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:
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.
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.
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.
“It seems to me that the office today is having a bit of an identity crisis. It’s not clear that we even need physical offices anymore when we can work in Starbucks instead.”
Staying focused on the job can be a challenge no matter where you work. For those in a more traditional office environment, the typical workday routines are often easier to stay on top of. Freelancers on the other hand must rely entirely on self-discipline and dedication to stay productive.
Getting interviewed by Voice of America at cove, a DC shared workspace.
Sometimes life gets busy. Things at work pick up, you’re traveling a ton, and you’ve said yes to one too many events. In an effort to squeeze it all in you skip your morning run, put your gym membership on hold, and toss your yoga mat aside. You simply can’t waste time working out. But while skipping out on your exercise routine may buy you a few extra hours a week, the time you spend working may be significantly less productive.