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Productivity apps: what to try in 2020

20 November, 2019 • 11 minutes to read

Since so much of our tech is latent with distraction, we need to be smarter about the digital tools we choose to work with. But which apps actually help us do our best work? Considering new tools alongside household favourites, here’s our rundown of the best productivity apps to try in 2020.

While there is no single hack that can turn team productivity around, asynchronous communication is as close as it gets. At its simplest, it’s about letting people work thoughtfully on their own terms. Here’s how async. communication works and why it’s the secret ingredient to team productivity.

How to manage remote employee performance

18 November, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Remote working may be the future, but how do you manage a person you hardly meet? How do you check their progress, balance their workload, give them the right support and steer them to your priorities? This article lays out exactly how remote performance management works – with 0 micromanagement.

How to track a project budget accurately and effortlessly

14 November, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Even if you’ve created a solid budget estimate, you still need to scrupulously manage its spend to ensure your projects stay profitable. Thankfully, it doesn’t require a ton of extra time or effort. Here’s how to track a project budget effortlessly – ensuring all your numbers actually add up.

How do you measure employee engagement?

13 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Employee engagement is notoriously hard to measure, mainly because it is an emotion with no universal definition. There is in fact no single way to calculate it, but managers can use a combination of approaches to gauge it. Here are 5 simple and effective ways to measure employee engagement.

How to set up your phone to stay productive

12 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Smartphones are ancillary to modern work, but as work tools go, they are ridiculously unproductive. To stay focused and work smarter, we need to be more intentional about how we use them and know how we get derailed. Here’s how to set up your phone to stay productive, wherever work takes you.

What high-performing teams look like

11 November, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

High-performing teams are supremly productive, engaged and supportive. While their anatomy may differ across industry and product categories, there are a few general principles that all high-performing teams share. Here’s what high-performing teams look like and how managers can enable them.

How to successfully ask your boss to work remotely

07 November, 2019 • 9 minutes to read

The future of work is distributed, but many employers are still slow on the uptake. Whatever the resistance, companies can no longer ignore the remote work question. If you’re wondering how to raise it, this article’s for you – it outlines exactly how to successfully ask your boss to work remotely.

5 simple boundaries for email

06 November, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

When it comes to digital communication tools, email still rules king. But our most loved tool also has unrivaled power to harm us. To keep email useful, we need to ensure we use it actively and with intention. Set these five boundaries to keep your relationship with email healthy and productive.

The importance of psychological safety at work

05 November, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

“Psychological safety” isn’t a new concept, but it’s fast become one of THE buzzwords in business. More studies are revealing that psychological safety is absolutely vital for team success, engagement, productivity, retention and overall happiness. But what does it actually look like in practice?

After four years in the making, the US Department of Labor has settled on a final ruling to extend overtime law. Coming into effect on January 1, 2020, it will make an extra 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. Here’s exactly what the new ruling means and how to prepare for it.

The best app usage trackers for mobile, web and desktop

31 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Beyond showing how long you spend on your devices, app usage trackers can help you qualify your digital time. They provide an illuminating picture of where your activity to help you become more intentional with your devices. Here's our pick of the best app usage trackers across the device spectrum.

Happy teams are productive teams – but happiness isn’t a given. Managers need to keep a range of different needs and aspirations in balance to keep their teams motivated, content and psychologically safe. Making sure you keep on top of these ten influencing factors is a great place to start.

Why email bans don’t work

29 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Email sits on the boundary between our professional and personal lives – often working its way into our downtime. To try and control it, many companies have introduced out-of-hours email bans, but new research suggests this may actually be harmful. So what can companies do to contain work email?

Metric time: how we made the abstract measurable

28 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In the West, the majority of us rule our lives by standardized clocks and calendars. But scientists still can’t prove that this form of time actually exists. Despite the sheer range of our timekeepers, countable metric time is nothing more than a social creation. But how, exactly, did we get here?

Capacity planning – what it is, how to do it well

24 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While capacity planning is one of the least creative parts of project management, it’s essential you get it right. Without it, you can’t realistically hope to deliver projects on time without compromising others or exhausting your team. Here’s how to nail capacity planning in just 5 simple steps.

What is reverse mentoring – and does it work?

23 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

For decades, businesses have paired new employees with established ones. It’s a great way to help new people learn the ropes, build human connection and engage with their work. Traditionally, that dynamic has flowed in one direction, but “reverse mentoring” is now turning the practice on its head.

Resource planning is essential to project success – making sure tasks are completed on-time without derailing other projects. While there are a lot of variables to balance, a good resource planner tool can simplify the entire process and cut scheduling down to seconds. Here’s our pick of the best.

