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How to manage your attention

23 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Attention management, not time management, is arguably the key to our productive potential. Understanding, protecting, and learning how to take full advantage of our attention will ultimately help us produce our best work in less time. Here’s how to manage your attention to do more meaningful work.

The best ways to build trust in the workplace

22 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Trust provides us with the psychological safety to do our best work, so it’s no surprise trusting, open workplaces perform better. And a lack of it can completely destroy culture – breeding resentment and disengagement. So what are the best ways to build lasting trust in the workplace?

How to build greater autonomy at work

18 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While most managers know micro-management is bad, few put strategies in place to support its solution: work autonomy. But in an era of employee experience, autonomy is now expected. Here’s why building greater autonomy at work should be a top priority for every company – and how to go about it.

How to protect your team from burnout

17 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In our perma-connected world, we are all at increased risk of burnout. Managers clearly have a central role to play in managing that risk, but since there are so many burnout causes, how do you practically go about it? Try starting with these simple strategies to protect your team from burnout.

Time tracking for lawyers

16 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

As a lawyer, robust time tracking is essential. But traditional manual methods introduce huge inaccuracies and stop you being fully present in your work. It’s exactly why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to capture all the time lawyers spend across cases and clients automatically.

9 essential Chrome add-ons for productive work

15 July, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Chrome is a staple tool for daily work, but it’s also home to some of our biggest distractions. Thankfully, there are a ton of Chrome add-ons you can use to work more productively – from reducing digital procrastination and avoiding repetition, to automatically tracking how you spend time online.

Adopting AI doesn’t have to be overwhelming

11 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

We’re constantly told to adopt AI or perish; but when it comes to implementation, advice is rather lacking. Is it better to introduce AI in one go or choose a slower integration? As an AI-led company, we know adopting AI doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here’s the simple and flexible route to automation.

How healthy is your relationship with tech?

10 July, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

For many of us, our days begin and end with tech: checking emails once we wake and scanning social feeds before we sleep. But are we using our devices too much? What do we actually we want technology to do for us? And what strategies can we use to ensure our relationship with tech stays healthy?

The best employee timesheet apps are automatic

09 July, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

The majority of employee timesheet apps on the market still depend on heavy manual input. But companies prioritizing accuracy and usability are increasingly realizing that the best tools for the job are automatic. Here’s how automatic employee timesheet apps work and why they’re different.

Maximize vacation and return to work refreshed

08 July, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Quality rest is essential for our mental and physical health – and protects us against burnout. But navigating the work-life balance isn’t always easy and leaving work-mode can be difficult. Try these tips to become fully present while away; to maximize your vacation and return to work refreshed.

5 out-the-box AI tools for small businesses

04 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Artificial Intelligence offers small businesses huge opportunity to improve efficiency and profitability – but price can be a big barrier to entry. New out-the-box AI tools can offer a quick and simple route to automation. Here’s how to apply AI without the steep price tag of traditional approaches.

Concepts of time exist in every language and culture. But are we all talking about the same thing? Linguists Vera da Silva Sinha and Chris Sinha weigh in with insights on event-based time in the Amazon to consider whether time can be universally understood. Hear our podcast for the full discussion.

4 ways to master your productive flow

02 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Sometimes, getting work done seems like the most natural thing in the world. But too often we work in a state of unengaged distraction, willing a creative focus that never arrives. Why does this happen, exactly? In a word: “flow”. Here’s how to master your productive flow to produce your best work.

Following a new EU ruling, all EU companies must now track employee working hours. But a quick Google reveals time tracking software is a bit of a minefield. This article provides an overview of the main types of time tracking tools on the market, and what to consider when making your decision.

Self-improvement starts with studying success

27 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We all want to be “our best selves” – being as successful as possible without losing grip of what’s important. But what’s the best way to get there? Instead of trying to emulate other people, research suggests studying your own success is actually far more effective for ongoing self-development.

Is data privacy dead in the information age?

26 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Collecting and sharing personal data is ubiquitous with the age of information. It lets companies know where we are, what we like and who we talk to – leading many to assert that data privacy is now dead. But is it premature to mourn its passing? What’s being done to better protect digital privacy?

Can boredom actually be good for us?

25 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In our hyper-productive society, we’re conditioned to think that boredom is bad. But immediately turning to our devices to plug productive holes promotes passive consumption over creative problem solving. So is it time to admit that we have a problem? And can boredom actually be good for us?

5 ways AI can supercharge your workplace

24 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI continues to redefine the modern workplace, making work more efficient, focused and enjoyable. It’s no longer the tool of a privileged few, being more affordable and accessible than ever before. So if you’re keen to keep pace, here are five immediate ways that AI can supercharge your workplace.

Time tracking for creatives

20 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking is essential for every creative workflow – making sure you get paid in full and understand your successes. But that doesn’t stop it being boring and intrusive. It’s precisely why we designed Timely – the first AI-powered time tracking tool that automatically tracks everything for you.

