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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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Why Summer Flex Hours Make You More Productive

Nobody wants to be at work during the summer. It’s hard to focus when the weather outside is beautiful and there are tons of other things you’d rather be doing (frisbee in the park, anyone?). Even science agrees – people are distracted and less productive in the summer.

So if employees are easily distracted by the warm weather, why not implement a summer flex hours system? This blog post goes over why summer hours are a good idea and how to make it happen at your workplace.

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How to Make Time for Yourself and Why It’s Crucial for Productivity

Google Calendar recently came out with a new feature: Goals. It’s a tool that helps you schedule time to meet your goals, whether it’s exercising more often or learning a new skill. This is a great reminder of how important it is to make time for yourself, both for workplace productivity and for personal growth.

When you’re balancing too many things on your plate, time for personal growth and relaxation are often dropped from your schedule. This might not seem like a big deal. After all, you’re making more time to get things done. However, the reality is that you’re not doing yourself any favors by neglecting personal time.

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Why You Should Listen to Video Game Soundtracks at Work

Even if you’re not a gamer, there’s a good reason why you should listen to the music that plays in the background of video games: it can improve your focus, motivation, and productivity.

Scientific research confirms that music stimulates the brain. Listening to music helps pass the time at work and  it keeps people energized and motivated. Video game soundtracks are especially good at keeping up motivation – here’s why.

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