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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stuck in a Creative Rut? Bust Out of Your Daily Routine

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Here’s an odd truth: The very routines that make your day bearable are killing your creative capacity.

We all rely on thousands of daily routines to navigate our basic tasks: the order of our morning routines, the clothes we choose to wear, the place where we buy our morning coffee, the route we drive to work, the people with whom we eat lunch, and so on.

The result? Decreased creative thought. The more we rely on our automatic processes, the less we are actually thinking something through; there’s no real opportunity for new insight.

But you can change that.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, October 13, 2014

Use Online Groceries to Care for Far-Away Family Members

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to give you ideas and inspiration for using online services like grocery delivery to help you care for family members who live far away.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 29, 2014

Get Alerts when Amazon.com Prices Drop

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The prices on the massive shopping site Amazon.com are always fluctuating.

So this week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you a great site that monitors the prices for you, and can alert you when something you want drops to the price you’re willing to pay.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 22, 2014

It's OK to Use Multiple To-Do Apps — Like Wunderlist and TeuxDeux

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If you’re like most people, you’re always on the hunt for the perfect app—the one that does everything. The one that will finally replace all your other apps that do … well, almost everything.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m here to take the pressure off. It’s perfectly OK to use multiple apps that do almost the same things. I’m going to show you how I use three apps to manage my daily to-dos.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 15, 2014

Migrating Your Documents to Google Apps

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how you can migrate over to Google Apps—specifically, how you can start using the cloud-storage app Google Drive and work with your documents within it.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Boost Productivity: Hold Typing Contests at Work!

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Ever since we started developing our Typing Fundamentals course, several of us in the Business segment at lynda.com have been holding group typing tests to compete for highest words per minute. (The record is 92 words per minute; can you top it?)

My working hypothesis has long been that quick typing is a key differentiator for the folks who get the most done at work.

By David Rivers | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Students! 3 Time-Management Tips for Staying on Track

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There’s a motto I value and it can really help students who are in the midst of another school year: “Manage your work; don’t let it manage you.”

Of course, this is much easier said than done. That’s why I’d like to share these time-management tips to help students stay in control, reduce stress levels, and enjoy a happier school year!

By Jess Stratton | Monday, August 25, 2014

Get Your Google Calendar by Email Every Morning

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In many online calendar apps, such as Google Calendar and Outlook.com, you can get a daily email of all your appointments for the day. It’s one email, and it contains a digest view of your entire day.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you what the email looks like, and how to enable the feature in both Google Calendar as well as Outlook.com.

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