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Provide Foolproof Instructions

When staffers follow instructions correctly the first time, their productivity soars and your
frustration level drops. Continue reading

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Jump on the Productivity ‘Treadmill’

Pushing for productivity gains is like pushing for results with exercise. You must log treadmill time every day, and if you don’t track your progress, you’re unlikely to improve. Continue reading

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5 simple ways to deal with workplace stress

An article in The Wall Street Journal last week described some of the programs employers are investing in to help workers deal with workplace stress, which it notes ranks just behind financial worries as the top cause of stress. One program involves a daylong retreat and two-hour sessions every week for two months to learn “mindfulness-based stress reduction” … Continue reading

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Do it on your time

I love the practice of shifting when I do things to save time and avoid hassles. When I was a freelancer, I arranged my schedule so that I could do the grocery shopping on a weekday morning and steer clear of the frantic after-work rush during the week or the Saturday shopping frenzy. These days I shop early Sunday morning or on a weeknight after dinner, whenever possible … Continue reading

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Cut your email volume by 75%

Last Monday morning, as my colleague Catherine was starting a weeklong vacation, I came across an interesting infographic that I thought she would like to add to one of our Pinterest boards. I copied the URL for the image, pasted it into a blank email with a brief note and didn’t send it … Continue reading

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Small change, big results: Jump to a folder

Recently I learned a keyboard shortcut that makes it a snap to access the folders and documents that I use frequently. After creating a desktop shortcut, you can create your own keyboard shortcut to open it on top of all your open windows … Continue reading

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Remember like a goldfish

July 2 was “I Forgot Day,” so vow to make that the last forgetful day of the year. With training, you can expand the parameters of your memory and avoid those embarrassing moments when you forget an important name or detail. Make these tips a part of your daily routine … Continue reading

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