How to automate unproductive work

19 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Automating the unproductive parts of your work is the easiest way to improve your productive potential. And it doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming. We explore how to go about it, what kind of tasks you should automate, and the best out-the-box AI tools for automating everyday time wasters.

Working overtime: exploitation or opportunity?

18 June, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

People usually work overtime because they have to, but it can also be an opportunity – for additional compensation or greater schedule flexibility. So what should workplaces consider when offering overtime? Can overtime be positive, or should it always be see as undesirable and potentially dangerous?

Peaks and troughs: what to do when work is quiet

17 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

It doesn’t matter where you work – there will always be slow periods at work, especially as the holiday season looms. But rather than sitting and stagnating, or waiting for work to land, there are a ton of ways to stay productive. Here are a few solid ideas for what to do when work is quiet.

21 ways to improve your digital health

13 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Hyper-connectivity has created a culture of instant availability and passive interaction. To ensure our relationship with tech stays healthy, we need to be more mindful and intentional about how we use it. In the age of perpetual distraction, here are 21 simple ways to improve your digital health.

How to cultivate a digital culture

12 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Digitalization has transformed how buisnesses operate and laid new rules for competition, efficiency and productivity. But before you can consider rolling out new tech, you need to cultivate a digital culture that embraces digital strategies and collaboration. Here’s exactly how to go about it.

Good time management isn’t about working for hours without breaks or multitasking; it’s about using time effectively. By working smarter (not harder) and complimenting your natural focus, you can achieve much more in less time. Here are three of the best time management techniques to focus your day.

Top 3 biggest factors that impact work engagement

10 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Since a ton of variables affect it, engagement is often hard to quantiy and it remains rather indefinite. But a recent comprehensive survey on engagement, surveying over 19,000 employees across the globe, has shone new light on the issue. And it’s revealed the biggest factors that impact engagement.

When's the right time to adopt AI?

06 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI is hyped as the new game-changer for business; that we should immediately adopt it or face redundancy. But deciding when and where to adopt AI requires deeper thought and planning. Here’s what you need to seriously consider to work out the right time to adopt AI and the form it should take.

Which pricing structure is best for your agency?

05 June, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Pricing work means more than profitability – it affects everything from client satisfaction and retention rates, to who you hire and who you work with. So how do you decide which pricing structure is best for your agency? We’ve broken down four of the most common; their advantages and their faults.

Is working overtime legal?

04 June, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Failing to talk about overtime clearly can lead to confusion and distrust. But while overtime policies can vary wildly between employers, there is still a lawful and unlawful way to do it. Here’s what everybody needs to know about the law and overtime – including when working overtime isn’t legal.

How time tracking can support digital wellness

03 June, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

A ton of daily digital interactions lock us into a passive relationship with our tech, where we consume more than we create. But we can break the cycle: it starts with taking “digital wellness” more seriously and becoming more intentional. And time tracking might be the tool to help us get there.

Companies around the world are fighting for your attention – so you see their ads and use their products for as long as possible. They’re using psychology to trick and trap your focus, creating a culture of perpetual distraction. Here’s what the attention economy means, and what you can do about it.

Time tracking for remote employees

29 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

As a remote employee, time tracking is essential; it helps you stay visible and accountable. But that doesn’t stop it being wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first employee-led remote time tracking tool that can automatically track and log hours for you while you work.

Is gig work good for business?

28 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

The gig economy is bigger and more accessible than ever before. But is that a good thing? What impact does gig work have on businesses? And can it work as a long-term solution? We consider the biggest benefits and risks of remote gig work to help you decide whether gig work is good for business.

How to build empathy into everyday leadership

27 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Empathy sets effective leaders apart from ineffective ones, but it’s still shockingly undervalued when compared to non-emotional attributes, like productivity. Since people are your greatest asset, it makes sense to actually understand them. Here’s how to build empathy into your everyday leadership.

Following a new ECJ ruling, all companies operating in the EU are required to track employee work hours to prove compliance with labour law. But how will it work in practice? Can a tool historically used to control workers now support their empowerment? How can time tracking protect worker rights?

How to stop project scope creep in its tracks

22 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Scope creep is the one challenge project managers battle on a daily basis. While it’s great to work with a variety of different opinions and ideas, they can completely derail projects when raised too late. So how can you stop scope creep in its tracks, and only deliver what you agreed at the start?

When scaling a business, strategic decisions are just as important as economic ones. And for many, that comes down to people. Hiring externally might save money, but it can hamper your growth and success. Here’s everything you need to know about when to use an agency and when to keep work in-house.

Why true productivity requires downtime

20 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

While it’s tempting to power through without stopping, denying yourself breaks limits your performance. Hyper-connectivity and the cult of busyness have created an environment where rest is treated as slacking. But we desperately need to change this – here’s why true productivity requires downtime.

The 5 most effective ways to reduce overhead

16 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Every company has operational costs, but these are often much higher than we realize. But there’s tons you can do to reduce them – from automating routine parts of your workflow to hiring freelancers. Here are five of the most effective ways to reduce overhead and run a more efficient business.

