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Working in These 100 Companies Can Make You Feel Like Winning the Lottery

Working in These 100 Companies Can Make You Feel Like Winning the Lottery

Has it happened to you; the job you loved the most was at a company that was really proactive towards it employees and gave you creative freedom as well flexible timings, even if it didn’t pay as well as your current job, that ironically is making you miserable? That’s because very often the jobs we enjoy the most is in one of the best companies to work for – the kind that really cares for its employees and believes that the way forward is through good human resource management.

One Way to Ensure You Land a Job You Will Enjoy

While we are not advising you quit your job this very instance, the next time you are on a job hunt, it would be a good idea to look for positions in companies known to be the best companies to work for – though what makes a company good for you is a completely individual choice.[1] For young mothers it might be an onsite crèche or playschool, or even extended maternity benefits; for some it may be that the company has a very open non-discrimination policies and yet for some it may be the health food cafeteria and onsite gym.

The Best Companies to Work for: the Top 100 List

So taking cue from various business magazines Top 100 list, here are the Top 100 Best Companies To Work For, in the US – for these are the companies who believe that happy employees make for productive companies [2]. We list out the companies as well as the reasons as to what makes them so great to work for, in alphabetic order…

1. Accenture

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Flexible scheduling and endless learning opportunities while working on cutting edge projects make Accenture one of the best companies to work for.

2. Activision Blizzard

Industry: Media

USP: Want to be 100% nerd? This gaming and entertainment company lets you geek out in employee affinity groups, which include fencing, brew mastery, skateboarding or even juggling, clay modeling, and more. Fun, geek style!

3. Acuity

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Join this Company if you want a 45-foot climbing wall and a jeans-friendly dress policy at office, plus a sense of purpose and giving.

4. Adobe Systems

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Employees at this software company praise the interesting work and its passion for arts and creativity.

5. Aflac

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: A family feeling is how the employees describe the workplace with a strong, positive culture…

6. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: This financial services company has employee appreciation month with awards ceremonies and chair massages and annual perks like pet insurance, on-site childcare, and discounts on furniture.

7. Alston & Bird

Industry: Professional Services

USP: 15 paid hours a year for community service and mock courtroom training, make this law firm a fun and collaborative workplace.

8. American Express

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: 100 days paid parental leave (and up to 140 days for birth moms) and a chance to work for a respected brand makes employees feel that their jobs are a higher calling.

9. American Fidelity Insurance

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Pension plans, cushy 401(k) contributions, and bonuses for everyone as well as an on-site car wash, prescriptions at the medical clinic, and a personal trainer at the office gym. Need more?

10. ARI

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Employee training is a high point considering in 2016 this company reimbursed some $1.4 million in tuition along with ample opportunities for growth and promotion.

11. Atlantic Health Systems

Industry: Healthcare

USP: In this New Jersey–based hospital system company, employees get up to $5,000 in annual tuition reimbursements, and courses are even offered on-site.

12. AT&T

Industry: Telecommunications

USP: When this telecom giant underwent changes, it retrained its workers without any big layoffs and filled more than 40% of its open positions with internal hiring.

13. Autodesk

Industry: Information Technology

USP: To encourage creative thinking, employees who have new patents granted are given bonuses of up to $2,000.

14. Baker Donelson

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Perks include bonuses when the firm has a good year (and not just for attorneys), plus free parking (or full reimbursements for public transportation) as well as a goodwill atmosphere.

15. Baird

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Looking for one of the best companies to work for? Well, Baird has a “no asshole” policy and is open enough that two-thirds of employees are shareholders, making everyone feel like equal contributors and receivers as well.

16. Baptist Health South Florida

Industry: Health Care

USP: Zero co-pays for in-network doctor visits, a fund for staff in times of need, and employee celebrations make this hospital one of the best companies to work for.

17. Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Industry: Training & Education

USP: The employees feel they are shaping children’s future which is rewarding enough and then the company also offers workers a 50% discount at Bright Horizons centers.