The building blocks of successful projects

21 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Project success happens by design – through a masterful understanding of resources, timings, budgets and expectations. But how exactly do you go about it? Delivering successful projects starts with understanding the key building blocks behind them. Here’s how to get it right every time.

How to create an intelligent project schedule

17 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Creating a project schedule is one of the first and most important tasks in project planning. Project schedules go well beyond timings to consider risks, communication and resources. But to be truly useful, they need to be grounded in data. Here’s how to create an intelligent project schedule.

How to master digital minimalism

16 October, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Are you constantly exhausted by your devices? Digital minimalism may be the answer! It’s all about sweeping away digital noise to make room for the things that really matter. But is there actually any substance to it? We take a look at what digital minimalism means and how to go about mastering it.

8 OKR tools to keep everyone on-track

15 October, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Nobody likes a work acronym, but “OKR” is one you should come to terms with. When used properly, Objectives and Key Results can superpower company growth, health and happiness. But how do you go about setting them? And how can you simplify the whole process of tracking them? Check out these tools!

How to prepare employees for change

14 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Change at work is inevitable, on-going and healthy – no successul business is ever static. But that doesn’t make it an easy process. We’ve already explored why people resist change at work, but acceptance is another matter. Here’s how to smoothen the transitionand help prepare employees for change.

How to identify and manage project risk

10 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

While project risks can’t be 100% controlled, adopting a culture of risk management is vital to delivering projects successfully. It helps you solve issues flexibly, improve estimates, and make informed decisions when taking on new projects. Here’s exactly how to go about project risk management.

Resource planning – what it is, how to do it well

09 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Project planning isn’t just about listing tasks; you need the foresight to know what resources you need when, and the flexibility to overcome changes to timings and availability. Here’s why resource planning is essential to every successful project – and how to go about curating your own project dream team.

5 of the best tools to improve your concentration

08 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While we produce our best work in a state of deep focus, there seems no end to the tools, tasks and people that break it. Luckily, tons of unobtrusive apps can help improve your focus and protect your productive attention. Here are five of our very favorite tools to improve your concentration.

Team management: a checklist for new managers

07 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Many people fall into team management, rather than actively choosing it. But getting it right from the start is crucial for your success. We’ve put together a simple checklist of actions, to help you cultivate key management skills, connect with your team and balance all your responsibilities.

Project cost management – what it is, how to do it well

03 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Want to improve project profitability, set better rates and run a more efficient business? You’ll want to get on Project cost management. It acts as a powerful budgeting lens, helping you check stock throughout a project’s lifecycle and control costs effectively. Here’s what you need to know.

How much “shallow work” do you perform?

02 October, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Ever have days at work where you’re totally rushed off your feet, but have nothing to really show for it? If so, you might’ve fallen into the shallow work trap. But what is shallow work and why is it so bad for us? More importantly, how can we identify and address our own shallow work problem?

6 essential design collaboration tools

01 October, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While modern design teams are more distributed than ever, there is a ton of software available to help streamline communications, share knowledge and visualize progress. From centralizing all design feedback to delivering assets to developers, here are six essential design collaboration tools.

Biological clocks: how do we feel time?

30 September, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

If time is nothing but change, then the body is our personal benchmark for tracing it. But beyond providing useful milestones, our bodies also directly impact how we experience time. Here’s how bodily rhythms and states enable us to feel time – catch our About Time podcast for the full discussion.

Project scheduling best practices

26 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

We may be biased, but timing is everything when it comes to delivering successful projects. Project focus, client confidence and profitability all suffer when deadlines aren’t respected. To help you stay on course and deliver against what you promise, here’s how to create a robust project schedule.

7 simple team planners for effective collaboration

25 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Good team planners visualize what people are working on, simplify collaboration and help you plan resources thoughtfully across projects. You just need to know what to look for. Showcasing the diversity of design and functionality available, these best-in-class planners are great place to start.

5 project planning oversights to watch out for

24 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While no two projects are the same, many are often derailed by similar problems. From underestimating resources and task durations, to failing to set strict project boundaries, here are five of the most common project planning oversights to watch out for – and what you can do to manage them.

20 ways time tracking helps increase productivity

23 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

From its inception, time tracking has been used to increase productivity. With solutions that can now automatically track all our digital activity, we can uncover rich insights on how we work which let us introduce effective change. Here are just XX ways time tracking helps increase productivity.

Do tight deadlines work?

