How to use the DeskTime ”Projects” feature to manage your projects and calculate their costs

Great project managers do two things very well:

First, they know their projects inside out – which people are involved, at what stage each of their projects are, and so on.

Second, they are great at managing their team’s and their own time.

Today, I will show you how you can use the DeskTime Projects feature to manage your projects, track their progress and time consumption, and precisely calculate your project costs and individual employee costs within the project.

I will also give you ideas how you can use this feature if you’re a project manager in a company or a freelancer managing your own business.

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26 office improvements from A to Z to boost your team’s productivity

Where you work is as important as what you do.

Various studies have found a connection between office environment and employee productivity. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your team’s overall productivity about 20%.

And if 20% increase in productivity doesn’t sound convincing enough to invest in office improvements, here are some more stats that might change your mind:

A study found a company’s most productive employees can increase its yearly profit by $5,000.

Meanwhile, the average cost US businesses pay for unfocused and disengaged employees can reach $450-550 billion yearly.

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The complete guide to using the DeskTime screenshots feature at your company

This guide has everything you need to know about the new DeskTime screenshots feature.

We rolled out this screen monitoring feature just a month ago, and today already 25% of our customers are using it and have taken almost 200K screenshots with DeskTime!

But is it for you?

If you want bigger control over your company’s resources, and especially – if you’re managing a remote team, the answer is yes, this new feature might be exactly what you need to try.

Keep reading to learn what this new feature does, what purposes you can use it for, and how to use it without being creepy.

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Introducing the Absence Calendar

We here at DeskTime are constantly trying to come up with new ways to improve our service. Recently, as many of you may have already noticed, DeskTime presented a neat new feature for its users – the Absence Calendar, which will make day-to-day and long-term planning at your company easier.

What is the Absence Calendar?

It’s a tool that lets you easily follow and log days when employees have been absent. And it lets you plan ahead since you can start scheduling vacation days in a timely manner. The calendar offers various possible reasons for an employee’s absence – it can be either a conference, parental leave, business trip, vacation, unpaid leave, a sick day or a rest day.

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How to Manage your Deadlines during the Holidays

We’re fast approaching the long-awaited pinnacle of the holiday season. In an ideal world, in less than a week, we’d be lounging on a sofa with our loved ones, casually discussing which course from the holiday feast was the best.

And yet, the holidays can come with an inconvenient side dish, that is, working from home and putting the finishing touches on projects that have been lingering on a to-do list or two for way too long. It seems that there’s never enough time, and the end of the year is often a deadline in its own right, so sipping on a hot beverage with eyes fixed on a laptop is a reality for many.

According to a recent survey, 44% of Brits will be working during the holidays, and a US-based study a couple of years back shows that more than half of the employees interviewed, 57%, made similar plans. The 2014 study revealed that this behavior isn’t limited to the holidays, 43% of respondents claiming to work an extra hour after leaving the office.

As popular this tendency may be, it’s not very comforting to those looking forward to spreading holiday cheer. But there’s still a bit of time to figure out how to make the work-holiday balance work for you this year. Read on to find out what you can do to complete as many urgent tasks as you can and still manage to enjoy the holiday atmosphere with your family and friends.

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Must-Read Books that Boost Productivity

The year is coming to a close, the holidays are in full swing, and the New Year will soon be upon us. You may be settling in with a bit more down time to read something new, planning your New Year’s resolution to get more organized, or looking for gift ideas. And we’ve got a list of books for all three scenarios.

This is our ultimate collection of books on productivity. It’s divided into sections so you can skip right on ahead to what interests you most, whether that’s productivity, creativity, leadership, or lifestyle.

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Innovate or Die: 10 Keys to Business Success

Success starts in your head! It may sound like a cliché but if you believe in yourself and you come up with an actionable plan, you’ll simply have to wait and remain committed. Sooner or later, you’ll accomplish the thing that you’ve set your mind on.

This being said successful people follow a couple of essential practices that make them different from everybody else. If you want to start your journey towards being a more successful person, you’ll need to keep the following 10 essentials in mind.

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Competing Commitments are Keeping You from Breaking Bad Habits

While taking a moment to self-reflect, you realize there are changes you’d like to see in yourself. You may notice that you are not performing at your highest potential, as there is something standing in the way of your productivity. Maybe it’s an old habit that you just can’t seem to shake. Getting rid of bad habits isn’t always so simple, but we have a step by step process for you.
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Stuck in a creative rut?

We all know how it feels to fall deep into a creative rut. You frantically beg yourself for inspiration, but nothing clicks. Cultivating creativity is tough, partially because you rarely even know what you’re searching for. Since creativity takes many different forms, it can be hard to define. Here’s how we see it-

Creativity is making ideas / alternatives / things / links / solutions / services / methods / art / entertainment

that are useful / entertaining /inspiring / helpful / unique / innovative / novel / domain changing / acknowledgable

and require passion / knowledge / expertise / insight / effort / GRIT / action / instantiation

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5 Core Principles of Writing Productivity

The process of writing is like dancing a constantly evolving Waltz. You’re always learning, improving, falling down, getting back up, and spinning. To be a writer is to be a dreamer. It is to embrace the life-altering power of words, and to spend your life stringing them together in ways that are both captivating and relevant. It’s hard work. It’s rewarding work. It’s stressful work.

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