Make 2015 Your Most Productive Year Yet

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Here you have it – a new year, a new, better you.  Right?  While we have faith that you’ll see your lofty ambitions and admirable goals through to 2016, statistics say a mere 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolutions (curse you, statistics!).  The best way to ensure you stick to your resolutions is to set clear goals and commit to them.  Here are our tips to keep you on your game at work so 2015 is your most productive year ever!

Give Yourself A Break

Taking time off probably isn’t your first thought when tackling your to-do list, but, paradoxically, it can actually help you get more done.  A 2011 University of Illinois study found that brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve your ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods.  Feeling stuck on a project?  Take a break!  You might be surprised by the new perspective a few minutes away can give you to help you tackle that project from a different angle.

At SAGE, this means taking a break to shoot some pool with coworkers, ride a scooter around the office, or kick back on a beanbag in the lounge.  Socializing is also a great way to boost your productivity as well as your happiness at work.  Meeting a friend for lunch or even just enjoying a quick lunch in the great outdoors can be all the time away you need to refresh.  Plus, spending time in nature is good for your immune system (#nosickdays2015) and has been shown to improve focus and relieve stress!

Stay Organized

It should come as no surprise that the first step to getting organized at work is organizing your workspace.  Use the six-month rule when clearing your desk of clutter – if you haven’t used it in six months, you don’t need it.  See?  That didn’t hurt one bit.  But staying organized, now that is a much more trying task.  Thankfully for the good people of Silicon Valley, the tools you need to organize your life are bountiful!  These are a few of our favorite task management apps:

    • SAGE’s powerful CRM module – SAGE’s CRM module is available in both SAGE OnlineSAGE Mobile and SAGE Web.  Designed specifically for the promotional products industry, many of the features are tailored to the specific needs of distributors.  In either SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile or SAGE Web, you can add and edit contacts, rate their sales potential, add notes, view orders, and more.  You can also add, edit, and complete tasks and even set reminders to be notified of an upcoming task.  The snapshot view shows you your calendar so you can stay on top of things and come up with a game plan for each day.

  • Todoist – Without this app, I’m sure I’d be out of a job by now.  The great thing about Todoist is that it is available across 13 platforms.  I use it on my desktop at the office and the iOS app keeps me organized on the go.  However, my favorite thing is the simplicity of the app.  In addition to the simple layout, it uses human dates like “Feb 12 @ 2p” and doesn’t take longer to enter a task than it does to complete it.  For example, click + and type “Post blog ev Thurs” and it adds “Post blog” to your task list every Thursday.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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  • Evernote – This is the app for you if you’re looking for a way to store more than just tasks.  With Evernote, you can store notes, videos, photos, voice recordings, webpages, and even email content to an Evernote folder.  One of the primary reasons a lot of offices choose Evernote is because it creates an easy way to collaborate with coworkers who are also using the app.  You can task projects, chat with team members and send presentations seamlessly.

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Sync Up

Do you sometimes wish you could live in your office?  Not because your top-of-the-line ergonomic office chair is just that comfortable, but because your anxiety increases the further away you get from your inbox, task list, and everything you need to in the case of a work emergency?  Fear not.  Thanks to the cloud, you can have all of your work with you wherever you are.  If you are a SAGE Total Access subscriber, you can access your SAGE information on any iOS or Android mobile device by downloading SAGE Mobile, or on Macs or Windows phones and tablets with SAGE Web.  This means you can work in SAGE Online at the office, then seamlessly transition to SAGE Mobile or SAGE Web to work on your way to a meeting, and all of your work will sync automatically.  The new release of SAGE Mobile 4.5 incorporates many of the CRM features from SAGE Online, so you can add and edit clients and contacts, and add, edit and complete tasks while on the go!  Click here for more information on SAGE Mobile 4.5.

Now that you’ve focused long enough to read this article, I’d say you deserve a break.  After all, science says it’s good for you!

What are your resolutions for the New Year?  Let us know in the comments below and be sure to subscribe to the SAGE Blog to be notified of new posts!

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