The 6 best Google Calendar extensions

15 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

When it comes to digital self-organization, Google Calendar rules the roost. But while its in-built features and capabilities are strong, there are many extensions you can add on to enhance and customize your daily scheduling. Here are just six of our favorite Google Calendar extensions.

Time tracking for engineers

14 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking is essential for every engineer, but few have the capacity or cognitive energy to do it accurately. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects and clients for you while you work.

Meaningful rewards employees actually want

13 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Employee rewards can boost engagement, increase productivity and improve retention. But as we increasingly expect more substance from our employers, pay rises alone don’t cut it any more. To be effective, employee rewards need to be meaningful – here are a few of the best to help you get started.

Building ethical AI

09 May, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For all its benefits, AI is riddled with latent ethical issues. Unlike the “unintelligent” technology that preceded it, AI comes with a unique set of risks, whose magnitude we still haven’t fully gauged. So what ethical issues are holding AI back? And what can those building AI do to solve them?

How to build a better employee experience

08 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

From sustaining productivity to staying relevant, employee experience represents important new ground for every business. But how do you go about it? How can you attract the best talent, inspire their best work and convince them to stay? Build a better employee experience today with these pointers.

A brief guide to emailing strangers

07 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Want to collaborate with an influencer or secure a speaker for your podcast? You’ll need to master the art of contacting strangers. Stand out from the spam and start getting quality responses with our very brief guide to emailing strangers – including a winning template we’ve honed over the years.

Project management has been around since the ‘50s, but being good at it requires a new approach. Companies are increasingly investing in “intangibles” like employee morale and company culture to boost bottom lines, suggesting that good project management is now about much more than the end product.

The “busyness” trap

02 May, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Have you ever looked back at your week and wondered what you accomplished? How much of what you did actually mattered? Whether you applied the skills you were hired to use? Too many of us are working in a state of perpetual busyness without anything to show for it – and we need to talk about it.

How to get the most from employee data

01 May, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Employee data presents an exciting new opportunity for companies, from increasing employee engagement to improving workflow efficiency. You just need to go about collecting and using data in a way that respects and enables people. Here’s how to get the most from employee data – the responsible way.

While you may never like project reporting, these days countless tools make it infinitely easier and ensure your reports are interesting, attractive and informative. A good report will provide enough detail without being overwhelming – here are five of the best project report templates we’ve found.

Why does productivity feel so good?

29 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Few things instill dread like a task that’s loomed over your head for weeks… yet few things feel as satisfactory as getting it done. Everybody likes feeling productive, but what is it about being efficient and blasting through a task that we enjoy so much? Why exactly does productivity feel so good?

Will algorithms make us passive?

25 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The “easiness” of AI is its biggest challenge. For many, being handed shortcuts and predictions goes against our individual decision-making responsibility. Caught between a desire for simplicity and a need for control, the advance of AI raises a pressing question: will algorithms make us passive?

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion – or so reads the first line of Parkinson’s law. But did he get it right? Are companies destined to develop unproductive cycles? What can Parkinson’s law teach modern businesses? And why, more than 50 years on, are we still talking about it?

The 7 best gmail add-ons for more productive work

23 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Gmail is by far the most popular email service in the world, but email is still a huge productive sinkhole. Luckily, a ton of Gmail add-ons can help – from prioritizing your inbox to tracking all client communication time. Here are seven of our favorite Gmail add-ons for more productive work.

Dealing with the problem of ‘presenteeism’

18 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Forget ‘absenteeism’ – in 2019, there’s a new problem: ‘presenteeism’. Being so hard to detect and combat, it represents a unique danger for employee motivation and productivity. To protect your company from the worst effects, here’s exactly how to deal with the problem of presenteeism.

Are you too available at work?

17 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We all want to be good employees – replying to requests promptly and being part of the discussion. But this shouldn’t come at the expense of the job we were hired to do. The danger of being too available at work is very real – here’s how to ensure your culture and wellbeing doesn’t take a back seat.

4 tips for a better work-life balance

16 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Disconnecting from work and being fully present at home has never been so hard. And when it comes to juggling both lives, there’s no quick fix – some weeks will always be better than others. But luckily, there are many small things you can do to establish a better work-life balance, starting here.

How tracking time can make you more productive

15 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

When done well, time tracking is the single best way of learning how to use time better. You can’t get more quality and value from time without knowing how you spend it. From benchmarking your efficiency to using your time more intentionally, here’s how time tracking can make you more productive.

The rise of “employee experience”

11 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The age of “employee experience” has set new demands on how companies operate. It’s become a crucial consideration – from competing for the best talent to just staying relevant as a business. In case you’re new to the concept, here’s everything you need to know about the rise of employee experience.

Top 10 tools for everyday agency management

10 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

There seems no end agency management or the number of tools designed to make it easier. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which agency tools are useful and which create more work? We’ve learnt the hard way so you don’t have to; here are our top 10 tools for everyday agency management.

