“Productivity” may be the goal, but we first have to understand that goal. As it turns out, productivity is not just about getting things done. Along with high performance, productivity is rooted in how we actually manage ourselves.
Sure, our calendars are in sync, but how much margin have we gained? Are we still working weekends to hit deadlines? And, despite the endless mobile devices and web-based tools at our disposal, are we any less distracted?
Even the most successful professionals find themselves alarmingly affixed to their technical gadgets as they strive to maintain “inbox zero.” We’ve become slaves to clocks. We’ve become shackled to to-do lists. And, as much as we’d like to believe that the latest app is helping us, it’s not.
Clifford Nass, co-author of the study Cognitive Control of Media Multitaskers, confirmed this. In an interview on NPR, Nass said, “The research is almost unanimous, which is very rare in social science; and it says that people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They’re basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks — including multitasking.”
So, stop multitasking and attend to three actions that can really booast your “prolific productivity.”
1. Take a stress recess.
Like most entrepreneurs, you are likely very ambitious, bent on creating change through sheer effort. You push your mind to extremes, with heavy, high-responsibility workloads and test your stamina daily. And that’s socially acceptable, because in our go-go-go, more-more-more society it’s easy to fall in line with the 24/7 grind. However, while you see yourself as throttling through your to-do list, you’re also creating the ultimate productivity killer: stress.
Chronic stress is detrimental to brain function and health –and it limits your ability to fight off more stress. Imagine trying to be productive when you’re saddled with low energy, a bad memory and faulty decision-making. On the other hand, acute stress can also be part of the reason we “get in the zone.” This period of super-productivity comes from increases in memory, focus and learning performance.
Therefore, prolific productivity lies not in doing more things, but in doing the meaningful things more. How does a 500 percent increase sound?
The takeaway: Peel away low-value activities and distractions. Instead, schedule time with people and projects that keep your energy high. These pursuits and relationships are enjoyable and vital to maintaining a holistic well-being.
2. Create calm.
In our quest to “manage” time, we often see new problems evolve. We undermine meaningful family time by switching on a laptop. We skip breaks, sacrifice sleep and work while on vacation. At first, this busyness feels productive, but over time, feelings of guilt, anxiety and the sense that we’re overwhelmed arise. The lesson here is that you cannot manage stress in the same stressful way you create it.
Nor can you do your best work without deep rest. Fatigue creates disorganization, mistakes and frustration, leading to still-longer hours. In contrast, “unplugged” breaks, where you consciously keep yourself away from anything work related, improves focus and mental recovery. This rejuvenation time is crucial for creative problem-solving, allowing your subconscious mind to sort and synthesize information.
Supporting research, published in the Harvard Business Reviewsuggests viewing time off as an absolute reqirement. Businesses have reported such benefits as increased employee job satisfaction, better work-life balance and improved communication.
The takeaway: Implement “bridges” to and from work-related activities in order to ramp up. And, more importantly, throttle down after a tough day. Mastering the discipline to decelerate and disconnect from work inspires better relationships and helps you perform better under pressure.
3. Accelerate adaptation.
Despite living in a rapidly ever-changing world, humans by nature are creatures of habit. When we encounter any kind of resistance or discomfort, we’re quick to run somewhere to feel “safe.” We sacrifice our own progress and what’s important to us in order to feel we are a part of something. Unfortunately, it’s this safe feeling that also leads us to grow stagnant and wilt in our own comfort.
Eight out of 10 entrepreneurs fail, not because they’re bad business people, but because they get stuck in their ways. We’d rather relish our minor wins, even as they slowly erode away, than face our fears or challenge the status quo. Personal innovation is business innovation. And it’s required to compete in today’s marketplace.
The takeaway: Build systems for creative learning and rapid behavior change. Projects will come to a slow grind, businesses will hit plateaus and people will reach certain thresholds. But do not become content with “this is enough.”
Prolific productivity happens when you’ve learned effective ways to grow during change while also meeting your own needs.
