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By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, January 26, 2015

Stop Junk Mail from Burying You at Home

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How many free address labels and calendars do you really need?

Nonprofit organizations are one of the prime contributors to the piles of junk mail we get at home every day. And although you may want to support a particular charity and its mission, most of us do not need the constant donation requests in our mailboxes.

In my free video tutorial Stopping unwanted junk mail, I offer lots of tips for reducing the amount of mail you have to sift through and recycle each day.

Here’s how to stop junk mail from charities, specifically:

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Standing Desk: Make Your Own and Save Money

Make this DIY standing desk by following these tips

Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? I think we all are. And it turns out all that sitting is very bad for us. It has to stop.

Fortunately there’s such a thing as a stand-up desk. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap.

Office furniture is expensive, and trendy office furniture is more expensive. Standing desks will always run you more than the sitting variety, and if you want one that lets you change the height back and forth from sitting to standing, you’ll have to shell out big bucks—which is not really an option for most of us.

So I came up with a better solution: I made my own.

By Suzanna Kaye | Friday, January 16, 2015

Stop Tracking Receipts — Use an Expense Manager App

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If you’ve ever had to submit an expense report or track receipts for your taxes, you’ve probably been frustrated by faded or lost receipts, as well as the tedium of compiling all the bits of information.

By taking your expense management paperless, you can save countless hours of expense tracking and get you back to the more important work in your day.

Using an expense management app like Expensify or ReceiptsPro, you can easily track all your expenses as they occur, categorize them, and save the receipt image. Even if you only track expenses for taxes, or if your company’s expense reports require their own format, these apps can save you a ton of time and energy.

I’ll show you how.

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, January 12, 2015

Cut the Clutter: 5 Ways to Go Paperless in 2015

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Imagine your office free of papers on the desk, and your file drawers almost empty. Yet you know exactly where to find all your important information; you can do it within seconds and with very little effort.

You’ve just imagined your paperless office.

The reason more offices aren’t paperless is because people simply don’t know where to start. If you’re ready to go paperless, or even just want to test the waters, here are the five essential areas to set up first.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, January 06, 2015

So You Want to Work From Home: Establishing Routines

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If you’re one of the millions of people who hope to work from home in 2015, we’ve got some tips for you.

Last week, we showed you how to set up your home workspace for maximum efficiency. Today in the second article of our Work From Home series, we’ll help you figure out how to structure your day.

Establishing routines will make all the difference between crazy days in which you get little done and productive days in which you accomplish a lot with few interruptions. Even a company that’s skeptical of work-from-homers has to appreciate productive workdays!

These are the three questions you should ask yourself when setting up your workday routines:

By David Allen | Saturday, January 03, 2015

Reduce Your Stress in 2015 by 'Getting Things Done'

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You can only feel good about what you’re not doing when you know what you’re not doing.

From my experience, a majority of the stress people feel comes not from too much to do, but from broken agreements with themselves. You can fool all the people all the time—but you can’t fool yourself for one second.

When you tell yourself you ought to do something, and you don’t do it, then you suffer the slings and arrows of self-doubt, frustration, depression, and the fatigue of overwhelm.

If that’s true, how do you get rid of the stress?

By Jolie Miller | Friday, January 02, 2015

So You Want to Work from Home: Setting Up Your Office

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Working from home … we’ve all dreamed of it. The idea of avoiding the daily commute, the frequent interruptions, and—let’s face it—the constricting office attire is a fantasy most working folks entertain from time to time.

Well, the more technology advances, the more this fantasy becomes a reality. In fact, more employees work from home now than ever before. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you’ll need to do to set yourself up for success.

lynda.com can help.

Later this week, we’ll show you how to establish routines for maximum productivity and work-life balance, and how to manage your team remotely.

But first, here’s how to set up your space at home—both your surroundings and your headspace—to eliminate distractions and get things done.

By Jess Stratton | Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kickstart Your 2015 Productivity with lynda.com Learning

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If you’re like most people, then right about now you’re looking at the year ahead and wondering, “How can I get more done?”

You can get started today—in your pajamas, even—by hopscotching through the productivity courses at lynda.com. From time management tips to home gadget recommendations, we’ve got the expertise to launch you into an efficient and productive 2015.

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