18. Build-A-Bear Workshop

Industry: Retail

USP: So work here feels like an awesome adventure and employees feel as if they sell happiness!

19. Burns & McDonnell

Industry: Building Services

USP: It’s a 100%-employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction firm that exemplifies teamwork…

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20. Cadence

Industry: Electronics

USP: With more than 40% employees having stayed on for 40 years or more, this semiconductor technology company regularly conducts analyses to ensure that women employees are getting paid fairly; rewarding employees solely on what they deliver.

21. Camden Property Trust

Industry: Real Estate

USP: Employees claim this to be one company that welcomes you and your ideas with open arms and you can also get up to $4,500 year for your kids in paid college costs!

22. Capital One

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Free Wi-Fi and coffee apart, staffers are encouraged to break out of the mold and think innovatively when it comes to baking and financial services.

23. CarMax

Industry: Retail

USP: All new hires are assigned mentors when they start which makes for a nurturing work environment in which employees can naturally excel.

24. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Industry: Health Care

USP: A children’s hospital that has creates a fun and positive environment for its employees so that that they always do their best to keep kids health and safe.

25. CHG Healthcare Services

Industry: Professional Services

USP: To make its employees (medical staff on hire) happy, healthy, and satisfied, the company offers health assessments, a free on-site health clinic and even pet insurance.

26. Cisco

Industry: Information Technology

USP: So winners of its hackathon receive $25,000 in prize money (and $25,000 in seed money) and employees logged 227,213 volunteer hours just for the freedom to innovate.

27. Cooley

Industry: Professional Services, Law

USP: Want to wear jeans to a law firm? Welcome to Cooley, where there is not hierarchy per se either.

28. Credit Acceptance

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: The company motto of this auto-lender is that everyone is values and there is flexible scheduling and growth opportunities that prove it.

29. David Weekley Homes

Industry: Real Estate & Construction

USP: A welcoming, team-centric culture, this company conducts interviews with job candidates’ families to answer all the questions you might have.

30. Deloitte

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Employees have 42 paid days off on average per year, and there’s a sabbatical program to make all the staff feel very wanted and rewarded indeed.

31. Delta Airlines

Industry: Transportation

USP: Generous flight privileges and healthy profit-sharing, is all part of the company’s caring family spirit.

32. Edward Jones

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: So this investment firm is the place to be if you are looking for job security since more than 30% of hiring happens internally. The reasons why 3,000 of its employees have been there more than two decades!

33. Encompass Home Health & Hospice

Industry: Health Care

USP: A company with a compassionate culture and a very approachable CEO who truly cares.

34. EY

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Never before has a firm offered such flexible schedules, such that all its employees rave about being able to enjoy life’s little things freely and even get 16 weeks parental leave!

35. FedEx

Industry: Transportation

USP: Hard work is consistently reflected in raises, bonuses, and promotions and other great benefits as well for part-timers too.

36. First American Financial Corporation

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: 1,100 team members of this financial company have participated in 36 breast-cancer races and helped raise more than $217,000 for research and treatment of the disease last year. Oh and employees can purchase company stock at a 15% discount.

37. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Employees are proud of stellar customer service and every employee gets to stay at Four Seasons hotels on vacation for free with 50% off on food as well.

38. Genentech

Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals

USP: If pharmaceutical is your cup of tea, Genentech is the place to be. The employees claim to work in a casual intensity vibe, and making drugs for life-threatening illnesses in a fun way is their mission.

39. Goldman Sachs:

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: You do well, you are rewarded in this meritocratic investment banking firm. Hard work is always rewarded.

40. Google

Industry: Information Technology

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USP: So other than the free lux perks like free haircuts, food and even laundry; Google also actually listens to its employees and changed its maternity policies as well is a staunch supporter of transgender workers and has made its workplace “safe and inclusive” for all.