Hands down, AirDrop is the easiest way to send files like photos, documents, and even web pages from an iPhone to a Mac (or to another Apple device).
AirDrop is automatically available on your iPhone ‘s sharing option whenever there’s another AirDrop-compatible device in range.
You may need to set up AirDrop on your Mac before being able to AirDrop a file from an iPhone to that computer.
Compared to the ancient days of floppy disks, it’s like we’re living in a science fiction future today. After all, it’s easy to share large files via email or on cloud services like Dropbox.
But Apple offers an even easier option: AirDrop. Armed with AirDrop, you can send files even ones too big for email from your iPhone to a Mac with just a tap, as long as the Mac is in range to receive them.
What’s “in range”? AirDrop uses a combination of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transmit files, so your Mac or other Apple device has to be within about 30 feet of the phone, according to Apple .
To successfully AirDrop, you’ll need to configure AirDrop on a Mac you only need to do that once and then you can send files from your iPhone quickly and easily.
Activate AirDrop on your Mac or another Apple device
1. Click “Go” in the Finder menu and then click “AirDrop.”
2. If your Mac’s Bluetooth or Wi-fi is turned off, you will be asked to turn them on.
3. In the AirDrop window, choose who can AirDrop you. Click “Allow me to be discovered by” and choose either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone.”
For Apple devices other than a Mac, including an iPhone, you can access the same permissions by going into your Settings, clicking General, and then selecting AirDrop to choose whether you can receive an AirDrop from “contacts only” or “everyone.”
Limiting AirDrop only to your contacts is more secure, but choosing “everyone” is more convenient if you frequently have to receive files from a lot of different people.
It’s generally easier to choose “Everyone.” But be aware that if you are working in a public place (like a coffee shop), anyone in your vicinity will be able to try to send you files, so be careful whom you accept AirDrop files from.
Send a file from your iPhone
1. On your iPhone, open the app that you want to AirDrop from. To send a photo, for example, open Photos.
2. Select the file or photo you want to send (you can select more than one at a time).
3. Click the Share button.
4. In the AirDrop section of the Share screen, you should see icons for all of the AirDrop-compatible devices in range (it might take a moment for them to appear). Tap the icon for the Mac you want to send the file to.
If you’re in range, you should see a button for your Mac (and other AirDrop-compatible devices).
That’s all you need to do on the iPhone; now the Mac or other device needs to accept the file.
Receive a file on your Mac or another Apple device
1. You should see a notification appear on your desktop or device’s screen. Choose “Accept.”
2. On a Mac, choose whether to open the file or save it to the Downloads folder.
3. Open Downloads in Finder on your Mac. The file should be the most recent.
If you run into trouble
Like any technology, sometimes it doesn’t work the way you expect. If you’re having trouble with AirDrop, there are a few common things to check:
Is your Mac AirDrop-compatible? It needs to be running Mac OS X Yosemite or later.
Make sure that Bluetooth and Wi-fi are enabled on both your Mac and your iPhone.
It’s possible the devices are too far apart, especially if you can’t see the Mac on the iPhone’s AirDrop list. Bring the two devices closer together.
Make sure that the iPhone isn’t connecting to the Internet via a personal hotspot. Open Settings and make sure Personal Hotspot is “Off.”
Samsung has revealed its latest S10 smartphone in San Francisco
Here is a hands-on first look at the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E
The Korean giant has unveiled a folding phone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung has launched a new 5G smartphone
Why Samsung’s folding phone could be a blueprint of the future
Samsung has unveiled a folding phone that doubles as a tablet, which the Korean company hailed as the biggest development in smartphones in a decade.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, which was launched alongside four other smartphones on Wednesday evening, functions as a typical smartphone but can be unfolded to a second 7.3-inch touchscreen.
The device, which will be released in April, will cost at least $1,980 (£1,516), making it by far the most expensive smartphone on the market.
It is the first of its kind from a major smartphone company, with Samsung claiming the device “answers sceptics” who claim that innovation has dried up in the industry
Samsung also unveiled the latest version of its flagship smartphone line, the Galaxy S10, releasing three models that cost between £669 and £1,099.
