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3 Ways to Prevent and Stop Procrastination

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Procrastination is tricky and everyone struggles with it. I’m a remote worker so the dangers of procrastination are everywhere. According to this post by the Association for Psychological Science, up to 20% of people might be chronic procrastinators. That’s scary so what can we do about it?

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Here are a few tips and tricks to fight the urge to procrastinate:

1. Frustrate Your Procrastination with Learned Behavior

According to researchers in post mentioned above, developing a strong understanding of the damage caused by procrastination as a learned behavior can actually frustrate you to the point of simply avoiding future procrastinating.

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Quick Tip: Simple Scheduling

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Introduction to “Quick Tips”
I decided to start a “Quick Tips” section on the site simply because I’m a productivity nut and feel like this is the perfect outlet for simple simple tricks and tips that we’ve found in our life as remote workers.

Simple Scheduling

Today, I’m addressing simple scheduling because it’s a lifesaver! I’m on the phone or in some sort of meeting all day and the scheduling aspect of that is pure insanity. It’s kind of driving me crazy so I set out to find a solution.

It’s a simple scheduling app called “You Can Book Me“. Some of you might have heard of this, but if you haven’t, I would highly recommend it! It’s basically a spreadsheet of 30 minute time blocks laid out and translated directly from your Google Calendar. Give someone the link and let them book a 30 minute block of your time without the back and forth of negotiating a specific time. It’s that simple.

Here’s what mine looks like:

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Have you tried this approach? Let us know how it worked for you in the comments!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Networking with Your Colleagues

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Have you ever received a friend request on Facebook from a work colleague? If so, you might have been hesitant to accept it, but feared you couldn’t refuse because it might send the wrong message. When put on the spot to connect with your boss, manager, or another coworker, you might not have any choice but to accept. If you do, here are some pointers on how to keep your social networking activities work appropriate on the top social networks.


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Time Management: How to Increase Your Productivity

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Bloated to-do lists and procrastination are productivity killers—it’s easy to get overwhelmed when there are 28 overdue tasks on your reminders list. So we’re always looking for the perfect time management system that helps us focus on what needs to get done, and block out the distractions that derail efficiency. Whether it’s a regimented plan or a daily centering of your goals, a truly effective productivity strategy motivates you without totally disrupting the workday.

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Telepresence: Our Robot Colleagues

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Telepresence is a combination of technologies that lets you feel like you are present somewhere other than your actual location. Most of us are familiar with it in one form or another. Standard video conferencing applications as well as your personal smartphone can all be considered “telepresence” but there are also more “far out” forms of telepresence too. My favorite is robots!


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Photo Courtesy of PhotoAtelier

These robots are basically Skype on wheels and can be driven around simply by pressing the arrow keys on your computer keyboard. The sound and video quality are great – and there’s even the possibility to share screens.

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How to Deal with Angry Customers

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Whether you have an online or offline business, at some point, you will have to deal with angry customers. Sometimes it might be your fault, but often, customers become angry about things that are beyond your control. No matter what the circumstance, the way you handle your angry customers will ultimately affect the success of your business. In this post, we’re going to look at the art of how to deal with angry customers.

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Infographic: Is Business Travel Still Relevant?

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For The Road

If you’re thinking about cutting back on travel as a way to conserve your business’s revenue during these challenging economic times, you might want to think again. While sending employees around the world to seek out new opportunities for your business may seem like a distant dream, consider the fact 15 major industries have concluded that business travel can lead to more sales and produce more profit. With this in mind, eliminating travel expenses altogether from your business budget may not be the best idea.

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How to Form a Habit, A Scientific Approach

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A great daily routine is the holy grail of productivity. But the building blocks for that routine, habits, are tough to start, and even harder to change. Whether you want to meditate more, drink more water, or floss more than twice a month, these psychology-backed strategies can help you develop a new habit and keep it from fading.


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How a habit is born

You probably already know what a habit is (heck, you probably have a few of your own) but here’s a basic definition: a habit is behavior that an individual performs over and over again, sometimes automatically. But what turns a behavior into a habit?

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How We Launch New Products and Features

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Launching something new is difficult and risky. Doing it wrong can cost you. The only way to make sure you’re not in the trenches is a solid process that can be repeated and measured.

Be a Space Ship

Can you imagine the amount of thought that goes into a NASA space launch? According to this fantastic post, before it’s bureaucratic demise, the Space Shuttle was the most complex machine ever built. It was constructed with over 2.5 million parts and 230 miles of wiring. It was an incredibly complicated endeavor which required the highest levels of thought and preparation.

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I’m not advocating spending unnecessary years in your product launch, but thinking through each and every case is the only way to avoid serious mistakes. In this post, I will outline our process for launching new features at Sqwiggle. It’s not quite rocket science, but we do things in a particularly decisive manner and I believe it serves us well.

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Sweden’s 6-hour Workday Could be the Answer to Higher Productivity

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An experiment in Sweden is going to test whether six-hour workdays for government employees lead to higher productivity and fewer sick days. It’s not the first of its kind, though. Several experiments like this have been tried in Sweden before, with most failing to show promising results. Some caused so much tension among employees who were and weren’t part of the experiment that they were given up on.

Sweden’s not doing too bad already in terms of how many hours they work on average. Compared to other countries around the world, there are plenty of others that could do with cutting back a bit:


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