Productivity

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could say to a co-worker, “I know you don’t report to me, but I need you to drop everything and do this for me?” Well, with the right approach, and knowing how to ask, maybe you can.
Bring-your-own-device programs—often known as BYOD—where people use their personal tablets and smartphones for work, are flourishing around the United States. But it can be tough to maintain your sanity when you’re expected to work during your personal time.
How many times are you asked to make improvements to administrative processes without any real guidance on what to do or where to start? The DMAIC process makes you work through specific activities in a defined structure so that any changes you make to a process will be successful.
More than 70% of office ­workers and managers believe U.S. employees are more productive today than they were five years ago, according to a survey by office supply retailer Staples.
Most people can delete about three-fourths of their incoming email without even reading it … and not just spam. Messages from your employer, your colleagues and your buddies are wasting your time, argues Bill Jensen, author of The Simplicity Survival Handbook: 32 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More.
Use technology to create training materials for your team …  Separate yourself from work and electronic distractions with an outdoor escape … Don’t make the mistake of eating at your desk … Get the real dirt on hand-washing.

3 ways to link iPad and computer

August 26, 2013 Categorized in: Organizing

Working on your computer with your iPad can make your work easier or more productive. According to Thorin Klosowski at Lifehacker, using an iPad as an external controller for your computer is one of the best ways to use it.

4 steps to a paper-free life

August 23, 2013 Categorized in: FilingOrganizing

Stop stacks of paper from standing between you and organizational bliss with these steps for taking your documents digital, from Teens in Tech’s editorial director, Emmanuel Banks.

Are you really that productive?

August 20, 2013 Categorized in: OrganizingTime Management

Plenty of people lie to themselves about their own productivity—many without even knowing it. IDoneThis’ chief creative officer, Janet Choi, has some tough love to help you get honest with yourself.
Working from home may not be the norm at many companies, but almost every employee these days is “homing from work,” a new survey says.
An effective assistant/manager relationship is one in which both people know the difference between a crisis and a routine setback. Do you? Does your boss?
Four items (and one idea) that will have disappeared from U.S. workplaces within five years, according to a poll of 7,000 LinkedIn members.

4 apps help iPad heavy work

August 13, 2013 Categorized in: InternetOrganizing

iPads are great for consuming content, but less so for doing any real heavy work. Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walter Mossberg suggests four of the best applications that can help.