Personal Productivity

Do you feel lost and like you’re being pulled in too many directions?

Sometimes in life we feel disconnected, torn between our physical, emotional, and logical. Sometimes our emotions tell us to do something but logically we shouldn’t. Sometimes our logical side is telling us something has to be done, but physically we don’t feel like it. These conflicts within ourselves are very counterproductive.

How you can become more productive…

You have to try to manage yourself and make all your feelings, thoughts, and emotions work together. Of course, this is easier said than done. Getting enough sleep and eating healthy is one way to keep your mind and body healthy and energized, which can prevent tiredness. Also, make sure you have some time for yourself during your day. You need some time to relax or do something you enjoy to keep your emotional side happy. When you keep all these sides happy, you can then focus on one thing and use all these sides together to have an productive outcome.

Are you easily distracted or bad at time management?

Distractions are everywhere, phone calls, text messages, television, e-mails, Facebook. Distractions make it take longer to complete tasks. When things don’t get done on time we become stressed and it can be bad for your work reputation. You have to manage yourself to use your time efficiently and eliminate distractions.

How you can become more productive…

Try to control yourself. Don’t go on Facebook while you’re working, turn your cell phone off and only check your e-mail 2 or 3 times a day. You can also decide to only take phone calls and respond to e-mails during a certain time. Kind of like office hours. You may also think that multi-tasking is a good skill that allows you get multiple things done at once. However, when multi-tasking your only putting a small amount of effort into each thing. Productivity is all about focus and putting all of your energy into one thing at a time. Work on one thing at a time and don’t stop until it’s completed. When your task is completed take a break for an interruption. Then, refocus everything onto the next task at hand and do not lose focus until that task is completed. Multi-tasking can drain your energy, get you confused, and stress you out. Sometimes you may need to multi-task for a short period of time, but don’t try to do too many things at once. If you are unfocused and wasting time, that is probably why you are poor at managing your time. You will be amazed how much more time you have when you focus and eliminate distractions. You will get things done quicker and stop being late.

Does your life seem inconsistent and jumbled?

If everyday you’re rushing around doing things in different orders and forgetting to do things, then it’s probably time for some change. A little change can be a good thing especially a change to consistency. Habits and schedules are one way of being more consistent. They can also help you manage your time as well.

How you can become more productive…

Having a schedule and habits can help you get things in order with less disarray. If you don’t really have any habits, that is why you feel so inconsistent and jumbled. Choose one habit to start. It can be big or small. Your best bet, it to pick one that can affect you in a positive way and better help you achieve goals that you have. Starting a new habit can actually be kind of hard. First, you have to remember to do it every day. When you have the urge to just not do the new habit one day, try harder. If you skip some days, then you are continuing to be inconsistent. The whole point of starting a new habit is to use your willpower to create a habit that will help you stay on track. You want your habit to just starting happening naturally, without you putting much effort in to it. Give yourself a month to pick up this new habit of your choice. The next month, try it again choosing a different new habit and make sure you still do the previous habit. Also, you can try to create a schedule for yourself. It doesn’t have to be extremely specific, but it should consist of blocks of time for you to focus on a task to complete. You may have a schedule of working for an hour then taking a 10 minute break. Then, work for an hour, take a 10 minute break, work for an hour, take a 30 minute lunch, work for an hour, and so on. Each hour you should be focused on doing only one thing and completing it. After a break, the next hour should be spent focusing on and completing another task. A time schedule can make you much more productive.

Is your work desk disorganized and your home messy?

You may be trying so hard to be productive that you don’t really straighten up. You’re too busy working and making time for yourself that you don’t have extra time to spend on cleaning. You may be surprised to know that you would be more productive if you were organized.

How you can become more productive…

If you are messy, you’re probably wasting time looking for things. Wasting time is never a part of being productive. If you are organized, you will feel less stress and you will always be able to easily find anything that you are looking for. Clearing off your work desk can help clear off your mental desk. A lot of people may not even realize it, but if you live in a messy house it is sometimes harder to relax. It can become annoying to walk around things, and step over things, and search through piles of clothes for something to wear. Just start cleaning up. If you don’t need it, throw it away. If you need to keep it, organize it. Have your work desk clear. Organize any papers or anything that you have. If you will need to reference them in the future, come up with some type of filing system so that you can easily find them. You don’t have to go nuts and have everything perfect, but remove clutter and organize things to easily be found and you won’t waste time and energy trying to find misplaced things.

What a Lawyer Must Prove to Win a Product Liability Case

Thousands of injuries occur each year in the United States from defective or dangerous products. Victims of dangerous defective products have legal protection under product liability laws throughout the country. These laws govern the legal rules that determine who can be held liable for the defect or danger to consumers.

In general, products sold to the public are required to meet common expectations of consumers. When those products have an unexpected defect, common expectations of consumers are not met.

More than one party could be held liable for injuries that occur from consumer use of a defective product. This includes all sellers that are part of the distribution chain for making the product. Parties that are potentially liable for a defective product include the manufacturer, parts supplier, wholesaler and the retail store from which the product was purchased by the consumer.

