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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Time tracking for small businesses

16 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While making good use of time is crucial to staying profitable, for small businesses it’s a basic matter of survival. So, you shouldn’t have to waste any time understanding where it goes. It’s exactly why we designed Timely – the first fully automatic time tracking tool for small businesses.

Hire for diversity

12 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

As businesses, we are uniquely positioned to challenge the deep-rooted trends that determine who has access to opportunity – and true workplace diversity only serves to strengthen our productive and creative output. Here’s how to hire for diversity without making the whole thing two-dimensional.

44 everyday time management tips

10 October, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

As the one finite resource we all share, we could all be a bit more careful with our time. But for those of us really looking to get more out of time, we first need to master it. Here are 44 simple time management tips to help you towards a more productive, enjoyable and meaningful everyday.

How to prioritize and get work done

09 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Sad truth: most of us suck at getting work done – we let small tasks and last-minute requests steal time from our most important tasks. And it’s largely due to our obsession with deadlines over value. Here’s how to prioritize to make sure you focus on what’s most important, not just most pressing.

How to know if freelancing is for you

03 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Hype aside, packing up your 9–5 job to start freelancing can be downright scary. And if you’ve never actually done it before, how do you know if freelancing is right for you? Before you dive in feet first, make sure you know where you stand against these essential freelancer traits.

Six of the best Android apps for business

01 October, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Mobile work is becoming increasingly normalized with every new tech development. And the sheer amount of it we can do from our phones is insane. From capitalizing on travel time to moving projects forward, here are the six of the best Android apps for business you should keep in your pocket.

How to avoid post-vacation stress

27 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Many of us don’t take all our vacation entitlement for fear of returning to a mountain of work. While returning to work after a vacation will always be unpleasant, it shouldn’t make you anxious or interrupt your quality time away. Try this winning strategy to avoid the worst of post-vacation stress.

What every business should know about itself

27 September, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In business, self-knowledge is everything; you can’t function or grow without it. Going beyond the obvious information – like knowing your cash flow situation and target market – this list shines a light on the less overt, but equally important factors that every business should know about itself.

The biggest challenges freelancers face

26 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

While being your own boss can sound like a dream, freelancing comes with a unique set of new challenges. They can be terrifying to navigate and as a freelancer you’re pretty much alone in solving them! We break down the biggest freelance problems we’ve encountered and how to go about fixing them.

Work burnout: causes and cures

24 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Work burnout happens to the best of us and it isn’t just down to working too much. While stress and long hours do add up, work burnout is often the sum of more subtle factors. Keep these serial causes of work burnout – and their cures – in mind to protect you and your team from its worst effects.

Task trackers: what they are, why you need one

21 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When it comes to performance, every detail matters. Task tracking can provide you with a ton of practically useful insights to help improve essential project management and profitability. While there’s no one hack for mastering your workflow, task trackers are pretty much the next best thing.

How learning can help you manage work stress

20 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Stressed at work? The best stress management technique is probably one you’ve never considered. No massage chairs, no therapy dogs needed. See why a little regular self-attention in the form of learning has been scientifically proven to reduce work stress and build personal resilience.

How to procrastinate constructively

12 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Procrastination is often seen as a vice we all need to cure. But some of the most successful people in the world have been procrastinators. There’s a lot to be said for this completely healthy and useful part of our natural creative process. Here’s how constructive procrastination helps us win big.

Five ways to improve employee motivation

06 September, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Motivation is a staple feature of every successful workforce. But it’s also one of the hardest to maintain. While no singular approach works consistently, every company can improve employee motivation and performance by prioritizing a few things – from employee autonomy to recognition and respect.

The emotional cost of productivity

31 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected, progress-obsessed world, it’s hard not to ask more of our own performance. But while some level of challenge is good, we need to recognize the emotional cost of productivity. Using Elon Musk as an example, we explore why success is as much about attitude as hard work.

Is your team workload management fair?

29 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Maintaining a fair team workload is no mean feat – but failing to do so can absolutely kill team productivity and morale. This practical guide breaks down how to approach team workload management and the team management tools that help you support and enable a vibrant team of motivated specialists.

