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By Suzanna Kaye | Thursday, June 18, 2015

The 4 Rules for Organizing Your Office with Piles (Not Files)

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The common belief is that to keep your papers and office organized you must have a detailed filing system: meticulously labeled file folders, a clean desk, etc.

But I’m going to tell you something a little controversial: It’s okay to pile your active papers. That’s right. Skip the files and keep the piles.

If you use this method of organizing your active files, though, you must pile with a plan. Let’s talk about how to use a combination of piles and files to keep your papers organized.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, June 03, 2015

6 Habits Guaranteed to Boost Your Productivity

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I was a really disorganized kid. My room looked like a war zone, my internal clock was always about 30 minutes late, and my life was a series of minor emergencies strung together by random chance. I spent so much time trying to keep up with my day-to-day responsibilities that my bigger life goals seemed completely out of reach.

By the time I hit my early twenties, the frustration of always feeling behind and overworked reached a breaking point, so I started searching for a solution. What I found were countless productivity philosophies and tools that promised to organize my life.

After years of trial and error I ended up distilling them all down to six helpful habits that keep me productive and on track.

By James Fritz | Saturday, May 23, 2015

In Presentations—as in Life—Have a Backup Plan

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“Be prepared” isn’t just a Boy Scout motto; it’s sound advice for everyone.

From having a backup bottle of ketchup in the cupboard to regularly backing up your computer data, having a contingency plan for the unexpected is always a good idea.

Here are a few ways where having a backup plan can really make a difference in your professional life:

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, May 03, 2015

50 Ways to Bust Through a Creative Block

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It happens to the best of us. You’re working on a project and suddenly—without warning—your creative well runs dry.

You’re stuck. Stranded. You’ve got nothin’.

Whether you’re writing a proposal, designing a layout, or mixing a song, we all hit a creative wall sometimes—even the expert authors at lynda.com. So we asked our authors what they do to get over a creative hump, and they shared the following 50 tips for busting out of a rut.

Take a shower. Help someone else. Dance to Metallica. And more.

Keep this list on hand for inspiration and motivation the next time a creative block jumps into your way. You can also watch Creativity Bootcamp on lynda.com for more help.

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unplug for Better Focus, Sleep … and Marriage?!

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We live in a world where things are constantly begging for our attention. Text messages, Snapchats, Tweets, and Hangouts are always drawing our focus away from the real world and towards the digital one.

The problem is that the more we become a slave to these “social” applications, the more unsocial we become in real life.

This always-connected way of life also has a harsh effect on our sleep cycles, which can lead to a wealth of other problems related to your health.

These are all reasons why I’ve instituted “quiet hours” at my house—times when I completely unplug from my devices. And life has never been better.

By Anson Alexander | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Three Reasons You REALLY Should Learn to Type

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Learning how to type properly may not be your top priority—but maybe it should be.

According to a study by technology market research firm The Radicati Group, the average number of emails sent and received per person per day will rise from 122 in 2015 to 126 in 2019.

Beyond that,  think of all of the instant messages you send, documents you compose and searches you perform on a daily basis.

The faster you can type, the faster you can complete all of these tasks—and the more productive you can be.

Here are three reasons you really should learn to type. (And just the type of training you need.)

By Gini Courter | Monday, April 27, 2015

Use Outlook Time Zones to Make Travel Easier

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As a frequent flyer, I rely on my Outlook calendar and its three travel-related tools to build and manage my travel schedule—so I’m not constantly taxing my jetlagged brain with time-zone math.

First, when I’m scheduling my work in another time zone, I display a second time zone on my calendar so I can accurately visualize my appointment times.

Second, I use the Time Zone feature to display the correct local time zone in all my travel-related appointments.

Finally, whenever possible, I download my travel appointments to my calendar.

These travel tools make it wicked easy to correctly keep tabs on time zones as you travel. Here’s how:

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, April 26, 2015

From Paper to Prezi, Tackle Your Project with Mind Mapping

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Whenever you start a new project or pursuit—whether it’s writing a paper, preparing a speech, or making a decision—one of the toughest hurdles is just getting your thoughts organized.

You often have many of the key pieces of information in your head, but you haven’t yet structured them into coherent thoughts. Or you might not yet have identified which pieces are missing.

An increasingly popular technique for organizing and planning a project, and one I’ve been using more and more frequently, is the practice of mind mapping.

I’m going to show you how to organize your ideas with mind mapping — using pen and paper, or software like Prezi.

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