Fast Company
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No one chronotype is better than another. Starting work at 10 a.m. doesnt make you a bad person. Im a night owl. My whole life, Ive done my best work late at night. In the morning Im far less efficient. I also have two young kids who get ready for school at a horrifying hour each morning. Fortunately, my wife is a morning person. Weve worked out an agreement: She gets the kids up and ready, while I wake up just in time to make a batch of Bulletproof Coffee and drive the kids to school. I rarely start my focused workday before 9:30 a.m., and I do my best work between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. So if youre always groggy in the morning, dont try and force yourself to wake up earlier . Just sleep in. (Unless, of course, your boss is completely resistant to your biologically sound argument for tweaking your work hoursin which case, sorry!) Not ready to go to bed at 10 p.
The Sun Daily
20 hours
You could find me browsing Instagram while doing the dishes, having lunch or in the middle of a workday shadowed by a looming deadline. I could not understand my compulsion and my inability to control it. I was finding it difficult to complete any task without a dose of Instagram. I decided to Google "lost ability to focus" and every result pointed to the culprit: technology. According to Professor Gloria Mark of the University of California, digital distractions are causing our ability to concentrate on individual tasks to deteriorate. I am horrified at the prospect of losing my ability to focus, and becoming addicted to the digital. I miss being able to read a book undisturbed by my own thoughts, or to simply sit and watch the clouds change shape for an hour without experiencing boredom. But breaking any habit requires more than acknowledgement of the problem; it requires discipline.
SiteProNews
3 days
5. Be Different It’s human nature to slack off when faced with the same routine, every day, weeks and months at a stretch. Sometimes, it works to motivate employees to do something apart from work during their work day. Here are some ideasPeer bonuses, business unit wide appreciation e-mails, surprise snacks – all of these help bring a new dimensions to the ordinary workday, and keep employees engaged and productive . Many companies have accessible gyms and workout rooms for employees to work up a sweat. Some companies provide opportunities and aids to employees to help them explore their hobbies and indulge in experiences unrelated to work. For startups, more than anyone else, there’s a lot of benefit to be had out of experimenting with hacks and methods that promote employee productivity. Try some of these out, and think up your own ways to get more out of your existing team.
PC Pro
6 days
Coupland’s speech capered across automation, the internet and how technology is changing the way we think. He spoke, interestingly, about time, and how our sense of it is altered in a world of smartphones and scrolling newsfeeds. “Data has replaced organic experience,” he said. Agriculture gave us the calendar, the industrial revolution gave us weekends, but – mid-workday lunches aside – we are drifting away from an idea of time based around physical experiences. In the dressing room, internal clock uncertain, he talks to me about, well, lots of things. _ I liked what you were saying about data replacing organic experience. Thank you. I think it’s really true. Is it a similar thing to Marshall McLuhan’s Gutenberg man ? (The new type of person brought about by the invention of the printed book) It’s building on McLuhan. It’s the only theory I can think of that explains the way my perception of reality has changed.
Fast Company
7 days
Sending a ton of follow-up emails is counterproductive. Take these four steps instead. Sending a ton of follow-up emails is counterproductive. Take these four steps instead. There are plenty of frustrations that crop up during your workday. An overflowing inbox, a to-do list that's a mile long, or that coworker who insists on having phone conversations at a decibel level that can only be described as alarming. Read Full Story
HubSpot Marketing Blog
8 days
) So instead of trying to explain or show highly technical devices on its Snapchat channel, Cisco showcases the other side of its organization: the humans who work there. In Cisco's "Day in the Life of an Account Manager" Snapchat series, it chronicles the workday of an account manager as he or she visits different cities and plans on behalf of Cisco. Using emojis, jokes, and lenses, the star of the Story gives the brand a more human side. Cisco's Snapchat is a great lesson for B2B marketers who want to engage on social media but aren't certain of the subject matter. If you don't think your product or service is that exciting, focus on other aspects of your organization, such as the company culture or lives of employees. Things like events, parties, and behind-the-scenes tours will give your brand personality and will give you more ideas for content to feature.