Is working from home the most productive work model?

09 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Working from home is an idea most companies are still warming to. But despite managerial hang-ups and suspicions, the practice offers significant benefits for employers and employees alike. The most important for employers? Remote working may actually be the most productive work model going.

Why employee engagement matters

08 April, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Employee engagement is one of the single most important factors for any business. But since it’s hard to quantify, many aren’t aware of just how it impacts their productivity and efficiency. Here’s exactly why employee engagement matters, and why prioritizing it will always be crucial for success.

How to conduct a project post-mortem

04 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Projects rarely go entirely to plan, and even the most successful ones have room for improvement. But a good project post-mortem can show you what went wrong (and right!), so you can lead more effective projects. Here’s everything you need to know about how to conduct a project post-mortem.

Overcoming data blindness in your company

03 April, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Data is treated as the new oil; it carries huge rewards for businesses looking to better understand their consumers and improve operational efficiency. But as much as 73% of data goes unused within companies. Here’s how to overcome data blindness in your company, and put data designs into practice.

How to get out of a work slump for good

02 April, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Even if you love your job, some days the last thing you want to do is go to work. It’s completely normal, but when days stretch into several weeks, things get trickier. Being in a work rut has a greater effect than you might think, so make quick work of it – here’s how to get out of a work slump.

How to build a better work schedule

01 April, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Most of us don’t work as efficiently as we could. We’re not unproductive; we just haven’t worked out the right work structure to achieve what’s most important. But a few small changes can make all the difference – here’s how to build a better work schedule for a more productive and satisfying week.

Time tracking for startups

28 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

In the startup business, time is the one variable you have complete control over and using it well is a basic matter of survival. But you don’t want to waste valuable time and effort tracking where it all goes. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool that automatically tracks how your startup actually spends its time in the background while you work.

How can we make work email more productive?

27 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Email is one of the most inefficient work tools going, eating up 23% of the average worker’s day. but it’s unlikely to go anywhere soon. So how can we make email more productive? How can we ensure we only use it where it really excels, and free up more time for the job we were actually hired to do?

The importance of empathy in organizational change

26 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Businesses need to change to stay relevant. But even when a change is clearly for the best, employees are often reluctant to accept it. So what’s the best way to get your team on board with organizational change and embrace future ones? The short answer: lead organizational change with empathy.

4 Leadership Philosophies To Live By

25 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

“Leadership” is a coveted quality in every workplace. You need to be decisive and inspiring, providing vision and structure, and helping every member of your team do their best work. But how do you go about this exactly? These four leadership philosophies are a great place to start.

What employees stand to gain from AI

21 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

AI is often sold to businesses for its huge potential to increase efficiency, lower costs, and enable smarter decisions. But the human impact of adopting AI often goes overlooked. Here’s what employees stand to gain from AI and why adoption represents a robust investment in your own company culture.

7 time management skills everybody needs

20 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Most of us could be better at managing time. But when it comes to effective time management, which actions actually make a difference and have a lasting impact on the way we work? Having helped thousands of companies get more quality from time, we’ve found you need these 7 time management skills.

Project monitoring: what it is and how to do it well

19 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Project management contains a whole world of responsibilities, from initiation to closeout. But with solid project monitoring, managing all of your project variables gets a lot easier. Here’s everything you need to know about project monitoring – from what it is, to how to do it really well.

How to build a feedback culture

18 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Feedback is key to company culture. People need to feel comfortable voicing ideas and opinions, and valued enough to want to contribute. But getting there isn’t always straightforward. For active and honest employee contribution, here’s how to build a feedback culture that actually sustains itself.

A guide to supporting mental health in the workplace

14 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

More companies are realizing the need to properly address employee mental health, but few actually know how to translate their responsibility into effective action. This guide is all about how to put policy into practice, and how supporting mental health in the workplace is within everyone’s grasp.

How much do distractions cost your productivity?

13 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Emails, pings, meetings, colleagues – a sum of interruptions wreak havoc with our productivity every day. While they seem small, it’s not as easy to refocus from distractions as you might think. From the biggest culprits to how they impact your work, here’s how to cost and control your distractions.

Why employee happiness should be a top priority

12 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In a corporate climate increasingly defined by values, employee happiness counts for a lot. We seek greater individuality, flexibility and meaning from the companies we choose to work for. In the age of “employee experience”, here’s why employee happiness should be a top priority for every business.

How to lead effective communication in the workplace

11 March, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

While email, Slack and meetings distract us on a daily basis, unproductive communication isn’t just the fault of our tools. Effective communication in the workplace starts with shared structure and boundaries. Here’s where most of us are go wrong and how a simple communication framework can help.

Building trust in the age of AI

07 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Discrimination, opaque logic and dystopian narratives make us approach AI with skepticism. But without addressing our trust issues, we are limiting the true potential of humanity’s most promising technology. Here are some of the main reasons we mistrust AI and what we need to do to overcome them.

