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Overcome Procrastination

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“By Mike Fishbein of Mike Fishbein”

9 Surprisingly Effective Strategies (Backed by Science!)

I procrastinated on writing this article.

I know that it’s a topic that my readers will love and that my ideas will be immediately valuable to them. And therefore, writing and publishing it will help me achieve my long-term goals for this blog.

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Factory Workers Quit

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” By Danielle Paquette, of Washinton Post”

INDIANAPOLIS • Kipp Glenn grew tired of standing for eight-hour shifts, assembling steel furnace doors. His knees ached from 25 years on the concrete factory floor. So even after President Donald Trump made his job at Carrier a symbol of American prosperity and vowed to save it, the Indiana native took a buyout.

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Stressful, Dangerous and Great

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” By April Fulton, of NPR”

If you think your job is more stressful than it should be, you’re not alone.

Americans work hard, and it takes a physical and mental toll, not to mention that it frequently cuts into personal time, according to a comprehensive survey on working conditions the nonpartisan RAND Corporation published Monday. But having a good boss and good friends on the job can make work feel less taxing.

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What makes Amazon different

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“By Matt Wienberger , Business Insider contributor”

Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon’s massively profitable $14 billion Amazon Web Services cloud computing business, thinks that there’s something that people miss in the broader conversation around the retail giant.

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5 Strategies Waking up

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“Article Courtesy of Business Financial Range

Many of us struggle with not only waking up but getting out of bed, which isn’t the most encouraging way to start the day. Fortunately, it’s possible to develop habits that will make waking up less of a struggle. Below are five tips to get you started.

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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“By Michael Hyatt, of MichaelHyatt.com”

“Early in my career, I was the marketing director for a book publishing company. Because of my workload and the ongoing pressure to produce results, I felt overwhelmed.

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Walking The Tightrope Of Life

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“By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief”

Many of us, particularly busy leaders, struggle to achieve and maintain proper balance in our lives. We seek to succeed at work while simultaneously being there for our families and loved ones. We have a strong sense of community and want to give back to those around us while also ensuring that we attend to our emotional, spiritual, and health-related needs on a regular basis.

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Establish Clear Work-Home Boundaries

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“By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief.com”

One of the biggest challenges for any employee is to establish clear boundaries separating work from home. Many people fall into this trap regularly, bringing their domestic challenges to the workplace and/or making their homes an extension of the office. While doing so may make sense or feel right in the moment, it can have negative repercussions, particularly if done regularly.

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This Is Taking A $3,300 Bite Out Of Your Paycheck Every Year

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“By Mike Timmermann, of Clark.com”

You have a job to make money and provide for your family, but the simple act of going to work might cost you thousands of dollars every single year!

How much you’re spending just to go to work:

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Ensuring Remote Productivity: How To Work Effectively With People Who Aren’t Sitting Right Next To You?

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“By Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro”

“Quality means doing it right even when no one is looking.” — Henry Ford, American automaker.

A lot of what we used to know about working with others changes when our coworkers sit 10,000 miles away, instead of 10 feet away. Today we have to add “working with remote colleagues” to our basic skill set, whether that involves an outsourced contractor, a headquarters or field office in another country, those working in home offices, or a colleague temporarily transferred.

And here’s the kicker: ensuring remote productivity isn’t just the responsibility of the team leader. Everyone owns responsibility for it. So what can you do to ensure you and your remote coworkers stay jointly productive?

Aside from the things you’d do with any other coworker, you can try these measures:

1. Study your coworker’s culture, if it’s different from your own. A familiar greeting can score you brownie points with a new remote partner. Furthermore, knowing what not to do can avoid culture clashes. In some cultures, people prefer to be called by their full first names, rather than a shortened version like Rob or Ray. In others, they readily accept nicknames to make communication easier.

2. Establish a common organization culture. If you both work for the same team, you should establish a procedure that works most productively for all involved, without insisting on doing things your way. Find some common ground where you can meet. Not only does it make communication and paperwork easier, a common culture fosters camaraderie.

3. Communicate often. Since your waking/working hours may be entirely opposite, as they would be if you worked with someone from Indonesia or Australia, make sure to respond to emails right away. If not, instead of a 24 lag, you could have a 48 hour lag, which is bad for business. Try to batch your questions in fewer emails. Also answer your remote partner’s questions and requests as completely as possible; don’t answer one part of the email while ignoring another, because you may be preventing them from moving forward.

4. Arrange workable teleconference times when everyone in the group can attend, no matter where they are in the world. Or tradeoff who will have the early mornings or late nights. It may require a great deal of compromise to find a time when everyone can meet. For example, you may need to stay up until 11 PM if that coincides with your remote partner’s morning shift. Try to switch around the inconveniences, and keep the teleconferences both short and to a minimum, knowing that someone may be calling in from home with children running around.

5. Establish blackout periods. These represent the opposite of set communication times—periods when team members, especially those living in distant time zones, should be left alone. Aside from sleep and rest times, take into account religious holidays and high holy days like Christmas, the Queen’s birthday, Yom Kippur, Ramadan, etc. Be patient with delays from people who are celebrating holidays and taking vacations, just as you would want them to do for you.

6. Set clear milestones and deadlines. Make everyone aware of when a particular task or project is due—and take into account the International Dateline—not just time zones. A colleague once missed a deadline simply because he didn’t realize his client lived in the Far East. The project was due on November 1, and that’s when he turned it in; but by then, it was November 2 where his remote partner worked.

7. Share feedback regularly. Tell each other how well you’re doing, and talk about any challenges, especially if they’re based on cultural differences. One person may take on incredible amounts of work just to impress their supervisors and then can’t turn in their projects on time. On the other hand, they may think you’re lazy if you don’t overwork yourself! Whatever the case, keep talking and work to find solutions that satisfy everyone.

Remote Possibilities

If you work in the white-collar world, you’ll almost certainly end up working with or supervising remote coworkers at some point. How you handle them will vary according to whether they work from home in the suburbs a dozen miles away, a few states away, or in another country. But some considerations apply to anyone in a remote work environment. Given the unique nature of each such situation, you’ll surely work out additional guidelines to help you keep up with your faraway comrades.

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