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How to Unplug for the Holidays

rookiefreelancing1Anyone doing a digital detox for the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. We’re going to try to at least limit our usage somewhat but now that we think about it, we don’t have a concrete action plan.

Lucky for us, the folks at Mashable created one. Incorporating a variety of strategies into their game such as “internet eraser” and “the login liquefier,” there’s one that truly resonated with us.

Yes, the “workaholic’s withdrawal.”  Read more

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How to Handle a Technologically Challenged Boss

Ever have a boss who’s a little slow on the technology uptake?

Maybe he or she can’t exactly draft an email without taking half an hour or perhaps he or she’s always the slowest to learn the new voicemail system that’s being implemented.

Well, you’re not alone if this has happened to you and according to today’s New York Post, there are ways to tactfully help without being disrespectful.  Read more

Chief Executive Bans Internal Emails for One Week, Productivity Surges!

Shayne Hughes, chief executive of Learning as Leadership did the unthinkable. He announced to his staff that all internal email was forbidden for an entire week!

Here’s why: Realizing internal emails equate to 50 to 75 percent of all traffic, reviewing, responding and managing, they consume large chunks of time for employees.

Plus, in a Forbes post Hughes argues it’s not even the best medium for communication. Read more

New Study Reveals Constantly Checking Emails Increases Stress & Reduces Focus

A new study published by the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California – Irvine revealed that being cut off from email during the work day reduces stress levels and focus.

This merely adds further proof as to how distracting (and dare we say addicting?) it is to constantly check your in-box and smart phone.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the U.S. Army asked subjects to stop checking messages at work. Keeping in mind it was a rather small study with 13 subjects in total, employees without email access reported they felt better about doing their job and staying on task. Plus, there were less interruptions throughout the day. Here’s the scoop… Read more