How many times have you had a task that you know you have to do, but you put it off anyway. And the next day, you put it off again. After a couple of days, it starts to become a huge backlog of work. What starts out as a simple task, quickly snowballs into a mountain of work all for one reason: procrastination. Procrastination is the bane of any worker’s existence, but it can be especially detrimental to those of us who work from home. Without the threat of bosses or coworkers peeking over our shoulders or remarking on how
Communication is one of the most challenging aspects of working in an office.Email is one of the biggest threats to time-management and effective communication can make or break a team project. And yet, effective communication can drastically affect not only your department’s performance and morale, but your own career as well. Your communication skills can mean the difference between being promoted or made project leader, or it can mean getting passed over yet again. How can you better communicate with your coworkers and managers? Use these strategies to make your office relationships run smoother and improve overall productivity.
If you’re anything like us, you spend a lot of time on your smartphone. We carry our smartphones with us everywhere. We play games, we talk to friends, we date, we find great places to eat, we track our sleep patterns — there’s virtually no area of our lives that isn’t affected or enhanced by our smartphones. So why shouldn’t they also improve our work life? For those of us who freelance or telecommute, working from home is a dream come true. Unfortunately, it can also be a real drag when you realize it has been days since you
Whether we work in an office or from home, we all struggle to keep our focus and get things done. Our lives are busier than ever and it’s easy to get distracted or bogged down in details or pointless emails. Productivity advice abounds in the blogosphere. In fact, there’s so much advice out there that sifting through it all can take hours — that is definitely not productive. Luckily for you, we’ve distilled the mountains of productivity advice out there into three simple tips that you can put into action today. Carve Out A Work Space If you’re working from home, having a space
For many, working from home is a dream come true. You can set your own hours, spend time with family, and every day is casual Friday. But as any telecommuter or freelancer knows, there are downsides to working from home as well. As soon as you sit down to work, your home office becomes a sandpit of distractions and noises, and before you know it, you’ve wasted an hour of your day checking Facebook or adjusting your monitor to the optimal shade of brightness. To top it all off, many of us are left to fend for ourselves when it