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Work Fast and Never Lose Track of Your Time Again With Toggl

Work Fast and Never Lose Track of Your Time Again With Toggl

Many professionals work a full 10-12 hour day and still have incomplete tasks on the checklist. A recent study done by Groupon found increasing levels of stress in the modern workforce, especially around time management.[1] 20% of the respondents said they worked 10 hours/day, and 60% of the respondents said there wasn’t enough time in the day to do everything.

Where has the time gone? How did they work so long and not achieve primary goals? Typically what happens is that, you might be working effectively, but you might be trying to do multiple things or consistently distracted by interruptions and notifications.

There is a better way to track time and understand where your productivity gaps are.

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A Better Way to Track Time: Toggl

It’s a web-based (also app) time tracker, but a simple one. You just click a button when you begin working on a task, then click when you stop working. Over time, you get reports on where you’re spending your time. The visual reports make it extremely easy to keep track of your time usage. See exactly how long each task takes, how many hours your team spends on different projects and clients, and who’s currently working on what.

1. One-click Time Recording

Logging time with Toggl is as easy as it can possibly be. Just click a button to start the timer, and stop it once you’re done with your tasks. Simple as that, on any device.

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    You can even make it easier: Instead of always opening Toggl to start tracking, connect your timer to more than 100 web tools via our browser extensions and track time from anywhere on the web. Honestly, logging your hours can’t get any simpler. Again, simplicity is the key here because otherwise people won’t use the tool — and over 1M people use Toggl.

    2. Visual Reports

    Here would be an example:

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      Now you have an example of where your time goes, so you can find a way to adjust that for the next week. Ideally it will empower better decision-making about how you spend your time. This is crucial, because most humans are not great about how they spend their time.

      Bonus: Track Budgets

      You can even use Toggl to set up projects, assign responsibilities and follow the progress. See how well your projects are hitting the estimated timelines and budgets, and immediately spot what’s overdue or over budget. Knowing this will help you plan your time and resources more accurately.

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        Start Tracking Your Time Now

        Toggl will help you keep track of your time and understand where you could manage time better.

        Download Toggl on App Store or Install its Chrome Extension

        But if you still have problems focusing, find out more about another app which will improve your focus: Use “Forrest” To Plant Some Trees With Your Focusing Time and Power

        If you can combine a better focus with a better understanding of where your time goes, you are on a path to super productivity at work.

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        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

        What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

        What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

        Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

        Can I Be Creative?

        The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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        How Creativity Works

        Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

        What Really Is Creativity?

        Creativity Needs an Intention

        Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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        Creativity Is a Skill

        At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

        Start Connecting the Dots

        Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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