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Should I stay or should I go? – Tips on working overtime

It’s no great secret that the job market is more competitive now than it ever has been before.

Not only are there fewer jobs to go around, but there are more skilled workers with degrees, ambition, and experience waiting in the wings to take those jobs.

Many employees have started upping their game for promotional opportunities. Moreover, there is a need now to secure their current jobs in the face of budget cuts, and younger, more qualified competition. One method being employed is to put in extra hours at work.

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What does your office desk say about you? [Infographic]

Your office desk is an incredibly personal place. This isn’t surprising when you consider just how much time you spend there.

Look at the stats:

People spend on average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desks. It means the only thing you spend more time doing a day is sleeping. When you consider that, it’s only natural your desk almost becomes an extension of your personality.

We are all different. Therefore, each person’s desk reveals something different about them as a worker and as a person. No matter if you’re a clean freak or the messiest person on earth.

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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 You Need to Make Time to Grow Your Emotional Intelligence

Productivity is generally talked about using cold, unfeeling data, but it might help to get a little mushy now and then.

Emotional intelligence, or EI, is a concept that thought leaders and hiring managers love to talk about. But does it have a place in the discourse of productivity-minded leaders? It’s not that some managers don’t care about their employees’ feelings; they would just prefer to focus on aspects of the work environment that can be easily controlled.

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How Do I Stay On-Task When Working From Home?

Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular for new generations of workers who desire freedom to work where and how they want. The ability to work from home has given employees around the world greater satisfaction with their jobs, enabling them to become more productive in the process.

So how in the world has “working at home” come to mean wearing sweatpants all day, binge-watching Netflix, and doing laundry all while on the clock?

While a small minority take advantage of the privilege to work at home like stereotypes would have you believe, productivity problems usually stem from an inability to manage time and limit distractions. Telecommuters who can’t establish structure in their routine can often find themselves lacking in productivity.

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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 Value of Upskilling

If you feel like it’s time to take your career up a notch, upskilling could be the next step for you. Whether you’re hoping for a promotion at your current job, or interested in entering a new field, seeking additional education can help get you there.

Upskilling is also great for company productivity. If you’re struggling to keep your employees engaged in their work, providing some training for them to learn more could inspire them to kick it into high gear.

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