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Mix Up the Workweek by Setting Your Own "20-Percent Time ...

This article was featured in Lifehacker.com when it came out: "Google has what it calls "20-Percent Time", where its employees spend one day each workweek on projects they're passionate about, while 3M calls its version "15% culture," which "encourages technical employees to spend 15 percent of their time on projects of their own choosing and initiative.""

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3 Goal-setting Tips That Don’t Work (And 3 That Do) — Online Collaboration

We should be more attentive in setting our goals, determining what works in practice, and what only seems effective in theory. By looking at our goal-setting behavior together with the goals themselves, we'll be more likely to accomplish more this year.

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Becoming a Super Worker: 4 Things That Can Boost Your ...

As far as I know there is no radioactive spider, Krypton heritage, or magical power ring that can give a web worker the super powers to meet rushed deadlines and keep going during long work hours.

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From Choke to Flow: Breaking Down Your Creative Blocks — Online ...

On days where our tools, skills and energy come together, our output seems to flow seamlessly. On other days, though, no matter how many tools we use or how many cups of coffee we consume, something seems to be blocking us from getting anything done.

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8 Ways to Use a Whiteboard in Your Home Office

The traditional whiteboard isn’t exactly a hip Web 2.0 app, but it has many uses for the web worker. If you already have one or you’re thinking of getting one, consider these roles it can handle when it comes to your work and life....

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Hard Selling vs. Soft Selling: Which Approach Do You Use With Clients?

“Are you going to buy this or what?” the clerk at the hardware store asked me yesterday, nodding at the new garden shovel I was holding in my hand. The frankness of the question put me off at first, but the urgency in his voice prompted me to act. I...

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Get More Done With a Work Buddy

For the past month, I’ve been working with a “work buddy”. She helps me stay on track with projects, keeps me focused when I’m not feeling motivated and gives me professional advice. She has become my go-to person for almost every concern I have with work....

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How to Take Care of Your Eyes

Knowledge workers tend to abuse their eyes. I know, because I’m guilty of doing it; my nearsightedness has gotten progressively worse since I started working. The only way to slow it down is to take better care of my eyes....

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Does Caffeine Really Affect Productivity?

Most of us web workers have a relationship with caffeine. Whether we use tea or coffee as creative fuel, or use coffee shops as our offices, caffeine has become an essential part of our professional lives. But how exactly does caffeine affect us?...

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Ask WWD: How Do You Charge for Your Time?

WWD recently received a great question from a reader regarding contracts, terms and pricing. Celine Roque and Aliza Sherman partnered to address this question....

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Keep Going: How to Create and Maintain New Habits

Web workers are creatures of habit. Those of us who are lucky enough to control all aspects of our work — schedule, location, process, and output — depend on such habits. How, then, do we then maintain our good habits while avoiding the bad ones?...

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How to Reset Your Body Clock

My ideal workday usually starts at 3:00 am and ends three hours later – which means that I have the rest of the morning to do chores and run errands. Now, because I’ve spent the entire weekend reading until late in the afternoons, I wake up at 4:00 pm, which...

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The Social Media Resume: Making Your Mark in a Web 2.0 World

When I bought a domain name based on my full name, I had no idea what to do with it. I didn’t want to create a blog, as it would be high maintenance, but I wanted to use it for my work. Then I had the idea of using it...

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Can Listening to Music Boost Your Productivity?

Almost everyone I know listens to music while working. When I ask them why, the reasons are varied. Some say it’s to perk themselves up as they start their workday or to drown background noise. Others claim that listening to music helps them work better....

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You Don't Need a Muse: How to Get your Work Done When You're Not Inspired

So how do we ‘get to work’ when our hearts aren’t in it?...