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Coffivity – ambient sounds to block out noisy open office distractions

I am incredibly fortunate to work in an amazingly well planned and thought out open office and hot desk environment. But even with full focus zones it can be difficult at times to concentrate because of distracting background conversations. If this happens to you and you are like me and unable to work along to music (I […]

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2 great tips to start your work day on the front foot

Some nice advice from this SMH article: Tip 1: start by getting information out, not taking information in: ”One big tip I recommend is to start the day with output instead of input … instead of taking in information – emails sent to you, favourite coffee, chats with co-workers – try getting work out. Otherwise […]

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Take more breaks to get more done

Don’t feel bad about taking a break to reset and recharge. It’s been proven that breaks will actually make you more productive. This 2011 synthesis paper (full text, PDF) by the International Labour Organization reviewed available research into the relationship between productivity and hours worked. The core conclusion: Longer hours do not make you more productive, and can in […]

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Multitasking. It’s not a thing.

I for one am a terrible multitasker. And don’t get me started on people who think that I can multi-task just because I’m a woman. Research is showing us that mutitasking is just very fast switching and not very effective. Researchers like David E. Meyer, Director of the Brain, Cognition, and Action Laboratory at the University of Michigan, […]

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The case for privacy at work

If you find yourself unable to think in your open plan office you may be interested in reading this New York Times article The Rise of the New Group Think that argues the case for private space to be productive and creative. Our offices should encourage casual, cafe-style interactions, but allow people to disappear into personalized, private spaces […]

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The pickle jar theory of time management

If you occasionally find yourself busy at work with lots of tasks but feel you are getting nothing done try thinking of your day as a jar with … pickles in it. Even though this article mixes its metaphors (it talks about pickles then goes on to talk about “big rocks”) it offers a really […]