41. Hilcorp

Industry: Manufacturing and Production

USP: An annual bonuses average of 36% is awesome enough, but Hilcorp can give you a 60% bump as well, where decision-making is pushed to the frontlines.

42. Hilton

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Hilton gets many awards for in turn awarding employees with endless opportunities for advancement; and now they pay for employees’ GEDs as well.

43. Hyatt

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Hyatt is another hospitality chain willing to give back to its employees with amazing benefits like free on-site dry cleaning and complimentary or discounted hotel stays…

44. Hyland

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Along with a Montessori preschool on-site for employees’ kids, the CEO of this software developer initiates spontaneous work breaks, which can mean anything from cornhole tournaments to dodge ball competitions!

45. Ikea Holding U.S.

Industry: Retail

USP: Employees are made to feel valued for the contributions they make and to promote equality; each location has a diversity and inclusion ambassador as well.

46. Intuit

Industry: Information Technology

USP: How about on-site gyms that remain open 24/7 and bikes in case you want to commute on them? Plus a CEO who works with you in times of more work…

47. JM Family Enterprises

Industry: Manufacturing & Production

USP: This diversified automotive company considers its best assets to be its employees and so offers them a pension plan, 12% profit sharing, lux perks like free haircuts, and discounts on cars.

48. Kimley-Horn

Industry: Professional Services

USP: New? Well the CM will take you out for lunch and the company has plenty opportunities for growth and support plus it matches 401(k) contributions by 200%, for up to 4% of pay.

49. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Industry: Hospitality

USP: A diverse culture, flexible schedules, lack of hierarchy, and a promote-from-within culture plus pet-friendly sites and a $50 a night hotel room for all employees – one great company to work with.

50. KPMG

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Employees call this place an awesome place to launch a career since it offers staffers more than 50 hours of training a year, and almost 15000 employees have official mentors.

51. Marriot International

Industry: Hospitality

USP: A multi¬national hospitality company with 58% of front line and middle managers being women, and 36% being minorities – Marriot gives unlimited opportunities for growth….

52. Mars

Industry: Manufacturing & Production

USP: What could be sweeter than working at a chocolate factory? The company’s “Five Principles”: quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency, and freedom.

53. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Industry: Health Care

USP: A not-for-profit hospital system that treats employees like they make a difference and is caring-oriented, within and out.

54. Mayo Clinic

Industry: Health Care

USP: A place to work that is more a place of hope plus perks like ice cream parties add to a positive and healing environment.

55. Nationwide

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: It gives workers extra paid time off for donating blood at the permanent on-site Red Cross center and an optional payroll deduction for the past three years has collected and paid $162,000 to staff in times of need.

56. Navy Federal Credit Union

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: Making a difference in the lives of millions of special people who served the country is what makes employees here happy, as does the honesty and fairness policy of the management.

57. Nordstrom

Industry: Retail

USP: Employees at the retail mainstay are empowered to run their own business and staffers call this the most supportive company ever.

58. Novo Nordisk

Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

USP: A culture that’s where the management team is focused on the physical and emotional well-being of people who work there makes this one of the best companies to work for.

59. Nugget Market

Industry: Retail

USP: So everyone gets paid health premiums, even the part-timers and a 4% 401 (k) match! Sounds good? The atmosphere is even greater…

60. NuStar Energy

Industry: Transportation

USP: Employees get generous benefits, perks like free gym memberships, and an average of 24 hours per year in paid volunteer time along with staff celebrations to mark most holidays.

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61. Nvidia

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Big dreams for artificial intelligence are backed by strong ethics and integrity, and the stock tripled in 2016 as well.

62. Ohio Health

Industry: Health Care

USP: Staff award nights and paid shopping trips for workers’ 20th anniversaries makes employees feel valued and appreciated.

63. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Industry: Professional Services

USP: So this is a law firm that believes that work/life balance is paramount and managers bend over backward to ensure work gets done without getting in the way of home life!

