Productivity

Master Back-to-School with These Productivity Apps

Today, thousands of children head back to school, and that means added strain on working parents. From remembering bus schedules and parent-teacher conferences to soccer practice and after school activities, keeping your children on schedule while maintaining your own schedule can be stressful. Staying productive and organized can be made a little easier with a few productivity apps. To ease …

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How to Stop Dreading Your Sundays

Do you find yourself dreading your Sunday, knowing that your weekend is quickly drawing to a close and yet another workweek is about to rear its ugly head? I know I’ve fallen into that mid-Sunday-afternoon malaise, as the fun-filled frivolity of Friday and Saturday gives way to thoughts of data-filled spreadsheets and encroaching deadlines. Central Desktop’s Adam McKibbin explored this …

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How to Get More Out of Your Workday

Recently, I have come to the conclusion that there are very few things worse than fighting a losing battle against your own eyelids. This can be especially frustrating while trying to get things done at the office. Getting a good night’ s rest is a solid start, but here are five additional healthy habits that will help propel you forward into a more …

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4 Tips For Becoming a Better Leader in Your Workplace

When you read this – LEADER What is the first thing that pops into your head? Wait, let me guess. You’re picturing someone in front of a crowd. They’re probably wearing a suit? Maybe you see the CEO of a public company. Obama? Taylor Swift? The Pope? An endless combination of different personal experiences and beliefs provides everyone with their …

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Tech-Free vs. Tech-Aided: Do Gadgets Belong in Your Meetings?

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In your next business meeting, look around. Is someone glancing at their smartwatch every minute, tapping on a smartphone, opening up email on a laptop or scrolling through Twitter on a tablet? The average worker now carries multiple devices with them at work, and those gadgets follow them everywhere, from the desk to meetings. However, not all companies agree on whether …

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Can Transparency Make Us More Collaborative?

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Committing to a collaborative business culture requires the abandonment of relics from yesteryear, like rigid departmental silos that keep team members in the dark about what’s happening on other teams—or sometimes even what’s happening in different areas of their own team. Traditionally, these silos also separate management from the huddled masses. In today’s forward-thinking businesses, these barriers are quickly breaking …

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Author Phil Simon Tackles Ineffective Workplace Communication in His Latest Book, ‘Message Not Received’

Author Phil Simon discusses Message Not Received

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of email you receive at work? Do you zone out in meetings when your colleagues start throwing out words like “synergy” and “action items”? Or, worse, are you yourself guilty of leaning on email and jargon as crutches to get you through your day? Be honest. We won’t tell anyone. For author Phil …

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Who Controls Your Workday? Choose When You Meet With Free/Busy

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You have the incredible ability, more than ever, to autonomously manage your time and choose the order of tasks in your workday—when you respond to emails, whether you tackle big or small projects first, when you stop to think and when you hunker down to work. And then, ping! It’s time to meet in 15 minutes. Workers independently shape their …

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Are Your Online Meetings Missing This Key Person?

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Hosting online meetings requires you to wear a lot of hats and juggle lots of moving parts, but if you constantly find yourself running out of time, losing engagement or getting off track, your online meetings may be missing this key person. Why You Need a Meeting Yoda How do you ensure your meetings stay on track? Assign a Yoda, …

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5 Ways to Manage Your Energy for Meeting Marathons

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Energy management is the new time management, empowering you to take breaks and choose when you work on certain tasks according to your natural ebb and flow. But sometimes your schedule is pretty much chosen for you by invitations to meetings. How do you manage your energy and productivity at work when you can’t choose your work flow and meetings last all day? Workdays Should …

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How Agenday Saved Me from a Bad Hair Day

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I’d like to think I’m a fairly organized person. At work, my desk is covered with Post-it® notes with lists of tasks at hand to keep myself in check. At home, life is pretty similar with grocery lists on the refrigerator, calendars of my work outs for the week, you get the point. I like to know what is ahead, …

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Should You Schedule a Meeting? A Flowchart Helps You Decide

Should You Schedule a Meeting

Wait a second, should you really hold that meeting? A simple meeting tool could help you determine, once and for all, whether your meetings are truly productive or a big waste of everyone’s time. Recently, Harvard Business Review shared a five-step flowchart, created by time management coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders, to help you decide if you should hold your next …

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17 Productivity Hacks From Top Marketers

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Like many of you, I tend to pile my plate high with to-do items, and am always keeping one eye open for new ways of tackling that workload more efficiently. How can we pack more accomplishments into our fleeting hours? As you are probably aware, productivity tips sometimes feel rather general or vague. We all know by this point that, …

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Wear Your Schedule on Your Wrist: Agenday Comes to Smartwatches

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If there’s one thing we at PGi pride ourselves on above all else, it’s our innovation. For over 20 years we’ve pioneered new communication and collaboration technologies with the same goal in mind: empowering businesses and workers with the solutions they need to drive better collaboration for better results. That’s why today I’m proud to highlight the latest product from the …

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[eBook] Unlock the Teamwork Dream in Your Organization

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Collaboration is everything to modern businesses, and one of the most important areas where collaboration shines is creating and connecting teams. Fostering effective teamwork is one of the keys to productivity and business success, but changing workstyles, evolving technologies and an increasing number of remote and flexible workers have created a dramatic shift in teamwork dynamics. Are you equipped to …

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5 Podcasts to Empower Your Productivity

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Once upon a time, I couldn’t imagine listening to anything other than music whilst battling the infamously clogged arteries of the Los Angeles freeway system. Then, unexpectedly and belatedly, I joined the cult of the podcast—so I read the following Central Desktop blog article from podcast aficionado Celine Roque with a lot of interest. Celine singles out five productivity-centric podcasts …

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How to Master the 15-Minute Meeting

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Do you find yourself finishing tasks just minutes before they are due? If you’re like most professionals, delivering projects ahead of schedule is a rare occurrence. Most project managers sweat every last detail, down to the minute and thank their lucky stars when it comes together just in time. Sound familiar? During a recent commute, I listened to And So …

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The Potential Perils of Automation

If, like me, you’ve recently binge-watched the British television series Black Mirror, you may find yourself dwelling on the dystopian dark side of technology. Plenty of real-world headlines contribute to the cause; most recently, it’s the worry that smart TVs are eavesdropping on your private conversations and reporting sensitive information to third parties. Is there inevitably a price tag attached …

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Boost Your Productivity with These 9 Scientifically Proven Tips

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Testing out productivity tips could practically be a full-time job in and of itself. In fact, Chris Bailey demonstrated as much, taking an entire year to conduct productivity experiments on himself and talk to as many productivity gurus as possible. Perhaps you’re always in search of quick productivity hacks but you don’t have quite the time or desire to try …

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Can Virtual Meetings Weatherize the Workforce?

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The cost of lost productivity during severe weather isn’t only a nationwide, economic concern but also a source of financial distress for individual businesses. However, can companies avert the loss of output during snow days with tools like telecommuting and virtual meetings? The Cost of City Shutdowns The economic impact of the latest U.S. blizzard, Juno, is still only a …

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