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Apr 16, 2020. 1 comments

Improve Your Work-From-Home Morale With Group Slack Breaks

Improve Your Work-From-Home Morale With Group Slack Breaks

One of the struggles of working from home—something many more of us are doing for the first time—is a constant pressure to be present. Your Slack dings, and you feel a nagging sense of guilt if you can’t contribute an answer or participate in a discussion. Conversely, it’s easy to get annoyed when people aren’t being responsive with you.

Even though it’s easy to slack off when working from...

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Mar 17, 2020. 12 comments

You Don't Have to Be Productive Right Now

You Don't Have to Be Productive Right Now

Isaac Newton did some of his best work during a plague year, we’re told. Shakespeare may have turned to sonnets when the theaters were closed. And now everyone you know is working on some kind of project while they’re working (or not) from home. But you know what other option you have? Not doing any of that.

Staying home while businesses close all around you and the number of infected people...

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Mar 13, 2020. 18 comments

How to Make It Look Like You're Working From Home When You're Not

How to Make It Look Like You're Working From Home When You're Not

I’ve been working from home for a number of years now, and there are few things more satisfying than being able to do your laundry and get work done instead of having to waste your precious evening hours on chores. It’s the one silver lining of the coronavirus—the hope that maybe, just maybe, some companies will relax their anti-WFH policies a bit and allow employees to take advantage of the...

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Mar 05, 2020. 6 comments

Be Prepared to Work From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Be Prepared to Work From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

If you woke up tomorrow to an email from your boss, announcing that the office was recommending everyone work from home to protect against coronavirus transmission, how much work would you be able to get done?

Let’s assume you have a laptop or computer that gives you access to documents and files that you’d created on your work computer, whether through a VPN or through tools like Google Docs....

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Mar 04, 2020. 12 comments

Know When to Stop Overdelivering at Work

Know When to Stop Overdelivering at Work

When I was in the early stages of my various careers—both as an executive assistant and later, when I retooled as a freelance writer—I was all about the overdelivery. I had read in some business book that the secret to becoming a valued employee was to always turn things around a little bit faster and a little bit better than expected. To go the extra mile, if you don’t mind the cliché.

And I...

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Feb 26, 2020. 3 comments

Take Notes That Can Be Understood Two Weeks From Now

Take Notes That Can Be Understood Two Weeks From Now

A lot of us already know the value of carrying around some kind of note-taking device, whether it’s old-fashioned pen-and-paper or one of the bajillion smartphone apps designed to help us capture and organize our thoughts.

But capturing those thoughts, in most cases, isn’t enough. A good note isn’t just a quick jot-down of an idea or an action item. Note-taking, when done well, provides both a...

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Feb 23, 2020. 4 comments

Turn Down Future Opportunites That You Wouldn't Also Do Right Now

Turn Down Future Opportunites That You Wouldn't Also Do Right Now

We are all presented with new opportunities every day. Choosing which of those opportunities to say yes to can sometimes be a challenging task. That said, saying no to things that come along is an essential part of being successful. We can’t all do everything.

This week Inc posted some advice from Wired founder Kevin Kelly on when to say no, affectionately called “the immediacy filter.”

“One of...

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Feb 21, 2020. 6 comments

How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Desk to Avoid Aches and Pains

How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Desk to Avoid Aches and Pains

You’re probably sitting wrong. Or, at the very least, you could be sitting better. In the video above, ergonomics consultant and occupational therapist Ellen Kolber showed me how I could improve my desk set up to avoid the constant neck and back pains.

I do a lot of sitting for my job. At least 4-6 hours of my day are spent sitting at my desk, and that has definitely started to take a toll on...

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Feb 21, 2020. 2 comments

Ask Yourself This Question Before Taking On a New Time Commitment

Ask Yourself This Question Before Taking On a New Time Commitment

The next time someone asks whether you want to take a class or join a committee or be part of their new book club, don’t reply based on the assumption that you’ll find a way to make room for this time commitment in the future.

Instead, ask yourself whether you’d be able to say yes to this new opportunity if it were taking place tomorrow.

If tomorrow is already so full of responsibilities and...

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Feb 21, 2020. 6 comments

Keep Work-Related Apps Off Your Phone

Keep Work-Related Apps Off Your Phone

Does your phone continue to show you work-related email or Slack notifications even after your workday is over? Do you feel compelled to open those apps when you see the notifications, just to make sure you haven’t missed anything important—and then do you feel compelled to respond right away, even if the message can wait until the next day?

I’ve tried to ward off that kind of behavior by...

