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Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont. Turbocharge your writing today : Naturejobs. The Open Plan Office Trap: Why It Pays To Work Alone. There is a prevailing notion that open plan offices foster open communication among staff and make for a livelier workplace.

The Open Plan Office Trap: Why It Pays To Work Alone

But they are also facing a backlash as people begin to realise their shortcomings. We take a deeper look at the pros and cons of open plan offices and why working alone is underrated. Open plan office image from Shutterstock If you visit the offices of most start-ups, chances are you’d be greeted with wide open spaces where some people don’t even have their own desks (hot-desking is so hot right now, natch). Gone are the ugly cubicles that had been an institution in offices for so long. It’s no wonder larger organisations are now in favour of open plan offices as well. Not only that, open plan layouts can reduce costs associated with buying and installing office furniture, equipment and utilities. So there are some business advantages to ditching the cubicle, but an open plan office isn’t this perfect work paradise where everything just works seamlessly together. 10 free tools to make your work easier. Whether you’re a CEO or a student, we bet that you’re busy.

10 free tools to make your work easier

We’ve put together a list of our ten favourite free tools to add hours to your day. Trello Trello, where have you been all our life? Trello is the perfect tool to organise your work and your life. This visual list tool can help you lead large-scales project at work, and even manage your housemates. Slack Slack is a communication tool including live-messaging, archiving and a search system.

StayFocusd Do you waste time on social media or online shopping when you should be working? Canva Canva turns you into a graphic designer. Google Drive and Google Docs Get access to your files anywhere with Google Drive. Boomerang Use Boomerang with Gmail to schedule when you send emails and get reminders if you don’t hear back after sending an important email. Pocket Pocket is a read-it-later app with more than 10 million users.

Coffitivity LastPass. Start Every Day as a Producer, Not a Consumer. I have to agree that my most productive days are those where I don't allow myself to read the news, check e-mail, facebook, etc., right after I get up.

Start Every Day as a Producer, Not a Consumer

However, that happens because I've got a ton of stuff to get done, and the outside world takes a back seat until my workload is under control. However, there are certain biological necessities that have to happen before I can be productive. The dog gets let out, I go to the bathroom, I eat/drink something, and *then* I sit down to be productive. I also *have* to check my e-mail, because if something blew up overnight or there's something that needs to be dealt with ASAP, I need to know as early as possible. I've found that reading my e-mail on my phone curbs the impulse to respond to everything immediately, because composing a lengthy e-mail on a tiny touchscreen sucks. Flagged. The "Perfect" GTD Desk. 3 Easy Ways To Review Your To Do List Regularly. GTD Toolbox: 100+ Resources for Getting Things Done. Getting Things Done, also abbreviated as GTD, is a popular time management productivity method created by David Allen.

GTD Toolbox: 100+ Resources for Getting Things Done

The method is just as popular today as it was back in 2007 when we ran our GTD Ninja post featuring more than 50 apps to help you be more productive and organized. But there are a host of new applications out there to help you be even more productive this year. Below are more than 100 of them. What are your favorite GTD tools? Tell us more about them in the comments. Complete Solutions iGTD - A free Mac OS X app. Kinkless GTD - Free Applescripts for OmniOutliner Pro for implementing GTD-style task management. OmniFocus - A Mac OS X GTD system that also works with your iPhone. tasktoy - A GTD app that includes printable lists and mobile access.

Todoist - A simple GTD app with a built-in calendar, Gmail integration, and more. GTDInbox - A Firefox addon for using Gmail for GTD. Nexty - A PHP GTD tool that you can install on a local server. TaskFreak! Collect and Process Notezz! Getting Things Done®, GTD® and David Allen & CO.