1-Minute Strategy

Liven up your work area to boost productivity

A recent Twitter hashtag contest from Wired to see who had the saddest workspace produced some truly awful #saddesk photos. Ergonomics and design experts weren’t pleased, noting that dingy work spaces affect productivity and mood. Clean up yo...

Delete behind-the-scenes chatter from email forwards

When we forward emails, we tend not to notice if we're actually including an entire chain of them, beginning with someone's original message. Including this history can cause two problems: First, your reader may get bogged down by chatter and informa...

To clean up your writing, trust your ears

Writing an important email or memo and want to weed out the typos? Copy and paste it into Google Translate and click on the “listen” icon to hear it out loud. Some errors which slipped your eye will be announced quite clearly!

'Lost and found' is now just 'found'

The power of electronic location tracking has now given us the Tile tag, a small device to affix to anything from your keys to your laptop to your umbrella to track the things that go wandering off. A companion app for your phone helps track down a w...

A simple anti-nonsense tool

Once in a while, a co-worker will voice an idea or viewpoint that seems colossally dumb. (Naturally, this only happens to others, never ourselves ...) When you think someone's gone a little batty, try simply saying, "Sorry, can you repeat that?" This...

Wikipedia, both flavored and plain

Some entries on Wikipedia can be a bit overwhelming with extensive descriptions and obscure facts and figures. For a leaner page of helpful information, give Simple English Wikipedia a whirl. You can also replace the letters "en" in a link to a stand...

Know your DPI

"Why is this picture printing out so blurry?" In this day and age, how a photo comes out on the page and on the Web is all about its DPI (dots per inch) measurement. The rule of thumb to use is that anything above 72 DPI should look fine on a compute...

You can't beat the Sunday night blues ... can you?

You know that feeling: The week is done, the sun is setting and there’s nothing left to do but wait for Monday to begin again at a job that’s not 100% thrilling ... ugh. One way to fight those blues is to deliver a shock to Sunday night&r...

Treat a closed door like an electrified fence

Certain behaviors invite a permanent stigma—for example, once you accidentally eat someone else's lunch, they'll never truly forget it. The same goes for assuming a closed simply door means "Come on in, it was just getting a little too breezy i...

Your staple remover has always had just one function--until now

Tired of fighting with your keyring to pry a single key off it? Desperately trying to wedge your fingers into that tiny gap, and sometimes pinching yourself or damaging your nails when you do so? Admins have an edge here. If you've got a staple remov...