Admin costs us tons in lost work productivity

28 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

While we all have a hunch that admin hold holds us back, the degree to which tasks like accounting, expensing and time tracking limit our work productivity is staggering. With excessive bureaucratic processes swallowing up to 25% of a company’s productive power, it’s time to take back control.

Time tracking for agencies

24 August, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Agency time tracking is boring, unnatural and wildly unproductive, but without it nobody can get paid. As much as we hate time tracking, it isn’t going anywhere. It’s exactly why we built Timely – the first automatic time tracking app to track and log hours for all your employees while they work.

The pillars of a thriving agency culture

23 August, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Agency culture can be hard to define. Ask ten people what it means and you’ll get ten different answers. But getting it right is essential for long-term success. It makes the difference between progression and regression, engagement and disillusionment. So what makes a thriving agency culture?

How to make "remote" work

22 August, 2018 • 7 minutes to read

While the idea of remote work is not new, going “remote” is now easier than ever. But not every story ends in success. This guide – informed by Timely remote workers’ 17 cumulative years of experience – explores what remote workers and managers can practically do to make “remote” work for everyone.

4 ways to maximize team collaboration

20 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

In business, your people will always be your biggest asset. But effective teams require more than just smart hires. In a changing landscape of flexible working, in-house consultancy and remote lifestyles, we explore how businesses can rise to new teamwork challenges and maximize team collaboration.

The dangerous power of habit

09 August, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

When it comes to change, humans have a funny way of stalling their own progress. A lot of us regularly rely on hard-wired habit to make decisions, even though it's highly irrational and limiting. We explore exactly why overcoming habit is essential for enabling personal growth and long-term happiness.

Is remote work healthy?

07 August, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Fitter, happier, more productive – is remote work too good to be true? As a company with a 40% remote workforce, we know remote work isn’t for everyone. This article breaks down the impact remote work has on mental and emotional health, to help you decide if it’s the healthy choice for you.

Technological innovation is a healthy and wholly expected part of running a business. But your new technology is completely pointless until people actually adopt it. We look at some of the main reasons people resist technological change and explore strategies to encourage rapid technology adoption.

How to only run effective meetings

25 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

People love to hate on meetings, but it’s for good reason – unproductive meetings cost the US economy alone $25 million a day. Yet meetings are still essential vehicles for cross-company collaboration. We explore six different ways to lead more effective meetings and control your hidden internal costs.

The anxiety trade-off: should you work on vacation?

24 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

In our hyper-connected world, working on vacation has become a very real option for a lot of people. But even if you can now work from anywhere, should you? We explore the psychological factors driving people to work on vacation and how to find out if you’re actually ready to take the plunge.

Time tracking for consultants

20 July, 2018 • 5 minutes to read

Timely is an automatic time tracking app designed with the active consultant lifestyle in mind. We caught up with a few who already use the tool to see how they use it to bill honestly across clients, create profitable estimates and improve their own efficiency.

No one wants to work on vacation, but for some it’s unavoidable. Yet vacations exist for a reason: you *need* a break. To keep the balance between work and play just right, we’ve put together a working vacation checklist for staying healthy, productive and happy.

Time tracking for teams

11 July, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Time tracking provides teams with essential work transparency. We designed Timely as a tool employees can actually trust, to help everyone in your team become the master of their own performance. By tracking all your team’s time automatically, everyone can just get back to what’s actually important.

Should developers track their time?

05 July, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

When you work in irregular flows, is there any point in tracking time? While it’s hard for developers to value their work in time increments, time tracking can still massively improve their self-management and productivity. We explore the benefits and best software for developer time tracking.

AI productivity apps for every professional

25 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

AI is becoming an increasingly normal feature of the workplace, with thousands of professionals integrating AI apps into their workflows to automate and simplify tasks. We explore how AI increases workplace productivity and the essential AI apps every professional should have.  

