Why you need to turn off your email every weekend [LONG FORM]

Posted by Annemie Burger on February 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Working 24/7 is all too easy when work emails and company Whatsapp groups bleed over into your personal ‘off’ time, but never giving yourself a break leads to burnout, frustration and in the long term, both inefficiency and unhappiness.

 

Work emails in particular are difficult to switch off from because quick responses and replies out of office hours are seen as signs of productivity and dedication to your clients. At least they do... superficially. “After a generation’s experience with email, a decade’s experience with smartphones, we are discovering that these technologies do not automatically make us more productive or give us more time with our kids,” writes Andrew Anthony in The Guardian, “Rather, they have tended to grind work down to a fine powder that spreads out right through our day.”

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Does working by the hour make you more productive?

Posted by Annemie Burger on January 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

It’s not uncommon in this day and age for people in various industries to work as hourly workers, and marketers log their time by the hour. Many businesses secure the hourly services of skilled workers or freelancers to complete certain tasks within a deadline, and they get paid hourly to do so.

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What kind of procrastinator are you? [QUIZ]

Posted by Penquin on December 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Have you ever wondered why you struggle to make decisions or fear the unknown? Why do you live for that last minute adrenaline rush or find it hard to say no to more on your plate? You might be a pro at procrastination.

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How to be more productive

Posted by Annemie Burger on December 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

After reading thousands of articles on how to be more productive, we’ve discovered there are only a few ways to achieve this elusive goal in today’s day and age. Productivity is not only about achieving more in less time, but also using the available tools, techniques and tips to improve your overall results.

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What kind of clutterer are you?

Posted by Annemie Burger on October 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM

If your desk looks like a tornado went through the office, your cupboards are overflowing with disorganised notes and you’re constantly struggling to find what you want, you’re probably a clutterer.

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How to achieve that elusive Inbox Zero

Posted by Annemie Burger on October 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Making Email Your Productivity Super-Sidekick in 5 Steps

A lack of productivity in the workplace is usually blamed on email overload, and the inability to get anything done because of the sheer volume of digital love-letters we receive from clients, suppliers, marketers, and admin services.

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Get your creatives to fill out their timesheets

Posted by Alison Leishman on September 9, 2016 at 1:17 PM

It comes as no surprise to business owners that creatives hate filling out their timesheets. It’s finicky and detailed, but it’s essential for client billing, and without it employers struggle to determine the profitability of jobs.

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The project management mistakes you're making

Posted by Penquin on September 5, 2016 at 11:13 AM

It’s important to plan, organise and manage your efforts when it comes to various projects. However, this can go wrong very quickly when not well executed. The project management landscape has changed considerably due to technological advances, and management applications like Trello and Basecamp making their appearance. They’ve changed the way in which businesses communicate, operate and manage their team members and business revenue. A report on the cost of bad project management by Gallup Business Journal notes that businesses care more about whether projects are completed rather than how effectively they’re completed. Despite this, a mere 2.5% of companies successfully complete 100% of their projects.

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7 Ways to say no to your boss

Posted by Lucille Moreton on August 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Saying “no” to your boss can be difficult, especially when a “yes” is expected from you. Step out of your comfort zone and tell your boss to shove it (politely, of course). Chantalle Blikman, a writer and co-founder of Want2Discover, states that her boss once asked her to work on a Saturday which she politely accepted. She dreaded the idea of working that day and came up with an excuse that she forgot her dad’s “pretend birthday”. This is only one example proving that it really isn’t worth saying “yes” when you are not able to.

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The open office is up for debate

Posted by Lucille Moreton on August 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Open plan offices have become so pervasive that walking into an office with cubicles or actual offices can seem unusual. Offices with doors are reserved for upper management and other decision makers. The average office worker is encouraged to make do with a 2m² space in which they are expected to stay for 8 hours a day, sitting on their chair, surrounded by at least 7 employees who are all in earshot; all trying to get their work done.

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