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Meet the Mandated Vacation: TED.com’s Staff Takes Two Weeks!

flip flopsYou know how logging off is actually good for you? As in truly being out of the office, not checking messages whatsoever.

Well, the entire staff at TED.com is currently on hiatus through August. Let’s repeat that: The staff is on vacation until August!

We first read about this in Inc.com and simply had to explore it. For starters, their editor blogged about it and mentioned it’s seriously a productivity booster. And this is nothing new for their staff — the concept’s been around for the past five years. Read more

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How to Stay Energized on the Job During the Dog Days of Summer

Brown_Bag_LunchIf you live among heat and humidity, you’re not alone. It’s hard enough with sweltering temps (and if you’re in New York City like we are, the sauna-like subway platforms), right?

Well, that’s why we’re here to provide some reminders of ways to stay energized on the job. In another post we’ll tackle staying focused on the job search but for now, we’re all about living in the present. Whether you have a vacation coming up or just returned from one, it may be a little challenging staying focused on the job.

Thanks to this post we read on TheLadders, there are a few ways to stay focused and keep that energy up, up, up! Read more

It’s Confirmed! Study Shows Multitasking Just Doesn’t Work

multitaskingIf you’re reading this on a tablet while your mobile device is ringing and you’re secretly playing Words With Friends on your laptop, listen up.

According to a new study published in the journal Human Factors, multitasking is simply not effective. Here’s why: The average office worker is apparently interrupted six times an hour (six times!) and in turn, interruptions severely impact the ability to produce quality work. Read more

Three Reasons to Avoid Scheduling That Early Morning Meeting

bosstoclientIf you’re in the position to run a weekly meeting (or any meeting), raise your hand! Now, keep it raised if you think the best time to hold it is 8 or 9 a.m. Well, according to a Fast Company piece, you may want to think again.

1. Different times of the day have different opportunity costs. Per a white paper, energy levels during the day peak at 8 a.m. Yes, you read that right! Go time. By late afternoon, people start dragging. So, if you have a meeting at 8 a.m., you’re erasing the opportunity for productivity. Read more

Five Ways to Intentionally Goof Off

sneakerDid you read that right? Yes, you did!

By goofing off we mean ways to actually boost productivity. Instead of staring blankly at your computer screen with a looming deadline, it’s actually more productive to take a stroll around the block, brush your teeth or talk to a colleague and then return to the task at hand.

According to a piece on Forbes, goofing off (when done in moderation) is actually good for you. Here are some of their pointers… Read more

CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Biggest Productivity Killers at Work

mobile phonesHow many times have you sat at your desk immersed in thought only to be interrupted by a ringing phone?

Well, CareerBuilder conducted a recent survey which points to the biggest productivity killers at the office.

Conducted from February through March and over 3,000 full-time employees and 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals, the study uncovered culprits at the office. The biggest one? Personal use of technology. Read more

Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Meetings

successAre your meetings getting a little stale? Are they always a waste of time? According to a piece from Business Insider, there are a few ways to shake things up.

1. Meet outside the office! Remember in college when it was the first beautiful day you were able to persuade your professors to take class outside in the fresh air under a big oak tree? (Or no, maybe that was just us?) Anyway, switch up the scenery. Especially now that the weather is finally nicer in most parts of the country.

Even if you schedule a meeting and it ends up raining that day, think about all of the possibilities that exist outside the office — a coffee shop or local bar may do the trick and then managers can treat the team to a beverage. Read more

Want to Boost Productivity? Eliminate ‘Got a Minute?’ From Vocabulary

stop wasting timeYou know the drill. You’re sitting at your desk. Immersed in thought, it’s clear you’re processing information.

And then the inevitable happens. Your boss or colleague swings by your desk with the ubiquitous question, “Got a minute?”

Just like that your productivity, not to mention thoughts, are squandered. According to a piece in Fortune, this is typical. A recent study shows 70 percent of senior managers pointing to the overwhelmed employee who has interruptions constantly throughout the day. Read more

Want to Boost Your Productivity? Go Tech-Free & Embrace Stillness

no emailHave you ever felt busy but not productive? Like you’re sitting at your desk for several consecutive hours and yet nothing is getting accomplished?

Per a piece on Fast Company, there’s a strong case for sitting still. Being over doing, silence over noise.

For instance, the writer spent a month at an artist residency in Wyoming. In addition to living off a dirt road without cell phone service and spotty internet connection, she writes, “It was also a dream.”

The New Yorker initially looked at her phone and after a moment of panic she quickly realized that her phone was going to take on a new identity. Yes, it had morphed into a paperweight. Read more

Productivity Coach Advises Making Goals ‘Laughable’ & Easy

visionIf you’ve ever set challenging goals and set the bar too high, listen up.

According to a Business Insider piece, productivity consultant and coach Tiago Forte, says high achievers typically create a situation where failure is likely and it’s “terribly, terribly devastating.” Read more

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