By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, January 06, 2015
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
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
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
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.
By Toni Saddler-French | Monday, December 22, 2014
Is it hard for your team to stay on top of issues? When it comes to helpdesk snafus, customer service glitches, or hitches with the new website, do you need to keep track of who’s working on which project, what’s been done so far, and whether the project is still hanging open?
You might consider using the SharePoint Issue Tracking app. It can help you define and categorize issues, and wrangle them into a manageable heap with a systematic approach.
By Nick Brazzi | Monday, November 03, 2014
Microsoft has just released an all new version of Outlook for Mac, the productivity application for managing email, calendars, address books, and more—and we’ve got a first look course ready to get you up and running with this new version.
The course will be useful for new users. But if you’re upgrading from Outlook 2011, this transition is going to be really easy for you; the new version of Outlook for Mac has barely changed at all compared to Outlook 2011.
By Scott Fegette | Saturday, November 01, 2014
Halloween’s over—which mean’s the holiday season is rushing towards us like a freight train.
Between our busy personal and professional lives, the end-of-the-year frenzy makes it all too easy to drop a few balls here and there.
But if you’ve got a smartphone, it’s easy to alleviate some holiday chaos. Evernote provides a great way to channel your ideas into actions, and help keep your holiday season on the rails.
By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.
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