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Disorganized? Stressed Out? You Could be Hurting Your Health
Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:50 PM
Google the phrase "disorganization and stress" and 384,000 results pop up. In .25 seconds flat. Whoa. But Googling isn't the only way of knowing disorganization is linked to stress, just feel your own blood pressure rise as you search messy desk piles for a crucial missing document. Stressed out? Heck yeah! Being disorganized means more than just... Read More...
LEAN on Me: Using the 5 Whys to Eliminate Stress from Your Day-to-Day
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:45 PM
Eliminate the unnecessary. This could be a bumper sticker for the "stress less" ethos we advocate in the Beyond Folders Blog. From purging unused paperwork, computer files or jettisoning low-priority, time wasting tasks, the Beyond Folders bloggers advocate organizing your work and home life to achieve balance, efficiency and maximum productivity. Regular... Read More...
Wanted: Creative Thinkers
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:22 PM
What does it take to be a CEO? Brains, business acumen, vision, drive? All good guesses but according to a new study by IBM, creativity is the most important leadership quality for CEOs. Generating Creativity At Beyond Folders, we frequently blog about how to enhance critical skills for workplace success. Reading about the IBM study's finding that creativity... Read More...
Tackle Your To-Do List with Time-Blocking
Thursday, August 05, 2010 2:28 PM
Do you suffer from the "too-much-to-do-and-too-little-time-to-do-it" syndrome? Is your to-do list perpetually unfinished? If these are familiar laments, it's time for time-blocking. Time-blocking is the process of designating specific blocks of time each day for tackling particular activities or tasks. Commonsense (and a host of studies) shows that... Read More...
Stress Less: Keeping Work Worries in Check
Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:04 PM
Deadlines, shrinking budgets, economic uncertainty: work provides plenty of sources of stress. How to keep stress at bay, or at least keep it from ballooning into full-fledged burnout? To begin, do a stress check. Are you experiencing any of the physical or mental affects of stress ? Attention . How is your focus? Energy levels? Are they off? Mood . Are you less... Read More...
Developing Emotional Intelligence: Putting on Your “Feeling” Cap
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:33 PM
Ever since author Daniel Goleman wrote Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ the business and life-coaching world has been abuzz about EI's role in creating success. But what exactly is emotional intelligence, why is it considered so important and what role if any does it have in the business world? Do You Know Your EQ? Plays Well With Others... Read More...
Working Out Summer Vacations
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 9:37 AM
Summer officially kicked off at the end of June which means summer vacation season is upon us. With two-thirds of all employees planning a s ummer break from work , coordinating vacation schedules to maximize employee downtime while maintaining productivity is a must. Translation: Not everyone can head to the beach at the same time. As we've discussed in... Read More...
How’s the Tunnel Coming? Tracking Long Term Projects
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:34 AM
It took 20 years for the character Andy Dufresne to tunnel his way to freedom in the Oscar winning movie The Shawshank Redemption . While most of us will never tackle a project of this scope, we all face long-term projects in the workplace. How best to track progress? There is no one size-fits-all answer. Large companies, with deep pockets and dedicated project... Read More...
Problem? Solved.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 10:21 AM
By Candie Harris Problems and workplaces go hand-in-hand. No matter the size of the company, the scope of the dilemma, problems are as inescapable in the workplace as well, work. While problems cropping up may be beyond your control, problem- solving... Read More...
Stop the Multitasking Madness
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:03 AM
Hold a conference call. Juggle Much? Stop the Madness! Respond to an email. Add a contact in Outlook. Sign an expense voucher. Text a co-worker. ..... At the same time. No. You are not an octopus. You are a typical multitasker at work. Despite the demands of our 24-7-365 culture, the latest research shows that the typical human brain is not wired for multitasking... Read More...
Problem Solving at Work (Part II)
Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:37 AM
My last post discussed why problems arise in the workplace and how we typically deal with them when they do. In this post, we will take a closer look at the problem solving process. "Nothing gives one so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." A article on resolving conflict at work cites... Read More...
Working at 30,000 Feet
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:41 AM
In the film Up in the Air , George Clooney's character, Ryan Bingham, is obsessed with the elite status that comes with earning 10 million frequent flyer miles. While we might not aspire to be a Bingham , many of us can relate to his life as an airborne business traveler. Up In The Air In 2009, 48% of adults in the U.S. traveled by air for business purposes... Read More...
Stop the Multitasking Madness
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:03 AM
Hold a conference call. Respond to an email. Add a contact in Outlook. Sign an expense voucher. Text a co-worker. ..... At the same time. No. You are not an octopus. You are a typical multitasker at work. Despite the demands of our 24-7-365 culture, the... Read More...
Dealing with Distractions at Work
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 10:49 AM
We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves. - Alice Bloch n April, the international community marked the 40 th anniversary of Earth Day with events like climate rallies and forums on building a green economy. Despite our rising... Read More...
Problem Solving at Work (Part I)
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:45 AM
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them" - Albert Einstein Whatever we do for a living, we usually encounter problems in the course of our workday. Large and small, they are all around us. Yet, despite their strong presence, most of us go about the everyday business of problem solving rather unconsciously... Read More...
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