A change of plan can increase employee engagement

21 June, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Research shows that creating a simple daily plan can increase employee engagement – but choosing the wrong type of plan can actually harm it. We explore time management planning and contingency planning to discuss exactly how employees can make the right plan to stay engaged and in control.

Time tracking for developers

18 May, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Despite working in highly irregular creative flows, developers can get a ton out of time tracking. See why Timely is the time tracking app of choice for developers looking to continuously improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability – whether freelance, remote or agency-based.

The best employee time clock isn’t a time clock

10 May, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Every company can benefit from employee time tracking. But as our tools turn digital, manual time clocks aren’t up to the job. We explore how time clocks work against employers, how modern time clock apps repeat their mistakes, and how automatic time tracking apps solve the problem.

The concept of “tracking” is scary, but in the workplace, it's essential for improving employee productivity. We explore the careful decisions managers and developers need to make in order to avoid supporting tracking tools that beat the very people they were designed to serve.

KPIs for measuring employee performance

18 April, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Measuring employee performance is an essential part of assessing your business’ financial health. Since your people are your biggest asset, you need to ensure your investment in them is actually paying off. We’ve put together some of the best universal KPIs businesses can use to quickly check high-level employee productivity and effectiveness.

How to work productively at a coffee shop

18 April, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Studies suggest working from a café can boost our productivity. But with all the noise, bustle and abundance of caffeine, it's not always easy. We've condensed the art form of productive coffee shop working into a compact guide, to help you get the most from flexible working.

A freelancer’s guide to managing multiple projects

11 April, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Freelancers, look no further. If you’re taking on more clients and wondering how to keep all your projects on-track, take a peek at this handy guide. We lay down the key project components you need to keep in order, as well as the tools which make managing multiple projects second nature.

How to motivate employees to track time

27 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Since time tracking began, managers have been hounding employees to log their hours. It’s a problem many companies still haven’t cracked, but we think we have: the best way to motivate employees to track time is to remove the dreaded burden entirely.

The top 10 benefits of time tracking apps

23 March, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

We’ve been using time clocks and timers for centuries, but more of us are increasingly turning to time tracking apps – either on desktop, web or mobile devices – to do the job. Why? We asked Timely users that very question to find out the main benefits.

Time tracking helps employee management

09 March, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking and employee management go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t manage teams, spread workloads, reduce costs or improve employee performance without tracking employee time. Our short infographic breaks down the key time tracking insights which enable effective day-to-day employee management.

Distractions at work: deal with every type

27 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Workplace distractions cost businesses thousands in productive time every day and stop employees from producing their most satisfying focused work. We explore the main work distractions we face on a daily basis to discuss what you can actively do about them. Beware: many distractions are structural.

Office design isn’t just about physical space

26 February, 2018 • 4 minutes to read

Thinking of redesigning your office? Read this first. Office design can make or break wellbeing and productivity. We assess the strengths and pitfalls of modern office design trends to explore what a good office design looks like, and why it goes well beyond simply styling a physical space.

Put task tracking in perspective

22 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Most project managers already use task tracking tools for organization. But few actually know what’s going on operationally. Time tracking helps managers turn lists of project tasks into meaningful data they can actually learn from – keeping projects efficient, profitable and to schedule.

The huge benefits of project task tracking

09 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Project task tracking reveals a whole host of insights which help you improve project management, budget estimation and timeline scoping. And it doesn’t need to require any extra administrative effort. We explore just how project task tracking helps you run efficient projects and how to go about it.

Create a killer project dashboard

09 February, 2018 • 3 minutes to read

Project dashboards are lifesavers. From weekly project status reports and stakeholder updates to real-time project monitoring, dashboards quickly show you everything you need to know. We explain how to create a killer project dashboard without fiddling around with confusing segmentation rules.

Increase employee productivity with time tracking

02 February, 2018 • 2 minutes to read

Time tracking offers a huge opportunity for increasing productivity, helping employees become more efficient and engaged with work. We look at exactly how tracking time can increase employee productivity, and the time tracking tools that make sure you don’t waste more time getting there.