19 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The productive benefits of deadlines are long established, but increasing pressure doesn’t always produce better results. While tight deadlines can motivate and inspire teams, they can also be wildly self-destructive. Here’s how to set intelligent deadlines that always get the best from your team.

Project timeline templates: 6 simple and adaptable examples

18 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Every solid project plan has a project timeline, to visualize all project work and help coordinate project resources. To streamline your project planning, we’ve pulled a selection of simple project timeline templates, from no-frills solutions that excel at one thing, to sophisticated all-rounders.

5 task management tools for smarter collaboration

17 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Companies are increasingly using tech to make collaboration smarter, from streamlining communication and resource coordination, to helping employees get more done in less time. We analyze the biggest challenges modern teams face, and the best task management tools to keep everyone pulling together.

5 essential time management techniques

16 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

At heart, time management is about managing yourself. The best time management techniques improve the ways you work, minimize distractions and lock your concentration. While there are lots floating about on the internet, here are the five time management techniques that make the biggest difference.

12 essential startup tools: from CRM to payroll

12 September, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Bringing a concept to market requires a specialist set of tools. But with limited budgets and pressure to produce results fast, startups can’t afford to muck around with the wrong ones. Separating wheat from chaff, here are the essential startup tools you need to scale effortlessly – and cheaply!

Should we fear automation?

11 September, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For many, the rise of automation signals mass redundancy, social inequality and an end to purposeful work. But this is only one potential future – and a simplistic one at that. Here’s what an automated future might mean for employees and businesses, from short-term adjustments to life beyond work.

Managing remote teams: 5 essential tools

10 September, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

How do you manage the performance of someone you rarely meet in person? From employee engagement and work visibility, to trans-time zone communication, managing remote employees effectively hinges on a very specific toolkit. Here are the essential tools you need for managing remote teams.

How to keep a work diary: 3 simple methods

09 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Work diaries are one of the most overlooked time management tools going. They aren’t just good for mental health; they are invaluable for managing your performance – highlighting successes, learnings and areas for growth. Here are three simple ways to keep a work diary – from high to low effort.

How to get more done in less time – effortlessly

05 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Delegating, planning and prioritizing can all help increase efficiency, but sometimes there still don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Yet there are several more straight-forward tricks you can introduce to work smarter, not harder. Here are five ways everyone can get more done in less time.

13 indispensable tools for agency growth

04 September, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Many leaders correlate agency growth with building their client base and making more money. But behind each fast-paced business is a stellar team who grow alongside it. From streamlining recruitment to keeping everyone on the same page, here are 13 of the best tools for agency growth.

Timesheet templates: the good, the bad, the pointless

03 September, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Timesheets can be shockingly time consuming, so using a preformatted template makes huge sense. But not all timesheet templates are created equal. Here’s a walk-through of the main timesheet templates you can expect to encounter; including a verdict on their relative quality, utility and efficiency.

How to lead a more adaptive business

02 September, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

In our ever-changing digital landscape, being able to adapt and evolve quickly is crucial. But competitive advantage requires more than just being agile. Companies need to continually rethink and reconfigure themselves to maximize new opportunities. Here’s how to lead a more adaptive business.

How to make an invoice: 3 simple ways

30 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Billing clients is an uninspiring, but necessary part of work. Whether you’re a contractor or business owner, it’s important you get paid on time for all your work. You just need a solid invoicing process to get there. From DIY to automation, here’s how to make a professional invoice.

How can we improve the remote work experience?

29 August, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Increased productivity, satisfaction, savings – remote work seems like an unending list of positives. But for the remote model to work long-term, it needs to be understood in its entirety. Here are some of the most frequently overlooked challenges of working remotely and their practical solutions.

There’s no shortage of architect tools for every stage of project delivery, but the sheer amount of choice can be paralyzing. Yet certain tools have withstood changing trends. Cropping up in almost every architect’s toolkit, here are the 10 essential architecture apps you should know about.

How to slow down time: Marc Wittmann on time perception

27 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

While it’s not the most obvious time management hack, understanding how your brain creates your sense of time can help you understand how to slow down time. Neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann helps explain how time perception works – from the role attention plays to why time seems to speed up.

The best time tracking apps are automatic

22 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

The majority of time tracking apps on the market still depend on heavy manual input. But companies who value accuracy and efficiency are increasingly recognizing that the best time tracking apps are automatic. Here’s how automatic time tracking apps work and why they’re a cut above the rest.

Digital process automation: what it is, how to do it

21 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Digital transformation in a word is “software”. But tooling up can introduce a ton of low-value tasks into your workflows. It’s exactly why more companies are embracing digital process automation to stay agile. Here’s what you know to know about digital process automation and how to go about it.