64. PCL Constructions

Industry: Real Estate & Construction

USP: 90% of employees here own shares and this employee-ownership model gives everyone a sense of belonging. Oh and the dividends are awesome too.

65. Perkins Coei

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Sabbaticals and extra paid time off for long-timers along a culture of mutual respect make this law firm a great place to work for sure.

66. Pinnacle Financial Partners

Industry: Financial Services and Insurance

USP: All employees get restricted stock and annual cash incentives so retiring from this company is a lark, as is the yearly 35 paid days off…

67. Plante & Moran

Industry: Professional Services

USP: New hires receive miniature golden rulers when they start the job to show that caring for others is the cornerstone of this accounting firm’s culture.

68. Protivity

Industry: Professional Services

USP: Everyone gets a peer adviser, a career adviser, and an executive adviser so that each employee can reach his or her best.

69. Publix Super Markets

Industry: Retail

USP: One of the largest employee-owned companies in the US, this company offers great retirement benefits in the form of stock ownership and heft bonuses. Employees really stick around here, with many being over the age of 90!

70. PwC

Industry: Professional Services

USP: So PwC is famous for offering countless opportunities for growth, travel, and leadership and they have also pioneered a student loan pay-down benefit, in which employees can get $1,200 a year toward their loans.

71. Quicken Loans

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: So who says money is boring. Here employees ride hoverboards around the colorful HQ which also has a basketball court with a view to downtown Detroit.

72. QuikTrip

Industry: Retail

USP: A low staff turnover, healthy profit-sharing bonuses, job counseling and tuition reimbursement makes everyone feel important at this convenience-store operator.

73. Rackspace

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This cloud-¬services company has relaxed ¬atmosphere with freedom of individual expression.

74. REI

Industry: Retail

USP: An outdoorsy outfitter, this company truly believes in what it sells, and 70% of its profits go back to staff and community causes. Employees get gear discounts and paid sabbaticals after 15 years.

75. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

USP: For those who truly want to help, this biotech firm offers dedication, purpose, impact and world-leading science and has four FDA-approved drugs.

76. Roche Diagnostics

Industry: Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals

USP: Outstanding benefits, perks like an on-site summer camp for staffers’ kids, and a wonderful” work/life balance, makes an average tenure here an impressive 10½ years.

77. Salesforce

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Want to work with a company who gives? This one gives a week off to its employees each year to volunteer in a company with an “Ohana” (family) culture.

78. SAP America

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This dynamic” software company is one big community where each employee is willing to lend another a helping hand….

79. SAS

Industry: Information Technology

One company that tries to care for its employees by offering childcare, dry cleaning, haircuts, and a pharmacy on-site, plus flexible scheduling too.

80. Scripps Health

Industry: Healthcare

USP: The biggest USP of this company is perhaps CEO Chris Van Gorder who is setting the bar high for integrity, respect, and mutual accountability, and answers emails within 12 hours.

81. Sheetz

Industry: Retail

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USP: A high-energy and quirky work environment is the signature of this convenience-store chain, and in 2016 the management announced a $15 million raise for store employees.

82. Slalom

Industry: Professional Services

USP: A sabbatical program for all employees as well a very principled and honest work atmosphere makes this management consultancy one of the best companies to work for.

83. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Industry: Health Care

USP: The job is meaningful enough and the genuine leadership also provided an uplifting atmosphere.

84. Stryker

Industry: Manufacturing & Production

Stryker is a medical device maker and is looking for people who are amazingly talented to change patients’ lives, with ample rewards.

85. Southern Ohio Medical Centre

Industry: Health Care

USP: With 40% of internal hires and tuition reimbursements averaging more than $7,000, this company sure knows how to rewards its performers.

86. TD Industries

Industry: Construction and Real Estate

USP: An employee-owned construction company where the management apparently treats its entire employee well so much so that after five years, employees get their faces in¬cluded among the ¬nearly 1,000 staff portraits of in the HQ lobby.