Voice Of America
8 days
Modernizing labor laws, next on the government's reform list to lower business costs and help pull Brazil from its worst recession, will get off the ground before the pension bill clears Congress, Jucá said. An outsourcing bill will be put to a vote this week in the Senate and merged with another proposal from the lower chamber, so that it can be quickly sent to Temer to sign into law. The bills face fierce opposition from labor unions who see allowing temporary workday contracts as an attack on workers' rights. Jucá said temporary union payments will be added to the legislation to keep labor leaders happy.
The Sun Daily - Sport
8 days
"This has never been about the money. It didn't resonate at all. The IOC is very protective of its intellectual property and so are we." The NHL chief reviewed a litany of drawbacks. Unlike when the winter games are held in North America and hockey games are contested in prime-time, Korea's games would be played either in the middle of the night in the United States, or early in the workday, less-than-optimal broadcast times. Moreover, the games would interrupt the league's regular season during an important stretch after the US football Super Bowl finale is played and before the US baseball season kicks in. Playing in the games is popular among 150 or so NHL players who go, but it doesn't make sense for the vast majority of athletes who don't participate. Bettman estimated a league-wide vote would go 550 to 150 against going. Bettman touted the hockey World Cup as an event that could be held every four years after rating the 2016 competition held in Canada as a success.
Inc.
9 days
Taking breaks during your workday is good for you and your productivity, but it can be challenging to actually press pause. Here's how to do it.
Mashable
12 days
On arrival, ClassPass took the fitness worldand the tech worldby storm, when it debuted its subscription service for boutique fitness classes. These days its model is less certain, especially now that its founding champion just stepped down. CEO Payal Kadakia co-founded ClassPass in 2013, with a deal that let subscribers pay one fee to attend as many yoga classes, spin classes, and barre classes as they liked. Co-founder Mary Biggins even went on to apply that model to MealPal (formerly MealPass), which offers a similar deal for workday lunches. In the years since, ClassPass has had to up its prices and do away with its unlimited plan to stay afloat. Where it once offered unlimited classes for $99 a month, it now charges $135 for 10 classes a month. Read more... More about Classpass and Business
Mashable
12 days
Tim Ferriss made his name on productivity: how to get the most out of your workday, and your life, in just four hours. The Silicon Valley investorin startups like Uber and TaskRabbitmoved to become a hyper-productivity guru with his books The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. Now, Ferriss is partnering with co-working chain WeWork on their new Creator Awards, which will give out $20 million to startups who compete. He answered a few questions from Mashable about why WeWork is his next project, and how to be productive there. Why are you working with WeWork? I've long been a fan of WeWork's mission to help people make a life, not just a living. I also believe that we are the company we keep. What's so powerful about The Creator Awards, and WeWork as a platform, is the ability to connect individual entrepreneurs who might otherwise be going it alone.
Mashable
13 days
Instead of looking at your messages, to-do lists and emails on your phone screen, have a robot draw them. Joto, a connected whiteboard with a mechanical arm and a pencil, can you help you out with that. It can also draw doodles, famous pieces of art, sketches and graphs or your shopping list, since let's be real, that's what whiteboards were made for. SEE ALSO: These flying robots will soothe your workday blues It's not widely available yet, but London design studio Those is close to raising its $122,650 goal on Kickstarter . For about $200 you can back the project and possibly get the board by the end of the year. If this becomes reality, your scribbles can soon be part of an ever-changing wall display. Read more... More about Apps And Software , Integration , Joto , Whiteboard , and Screens
Inc.
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Inc.
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Mashable
17 days
'SmartBird' by Festo is a robotic bird that can easily take off, fly and even land all by itself. Read more... More about Aerodynamic Engineering , Real Time Video , Smartbird , Flying Robot , and Robot Bird
Deadline
17 days
For those who only associate Lego with horror when you step on your kid's minifig in bare feet, here is a new kind of fear. The team behind Orion Pictures and BH Tilt's The Belko Experiment that brought you fake office parties and more continues its guerrilla-marketing tactics with a Lego trailer for the R-rated pic. It seems like just another workday at Belko a nonprofit organization that facilitates American companies in South America. But the bosses have a...
