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How the Heck Do You Measure Productivity?

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You analyze your sleep, track your steps, monitor your mood and log your exercise, but why aren’t you measuring your productivity at work? As everything gets smart, everyone’s getting smarter about collecting and using data, but measuring productivity still seems to be an elusive, hard-to-quantify task. The Complexity of Measuring Productivity Traditionally to measure productivity, you simply need to track …

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Resolve Your Way to Better Meetings in 2015

Resolve your way to better online meetings

A new year is upon us, and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to come up with a resolution or two for 2015. You can always go cliché with your resolutions—read more books, get healthy, call mom more, etc. But if you’re interested in skyrocketing your productivity at work, you might instead take a look at resolving to address some …

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5 Ways to Start 2015 With a Productivity Bang

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Do you have big goals this year to earn a promotion, negotiate a higher salary or step up your leadership skills? Then you need to prove you can go above and beyond your job title. What you really need is better productivity at work. Before you search for time management hacks, first revisit what’s not working and start breaking bad …

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Got the Post-Holiday Blues? Overcome Them with These Simple Productivity Tips

Simple productivity tips to overcome the post-holiday blues

Whether you’re trudging through your first Monday back after the holidays or just swinging by the blog while enjoying your last few days of freedom, the post-holiday blues are unfortunately inevitable. While they’re always a welcome respite from the daily grind, the family time, presents, baked goods and frivolity all must eventually come to an end. One of the toughest …

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The Importance of an Unproductive Team

The importance of an unproductive team

Yes, that’s actually my team up there. And yes, we’re actually like that. I’m just going to come out and say it: I love my team. We’re a tight-knit group of creative, intelligent, savvy weirdos and we don’t care who knows it. Being part of a team that you feel connected to and engaged with can play a huge role …

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Are You Making These Productivity Mistakes? Central Desktop Thinks So

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We all have our own tricks and tips for empowering our productivity. Maybe you’re a “worthless without my morning coffee” person, or you’re militant about keeping your workspace organized. As much as I hate to break it to you, it turns out that some of the “common sense” productivity tips may not work at all, or in some cases actually …

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3 Ways to Master Being Unproductive This Holiday Season

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Surprise, surprise: you’re working too much. In fact, we all are; over 88% of us are putting in more than forty hours each and every week. Whether we’re working any smarter is certainly up for debate, but there’s no doubt that we’re all working a lot harder. The struggles of overwork become even more apparent this time of year. As …

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Central Desktop Asks, “Homing from Work: Good or Bad?”

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While Cyber Monday may be behind us (much to the relief of my wallet), the end of the year still represents a time of constant distraction for workers. There are office holiday parties to attend, more gifts to buy, decorations to arrange—the list goes on! Does bringing these personal tasks into the workplace really harm productivity, or do these breaks …

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Why You Should Be Shopping Online Right Now Instead of Working

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Today on Cyber Monday, we kick off a month of credit card swiping and sale scouting, as well as the start of a frenzy of gift swaps, holiday parties, cubicle decorating contests, potlucks and other ongoing disruptions to the workday. With revenue and productivity at work still top-of-mind for management, all of the blinking bulbs, tacky sweaters and sprinkled cookies …

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Tales from a Terrible Telecommuter (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WFH)

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I’ve had the good fortune in my career to this point to always have at least some ability to work from home. Whether in an extreme case of a Results Only Work Environment where I never had to go in to the office to a more hybrid approach of working from home as needed, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of …

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What’s your go-to productivity tip? Here’s mine.

We’re all in pursuit of better productivity, hoping against hope that there’s some mythical trick or tip out there that will motivate us to work harder, better or more efficiently. Earlier this year, we encouraged you to #TakeBack60, utilizing productivity advice and technology like online meeting tools to reclaim an hour in your day by working smarter and saving time. …

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3 Simple Tips to Get Your Work Mojo Back After a Long Weekend

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It’s the beginning of the workweek here in the States, and it just happens to be Tuesday after our long Labor Day Weekend. Returning to work after a long weekend, vacation or any time off can be a challenge. You’re coming off the joy of time at the beach, hiking your favorite mountain or maybe just binge-watching Netflix on your …

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Mission: #TakeBack60, Capture Lost Time in the Workday

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We’re continuing our mission this summer to help employees everywhere #TakeBack60 minutes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to subscribe to our blog posts and try at least one workday productivity tip a week. Mission Background In the age of the Internet of Things and mobile online meetings, it seems there’s no longer a separation between a business day …

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Master Your Productivity: 5 Apps to Help You #TakeBack60

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If you’re ready to #TakeBack60, you have to take control of your work productivity. In today’s modern workplace of smartphones, tablets and flexible work, mobile apps are one of the best ways to wrangle your to-do’s, documents, calendar and more to defeat wasted time and reclaim 60 minutes in your hectic work week. In our latest Slideshare presentation, we list …

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The Benefits of Coffee for Productivity and Collaboration

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It’s your comfortable morning routine, your hangover cure, your afternoon slump remedy, and your late-night work buddy. Like spinach to Popeye, coffee revives our corpse-like limbs from a state of sluggishness to vitality. As many loyal java drinkers know, you can also apply the benefits of coffee to better productivity and collaboration at work. Java for Productivity Here’s what happens …

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11 Productivity Hacks to Reclaim Your 40-Hour Work Week

In our recent #TakeBack60 survey, 60 percent of our customers responded that they use technology to automate business processes. But the time-honored to-do list took top honors, with 64 percent saying they still check items off their list to be more productive at work. What productivity tips do you use to boost productivity and take back that much-needed personal time …

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#TakeBack60: What Would You Do With More Time in the Day?

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What would you do with 60 minutes of more time in the day? In our campaign to #TakeBack60, we asked hundreds of real workers, in our increasingly longer work weeks, what they would do with an extra hour. Here are the top 11 responses from our survey on the 40-hour week to the question, “If you had 60 minutes of …

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#TakeBack60 with Summer Work Hours

Recently, PGi conducted a #TakeBack60 survey. The results were eye opening. Most of us work well over 40 hours a week . We’re always searching for ways to boost productivity so we can get some extra time in our day to to do other things. This becomes even more evident during the warm, summer months. Summertime is a great time …

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Are You a Workaholic or a Zen Master? Take our #TakeBack60 Quiz and Find Out!

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The verdict is in: according to our #TakeBack60 survey, we are all woefully overworked. Technology has allowed us all to be constantly connected, but we’re increasingly using our smartphones and mobile apps to simply grind out more hours rather than more efficiently managing our productivity. Where do you fall on the spectrum? Are you, like the 88% of respondents from …

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Coworking Spaces: Interview with Workbar’s Bill Jacobson

As part of our #TakeBack60 campaign, we’re exploring some nontraditional, fun spaces that can help workers get productive. A few months ago, we highlighted the Top 10 Coolest Working Spaces in the US. We decided to reach out to a few of the spaces to learn more about what makes them so unique. Using iMeet, I recently met with Bill Jacobson, …

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