6 strategies for dealing with work anxiety

20 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

No matter how much we like our jobs, almost all of us will experience anxiety at work. But while stress at work is unavoidable, it should never be crippling. Luckily, it can be effectively managed – try these strategies to minimize work stress and deal with workplace anxiety whenever it strikes.

When you work with limited resources, you need to choose your tools very carefully. The last thing you want is to pay for features you don’t need, or introduce inefficiencies into your workflow. Before you buy any small business technology, make sure it fully satisfies these nine conditions.

27 things you can do with time tracking

15 August, 2019 • 3 minutes to read

Time tracking is mainly seen as a tool for billing clients. But modern tracking tools provide insights that go far beyond this, from unconscious behaviors and productivity, to employee performance and profitability. For those new to the territory, here’s what you can do with automatic time tracking.

What workplace stress looks like

14 August, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

Workplace stress often goes unrecognized and can even be brushed off as ‘normal’ by employees. But work stress is inherently unhealthy and can snowball into bigger problems, if left unchecked. Here’s how to identify and address work-related stress to ensure your health and wellbeing isn’t at risk.

Designer tools: 16 essentials for every design toolkit

13 August, 2019 • 8 minutes to read

Useful concepts are central to every successful designer. But to get there, you need the right tools. Designer tools come and go, but a select few have withstood changing trends and fashions. Cropping up in almost every digital designer’s toolkit, here are the staple tools you should know about.

The normalization of AI: what it means for businesses

12 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Few technologies have captured our imagination like artificial intelligence. Yet from unattainably futuristic, AI has fast become an everyday technology. But how did we get here? How can we understand the normalization of AI? And what does it mean for businesses looking to harness the power of AI?

How to introduce time tracking to your team

08 August, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For many, time tracking is dangerous territory. But it it isn’t actually inherently “good” or “bad”; the approach you take will ultimately determine its value. This guide is all about how to leverage transparency, empathy and trust to introduce time tracking so that your team thrives by it.

The best team management software for growing teams

07 August, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

The flexibility of modern work poses unique new challenges for team management. Thankfully, there is an abundance of team management software to help – but which are the most useful for smaller teams? Which will scale with you as you grow? To fasttrack your research, here’s our pick of the best.

Understanding customer profitability

06 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Customer profitability helps businesses identify how to improve service offerings and strengthen customer relationships. And while it’s notoriously difficult to measure, that doesn’t make it unknowable. Here’s what you need to consider in order to truly understand client profitability.

8 tools for building transparent client relationships

05 August, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

Transparency is central to building strong client relationships. But beyond communicating well with clients, you need to build transparency into your operation. With the help of a few well-chosen tools, it’s easier than it sounds. Here are 8 of the best for building transparent client relationships.

The benefits of time tracking for employees

01 August, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Far from being a means to control, time tracking can enable – helping employees achieve greater self-management and mastery. When adopting time tracking, you need to clearly communicate that value. Check out our infographic, which lays out some of the main benefits of time tracking for employees.

When employee engagement becomes burnout

31 July, 2019 • 5 minutes to read

Employee engagement is often seen as the gateway to competitive advantage. But there is a ceiling to its success. Rather than sustaining and motivating people, it can be the means to their undoing. Here’s how employee engagement becomes burnout, and what you can do to stay on the right side of it.

5 negotiation skills every employee needs

30 July, 2019 • 4 minutes to read

We expect more from our jobs – from flexibility to development. But sometimes we still need to negotiate for what we want. There are several key skills that can help you get what you want without hurting relationships or anyone feeling slighted. Here are 5 negotiation skills every employee needs.

Most of us still believe that time exists somewhere in our universe. But the more scientists investigate time, the more that idea proves to be false. Drawing from his book, The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli helps to explain how we create flowing time in a world where it doesn’t physically exist.

Will time tracking hurt your culture?

25 July, 2019 • 6 minutes to read

For many, time tracking means discipline and surveillance. But in a new era of remote work and autonomy, more people are turning to time tracking to facilitate team collaboration and employee self-management. So is it time to rethink our approach, or will introducing time tracking hurt your culture?

How AI is increasing employee productivity

24 July, 2019 • 7 minutes to read

Enterprise use of AI alone has grown over 270% in the past four years, with one of the biggest draws relating to its huge potential to increase employee productivity. But how exactly does AI create these productive gains? And what should businesses be mindful of in order to enjoy their full effect?

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 • 7 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 • 6 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 • 5 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 5 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 • 6 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 • 5 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 • 6 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 • 5 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 • 7 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 • 5 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 • 7 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.