurance is the second company I’ve co-founded; my experience here (and in a variety of other managerial and investment-oriented roles over the past decade), has helped me define a set of productivity rules I try, not always faithfully, to live by: 1. Triage, triage, triage Some people call this the “80:20” principle — my experience is that ratio is misleading (and a bit trite), so I prefer to think of this as “triage” (what an admissions team at an ER does with incoming patients: they focus first on the ones where time is of the essence). For example, at Endurance our …

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My Productivity Secret: Train Your Brain for Efficiency

Guest Blogger Matt Faustman is the co-founder and CEO of UpCounsel, a legal marketplace for SMBs that uses a virtual workforce of talented lawyers to reinvent the traditional legal model for businesses. Matt is an outspoken cheerleader for SMBs, B2B technology, and supporting local business communities. Follow him at @matthewfaustman. We are all busy. Whether you are an entrepreneur, store manager, or Lyft driver (possibly all the above), each and every one of us feels busy. How do some people manage to move mountains in a single day while others struggle to complete a basic task list? More impressive are those who have the ability to adopt these efficiency mindsets within their own organizations. Being a student of these individuals and organizations, I have observed four common disciplines, which when put to practice, allow you and a team to accomplish more and seemingly create more hours in your day. Like any good habit, these all take practice and consistency, but are so basic that you could start today. Schedule “Do Not Disturb” Time There are a million …

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My Productivity Secret: Think Like a Hacker

Guest Blogger Lisa Falzone is founder & CEO of Revel Systems, the “cash register for the 21st century” that offers a fully functional Point of Sale system through mobile technology. Lisa was recently featured as one of the 30 Under 30 Technology Pioneers in Forbes. You can follow her on Twitter at @LisaFalzone.  When you are starting a new tech company, particularly one with the lofty goal of upending and overturning an entrenched industry like the Point of Sale market, the number of people telling you “This won’t work, or “There are too many hurdles,” is truly staggering. And, looking back now, a lot of what they said ended up being true, at least partially: there are often a lot of seemingly insurmountable hurdles, and sometimes what we did didn’t actually work. But, here’s the kicker: We’re still here aren’t we? I’m sure this is the part where everyone expects me to say that Revel persevered by sheer determination and hard work, that we simply had the smartest team and the most elegant solutions to problems. …

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Forming Habits, Mastering Skills, and Surviving the Supermarket Checkout Line

Still haven’t gotten around to making your New Year’s resolutions? Brain Pickings compiled famous resolution lists from Jonathan Swift, Marilyn Monroe, Woodie Guthrie, and Susan Sontag. Our favorite came from Guthrie, “Keep hoping machine running.” With resolutions like this, how could we not be inspired? We decided to make our own resolution here at the TaskRabbit Blog. Each week, we’ll round up our favorite items on productivity, entrepreneurship, and the collaborative economy to share with you here. Let’s get started: Forbes unleashed a little advise on developing new time management habits — from Benjamin Franklin. According to the article, “Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013,” modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s approach: he commits to a habit, works on only one at at time, and uses visual reminders. Ever found yourself stuck in the express checkout lane at the grocery store, wondering why all the regular lanes were moving more quickly? Math teacher Dan Meyer decided to drop some science on this common occurrence, and found that express lanes just aren’t …

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24me, the Destination for Daily Life Management

Introducing 24me from 24me on Vimeo. What if you could manage your daily life through a single app? 24me, which launched late last week, helps users wrangle errands, bill pay, social engagements, and pretty much anything else in one centralized place. Through an integration with TaskRabbit, 24me users can simply tap a button on their To-Do lists to automatically post a Task. Pretty cool, huh? We caught up with CEO and co-founder Gilad Hertanu to find out more. Like TaskRabbit, you’re on a mission to help make people more productive. Can you tell our community more about that mission? “24me’s mission is to become the destination to manage daily life. Our goal is to help people with their daily To-Dos by automating many of the things we all deal with… When you wake up and open 24me, our goal is that many of your To-Dos will automatically be displayed without your intervention. You will then be able to take care of those things from within 24me with a click of a button.” What challenges do …

CruiseWise: Taking the Blues Out of the Cruise

Taking a cruise is all about luxury, relaxation, and convenience. Until CruiseWise hit the scene, booking a cruise tended to offer the exact opposite experience. Sifting through dozens of outmoded and difficult to navigate travel sites, comparing cruise lines and cabins, and trying to figure out how to make the most of the ports visited — it can be frustrating enough to keep you on dry land. On a mission to radically simplify the way people search, compare, and book cruises online, CruiseWise is shaking up things on the high seas. We caught up with Jordan Berry, Content Captain of CruiseWise, to find out more. Why does the cruise industry need to be shaken up? “Cruising is a great way to travel. For as little as $45 per night per person, you can have a hassle-free, 5-star experience and visit exotic destinations while disconnecting from the world. At the same time, the technology used to book cruises online is still stuck in 1998. Before CruiseWise, potential and frequent cruisers were unable to get a true …

Making the Leap: A Founder’s To-Do List

There are countless pieces of advice available to new entrepreneurs. Guidance on how to efficiently manage time, how to network, how to find investors, and how to build and test a product that people want to buy. Frankly, it’s a lot to sift through. For a comprehensive guide to what every founder needs to do, look no further than our very own Leah Busque. In her latest Huffington Post column, “Making the Leap: A Founder’s To-Do List,” Leah compiled her twenty top nuggets of hard-earned wisdom for new (and veteran) founders. Whether you’re thinking of making the leap into starting your own company or you’re already half-way to the other side, this one’s worth a read. Making the leap into starting your own business is a brave and bold move, and everyone’s path is different. There are plenty of things I wish I’d known when I decided to quit my position at IBM and work on the idea that later became TaskRabbit. Maybe that’s why one of the things I cherish most about being a founder …

TaskRabbit RoundUp: How To Be Productive Morning, Noon & Night

Have you ever felt like you just don’t have the energy to be productive throughout the day? Believe it or not, there are a lot of little things you can do that can lead to some big changes in your stress and productivity levels. Last week, several blogs gave great ideas on how to stay productive morning, noon and night. When you wake up in the morning, you already feel stressed and anxious about the day ahead. You have so many things to do and so many places to be! If you can relate, it is definitely worth reading How to Lift the Stress Out of Your Morning from The Positivity Blog. These 7 tips will help you feel more refreshed so you can fight off that nasty morning stress. You’ll be in good shape if you can start off your day on a positive note! As you approach lunch time you realize that you’re getting hungry, but you’d really like to finish the project you’re working on before taking a break. TIME OUT! You …