Workplace Productivity

24 Google Calendar Settings to Turn it from Chaotic to Calming – Productivity Article

There are few workday tools people use more than their calendars. Tools like Google Calendar act as a gatekeeper for your attention—broadcasting when you’re available or when you’re busy.In fact, one of the most common pieces of advice we hear from time management experts is to schedule every aspect of your day. As ‘America’s organizing queen’ Julie Morgenstern, told us:“A to-do that isn’t connected to a ‘when’ rarely gets done. So don’t have a separate to-do list from your calendar.…

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Expert Advice For When You’re Overwhelmed – Productivity Article

We all go through periods of feeling lost, confused, and overwhelmed at work. And who wouldn’t want an expert or trusted friend to pop in at that very moment and right the course?Unfortunately, few of us get that kind of personalized attention. Instead, we continue to make many of the same mistakes over and over. But what if it didn’t have to be this way?This got us thinking about a specific question: What would the experts tell you if they…

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Context switching is killing your productivity (here’s what to do about it) – Productivity Article

Most people wear a lot of hats every day. Your title might be “senior developer” but you’re also “pseudo-project manager,” “part-time designer” and “chief of inbox relations.” In our own research, we found that software developers spend just 41% of their time each day doing… well, software development.Yet, the problem isn’t just that we wear many hats, but that we try to wear them all at once.Most of us spend our days jumping between tasks and tools. In fact, one study found most…

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Distracted? Overwhelmed? Use this method to fight workplace distractions – Productivity Article

If you feel like your attention is being pulled in a million directions each day, you’re not alone. In fact, our research found that only 10% of people say they feel in control of how they spend their days. From emails to chat, notifications and all the other workplace distractions, it’s surprising we have any time for focused work.Yet, while it’s easy to place the blame on the pings and dings of apps and tool, they’re only part of the…

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How to manage your emails and master your inbox – Productivity Article

Does the mere sight of your inbox cause you to sweat? You’re not alone. In 2017, technology research firm The Radicati Group estimated 132 billion business emails are being sent per day!Most people deal with some form of email overload. In fact, when we looked at the communication patterns of 50,000+ RescueTime users, we found that most people check their inbox or chat app every 6 minutes.Yet despite being one of the most commonly used workplace tools, few people think…

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How employee monitoring software backfires – Productivity Article

It’s increasingly common for companies to use employee monitoring software to track their team when they’re on the clock. And on some level, it makes sense. When your employees know you’re watching them, it could mean they waste less time and are more productive. But is that actually the case?Unfortunately, not. Numerous studies indicate that trust is a substantial factor in employee productivity. But how can your team feel trusted when you’ve got eyes on them 24/7?There’s a delicate balance between…

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We asked 700+ workers how to write a professional email – Productivity Article

Despite being one of the main things we spend our time on, few people are ever taught how to email. And you can probably tell.While some people shoot from the hip with reckless ‘reply all’s’ and a lack of formal language, other emails sound like letters from the frontline of WWI. (Dearest X, I hope my email finds you well. It has been a fortnight and I still have not received your latest status report…)Language aside, what’s often worse than…

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5 team communication strategies for better collaboration – Productivity Article

Like every healthy relationship, your team lives and dies by its ability to communicate. Open and effective team communication keeps projects moving, co-workers happy, and ideas flowing. But there’s a dark side to team communication not too many people talk about. Over the past decade, time spent on communication tools like Slack, Zoom, and Teams has skyrocketed by 50% or more. And while more communication sounds like a good idea, it quickly eats into what little time we have to focus…

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The worst workplace distractions aren’t your phone, email, or social media – Productivity Article

“Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook,” wrote psychologist William James. Unfortunately, if this is the case then few of us can honestly say we’re wise. Knowing where to allocate our attention has become the great challenge of our lives. And we’re not making it any easier by exposing ourselves to so many distractions. Many of us fight distraction every day without really examining what’s distracting us and why. But if we want to focus on meaningful, productive…

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