SiteProNews
17 days
For more than a century, the 9-to-5 workday has been considered the norm. It’s what the entire workweek is scheduled around and people have become accustomed to maintaining consistent 40-hour schedules. But as cloud technology grows, it’s becoming increasingly evident that this scheduling system is both outdated and irrelevant. Saying Sayonara to the 9-to-5 “In 2017, when knowledge workers dont need to be physically present to get their work done, nothing feels quite as arbitrary as the 9-to-5,” Dialpad explains in this blog post . “With mobile and cloud technologies allowing individuals and teams to connect and collaborate around the world at the times that deem best, the 9-to-5 feels downright archaic.” It’s not just the fact that the traditional work schedule has been around for decades that makes it so archaic. It’s the fact that it negatively impacts a number of key areas that are supposed to contribute to employee success.
MintPress News
20 days
” “Gender equality benefits all of us,” commented Iceland’s Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson. “We may rank number one in the world at the moment, but the job is not done still.” This change comes partially as a result of Icelandic women leaving their workplaces at 2:38 PM in October to demonstrate outside parliament. Tens of thousands gathered to protest the gender pay gap and to proclaim that it isnt fair that individuals of different sexes receive different wages for completing the same work. It’s important to note that the time the activists departed was significant, as it represented the moment during a 9-5 workday women, on average, begin working for free. Even though the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland to be a top location in terms of gender equality for the past eight years, women in the Nordic nation still earn up to 18% less than men on average.
ZDNet Blogs
21 days
Companies will have to change their revenue recognition practices in the next year or so. Workday adopted early as a proof-point for a cloud approach and Workday Financials.
TIME - Top Stories
21 days
) Let me concede too that most people do appear to have fun with an extra hour of sunlight in which to frolic or play or lie in the grass or whatever they seem to like to do in summer. Daylight Saving Time begins in the U.S. on March 12 this year, when, at 2 a.m. precisely, the time will switch to 3 a.m. precisely for no discernible reason other than to require you to reset the estimated 87 digital clocks that flash at you from 87 different appliances around your house and will make you feel like a slacker all summer long if you don't tend to them. So you will and then you'll have to set them back in the fall. The original argument for Daylight Saving Time was not entirely crazy. It was signed into law in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson to support the U.S. economy during World War I both by lengthening the workday and reducing the need for lighting in the evening hours, saving energy.
Copyblogger
22 days
.. being a writer is actually that exciting and cool. I need to remember that. The hard work part is still real, but the personal joy writing produces is incomparable. “Fulfilling” is an understatement. Perhaps the most driven to communicate clearly, artists who are writers take on many different roles. They’re teachers, mentors, philosophers, trailblazers, revolutionaries. They dont just “do work,” they love the work they do. Personal goals can fuel business goals In the 1981 hitWorking for the Weekend by Loverboy, the sentiment is that we have to get through the week. The weekend is what we look forward to, our reward. Dont get me wrong. I’m a big fan of the weekend. And it may seem a bit absurd to dissect the chorus of a lighthearted pop song, but the point I want to highlight is: If we spend the majority of our time working during the week, shouldnt we strive to make that time enjoyable as well? I also support taking breaks during your workday and making it a priority to not get burned out, but those aspects aside, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of loving the work you do so much that you’re not desperate for an escape.
SiteProNews
23 days
Infographics are an awesome tool for sending a message that gets shared. People love to see information right in front of their faces, so any type of media that makes seeing something simple is great to share. Furthermore, make sure your voice stays positive. In general, positive content is more likely to be shared and lead to better follower retention rates. Past social media posts can be just as important as content on your website, and if you happen to provide some helpful resources and positive copy, your brand will quickly rise above any that use scare-based marketing tactics or focus only on promoting themselves. Have a Schedule Posting at random is a losing strategy. There are best times to post for maximum impact. Posting after lunch on the standard workday will give you the most exposure in the same way that sending an e-mail to your customers at 6 a.
Evening Standard - Life & Style
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TIME - Top Stories
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Much like wine itself, the longer the coffee sits, the better the taste, they even suggest, which is something we certainly can't say for our regular workday drip coffee. If you're (understandably) ready for your wine-coffee fix immediately, you can place an order online to test out this unusual concoction. It sells for $19.95 for a half-pound bag. It's worth noting that the residual alcohol content in the beverage and its ultimate impact on your productivity or mood is hazyfor now.