87. TEK Systems

Industry: Professional Services

USP: The Company shows its thanks by sending flowers to the parents and spouses of top performers and on the company’s 30th anniversary, it gave employees $250 for each year they had been at the company.

88. Texas Health Resources

Industry: Health Care

USP: The Company actually lives by its motto of individuals caring for individuals together as the management is as transparent as it can be, and the staff as genuine as they can be.

89. The Boston Consulting Group

Industry: Professional Services

USP: If you are looking for a consultancy to work at, look no further for this company offers unmatched growth, $5 co-pays and emphasizes self-care for its employees including telecommuting, on site fitness centers and sabbaticals.

90. The Cheesecake Factory

Industry: Hospitality

USP: Nothing cheesy here, where the leaders are supportive, the management warmhearted and everyone remains motivated.

91. The Container Store

Industry: Retail

USP: Higher hourly wages and respected given to those who work good are what makes this specialty retailer one of the best companies to work for.

92. Ultimate Software

Industry: Information Technology

USP: Probably one of the best companies to work for techies, you get wonderful benefits, supportive management, an amazing work environment and restricted stock units on your first day.

93. USAA

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

USP: So this is definitely one of the best companies to work for, with an 8% 401(k) match, six weeks of vacation, and flexible scheduling!

94. Veterans United Home Loans

Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

US’s largest dedicated VA lender has a community minded culture, with more than 90% of the staff giving away 1% of their paychecks.

95. VMware

Industry: Information Technology

USP: 40 hours of paid volunteer time and all new birth or adoptive parents (including dads) became eligible for 90 days of paid leave! Indeed one of the best companies to work for.

96. Wegmans Food Market

Industry: Retail

USP: The great thing about the company is that the employees get flexible schedules, plenty promotions and tiny but meaningful things like free birthday cakes and hot chocolate in winters!

97. Whole Foods Market

Industry: Retail

USP: The Company pays its staffers in stores fairly and rewards them with gain sharing, bonuses and treats everyone with respect.

98. W.L. Gore and Associates

Indsutry: Manufacturing & Production

USP: A promote-from-within culture makes Gore-Tex fabrics, medical devices, and more keeps its employee happy, as will skills and training which the company sponsors.

99. Workday

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This financial management and HR tech company provides seamless people management (even at Walmart) and grants $500 to the cause in a “workmates” name if they volunteer for 25 hours.

100. World Wide Technology

Industry: Information Technology

USP: This systems integrator provides supply-chain technology to 45% of Fortune 500 companies and employees love the perks as well, like on-site medical care, treadmill desk stations, and the occasional free massage.

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50 Ways to Increase Productivity and Achieve More in Less Time

50 Ways to Increase Productivity and Achieve More in Less Time

If you feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do, maybe it’s time to check-in with your time management skills.

No one is born to be very good at time management, so that’s okay if you think you’re bad in it. But everyone can learn to boost their productivity and achieve more!

Here are 50 ways to increase productivity and add hours to your day.

1. Set a Timer

Estimate the time you need to tackle different tasks and set a timer for each of your tasks. How you go about this is up to you as there are many different ways. There is the Pomodoro technique where you focus on a task for 25 minutes followed by a five minute break afterwards.

In the event that you have a task that will take much longer than that, you can consider one of the many timer-based apps. One that comes to mind is Clockify. It’s used for freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, however it’s a good way to be setting yourself a timer. It provides reports and you can serve as a project manager of sorts too. Best of all, it’s free.

2. Eliminate All Distractions

Distractions include the phone, email notifications and having multiple web browsers open on the desktop. Just as it’s important to be organized offline, it’s key to have things organized online as well. This free guide End Distractions And Find Your Focus is a good tool to help you. With this guide, you’ll learn how to get rid of distractions and boost productivity. Grab your free guide here.

You can also learn more on how to get rid of all distractions in this guide: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

3. Listen to Music That Boosts Productivity

Distractions should be avoided, but sometimes a bit of music in the background can help you focus.

