Daylight saving time: Good or bad for your productivity?

sleepyWhen I was a student, I actually liked the clock shifting thing, known as daylight saving time (DST) or summer time. For me that was a brilliant excuse for skipping morning lectures, since ”oh, I forgot to shift my clock” together with an I’m-so-sorry face worked every time!

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The only surefire way to become more productive

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You’ve probably read a typical ”How to increase your productivity” article. It almost always includes tips like ”make awesome to-do lists”, ”stop multitasking”, ”take relaxing breaks”, ”wake up early like all the successful people do”… and other generalized suggestions that should do miracles with your willpower and motivation. But this won’t be just another how to increase your productivity post. They usually promise to make you more efficient, successful, happier with your job and life, but in the real life it’s like promising you a unicorn: won’t happen.

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6 common productivity myths busted

 

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There are many tips on how to boost one’s productivity, and many of them really work (maybe not for everyone, but still). Meanwhile, there are numerous productivity myths and half-truths, which may be keeping you from getting stuff done. Because instead of boosting your effectiveness, they make you organize your work in unnatural and unproductive ways. Here are six of the most common productivity myths, which are disproved by research:

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Top time sucks of 2014 (and how to deal with them)

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Every year thousands of hours are wasted at work. A study by Salary.com found that according to 26% of employees surveyed, the Internet is their number one distraction. While web is a critical business tool, its misuse in the workplace could cost businesses more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity, as calculated by Websense. Your Facebook check doesn’t sound that guiltless anymore, huh?

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NEW feature! Customized application groups that suit your employees’ specifics

It’s been a while since we added application groups. This function let you categorize all applications in groups, which made it easy to see what your employees had been working on.

Yet not all applications can be put in the 6 categories proposed, right? Therefore, we’ve added a new function – you can now create specific and more accurate application groups that suit your company’s and employees’ specifics.

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The top 5 most popular posts on the DeskTime blog in 2014

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January is halfway through, which means that 2015 is rapidly taking off. But while we still remember 2014, let’s look back at the most read DeskTime blog posts that helped us get through it. Last year here at the DeskTime blog we gave tips, gathered ideas, solved problems; we experimented with and introduced new app features. And here are the winners!

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Music doesn’t increase your productivity (but it helps you get more stuff done)

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Listening to music at work is still an individual thing – one can find it helpful, while others, disturbing. Yet, various studies claim that it’s able to boost overall workplace performance.

In a survey by Spotify, respondents admitted that music helps them do more because it creates a relaxing state, which makes them less nervous and fatigued, more energetic and enthusiastic while doing everyday tasks.

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The complete guide to coffee drinking [infographic]

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already had at least one cup of coffee so far today – according to statistics about adults, at least. One study discovered that 83% of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee in the morning. While most people drink at least three! Although many don’t realize it, there actually is a right way and a wrong way to drink coffee. Therefore, let’s start with some facts!

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