The best ways to support women in your workplace

06 March, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In spite of the progress made over the past few decades, things still aren’t always equal in the office, or the boardroom, or even the breakout room. From giving women credit for their own ideas to calling out unacceptable behavior, here are nine of the best ways to support women in your workplace.

Improve your delegation skills in 6 steps

05 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Delegating work can be a tricky business, but our desire for control shouldn’t come at the cost of a balanced workload. Delegation is a key leadership skill and basic sign of a healthy, cooperative team. If it’s been an issue for you in the past, improve your delegation skills with these six steps.

How Mindfulness Influences your Design Thinking

04 March, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

With a ton of stakeholders and clashing opinion, design thinking can be a painfully slow process that completely kills creativity and critical thinking. But how can we ensure diversity in our products while keeping our design process productive and rewarding? Mindfulness might just hold the answer.

Hidden project costs that limit project ROI

28 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Profitability is the ultimate measure of any project. But even the most organized project managers run into hidden project tasks that limit project ROI. So how can you ensure you don’t undersell yourself? How do you identify everything that goes into your projects and cover costs in your proposals?

Managing time when you have a side hustle

27 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

The age of the “side hustle” is well and truly upon us. While fun, pursuing a hobby or extra income stream in addition to your day job demands serious discipline. To make sure it’s the right move for you, here’s everything you need to know about managing time when you have a side hustle.

The art behind creative collaboration

26 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Creatives are a rare breed. They’re brimming with ideas and eager to solve new challenges. But getting them to work together effectively requires a certain art. Use these five winning approaches to maximize your team’s creative collaboration and offer clients your best creative ideas – every time.

9 things killing your productivity

25 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

In the constant quest to become more productive, we often hold ourselves back. Whether it’s trying to get more done by multitasking or prioritizing small tasks, tons of our daily work habits limit our productive potential. Here are 9 things that killing your productivity and how you can avoid them.

Time tracking for contractors

21 February, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Whether you’re an independent contractor or work with an agency, your profitability depends on effective time management. But achieving that shouldn’t come at the cost of your own productivity. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first fully automatic time tracking tool for contractors.

Mapping the future of organizations

20 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Automation, new work models and values-driven consumption are challenging how businesses organize and operate. We’re increasingly losing patience with rigid control and bloated process, and expect organizations to match our priorities. Here’s what the future organization looks like.

22 indispensable project management tips

19 February, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Project management is a notoriously tricky business. Costs, risks, resources, deadlines; just staying on top of them is a job in itself. But there are a few things you can do to avoid the most common difficulties. Minimize risks and lead more effective projects with these 20 project management tips.

From perk to policy: The rise of flexible working

18 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Flexible working has moved from employee perk to default company policy. But the change means more than just picking and choosing your hours. Here’s how the rise of flexible working happened – and how the fallout is set to dramatically change other areas or corporate organization and opportunity.

Everything you need to know about coworking spaces

14 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Whether you’re a freelancer, small business or startup, you’ve probably heard about coworking spaces. But what’s getting everyone so excited, and how do they differ from regular offices? To help you decide whether to invest in one, here’s everything you need to know about coworking spaces.

Does having less time make you more productive?

13 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

While the four-day work week and four-hour work day can strike us as a rather bold, exotic idea, for many companies they are already a reality. But is it really possible to do the same amount of work in a significantly reduced time? And if so, does having less time actually make you more productive?

The easiest way to increase your productivity starts with outsourcing work. But how do you go about it? And what software can you trust to do a good job? To shorten your search, here’s our definitive list of all the low-value tasks everyone should outsource, and the best apps available for the job.

Time tracking for accountants

11 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

As an accountant, good bookkeeping is par for the course. But you don’t want to waste any billable time doing your own. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects and clients for you while you work.

The future of AI and creativity

07 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Erratic and unpredictable – creativity captures what it means to be human. So the idea of “creative AI” is naturally troubling. But, prejudices aside, might machine creativity offer more good than bad? The future of AI and creativity is already taking shape, and there’s a lot to be excited about.

How to become creative on demand

06 February, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Businesses live and die by the C word; creativity is the difference between innovation and stagnation. But when your work hinges upon being creative, what do you do when ideas run dry? Can creativity be hacked so you can be creative on demand – or does that somehow weaken or compromise its effect?

Increase productivity by defending your time

05 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But most of us are far less productive than we think. It’s not that we’re not working – we’re just not working intelligently. The most basic way to increase productivity is to defend your time. Here’s how to work smarter, not harder.

How to do a task you don’t want to do

04 February, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Whether they’re boring, time-consuming or stressful, some tasks will always be hard to start. But usually, we can’t put them off forever. Understanding our reluctance and the different forms of motivation at play are a good place to start. Here’s exactly how to do a task you don’t want to do.