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Feb 18, 2020. 15 comments

Use Your 'Commute Time' When You Work From Home

Use Your 'Commute Time' When You Work From Home

If you work from home, you’ve probably read every tip you can get your hands on for optimizing your workday. And I’m sure you know all the big ones:

set a schedule , shower and get dressed, don’t eat at your desk, get some exercise .

Big yawn, OK? I’ve been working from home for at least part of the week for almost 10 years. It takes a lot for remote work productivity tips to impress me.

But I...

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Feb 13, 2020. 7 comments

How to Block Out the World When You're Trying to Work

How to Block Out the World When You're Trying to Work
Loner WeekLoner WeekCalling all loners! Dining alone, gaming alone, traveling the world alone... there's a lot to be said for enjoying the finer things in life solo. It's Loner Week at Lifehacker, and we've got hacks for every possible way to make the most of the world as a party of one.

Sometimes, you want to be alone, but your coworkers, pets, or kids won’t go away. Goodbye, productivity....

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Feb 12, 2020. 2 comments

How to Force Yourself Off Your Computer

How to Force Yourself Off Your Computer
Loner WeekLoner WeekCalling all loners! Dining alone, gaming alone, traveling the world alone... there's a lot to be said for enjoying the finer things in life solo. It's Loner Week at Lifehacker, and we've got hacks for every possible way to make the most of the world as a party of one.

Whether we’re not paying attention or we just don’t want to deal with the world, we all have those moments...

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Jan 27, 2020. 13 comments

Throw a 'Do Something You've Been Avoiding' Party for 10 Minutes

Throw a 'Do Something You've Been Avoiding' Party for 10 Minutes

What’s that one nagging item that keeps rolling over from week to week on your to-do list? Mending the seam on your favorite shirt? Cleaning off your desk? Filing a month’s worth of mail?

You can probably do it in just 10 minutes. And if you have a buddy to work with, maybe you’ll finally stop avoiding that task.

This tip comes from OkieSpaceQueen on Twitter, who shared the productivity power...

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Jan 22, 2020.

Before Downloading, Ask Yourself How Much Time a New App Will Take Out of Your Life

Before Downloading, Ask Yourself How Much Time a New App Will Take Out of Your Life

I’m not on TikTok. Not even as a casual observer. Nor do I spend much time on Instagram or Facebook, these days. I do maintain a Twitter account, though

at this point it’s write-only ; I’m also part of both a professional and a social Slack, and in the latter case I deliberately limit myself to only a few of the available channels.

Of all the streaming media services out there, I’m only...

Jan 18, 2020.

Rest Can Be Just as Productive as Work

Rest Can Be Just as Productive as Work

We already know that we need a certain amount of rest, every day, to maintain our health and prevent burnout. But a lot of us don’t take that rest, even if we desperately need it, because we feel like we ought to spend our time being “productive.”

Well. Turns out one of the top productivity experts advises the exact opposite.

A recent Inc. article cites Laura Mae Martin, Executive Productivity...

Jan 17, 2020. 1 comments

Only Check Email When You Have Time to Respond

Only Check Email When You Have Time to Respond

You may already know that I’m in favor of batching administrative tasks like email. Unless you have the type of job where your primary task is to stay on top of an inbox, there are a lot of advantages to setting boundaries around when you look at your email and when you keep the app closed and the notifications turned off.

(The biggest advantage, of course, is that you can use the time you’re...

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Jan 16, 2020. 2 comments

Your Workspace Needs an Analog Clock

Your Workspace Needs an Analog Clock

If you’re struggling with time management at work, you might benefit from a clearly visible analog clock.

Why? Because although digital clocks are very good at telling us what time it is, they are less good at illustrating how much time has passed—and that can be an issue for people who have trouble pacing their work throughout the day or hitting mid-day deadlines.

How to Tell Time

“Took me...

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Jan 11, 2020. 4 comments

How to Curb Your Twitter Addiction

How to Curb Your Twitter Addiction

Every year, for at least the past four years, I have resolved to spend less time on Twitter.

This year, after trying and testing many different ways of avoiding the site (including an electric shock bracelet), I think I’ve finally got it figured out.

If you also want to stay off Twitter this year, here’s what I’ve learned—and what I can recommend.

Stop Twitter From Randomly Refreshing Your...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Jan 09, 2020. 6 comments

Preserve Data From Your Apps on a Spreadsheet

Preserve Data From Your Apps on a Spreadsheet

I use a lot of different tools and apps to manage both my workflow and my personal life: Airtable for scheduling, Toggl for time-keeping, YNAB for budgeting, RescueTime for productivity tracking, Fitbit for health tracking, and Exist to sync and synthesize the data I get from my other apps and draw correlations between activities and habits. (Believe it or not, Exist reports that I get more...

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