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The top 5 most popular posts on the DeskTime blog in 2014

January is halfway through, which means that 2015 is rapidly taking off. But while we still remember 2014, let’s look back at the most read DeskTime blog posts that helped us get through it.

Last year here at the DeskTime blog we gave tips, gathered ideas, solved problems; we experimented with and introduced new app features. And here are the winners!

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When it comes to work and productivity, is social media really so evil?

According to DeskTime, social media, and especially Facebook, is on the top of the most-used unproductive apps in 2014. Together, time spent on social networks accounts for about half of all of the unproductive time spent at work.

Salary.com did a survey to find out what employees themselves consider their top time wasters at work, and 14% named social media, which ranked them the socond, right after the news. It’s been calculated that allowing social networks at work, company loses up to $ 28 billion on productivity-loss per year.

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3 simple resolutions to maximize productivity in 2014

It’s a new year, a time for looking back at your previous year, and looking ahead to the next. Here are three very simple resolutions that will keep productivity high in 2014.

1. Focus on the few vital tasks

Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle (a.k.a. the 80/20 rule)? It states that 80% of results come from 20% of the causes. This means that of all of your daily tasks, you will get 80% of your total daily results from those 20% of tasks.

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20 Minutes, 3 Steps, Higher Productivity

Don't make more work for yourself

Don’t make more work for yourself

Believe it or not, there are three easy steps you can do at the end of your workday to make make yourself more productive. All it takes is to take 20 minutes to prepare. Here’s what you’ll do:

1) Arrange for the next day

Place everything you need for the next place in the place you’ll need it. Things like pulling out the files you know you’ll have to work with, putting the things you won’t need farther away from yourself, and things you will need, closer.

2) Clean your desk

Start the day off with a clean slate. The less knick-knacks, memos, old bills, and stacks of paper will only serve as another possible distraction. Get rid of it. Or put it all in a box until you can deal with it – whatever works for you.

3) Write down the top 3 things that are a priority for you for the following day

And start off right away with those! Don’t even open your email, because we know what a bottomless pit of time-sucking that can be. The feeling of knocking-off a must-do priority item off your to-do list at the very beginning of the day will make sure that not only have you actually done something of value today, but the feeling of getting things done will be so exhilarating that you’ll gladly fling yourself into the next assignment.

Hit the ground running!

office productivity

Calm and focused: how office lighting and color affect productivity [UPDATED]

There are countless studies proving that office lighting and color choice have a great effect on employees’ productivity.

In the movie Joe vs. the Volcano, the only light Joe had in his dreary basement office was a tropical lamp that cast revolving images of beaches, coconut-heavy palms and dancing Hawaiian girls on the windowless, concrete walls. Every day he plugged it in with a kind of devout reverence as if it were the only bright, comforting thing in his world.

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How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

We’ve all been there – the feeling that you’re drowning under a pile of only growing work. As the feeling overwhelms you, you think, how on earth am I going to deal with this?

This is something I’ve been dealing with recently, and in stead of simply tossing up my hands and saying it’s impossible, I decided that I owe at least myself, if not my many bosses, to at least try to conquer the glorious mountain of work.

So it’s on. I decided that I would to EVERYTHING to the maximum, use every moment I had, stretch my attention to the max. I was going to have a week of ultra-productivity.

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office environment productivity

Can an office environment really affect productivity? – The answer is YES! [UPDATED]

If you’re redecorating or relocating your office, spend some time thinking about your furniture, décor and other interior accessories. Studies show that office environment has a great impact on employees’ productivity and work efficiency.

You may not think much about it, but the way an office is set up, from individual desks to the office’s lighting, affects how people perform. So, if you’re dealing with sluggish staff or simply want your team to get more done during a work day, here are some discoveries to remember:

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