Of course, it doesn’t need to be heavy rock music, but a bit of Beethoven may do you some good.

Here’s a complete guide to help you pick the right music for better productivity: How To Maximize Your Productivity With Music: A Complete Guide

4. Find Meaning in What You Do (And Love What You Do)

Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase your productivity.

If you aren’t sure what you love doing yet, don’t worry. Leo Babauta has some unique ways to help you: How to Find Your Passion

5. Prioritize your tasks ahead of time.

By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the day.

Learn a unique technique to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster.

6. Batch Similar Tasks into a Single Batch.

Tasks like blog writing, phone calls, email and errands can be grouped into a single batch. You will save time by completing similar tasks in one session. One way to help you with organizing all of those things is through the app Todoist. It’s an easy and simple way for you to plan out your day, set reminders, and group all of your most important tasks in a convenient spot.

7. Complete Your Most Dreaded Tasks First Thing in the Morning.

Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.

Many people tend to check emails in the morning because after checking a list of emails, they feel fulfilled. But that’s just an illusion of having achieved more.

Doing simple tasks like checking emails first in the morning is bad for you. Instead, do the difficult tasks because you have more energy in the morning to tackle them!

8. Reward Yourself for Finishing a Big Task

To stay motivated for whatever you do, reward yourself every now and then.

Keep track of your small wins and milestones and celebrate them. So whenever you struggle about your progress, you see how far you’ve come!

Find out more about this 2-Step Approach to Self-Motivation: Track Small Wins and Reward Yourself.

9. Don’t Multitask

Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. If you think you can multitask, think again.

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For optimum productivity, focus on one thing at a time.

10. Step Away from the Computer

The Internet has become one of the number one distraction. To increase your productivity, try to do as much of your work offline as possible.

I do this a lot when I try to brainstom new ideas and have found it to be very beneficial to simply unplug.

11. Use Focus Tools

Make good use of apps and technology to help you remove distractions.

Here’re 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools to help you stay focused. This way, you’re not distracted by the web, e-mail, or IM.

Also, join the free Fast-Track Class – Overcoming Distraction, and you’ll learn the one simple method to work even when you’re surrounded by distractions. Join the free session now!

12. Just Start

Often times, starting is the hardest part. People tend to wait for the perfect time with perfect condition to start. But there’s no perfect condition.

Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.

13. Find out Your Productive Hours

Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. For me, it’s the morning.

Find out when your prime time is for productivity and optimize your work schedule accordingly.

14. Keep a Notebook and Pen on Hand at All Times

This way, you can write down your thoughts, to-dos and ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and onto paper. Your subconscious mind won’t be reminding you about it every other second. Another consideration is getting the app Evernote. Not only does this save you on ink and paper, Evernote is a convenient place for you to jot down notes and thoughts and then share them with the team. In certain circumstances, this can prove useful if you’re the type of person that has a lot of ideas that you want to share.

15. Write a Blog to Chronicle Your Own Personal Development and Achievements

The blog keeps you accountable and always working towards self improvement and personal growth.

When you write down all the small achievements you’ve been having, you’re also more motivated to move forward.

And you know what, this is how I started Lifehack too! What also helped me in starting Lifehack is WordPress, which allows people to set up a website for free. WordPress has simplified a lot of the process of building a site to the point that virtually anyone can build a website now.

16. Write out a To-Do-List Each Day

I like to plan my day the night before. This way, I can get started on my most important tasks as soon as I wake up. The Full Life Planner is a nice tool to help you organize your days and get things that matter done. Check out the planner here and start to plan your day ahead easily!

Make sure you don’t make any of these common to-do-list mistakes!

17. Write Your Most Important Tasks and To-Dos on a Calendar.

The key to good time management is knowing where to be and what to be doing there at any given time. Effective calendar management goes hand in hand with good task list management.

Learn here How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space.

