Read a book an hour

Do you sometimes feel it takes too long to get to the good stuff from a business or self-help book? I do.

Sometimes the great ideas are just surrounded by waffle. Blinklist cures this problem in a handy app that is for both iPhone and Android. Blinklist will allow you to digest a book in a lunchtime. Blinklist cuts books and audiobooks down into short article or audio snippets that cover the key learning points from the text. It really is a beautiful concept. They have a wide range of titles.

Almost any decent non-fiction book will be on there. So why is this a life hack? You can use Blinklist to turbocharge your learning on a subject in a rapid time. Imagine having all the critical points from Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations read to you while on your commute to work? Or when you are eating lunch taking onboard the teachings of Anthony Robbins. Imagine what listening to all the best sales books would do for your daily calling and sales figures.

It may not be the entire book, but you get the best, juiciest bits. Blinklist does the hard work for you. You can find Blinklist in the App store or at https://www.blinkist.com

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You should take a proper lunch

So, did you take a proper lunch break today? Yesterday? Anytime in the last week? The depressing thing is that most people who work in offices in the 21st century just do not take time for lunch. It is a very sad indictment on the way we work and live. In Britain, according to the Telegraph newspaper, the average worker takes only a 34-minute lunch break, and for many, those 34 minutes are just scrolling through Facebook while eating at their desk.

Compare that with the Germans (who are by far more productive per hour than the average British worker) where an hour and a half is not unheard of, many employers still have a canteen where people actually sit down to eat together. That beats cat videos on Facebook.

Personally, I did the same until the power and miracle of a lunch hour were shown to me. Once I started working for myself and started taking lunch breaks (thanks to my partner making me) everything changed when it came down to the lunch hour. So what are the benefits of taking a lunch break away from your desk?

Social interaction with colleagues build bonds that help in the day-to-day team working of the business. It de-stresses and gives perspective by getting your mind on other things. Allowing your subconscious to do the rest. It is suitable for health – getting out of the office or going for a walk instead of sitting is right for you and will promote well being.

It invigorates your working as you are fresher for the afternoon. No carb crash – as you are not checking in a Boots meal deal into you month as quickly as possible before getting back to the phone you will not get the mid-afternoon carb crash as you will have eaten mindfully, slowly and probably less. So when it is your next lunch break, take it.   

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What is the Naked Recruiter for? Why I started the Naked Recruiter and a little about the book I have written

Overview, The Naked Recruiter, is proud to bring you the Life Hacks that will improve the running of your desk, your business, help you smash your sales targets and become the best recruiter you can be. All while getting a great night’s sleep.

We all know recruitment is one of the hardest, most challenging, mentally demanding careers out there. Many people do not make the grade. However, if you use our Life Hacks, then you will become less stressed, more productive and more successful. Why have we created 99 Life Hacks for Recruiters?

Recruiters need help to make their lives more comfortable and more fulfilling on a daily basis.

Much of the way that recruitment works are stuck in the dark ages of the 1980’s and 1990’s telephone sales business model. The telephone is always going to be king in recruitment, but why do we still do so many blind cold calls?

Why are so many recruitment companies so digitally naïve and why does recruitment not seem to be changing?   

Essentially these questions kicked off the entire Naked Recruiter website, and we are now trying to bring new thinking into recruitment via thenakedrecruiter.com and our Life Hacks series as outlined in this beautiful book

So who am I?

My name is Joseph Henry or Henry to my friends or much worse to my enemies. Don’t worry I do not have enemies as I am lovely really. I just said that to make an impact. My recruitment career started a decade ago after a brief stint working in insurance and then politics.

Since then I have worked for a big multinational executive search firm, a well know high street agency, a political services provider who also had a recruitment agency that I turned around, and now run my own business. As a hobby and creative outlet, I also write a popular blog called the Naked Recruiter.

What is a Life Hack?

Well, Wikipedia sums it up better than I ever could: “Lifehack (or life-hacking) refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. The term was primarily used by computer experts who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow in ways other than programming.”

For this book, I wanted to bring the spirit of the life hack into recruitment. Not to talk that much about cold calls, all recruitment books seem to talk about cold calls, but a whole myriad of ways that we as a recruitment community can get better, more productive and just a little bit sassier. I hope you enjoy the book.

If you have any questions, please email me at joseph@thenakedrecruiter.com

 

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Tidy that desk!

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Yes in this post I am going to sound a little bit like your mother, telling you to tidy your room.

However, tidying your desk will have a very positive impact on your working life. So please stay with me.

Having a tidy desk will make you more productive and will reduce your stress levels at the end of the day and the start of the next one. Why is tidying your desk a key element in productivity and stress reduction?

In part, it comes down to three core elements: Ritual Ending to the day: It creates an end of the day ritual, which when combined with some of our other Life Hacks will signal the end of stressful workday and begin a period of rest. Declutters your desk and mind: Reduces the friction when you arrive at your desk in the morning by removing everything that is not vital and putting it into the bin or into the right desk draw.

It leaves your workspace clean and increases mental focus in the morning on your to do list, and not clutter. Gives a sense of pride:

Your desk is the location you make real change happen in people’s lives, so having it look clean and professional will also help you feel clean, well organised and professional. With the added bonus that it will make you look professional and in control to your colleagues and managers.

This idea was inspired by the book about cleaning called the life-changing magic of cleaning

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Why you should use Chrome Plugins

 Research and Use Plugins Email is email right. Wrong.

Email with plugins can be brilliant, fantastic even. You can tell I am excited by all this! Why are plugins such a glorious thing?

Time-saving. Time-saving. Time-saving. Depending on which software packages you use and which email suite you have there are a whole host of plugins that can work wonders.

For instance, I use Zoho, which has a Gmail plugin that allows you to enter data straight into the CRM, saving loads of time and effort.

For GSuite I have used the Boomerang plugin that allows you to a time when you send an email and also stop emails coming into your inbox. On Outlook in the past, I have used the Bullhorn and Evernote plugins.

Google “Gmail Plugins” or “Outlook Plugins” to find some of the best plugins on the market.

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