The type of defect will determine who is responsible for a liability claim. All of the specifics related to a product liability case may differ among states. However, there are certain elements that a lawyer must prove to win a product liability case for his or her client. These elements include:

  • Injury and/or loss was caused by the product
  • Product was defective
  • Manufacturer’s error led to flaw in product
  • Manufacturer failed to warn consumers about potential dangers
  • Product was used correctly

Product Caused Injury and/or Loss

An actual injury or loss is a crucial element for a lawyer in proving a product liability claim. Specifically, the injury or loss must be a direct result of the product’s defect. In some cases, demonstrating the link between an injury and product defect is straightforward. In other cases, proving that the defect caused the injury or loss is not so easy.

For instance, a client was injured in a car accident while driving a vehicle prone to flipping over. If there is evidence that the client was speeding when the accident occurred, the manufacturer could argue that reckless driving – not the design of the vehicle – caused the accident.

However, a client could suffer third-degree burns when a brand new electric tea kettle explodes because of a hairline crack. The client did nothing out of the ordinary while using the tea kettle and could have a strong injury claim.

Product is Flawed Due to Manufacturer’s Error

In addition to proving that the product caused an injury or loss, the lawyer must also prove that the same product is defective. For some cases, the defect could be the result of a problem at the manufacturing plant. For others, the defect is within the product design, which means that the entire product line is dangerous for consumer use.

A lawyer might have a harder time proving that there was a flaw in the product design. The most likely scenario is demonstrating that an unreasonable design created the danger. However, a product that has potential danger is not automatically a judgment against the manufacturer or supplier when an injury occurs.

There are times when designing a product in a cost-effective or reasonable way is not feasible. Consider the potential dangers of vehicle air bags. While they can cause serious injury to a driver or passenger, they can also save lives in certain collisions. Car manufacturers would argue that when alternative outcomes are considered, air bags are not unreasonably dangerous.

Manufacturer Failed to Warn Consumers of Potential Dangers

Typically, a lawyer might have a better chance at proving an injury or loss occurred from a defective design when the average consumer is not aware of the dangerous quality. A ruling in such cases may depend on whether the manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the potential dangers. The manufacturer or supplier must show that instructions and warnings were reasonably sufficient.

In this case, a client might suffer third-degree burns from an electric tea kettle because the steam valve is concealed by some part of the product design. An average consumer would expect to find a visible spout from where steam is released. Instead, the steam valve is placed in an inconspicuous area, which strengthens a defective design claim.

Proving defective design is problematic if the tea kettle included bright red stickers printed with the word “caution” and the user manual included warnings about the steam valve position. The legal question now becomes whether the warnings were adequate.

Injured Client Used Product Correctly

Generally, the lawyer’s client must use the product correctly; that is, the way the manufacturer intended the product to be used. Continuing with the tea kettle example, an example would be if the explosion occurs when used to heat water for an outdoor kinds’ pool is not the intended use.

If the kettle explodes and causes burns, the lawyer may not be able to prove manufacturer liability. The manufacturer is not required to make the tea kettle safe for use with an outdoor pool.

However, this does not mean that use of every product must conform to the manufacturer’s specifications. The key is proving whether the average consumer would or would not use the product in the same manner as the client. If so, the lawyer has met the reasonable expectation of use requirement.

Winning a product liability case involves deciphering often complex circumstances and establishing a good legal theory. A lawyer who is knowledgeable of product liability law and the litigation process will craft a strategy to prove the case. An immediate investigation into the facts surrounding the case could expose obvious defective issues. Further, expert testimony is often essential in proving that a defective design caused an injury and/or loss.

Increase Your Personal Productivity – Tips to Ensure That Your Day Is Well Spent

Do you feel that you are unable to get enough work done even though you have very little time to spare at the end of it? If you feel completely overwhelmed by work then it is perhaps time for you to examine your personal productivity. The difference between successful people and those who are not is perhaps how they are able to make their time more productive. In fact, it is a well-known fact that overachievers are able to get more work done in the least possible time and they also have plenty of time left over for leisure.

Distractions are the biggest killers of personal productivity. They can happen whether one works at home or in an office and can take the form of telephone calls, text messages and increasingly, social networking sites like Facebook. If you examine your day you are bound to find many of these distractions that resulted in you spending a lot more time doing work than you really needed to.

If you are unable to deal with these distractions by exercising self-control then you ought to keep them as far away from you as possible. Switch off your internet connection if necessary. If you get a lot of phone calls then you should screen them for the really important ones. If the distractions are caused by people at office who just stop by for a chat then you should learn to politely deflect their attempts at conversation. You could always tell them that you will be available to chat during lunch or some other convenient time.

Even the way in which you do work might be eating into your productivity. If you are disorganized then you will very likely be scrambling from one task to the other without completing any. Always start your day (and preferably your week) with a proper schedule so that your time is well mapped out. Focus on the most important tasks first. If it is possible to delegate less important tasks then you ought to do that as well since this will save you a great deal of time.

You also need the right equipment in order to be very productive at work. Make sure that you know how to use technology effectively so that you can cut through your work. For instance, you could use your cell phone or any other hand held communication device to sort through your emails and also plan your day while you have some spare time. Your workstation should also be tidy and organized so that you do not waste time looking for things. Also, a tidy place will help ensure that your thoughts are orderly.

It is always good to get professional help if you feel that you still cannot get things under control. Join a training program that will help you increase your personal productivity or at least buy a tutorial on the subject. You will be very happy with the way in which your work output increases and also with the fact that you will have lots of time left over for leisure.