18. Reflect on Your Productivity Constantly

As you go throughout your day, repeatedly ask yourself:

“Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?”

This one simple question can be an excellent boost to your productivity.

19. Get up Early Before Anyone Else

I know it could be difficult for some to wake up early in the morning but nothing beats a quiet house!

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Here’s How to Start Your Day at 5:00 AM and some Simple Things Early Risers Do to make waking up early easier.

20. Get Plenty of Sleep

When you work online, sleep can become a long lost memory. However, it’s important to get plenty of sleep so that your working hours can be as productive as possible.

Try out this night routine which I highly recommend for productivity: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

21. Exercise

Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace.

Take a short walk at lunch or do some simple stretches during your break to maximize your productivity.

Here I have some exercises recommendations for you:

22. Outsource as Much as Possible

If you want to achieve more in less time, learn to delegate or outsource work. Here are just a few of the companies that will help you outsource your everyday tasks:

Also, read this guide to learn how to delegate effectively: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

23. Set Some Exciting Goals

Without worthy goals, you will never be motivated to get things done.

Set goals that are challenging and achievable. The best goal setting framework is a SMART goal. That said, there are other tools that can help you out as well. For example, The Dreamers’ Guide To Reaching Your Goal is a great guide to help you set and reach goals effectively. Grab your free guide and learn how to make your goals happen this year!

24. Tell Other People About Your Goals

When you tell others about your goals, you will instantly be held accountable.

25. Listen to Podcasts

Listen to educational podcasts or audio books while you’re driving to work, cleaning the house, exercising, or cooking dinner.

Audio learning has the power to add hours to your day. Not to mention, your cranium is sure to thank you for it.

Some recommendations for you: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself

26. Read David Allen’s best-selling book Getting Things Done

This is one of the most important productivity books you will ever read. Read it, apply the tips in your daily lives and get more things done.

Here’re more great books about productivity too: 35 Books on Productivity and Organizational Skills for an Effective Life

27. Learn to Speed Read

When you can read faster, you will read and learn more! Check out these 10 Ways to Increase Your Reading Speed.

You can also make use of the app OutRead to help speed up your reading speed!

28. Learn to Skip When You Read

When you’re reading a book, just read the parts that you need and skip the rest. But you have to read with a purpose.

Learn how to make it work here: How to Read 10X Faster and Retain More

29. Focus on Result-Oriented Activities

Pareto’s law (also known as the 80 20 rule) states that 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. This means that 20% of our actions result in 80% of the results.

We must find the 20% that is creating the 80% of our desired outcomes and focus solely on those activities.

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30. Take a Break

You can’t always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short bursts at your most productive times.

31. Start a Polyphasic Sleep Schedule

What is polyphasic sleep?

Polyphasic sleep is a sleep pattern specification intended to compress sleep time to 2-5 hours daily.[1] This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short (around 20-45 minute) naps throughout the day. This allows for more waking hours with relatively high alertness.

While you can learn more about it here, you’re recommended to take some naps during the day to recharge your energy too.

32. Learn to Say “No”.

We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say no in order to save our sanity.

Learn the Gentle Art of Saying No from Leo Babauta.

33. Go on an Information Diet

Most of the world lives on information overload. We must eliminate mindless Internet surfing.

Stop reading three different newspapers a day and checking your RSS feeds multiple times a day. Otherwise, you’ll never get anything done.

The key is to limit yourself only to information that you can immediately take action on. Here’re some simple tips you can try: 10 Simple Productivity Tricks To Manage Overloaded Information

34. Organize Your Office

The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Optimize your time by organizing your office, setting up a system and dumping the junk.

Check out these 21 Tips to Organize Your Office and Get More Done and 20 Easy Home Office Organization Ideas to Boost Your Productivity.

35. Find a Mentor

By modeling after those who have already achieved success, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.

