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Checklist: Are You Being Productive Or Just Creating Busy Work?

Checklist: Are You Being Productive Or Just Creating Busy Work?

If you’re like most people, you start every day with a laundry list of tasks to accomplish. As the day progresses, you check items off and add more items on. Are you being productive, or are you just creating busy work? Review this checklist to find out.

1. Planning Meetings to Have More Meetings

Meetings can be awful. They rarely lead to any real progress and, more often than not, participants leave more confused than they were when they arrived. Having meetings is one thing, but having meetings to schedule more meetings is a waste of time. When you’re wasting time, you’re not being productive and you’re not getting work done.

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2. Over-Editing

You receive an email to review a project, or add further details to a document. What do you do? Many people waste an excessive amount of time over-editing. This is particularly the case with emails, documents and spreadsheets. It’s likely that these things will not be seen by the general public, so why are you wasting so much time dotting every “I” and crossing every “T”?

3. Piling on More Than You Can Handle

Bosses love to give their employees more work than they can handle. They do this because they want to feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. Nevermind the fact that you may be doing several people’s jobs for the price of one, and you’re hopped up on coffee all day just to keep up the pace. This is unproductive, because you do not get your best work done when you’re multitasking and splitting your focus between multiple projects and tasks at once.

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4. Scheduling Tasks for Mundane Activities

Thanks to smartphones and reminder apps, it can be extremely easy to get caught up scheduling tasks for mundane activities, such as when to eat, when to call someone and when to send an email. Many people think this enables productivity, when in fact it just creates anxiety. When you waste time scheduling mundane tasks, you’re never at peace because your brain is constantly focused on the next item to check off. Your to-do list never ends, keeping you in a vicious cycle of busy work.

5. Analysis Paralysis

How do you feel when you’ve completed a project or task? Do you move on to the next thing, or sit and dwell on the past? This is called analysis paralysis; the process of over analyzing work previously completed and mulling over the outcome. What do you do to feel better? You create busy work that’s somehow connected to work you’ve already completed. You hope that by creating supplementary components to the work you have done, you’ll redeem yourself if you fail. This is a waste of time and it is not productive. Stop doing this.

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6. Email Overload

Managing email can feel like a scattered thunderstorm, because every so often you get drenched. It will go away and then come back again a few hours later. This is just the way things are and there’s nothing you can do about it. The problem occurs when you are glued to your inbox, anticipating the next pop up, alert, or incoming message. Answering e-mails can become busy work that distracts you from completing more important tasks.

7. Constantly Busy

Are you busy all the time? If so, you need to re-plan your day to find a balance. No one should be swamped all the time. People are sometimes overworked and underpaid. I understand that. You probably have a similar list of tasks to complete each day that consume most, if not all, of your workday. But, how much of what you do on a daily basis is actually necessary? How much of what you do is actual work, and how much of it is busy work? Identify the work you do that is meaningful and helps you reach your company’s objectives – omit everything else.

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Last Updated on May 23, 2021

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

Try job search apps!

To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

1. jobandtalent

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    Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

    Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

    Download it for iOS and Android.

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    2. Jobr

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      This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

      Download it for iOS.

      3. Monster Job Search

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        I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

        4. Jobs and Career Search

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          This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

          Download it for iOS.

          5. Hyper Networking Groups

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            This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

            Download it for iOS.

            6. CardDrop

            CardDrop

              CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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              Download it for Android and iOS.

              7. Job Interview Questions

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                Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                Download it for Android.

                8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                  This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                  Download it for Android.

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                  9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                    Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                    You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                    Download this app for iOS and Android.

                    10. HireVue

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                      HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                      When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                      Download it for Android and iOS.

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