The phones – the cheaper S10E, the S10 and the S10+, feature a fingerprint scanner embedded within the touchscreen and three rear cameras that allow for wider-angle photos.
The smartphone-maker also teased its largest phone yet, the S10 5G, which offers 6.7 inch display and promises to be the future of smartphone connectivity. The phone will be available later this year, when 5G networks, that offer faster mobile data connections, come online.
The company is hoping 5G support will give it a leg up over Apple, which is not expected to unveil a 5G phone until next year. All these devices are capable of wirelessly charging other Samsung phones and accessories.
Phone makers have spent years attempting to develop flexible touchscreens that allow devices to fold in two, answering consumers’ demands for ever-bigger phone screens, without sacrificing portability. Several manufacturers are now working on their own foldable phones, hoping the technology will breathe life into a saturated smartphone market.
“The Galaxy Fold breaks new ground not just because it defines categories. It breaks new ground because it answers sceptics, who say that everything has been done, that the smartphone is a mature category in a saturated market,” Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh said. “We are here to prove them wrong.”
Samsung said folding the phone out into a bigger-screened version will allow multi-tasking features such as split-screen apps and better video watching.
However, the high price of the device means it is likely to sell in small numbers. Some versions are likely to sell for more than $2,000, just 18 months after Apple introduced the first $1,000 17 months ago.
The presentations are winding down, and Samsung has left us with their vision of the future in their latest commercial featuring the classic song made famous by Doris Day.
But there’s more to come, keep up to date with the latest Samsung news here and follow @JamesTitcomb on the ground as he elbows everyone out of the way for a first look at the folding phone.
Samsung’s 5G phone
The Galaxy S10 5G is being introduced with a fanfare – a 6.7 inch display that promises to be the future of smartphone connectivity.
This is the biggest screen on a Galaxy device. It comes with a 25-watt charger, so it will charge a lot faster. It has a 3D depth-sensing camera.
Verizon customers will be the first to receive the handsets.
New smartwatch with a full week’s charge
Samsung’s new Galaxy watch features a battery that lasts up to a week and can continually analyse your stages of sleep – this is a huge part of the company’s push into healthcare.
They include heart monitors and “continuous stress tracking when life gets overwhelming”.
Galaxy Buds with Bixby
Samsung has just launched wireless, Apple-style earbuds. Hot take from the Samsung stage: “They are so cool”.
They feature a high efficiency chip set for which allows for 5 hours of calls on a single charge. They are also Bixby-enabled, so you can interact with them remotely and give them instructions (and why wouldn’t you?). They will be available from March.
Incidentally, Bixby can now apparently tell the difference between the Queen’s English and English from Queens (cue laughter from stage). Samsung’s AI assistant also understand three different languages.
S10 price starts at £799 and will be available from March 8
The Samsung Galaxy S10 will start at £799, up to £999. The S10 Plus will start at £899 with a £1,099 version. The S10E will begin at £669.
You can find pre-order details on the Samsung Galaxy S10 here.
Samsung bets on Instagram feature with the S10
The S10 presentation featured Instagram chief executive Adam Mosseri, who presented an “Instagram mode” that will allow users to quickly post any photo onto the social media site.
Of course, there was a rather awkward selfie on stage with DJ Koh….
Here is everything you need to know about the new S10
Matt Field has gone through all of the bells and whistles of the new phones here – here are the highlights and how they differ from the S9.
First photos of the Samsung S10
Here’s the S10
The S10 introduction has come hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. But what does it bring to the table? Read Matthew Field’s guide to the new devices to find out more.
Forget the £1,000 smartphone.
“Samsung just announced the price of the fold – $1,980 and up – and the crowd here literally went ‘ooooooooh'” like a pantomime,” says James Titcomb.
