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The Productivity Issue

Kick off the new year right with everything you need to be more productive each day, including advice, techniques, and apps.

Productivity means many things to many people—maybe it's an app or a vacation to hit the reset button or a cloud-based platform that lets you instantaneously share things with the press of a button.

We sent out a call to the most productive people we know to share their secrets of success. Here's the best advice to get your new year off on the right foot:

11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People
Need something to light a fire under you in the new year? Here's your match.

How To Outsource Your Most Dreaded Tasks
If a task has you wringing your hands, there is a solution—don't do it. Here's how to move the things you hate off your plate in the name of productivity.

How To Set Goals That Will Keep You Fulfilled And Focused
Goals aren't just a to-do list. When you set them properly, goals can motivate you to be more productive and give you a greater sense of purpose.

For Successful People, Planning The Weekend Is Just As Important As Planning The Week
You deserve a great weekend. Here's how to plan ahead so you can relax and revitalize yourself for Monday.

Your Weekend Has 60 Hours—Here's How To Wring The Most Out Of Them
Do your weekends fly by too fast? Craft weekends that are memorable, relaxing, and productive with these 10 tips from productivity expert Laura Vanderkam.

The Most Productive Way To Meet Your Company’s Goals This Year: Choose Just One Word
There’s a better way than numbers and goals to refocus your company and motivate your employees. All it takes is one word.

Increase Your Productivity With 2 Questions
Half the battle is knowing what to do and what not to do. Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink, shares the two questions she asks herself to distinguish a good idea from a bad one.

GTD! Q&A With "Getting Things Done" Author David Allen
Personal productivity guru and popular author David Allen, the guy behind Getting Things Done, talks with Fast Company readers about how to get more done with less stress.

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  • Ian Gertler

    Great post, Erin! 2013 will be a catalyst for the transition from mere social consumption and promotion to social collaboration for people to get connected, get organized and get things done with the groups in our lives -- both personally and professionaly.

    Privacy and productivity will continue to become increasingly important focus areas and hot topics for debate, as we aim for social with a purpose. These trends started to emerge more heavily at the conclusion of 2012 (Instragram and Facebook challenges, time-wasting vs productive apps, the continuation of email overload and overall anti-collaborative norms of doing things that often derail momentum and success).

    These trends have become symblic, especially as existing social collaboration efforts within enterprises have gained traction for initial adoption -- but many still hover at lowe percentages of organization-wide use and engagement. 2013 will propel cloud-based platforms and mobile accessibility, but purpose and privacy will take a grander stage -- whether it's using these platforms for enterprises, small businesses, busy parents with various activities for the family or non-profit organizations enhancing their processes and results.

    Full disclosure: I joined the team recently and believe this impressive team is addressing many of these challenges and needs. If you check Kona out, please let me know your thoughts and how it compares to some of the other highlighted social collaboration and productivity resources you use. You can also reach me directly on Twitter at too. Happy New Year, folks!

  • Scott DeFusco

    At this time every year, there is a lot of focus on setting person goals and increasing your personal productivity, which is a good thing.  However, when you think about the broader goals you want to accomplish in life, many involve getting things done with the people in your life, both at work and home.  With, we've focused on helping you be productive personally as well as with the many groups you work with in your life.  So give it a shot.  It's free and thousands of people from around the world are already getting more done with the people in their lives.