Awesome MOOCs and free or low cost resources to get your learn on

By Erika Rydberg on Sep 29, 2016 7:30:00 AM

If you’re like me, you work really hard and sometimes your brain needs a break from work. Instead of the usual walk around the block or having lunch with a friend, you may want to try learning about other topics or subjects that interest you. We have access to more information than ever in our everyday lives, so how can we harness our focus on interesting topics to help increase our productivity and overall knowledge?

Here is a list of top great MOOC (massive online open course) resources and some great classes you can take advantage of taking for minimal cost or even for free!

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Increase productivity between meetings

By Charlotte Stasio on Sep 22, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Are you constantly rushing all over the city to meet with clients or members of your team? Or maybe you’re traveling across the country to a conference and only have brief chunks of free time between meetings? How do you get anything done with all this running around?

The answer is you need to be smart and flexible about when and where you work in downtime between meetings. Take a look at the options here and increase productivity during those limited windows.

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Increase productivity with color

By Gabby Moise on Sep 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Whether you are considering a color for your new website or trying to decide what to wear—understanding color psychology can help you increase productivity. By incorporating certain colors in your life, you can gain an edge on the competition and ultimately can be more successful. Before you start making life changes to incorporate the colors you need, you have to first understand what each color means. According to colour affects, these are the traits of each color.

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Get focused, stay motivated, and be as productive as an Olympian

By Erika Rydberg on Sep 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The Rio Olympics may have just finished, but the spirit of the Olympics is still top of mind for many of us. As athletes begin their four years of training awaiting the 2020 summer games and as winter athletes train compete for games two years away, you may wonder, what drives Olympians to achieve? How are Olympic athletes able to compete at such a high level with all of their many obligations? A few things are important to create Olympic-style success according to folks writing about and working with Olympians and professional athletes: time management, confidence, and enjoyment of what you do.

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Productive things to do: take breaks.

By Akosua Amponsah on Sep 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Here at cove, we promote a balanced productive lifestyle. And here's a productive thing to do: take breaks. Breaks serve a vital role in one’s levels of productivity and abilities to stay focused—but what should you do during your designated break times? Here are some suggestions for things to do on your time away from work.

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Simple solutions to stay connected to your distributed team

By Charlotte Stasio on Aug 11, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Managing your team is tough, but trying to do it remotely can be a serious challenge. However, it looks like you’ll need to step up to the challenge as telework and remote work become commonplace. According to Global Workplace Analytics, “50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework” and “80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time.” In addition, more and more companies and organizations are realizing that they need to offer remote working options in order to attract the best talent, wherever they might live.

Topics: remote work
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5 productivity tools to meet your goals

By Akosua Amponsah on Aug 4, 2016 7:30:00 AM

We have just passed the halfway mark for 2016. My, how times flies! As July says goodbye, say hello to the end of summer in August. Many of us will either start school, return to school, or begin a new quarter for work. We all began 2016 with goals that we planned to achieve by this time—yet here we are wondering how we can get everything done in these last five months. Well, fear not! We have reviewed a few resources you can use to make all of your productivity dreams come true. Here are five apps that will keep you on top of your daily tasks and keep you on track with your goals:

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Tips to self-monitor productivity when working remotely

By Niraj Ranjan Rout on Jul 28, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Did you know that there are 53 million people who work as freelancers, which is about 34% of the US workforce? Other than freelancers, more and more employees are choosing the work-from-home option.

With the idea of working remotely becoming so popular amongst companies and employees, it's time for us to ensure that the luxuries provided by working from home don’t affect our productivity.

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How to improve your work-from-home policy

By Erin Gifford on Jul 21, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Working from home is a great option to have at your company. There are benefits for both parties. For employees, it’s greater flexibility, more autonomy, less distractions, and limited commutes. For employers, it’s a smaller real estate footprint, happier and more productive employees, and the ability to attract and retain new talent.

However, as the employer, you must put forth the effort to make remote working work. You can’t simply send your employees out into the universe and hope for the best. Setting clear guidelines and expectations and providing your teams with the right tools and resources will set them up for success.

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How 8 Major Brands’ Headquarters Have Evolved Over Time

By Erin Gifford on Jul 14, 2016 7:30:00 AM

It is critical for employees to have a setting that inspires focus, hard work, and innovation—your workspace truly impacts your productivity. In fact, the design of your workplace can actually improve productivity, which you can learn more about in this interview with Eileen Vitelli from //3877, a boutique design firm in Washington, DC. 

Topics: productivity
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