How leadership can fix a toxic work environment

31 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Sadly, almost every workplace has its share of bad behavior – from ableism and unfair treatment, to bullying, sexual harassment and racial abuse. But what’s the best way to deal with it? How should you act in the wake of negative events? And as a leader, how can you fix a toxic work environment?

Why every company needs to talk about data

30 January, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Following recent leaks and regulations, business is completely rethinking its approach to data privacy; namely, how to market it. Linking to privacy policy is no longer enough; you need to create a narrative. It’s not just a passing fashion - here’s why every company needs to talk about data.

From flexi-schedules to remote working, more companies than ever before are adopting flexible working arrangements. While the positives for employees seem obvious, there’s a lot to be said about how flexible working benefits companies. Here’s why flexible working should be your policy, not perk.

How to onboard remote employees

28 January, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

How do you welcome, set up and train an employee who you never actually meet in-person? As a company that has worked 50% remotely for years now, we think we might have just nailed the winning approach. Here’s how to onboard remote employees the right way for long-term remote success.

Time tracking for employees

24 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking provides essential structure and visibility. But that doesn’t stop it from being the bane of employees’ lives. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically track and log hours while employees work. Everyone can focus on what they were hired to do.

Is perfectionism preferable?

23 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Are high standards always a good thing? Is single-mindedness desirable in the workplace? And should employees feel comfortable to fail? As companies become increasingly supportive of employee mental health, they need to seriously question whether perfectionism is still preferable in the workplace.

How to pitch to complete strangers

22 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

There are times when even the most independent entrepreneurs must reach out to strangers for help. But how do pitch when you don’t actually have a network? Whether you’re contacting trade publishers, journalists or CEOs, here’s how to pitch to complete strangers with repeat success.

Why company culture matters

21 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Company culture is a massive deal and should be permanently at the top of your business agenda. Why? Because it’s singularly responsible for building corporate reputation, team engagement and sustained productivity. Here’s exactly why company culture matters and how to build a really robust one.

Mental health sick days: should they be standard policy?

18 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Company policy around mental health is often vague, confusing or completely lacking. So in an attempt to raise its profile and encourage employees, many companies now openly promote “mental health sick days”. But is this the best way to approach employee mental health? And as a policy, is it enough?

While technology can facilitate project management, many heavy-weight tools just add to the burden. A saturation of features and complex interface can disengage employees entirely. So choose simplicity: here’s our pick of the best simple project management tools out there – no training necessary.

Dealing with work demotivation

16 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Forget about January blues – work demotivation is a perennial issue. But while it’s completely natural, it sure isn’t enjoyable. To help employees and colleagues make quick work of their blues and return to a warmer palette, here’s everything you need to know about dealing with work demotivation.

The 7 rules of productivity

15 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We all want to become more productive – but how do you do it and how long will it take? Once you realize that there is no single version of “productivity”, things actually get a bit easier; you just need to grasp the main principles. Master these golden rules of productivity to get there faster.

Break habits, form new ones: the neuroscientific approach

14 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

As creatures of habit, our daily lives often pass unconsciously according to past encoded behaviors. Once set, these habits are notoriously hard to shake, even if they’ve outlived their usefulness. Here’s how to hack your neuroscientific code to break habits and form new ones, time and again.

The best team building activities for remote teams

10 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Team collaboration depends on meaningful interaction. But how can you bond with your colleagues if never actually meet in person? Here are our favourite remote team building activities – for breaking the ice, starting new conversations, or simply enjoying quality time with your virtual team.

How to set realistic goals

09 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

We all want to keep achieving and become the best version of ourselves. But while it’s great to have goals, finding the balance between healthy self-improvement and idealistic self-expectation can be tricky. Here are six things you need to know to set realistic goals which actually represent progress.

Are you a compassionate leader?

08 January, 2019 • 2 minutes to read

Teams are social units like any other; they depend on basic principles of trust, respect and compassion. But it is this latter quality – compassion – that often goes overlooked in company culture. Here’s how compassion impacts team effectiveness, and why every leader should make it a priority.

4 golden rules to managing client expectations

07 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Client expectations are notoriously unruly. It can be hard to find the balance between going the extra mile to appease clients and being taken advantage of – but luckily there are some things you can do to manage expectations from the start. Here are 4 golden rules to managing client expectations.

The biggest problem with AI is man-made

04 January, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

As AI adoption grows apace, so too does AI fearmongering. But beyond all unsettling theories surrounding the powerful and unpredictable technology, the biggest issue with AI is one we’ve created ourselves. We take an in-depth look at AI’s biggest challenge for the future: overcoming human bias.

Five ways to streamline your small business

03 January, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to small business operations, efficiency and effectiveness are key. Fortunately, with the help of a few tools and methods, you can simplify everyday processes and free up time to focus on just doing your job. Streamline your small business with these five essential approaches.

Time tracking for remote teams

02 January, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking provides remote teams with essential structure, visibility and transparency. But that doesn’t stop it from feeling wildly unproductive. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically track and log hours for all your remote employees.

