99U’s best tips for better workflow and productivity

Kelsey Bryant

Wowee! Summer just flew by. Whether you’re in the midst of back-to-school prep or looking for some new workflow tips for the Fall, here’s another roundup of great articles from 99U.

Learn how to kick off your own productivity streak, exercise self-awareness for success and heighten your workday energy with these tips below.

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How I kept a 373-day productivity streak unbroken

As I sit down to write this, I am in the midst of a streak. I have written every day for the last 373 consecutive days. That consecutive day streak is part of a larger streak that began in late February 2013.

Since then, I have written 516 out of the last 518 days. The last day on which I managed no writing was July 21, 2013 (the day I traveled home from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming, in case you’re wondering).

Never Stop Learning: How self-education creates a bullet-proof career

At the heart of expanding your social graph and reinventing yourself is an unquenchable desire to learn—a mindset that stays fluid and facilitates personal growth. It is the learners, those willing to open their minds and augment their skill-sets, who will be poised to succeed in the future.

Permission to Sin: How moral licensing sabotages your long-term goals

Have you ever had an awesomely productive day where you ripped through projects, knocked items off your to-do list, and overall felt like a productivity rock star — only to lose the rest of your week when you decided to reward yourself with anything other than work?

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Yoga Hacks: How to undo the damage of a desk job

Have you ever spent a day at your desk only to leave feeling physically worn down? Chances are, you’re not passing your days doing intense physical tasks, so why are you dead tired come 6 pm?

Why self-awareness is the secret weapon for habit change

More than we’d probably like to admit so many of our days are spent in a state of self-delusion, an internal monologue of justifying our actions, both good and bad. When we do something wrong, our evolutionary instincts kick in and we do anything we can to not acknowledge the obvious: sometimes, it’s all our fault.

What to do when you fall back into your old, less productive ways

What happens after you’ve tried a new productivity routine for a few hours, a day, or even a week only to then find yourself seemingly right back where you started? Do you give up? Or try once more with renewed determination to make the habit stick?

The author

Kelsey Bryant
Kelsey Bryant

Kelsey is 99designs' Designer Marketing Manager. Born and raised in a small town in Connecticut, she moved to San Francisco in 2009 with a degree in Strategic Communications from Elon University. When she’s not working with the designer community, you can find her exploring the city, taking weekend road trips, and soaking up that California sunshine.

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