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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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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How myNoise.net can increase your workplace productivity

By Charlotte Stasio on May 10, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The collaboration and camaraderie of open-plan offices are great, but the noise level can sometimes get in the way of getting stuff done. I've worked in open-plan offices for the past four years and have often turned to white noise to achieve auditory privacy. Recently, I came across a fabulous website called myNoise.net that is truly the best when it comes to productivity-enhancing sound generators.

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Productivity power tools

By Sam Chappell on Apr 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

There are a few times in life where we almost always feel like we got the most out of our time spent. For example, when we exercise, we reap the benefits of burning calories, strengthening and toning muscles, and generally feeling good from endorphins. When we budget our money, we know that time spent will lead to money well spent and money well saved.

Then there are other times in which we feel don’t at all feel like we are being truly productive. The good thing is that some really smart people have realized this and developed pretty cool productivity power tools to help us get the most out of our time doing potentially time-wasting tasks.

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How to organize your email inbox

By Erin Gifford on Feb 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Email is stressful. I have to maintain one of those inboxes where there are no unread emails or I go into a panic. I archive, delete, or file everything. When I see my colleagues’ inboxes with 6,093 unread emails, I just. can’t. deal.

So I got to wondering, how does one even tackle such a monstrosity? I went back to the basics and came up with a few steps to clear out and maintain a well-organized inbox.

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Organize your favorite web content like a kid in a candy store.

By Andrew Morgan on Dec 22, 2015 1:57:25 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you read blogs. At the least consume content on the internet. Perhaps, like me, you use said internet for various reasons—information to add to a lesson for the class you’re teaching, concepts to bring up and explore in a product design meeting, reference material for creative projects, hot men and kittens. (Yes, it’s a thing.)

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The best music to listen to while working

By Erin Gifford on Nov 17, 2015 1:02:12 PM

When the Titanic came out back in 1997, I begged my mom to get me the soundtrack for Christmas. When she asked me if I really just wanted “My Heart Will Go On,” I replied that no, I definitely wanted the soundtrack. After all these years, the truth comes out—I was utterly disappointed when I got what I asked for because the majority of the tracks are instrumental.

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Productivity tools: Trello vs. Asana (and spreadsheets)

By Erin Gifford on Oct 27, 2015 12:20:59 PM

When working at a place defined as a ‘productive space,’ you're always on the lookout for the best productivity tools. For cove’s team, we’re very mobile and always have a lot to do (Can I get an amen for that #startuplife?!). Managing our to-do lists can be cumbersome, and my teammates go about it in different ways. So I sat down with a few of them to learn more about a few of the best apps for to-do lists: Trello vs. Asana.

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