How to build a design portfolio without working for free

28 December, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

You don’t have to work for free to break into the design industry. It’s a staggering misconception that discredits your skills and undermines the value of design work. You don’t need to get noticed by selling yourself short. Here’s how to build a design portfolio without working for free.

Eight types of bias in decision making

27 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

We like to think we’re open-minded and impartial, but a ton of different biases are constantly distorting our thinking. To protect workplace diversity and make the best choice in any situation, we need to control them. Here are 8 common biases affecting your decision making and how to master them.

Time tracking for marketers

20 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

Whether you work in an agency, in a small team or for yourself, time tracking is a necessary evil for every marketer. But it isn’t going away any time soon. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first automatic time tracking app for marketers that can track all your hours for you while you work.

How to get clients to give you more creative work

19 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Too many agencies fall into the production house trap, churning out the same flat template again and again. It drives away creatives and ages your clients. But how do you stop it? We explore different strategies to overcome creative conservatism and get your clients to give you more creative work.

Four work tools that have outlived their value

17 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In an age of overwhelming innovation, technology is quickly superseded and forgotten – and our work tools are no different. But some inefficient work technologies just won’t seem to leave us alone. Here are four still-existent work tools that have outlived their value that we think will go next.

What tools do you need to set up a remote team?

13 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

Remote working has never been more popular, but as a very young working structure, it’s not without its teething problems. As a company whose workforce is 50% remote and 50% in-house, we think we might have just cracked the code. Here are the eight essential tools you need to set up a remote team.

Why time tracking is important for every business

12 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In business, time is the key to competitive advantage, and the only way to know how to use it better is to track it accurately. But it’s not just a measurement of profitability; it’s a means of essential self-discovery. Regardless of trade, here’s why time tracking is important for every business.

Do you have small task addiction?

11 December, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Crossing jobs off your list feels great, but it’s actually wonderfully unproductive. Our inbuilt preference for little tasks provides a huge sense of progress with very little substance. Here’s all you need to know about small task addiction – and why meaningful achievement always beats easy reward.

The downsides of remote working

10 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Tell people you work remotely and chances are they’ll assume you’re a ‘digital nomad’, working wherever and whenever you want. It’s tired, it’s boring, it’s misrepresentative and we need to start admitting that there are some serious downsides to working remotely. Here are six of the biggest.

How to motivate your creative department

06 December, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

With high competition, talent shortages, and pressure to deliver work to rigid deadlines, agencies can be punishing places for creatives to work. And in the race to deliver, managers often block creativity. So how can you motivate your creative department to really get the best out of them?

The unglamorous side of freelancing

05 December, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

As a work model and lifestyle, freelancing is massively misunderstood. People have wild ideas of limitless flexibility and independence, and don’t discover the downsides until they’ve taken the leap. So, we’ve made a big list detailing the unglamorous side of freelancing everyone should know about.

Dealing with bad clients

04 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Whether you’re freelance or agency-based, at some point you’ll run into a bad client. From endless demands to creative conservatism, some client relationships seem unsalvageable. But how do you respond to them? We’ve broken down three common examples and solutions for dealing with bad clients.

How to manage remote workers

03 December, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While many companies grasp the benefits of hiring remote workers, few consider the infrastructure they’ll need to actually sustain them. From measuring employee progress to building team relationships within a virtual space, here are our tried-and-tested pointers on how to manage remote workers.

7 time saving apps for busy professionals

28 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Do you ever feel like your day just evaporates? While technology is usually a large part of the problem, it can also provide the solution. From virtual assistants to automatic timesheets to self-policing activity trackers, here are seven of the best time saving apps for busy professionals.

Employee time tracking doesn't have to be creepy

27 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Employee time tracking sounds creepy, but it shouldn’t be. Instead of policing people, time tracking can offer employees huge opportunity for autonomy and self-management. It’s just about choosing a time tracking tool based on trust, and showing employees exactly how it serves their interests.

The best productivity tools of 2019

26 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Want to become more productive? You don’t have to struggle alone. From measuring productivity and setting realistic goals, to removing obstacles and showing us where to improve, technology has our back. To help you cut through the noise, here are some of the best productivity apps available in 2019.

How to work abroad as a digital nomad

22 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Waking up in paradise is no longer a dream – at least 4.8 million Americans have made continuous travel possible through working remotely. But how exactly do you work abroad as a digital nomad? We put the question to expat freelancers and remote workers for their expert tips on getting started.

Should designers ever work for free?

21 November, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

Free design work is by no means a new concept – it’s been kicking around the creative industry for decades. But why hasn’t it gone away? Why do designers still wrestle with entitlement to their labour? What is the real value of free design work? And should designers ever work for free?

What is time blocking and does it work?

19 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Time blocking could be the answer to your productivity problems. In our hyper-connected era, more people are using it to fend off routine distraction and focus productive energy. So it’s no accident that some of the busiest people on Earth – like Bill Gates and Elon Musk – use it to get work done.