The era for smartphone innovation is not over
Samsung chief executive DJ Koh said that the company will prove critics wrong with the lineup of products and services launched this evening. He said:
“The Galaxy Fold breaks new ground not just because it defines categories. It breaks new ground because it answers sceptics, who say that everything has been done, that the Smartphone is a mature category in a saturated market, we are here to prove them wrong”
“Today marks a new beginning, a shift.
“The next decade of progress and innovation. I am excited by what we have achieved, but I am even more excited by what we have enabled.”
Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price and availability
The new device will cost $1,980 (£1,516) and will be available from April 26.
Six cameras, but kind of clunky
Galaxy Fold: the specs
The new Galaxy Fold has a 9nm processor and 12GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market (and ever). It has 512GB of on board memory. Because the phone folds up like a tablet from essentially two “smartphone” bodies, it has a dual battery, one in each side of the device that link together.
Samsung has claimed that the Galaxy Fold will fit in the palm of the hand when it’s folded.
Galaxy Fold, revealed
It’s here – within a couple of minutes of the launch, we’ve seen the first official photo of the foldable phone. The first official description is “It’s gorgeous”.
Samsung has called the new device part of a “whole new category” and confirmed the name: Samsung Galaxy Fold – with a 7.3-inch folding infinity display that folds the phone out into a tablet.
Samsung says it has invented a whole new hinge system with “multiple interlocking gears” that are hidden away.
And… here we go
It’s kicked off in San Francisco, with some distinctly creepy music. It looks like they are starting with the folding phone…
We’ve been stuck in a camera race, Peter Jarich of analyst firm GSMA Intelligence argues, as smartphone makers have struggled to stand out with a “series of black rectangles”.
“If you’re trying to convince people to buy, then foldable is the way to go, ” he says. “This is all taking place at the same time as 5G. Will this have 5G? Doubtful.”
Could Samsung launch the iPhone killer?
Samsung’s launch today could provide the smartphone market with a much-needed jolt this year. In January, Samsung was forced to issue a profit warning as sales fell 11pc and profits dropped dropped 29pc on the back of slowing phone and chip sales; just days after Apple chopped its sales forecast due to an economic slowdown.
So can the S10, a foldable phone or a 5G device turn the tide? One market analyst told us this evening that the smartphone market is so competitive that Samsung can’t afford not to try. “What if this were the next big thing and they missed out on it?”
Live from San Francisco
James Ticomb (@jamestitcomb) is up and running from the launch in San Francisco. First thoughts?
“Samsung has to pull off the trick of convincing us that the S10 matters and is worth buying, and that phones these days are so boring that you need one that folds in half.”
A folding phone is on the cards
Rumours ahead of the launch included a foldable phone, nicknamed Samsung Galaxy X or Galaxy F (for fold), which was teased back in November. It would be a first for the technology company and could be a game-changer in the smartphone market.
Why foldable phones are the next big thing
But that’s not all. Several rivals are rumoured to be launching 5G smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month, which could prompt Samsung to release a rival product today.
Here’s what we know so far
Samsung’s main new phone tonight is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S10. It is due to feature some “very significant” design changes, according to Samsung’s mobile chief executive DJ Koh. You can read all the rumours here – but we’re expecting more cameras, more memory and a larger display.
Mercedes-Benz delivered 180,539 vehicles to its customers worldwide in January (-6.7%).
The second-best start to a year for sales was influenced by important model changes in the high-volume SUV and compact-car segments.
In particular, the model change of the B-Class, CLA and GLE, each with a double-digit sales decrease, had a negative impact on total unit sales worldwide despite the ongoing high demand for the cars with the star insignia.
From today’s perspective, the company expects the model changes to affect deliveries in the first quarter.
With a high degree of probability, the full year will be affected also by exogenous challenges and geopolitical risks, the company announces in its global sale report for January.
A member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz cars marketing and sales, Britta Seeger, said “With more than 180,000 vehicles delivered, Mercedes-Benz has started the year 2019 with the second-best January ever”.
“With the B-Class, the CLA and the GLE, we look forward in the coming months to the new generations of models very popular with our customers and expect the model offensive in our high-volume segments to provide significant sales impetus”.