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5 Productivity Hacks and Tools for Creative Thinkers

Karla Lant / February 1, 2018

Creativity and productivity are too often seen as opposing forces battling for your time and the soul of your work. But working longer and harder isn't the only way to be productive, and thinking creatively can achieve amazing results. It's all in how you approach your work.

Whether...

Time Tracking Experiment: What I Learned After Analyzing Every Minute of My Life for 30 Days

Erin Greenawald / January 2, 2018

“How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives,” wrote author Annie Dillard. “What we do with this hour and that one is what we are doing.”

No matter what you think your priorities are, what you actually devote your time to is what you’re...

How to Prioritize Decisions as a Team with a Questions and Assumptions Activity

Lauren Borucki / December 28, 2017

As a researcher and general curious human, I love asking questions and learning how people answer those questions. So it’s no surprise that my favorite Design Thinking activity is aptly called Questions and Assumptions.

Design Thinking is a problem-solving method that puts people at the heart of how you...

10 Signs That You're Headed for Burnout

Jessica Greene / December 21, 2017

In December of 2015, I moved my family 3,000 miles across the country to take a new job. In August of 2016—a mere eight months later—I quit my new job. But I didn’t quit for a new, higher-paying job, and I didn’t give a notice...

How to Find the Perfect Job with Google Search Operators

Jessica Greene / December 19, 2017

LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great places to search for jobs—if the companies you’re interested in are actively posting positions there. But what about companies that use lesser-known job boards or only post openings on their websites?

It seemed at first like Google for Jobs—Google’s new job...

The Remote Workers' Toolkit: 30+ Productivity Apps and Tools to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

Melanie Pinola / December 5, 2017

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend four hours sharpening the axe."- Attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but most likely never said by him

Everyone could use a good productivity tool or two. If you're a carpenter, you need a hammer and nails. Painters...

Organize Your Life with the Agile Method

Jessica Greene / November 28, 2017

I worked as a product owner for two years before I finally realized the value of Agile prioritization—the process of ranking items in a to-do list from most to least important. Ironically, I wasn’t at work when the benefits became clear. It happened while planning my wedding.

A...

The Idea File System: How to Capture and Organize All of Your Ideas

Alexandra Samuel / November 23, 2017

Creativity isn’t just for artists. Creative thinking—and especially, creative ideas—drive business and professional innovation in every field. Whether it’s a potential topic for a single blog post or a concept for a whole new line of business, ideas are the bedrock on which we build our...

Growth Hacking Your Job Search: 5 Steps to Get Hired by the Company You Want

Stephen Levin / November 21, 2017

As a data engineer and analyst, I search for the best use of my time and resources by testing techniques and measuring results. That often means applying a technique from one function of a business to another—say, applying the lean product development cycle, "build-measure-learn", to your marketing efforts.

You...

3 Ways to Boost Your Team's Productivity and Avoid Burnout

Olivia Jardine / October 17, 2017

We’ve all read our fair share of articles claiming they have the one key secret to supercharged productivity. However, a bunch of these so-called productivity hacks have, in fact, been found to damage team efficiency in the long run. With a focus on short-term performance, rather than well-being...