How to manage an introverted team

You love your job as a manager. It’s stressful and challenging. No one day is the same but it’s incredibly rewarding.

You love working with people, mentoring them, and getting the best out of those on your team. You’re riding the wave of happiness, seems everyone loves working with you—until today.

Your team hired three new developers. You hit it off with two of them. Plans were made to go out for tacos this week. But the third developer, not so much.

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Manage your email like a ninja – 9 effective email management tips [Infographic]

Emails. The bane of every hard-working person’s existence. According to statistics, business professionals send and receive approximately 126 emails per day. With this number increasing, it’s no wonder we easily get distracted, overwhelmed, and productivity suffers.

To avoid the pitfall of an unproductive inbox, we reached out to Davis Siksnans, the co-founder and CEO of Printful, for his email management tips.

In just 5 years, Davis has built a multi-million company and a team of over 400 people. He believes that success lies in effective time-management and clear goals, and it all starts right there – in a stress-free inbox. Check out Davis’ tips and apply them to your own email management strategy!

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How white noise affects productivity

I’ve never been a fan of noises in the workplace. I’m a writer, and for me, the perfect working environment is dead silence. While some people might find it isolating, I find that it brings out my most productive self.

No music, no loud conversations or laughing, and no construction noises to distract me.

But the thing is – I work in a thriving coworking space with lots of other freelancers and companies, each with their own habits and most of them not looking for the same sound requirements as me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the creative vibe and the networking that coworking brings to the picture. But at the same time, I really appreciate my space – especially sound-wise.

Thankfully, I recently managed to find the perfect solution to my problem – white noise. So, if you’re easily affected by external sounds – like me – keep on reading to find out how white noise will help you stay in control of your work environment and improve your performance despite the distractions. Let’s start with the basics:

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how insomnia affects productivity

How bad sleep affects productivity

Most people are able to recognize the signs of a poor night’s sleep in themselves. A short-temper, stress, headaches and fatigue are all common side effects. Fewer might be able to see the signs that bad sleep is also affecting their work performance. 

If you’re not getting a healthy amount of sleep every night, you can experience serious disruptions to both your workflow and productivity. It’s crucial to make sure you’re getting the sleep necessary to remain an effective and efficient employee.

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productivity gadgets

20 productivity tools for work and life

There are so many things we can optimize to become as productive as humanly possible – to-do lists, eating habits, sleep patterns, break times. And now, we have access to even more tools to help us get even more done.

Time is the most valuable resource, thus any gadget that helps you save it is certainly worth the money. Without further ado – here’s a list of 20 gadgets that will help you and your team boost productivity:

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DeskTime app team

DeskTime year 2018 in review

2018 passed fast, but what a year it has been! We know just as well as you that productive time means time well spent, right?

Some time has passed since our previous look-back post in mid-2017. Since then the number of DeskTime users has grown from 100k to 144k users.

But can we – the DeskTime team – serve as a productivity example? Well…we don’t mean to brag, but our own productivity stats for the year are pretty amazing – an average 87% of productive time!

For that, we have you to thank – DeskTime users and fans! To show you exactly what we accomplished this year – and what’s in store for 2019 – let us take you behind the scenes of DeskTime.

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The complete guide to productivity during the holiday season

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the office is so delightful. And since you have so much to do… Get it done! Get it done! Get it done!

While Christmas is the time of the year to be humble, peaceful and with your loved ones, it’s also the time of the year all hell breaks loose and the work-life balance just disappears.

Enter stress, anxiety, fussy co-workers, sleepless nights and frantic holiday shopping.

You’re expected to finish up all your work projects and meet last-minute deadlines, plan your family’s holiday party and buy gifts – all whilst staying a functional human being.

How is that even possible?

The only way you can manage to do all of this is by being productive. And the main areas you’ll be interested to tackle this holiday season are:
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cyber monday 2018 stats data research

Employees spend 2.3x more time ”workshopping” on Cyber Monday than on regular workdays

People can’t resist Cyber Monday deals – that’s a fact.

Cyber Monday 2018 hit $7.9 billion in sales, becoming the biggest online shopping day in US history. And if you’re wondering when do people find the time to spend such amounts of money, the answer is – during working hours.

A new study by DeskTime found that on Cyber Monday 2018, office workers spent 2.3x more time ”workshopping” – shopping while on the clock – than on a regular working day.

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