The sustainable way to increase work engagement

15 November, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

There is no one single way to miraculously boost work engagement – but there are a whole host of things you can do in combination which support and inspire your team. From communicating and listening, to prioritizing employee wellbeing, here are four of the best ways to increase work engagement.

Can workplace competition ever be healthy?

14 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Increased motivation and productivity: just two positives from healthy workplace competition. But what does “healthy competition” even look like? Before trying it out with your team, it’s worth stopping to consider whether competition is actually ever a healthy choice in a collaborative environment.

Why we lose work motivation

13 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

We all experience a work slump at some point; it’s completely normal and natural. But that doesn’t stop it being utterly miserable. So how can we protect against it? How do we reignite our passion? How do we know when to call it a day? By working out why we lose work motivation in the first place.

Time tracking for architects

12 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Time tracking is an essential practice for every architect, but few actually have the spare time and cognitive energy to do it accurately. It’s precisely why we developed Timely – the first time tracking tool to automatically capture all the time you spend across multiple projects while you work.

Why collaboration fails

09 November, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Effective collaboration is easier said than done. While we all have an innate need to connect with our colleagues, a ton of obstacles stop us from doing so. And investing in collaboration tools alone is not enough to solve the problem. So why does collaboration fail? And how can we protect against it?

7 questions to ask when buying a time tracker

08 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

When time tracking isn’t fun to start with, finding a time tracking tool can be painfully boring. But the research process doesn’t have to drag on for weeks and destroy you. Use these seven focused questions to help cut through the marketing noise and single out the right time tracking tool for you.

How to make dead time useful

07 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Want to work smarter, not harder? Start by making use of your dead time: all the minutes in your day suspended by commuting and dependencies. We explore how to identify your dead time – including unconscious behaviors that might be holding you back – and actually make use of it.

How to write a really good press release

05 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

You’ve got a big piece of news, but how do you get the media to pick it up? While contacts help, you need a solid press release. Journalists receive hundreds of them every day, so yours needs to stand out and be compelling. Here’s how to write a really good press release that sells every time.

The best places to work remotely

02 November, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Flexibility is the beauty of remote working - when you’re sick of your home office, you can just pack up and work from somewhere else. But there’s an art to finding the right remote workspace. To help you find yours, here are the best places to work remotely according to the Timely team.

How do you unconsciously waste time?

01 November, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Nearly all of us waste time each day without realizing it. Tons of unconscious behaviours and work structures keep us busy without actually producing meaningful work. So how can we become more aware of how we use it and how we unconsciously waste it? How can we become more intentional with our time?

5 essential productivity hacks for new remote workers

31 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Adjusting to remote working isn’t as easy as you think. From an ordered office 9-5 routine, you now have to set your own structure and become your own boss – and it takes serious effort. To hit the ground running, here are the 5 essential productivity hacks you need to make remote work a success.

How to write a company boilerplate

30 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

A boilerplate is the most important piece of your company will ever write, read by journalists, investors, and clients alike. But as the most enduring statement of your existence, you’d better get it right first time. Here’s how to write a company boilerplate that continues to pop as you grow.

Quantifying productivity

29 October, 2018 • 6 minutes to read

We all want to be more productive, but where do we start? How can we measure productivity to get more from our performance? If every business is different, what does productivity even mean? This detailed guide helps you comprehensively quantify and measure your personal version of productivity.

The best iPhone apps for mobile work

25 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While more of us increasingly work remotely or offsite, mobile work isn’t always plain sailing; unreliable Wi-Fi, heavy design and slow load times can kill efficiency. Thankfully, there a ton of brilliant native iPhone apps that keep it simple. Here are six of the essential business apps for iPhone.

16 ways to keep your daily work routine healthy

24 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While our daily routines provide essential structure and predictability, they should never be entirely fixed. We need to constantly revise them to ensure we stay open to change, new ideas and different perspectives. Here are 16 ways to keep your daily work routine healthy, productive and rewarding.

What you can learn from time tracking

23 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Time tracking is not just about getting paid. It’s essential for anyone looking to improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability. Since few people grasp the sheer amount of self-knowledge you can glean from it, here are the most useful things everyone can learn from time tracking.

From "data-driven" to "data-enabled"

22 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

“Data-driven” is dead. We know data is important, we’ve got the tools to track it - our problem isn’t collecting data, it’s knowing what to do with it. This article moves beyond the empty idea of being “data-driven” to explore the latest challenge for ambitious business: being data-enabled.

Remote work skills everyone should have

19 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Remote work is still seen as an experimental work model, even though most professionals do some “virtual work” every day without realizing it. From increased productivity to improved employee wellbeing, there’s a lot we can all learn from the remote work skillset to become better collaborators.

Good resource management keeps things simple

18 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Resource management can make or break projects. While using your resources to maximum effect can seem like an impossible task, it’s well within every project manager’s grasp. The trick to good resource management is to keep things simple – following a few key principles and choosing intuitive tools.