A good mentor is hard to find, so here’s a guide to help you: What to Look for in a Mentor

36. Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

With technology’s help, you can double your work efficiency. Even better, you learn all the shortcuts when using technology, for example keyboard shortcuts.

When you use keyboard shortcut, you gain 64 hours every year!

Not sure what shortcuts to lear? Check out these 22 Tricks That Can Make Anyone A Keyboard Ninja.

Besides learning the shortcuts, you can also create keyboard shortcuts with AutoHotKey.

37. Improve Your Typing Speed to Save Time

Do you know you can save 21 days per year just by typing fast?

You don’t really need to take some serious courses to type faster, try these typing games online:

38. Work from Home and Avoid the Daily Commute

If your job is a flexible one, consider working from home. This saves you the commute time and you’ll find yourself more energetic throughout the day as you have saved the long ride.

Take a look at these tips to help you stay productive while working from home:

How to Work from Home and Stay Ultra-Productive

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39. Get Rid of Time Wasters

Common time wasters include Instant Messenger, video games, Flickr, checking your stats 10 times a day, television and extraneous Internet surfing.

Don’t rely on your willpower, make use of some of these useful tools to help you stay focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

40. Plan Your Meals in Advance

Plan out all of your meals a week ahead and make your grocery list accordingly. This allows you to focus on the necessary – saving you time and money. You can also save yourself even more time through a wide variety of apps. One app that I find helpful is Mealime. It’s an app that provides you with a wide selection of recipes and also a convenient spot for your grocery list as well.

Considering the fact that over 4 million users have this app, it goes to show that there is a good selection of meal plans that you can follow and that the app is friendly to use.

41. Cook Your Meals in Bulk

When you cook your meals in bulk, you will have plenty of leftovers. This can avoid having to cook everyday.

Find out more about how to make cooking in bulk works: Once a Month Cooking: Productivity Hack or Overrated Time Suck?

42. Protect Yourself from Unnecessary Phone Time with Caller ID

The minutes you spend on picking up unnecessary phone calls are time wasted. You can prevent that from happening.

Check out this detailed guide how you can deal with those unnecessary phone calls: How To Lose the Useless Items that Weigh Down Your Day – Cellphone Calls

43. Take Shorter Showers

This one may sound silly but it’s actually something I struggle with. I spend up to 30 minutes in the shower. Think of the time I could save simply by speeding up a bit.

44. Save the Trips to Bank by Taking Direct Deposit

Many employers now offer direct deposit. If yours does, then be sure and take advantage of it and save yourself from a number of trips to the bank.

45. Auto Pay Your Bills

How many times have you been worried about whether you missed the bills deadline?

Auto paying your bills will save you time and eliminate late fees and increased interest rates.

46. Shop Online

Whenever possible, avoid going to the store. When you shop online, you can be more focus about what you’re getting.

47. Speed up your Internet With a Broadband Connection

Many people are aware of the slow speed of internet but aren’t doing anything about it. In fact, this is the number one Internet time-saver!

If you must use dial-up, then you can use accelerators like Propel and SlipStream to double or even triple your speed.

48. Keep up the Speed of Your Computer

If you’re a Windows user, use Windows hibernation feature to avoid the slowdown of exiting and restarting Windows.

Or maybe, consider switching to Mac as there’re plenty of Advantages You Probably Don’t Know About Switching To Mac From PC.

49. Turn off the TV

The average American watches more than 4 hours of television every day. Over a 65-year life, that’s 9 years glued to the tube.

For better health and productivity, turn off the TV. Here’re 11 more reasons to tell you to stop watching TV so often.

Turn off the TV and you are sure to get more out of life.

50. Use a Tivo or DVR

This can help you cut an hour-long television show down to just 40 minutes. You can save time while not missing the fun.

So, here’s the ultimate list of techniques you should learn to boost productivity. Pick the techniques that work for you and make them your daily habits. As time goes, you’ll find yourself being a lot more productive.

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Reference

[1] Medical News Today: What is biphasic and polyphasic sleep?

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