5 Reasons Why Freelancers Need Time Tracking Software

Companies are not the only ones that can benefit from time tracking software applications. Freelancers, who work from home or do ad-hoc work in office settings, will also discover that tracking their time comes with myriad benefits.

Freelancers often do not have to adhere to an official work schedule and in many cases, how much they work or how many hours they work determines their income. It’s easy to slip into a lax schedule when you are a freelancer and that will unfortunately mean that your income is restricted due to the many unproductive hours incurred.

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The 9-5 Workday is Making Everyone Miserable

Dr. Paul Kelley, an academic at the University of Oxford, believes the traditional 9-5 schedule is making everybody miserable and sleep-deprived. He maintains that instead of trying to stick to a system that isn’t natural to our bodies, we need to overhaul our schedules to revolve around our circadian rhythms.

Most of Dr. Kelley’s research examines how early start times in educational institutions negatively affect student performance, particularly adolescents. However, his findings carry over to the corporate world. Adults don’t adapt to a 9 AM start time until the age of 55. So until that point, we’re all torturing ourselves trying to make it work.

During Dr. Kelley’s tenure as the head teacher at Monkseaton Middle School, he changed the school’s start time from 8:30 AM to 10 AM (a similar experiment is ongoing) and found that the number of top grades increased by 19%. If a delayed start time brought about these positive results in a school setting, what would happen if we applied a similar change to the corporate world? Are people more productive when they show up to work later in the day?

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How to Exercise After Sitting All Day

Many white collar jobs today require logging in long hours of sitting at a desk, typing away at a computer. This is a standard expectation, even with extensive research pointing to the fact that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for your health. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

What’s not talked about as often is the way sitting affects your posture and muscles. Sitting for prolonged periods of time tightens and weakens certain parts of your body, especially in the back and hips. This can cause headaches, back and hip pain, and ultimately make it harder to focus and stay productive. The good news, though, is that you can easily do something about it with some stretches and exercises.

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6 Tools to Make the Internet More Productive

We’ve all been there: you decide to take a short break to catch up on the news and go through your Twitter feed. Next thing you know it’s been 3 hours and you’re watching a YouTube video called “Cats Being Jerks Video Compilation.” Where did the time go and how did a quick break turn into a wormhole of internet exploration?

The internet is a glorious place that houses some of the world’s best information and entertainment. But it’s easy to get carried away. Here are some of our favourite tools to make your internet browsing time more enriched and productive.

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Do Shorter Workdays Make Us More Productive?

Sweden thinks so, as several companies are experimenting with 6-hour workdays. They’re reporting greater profits, happier employees, and, perhaps surprisingly, more productivity. With North Americans typically working an average of 8.7 hours a day, it’s hard not to be envious of our Scandinavian counterparts.

The length of the workday has evolved over time. The Industrial Revolution saw the boom of factory work and middle-class jobs. Most people employed at factories worked an average of 10-16 hours a day, six days a week. This didn’t change until Henry Ford implemented 8-hour workdays for his employees in 1914. This standard has stayed the same since.

Maybe the rest of the world should take a cue from Sweden and re-evaluate the standard workday. Employee needs have changed since the early 1900s and it’s time to accommodate new norms and working conditions.

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5 Healthy Snacks that Keep You Productive Throughout the Day

When hunger strikes at work, it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience and deliciousness of that donut sitting in the breakroom. While tasty and enjoyable in the moment, you might regret it later – snacks that are high in sugar are harmful to your health in the long run. There have been countless studies that link refined sugar to heart disease, weight gain, and numerous other health issues.

Added sugar also affects your productivity. While eating sugary foods may make you feel full and give you a boost of energy, it’s only temporary. You will crash and then you’ll feel lousy and lethargic. Not to mention sugar is addictive. Like a drug, it conditions your body to crave more.

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Can Reading Make You More Productive?

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 23% of Americans didn’t read a single book that year. Which is a shame, because they’re missing out on all the benefits reading has on productivity and creativity. Full disclosure: I am an avid reader so I do have a bias in writing this, but I’m going to convince you to read more books. Aside from being an enjoyable pastime, reading has a positive impact on your creativity, focus, and emotional well-being.

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5 Tools to Make Meetings More Productive

We all know what it’s like to be stuck in a meeting and helplessly watch the second hand on the clock tick impossibly slowly. You feel as if time has completely stopped and you gradually lose focus as you listen to coworkers debate an issue that could have easily been resolved in an email. No matter how good the intentions, some meetings are an unproductive use of your time (and painful to sit through).

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