Why do notifications damage productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I’m sitting on my laptop with my phone beside me as I write. I’m sure it’s a setup familiar to most of you. If you’re like me, you’re always aware that the phone is there. When it buzzes or pings with some notification or message, I’m forever having to force myself toContinue reading “Why do notifications damage productivity?”

How can having great user experience design improve efficiency?

Listen on Spotify. User experience (UX) has long been a bit of a mystery to me (even though I have a blog), but until now I’ve not investigated much despite it’s being everywhere.  Not anymore. UX is everywhere in business and it follows, at least to me, that it must be useful. My interest wasContinue reading “How can having great user experience design improve efficiency?”

10 ways Microsoft Office can boost individual productivity (and 5 ways it can boost team efficiency)

Listen on Spotify. If you’re like me, you use Microsoft Office every day. I have for years. But I’ve wondered if I use Office to its full potential. I investigated and found some really great tips which have helped me get more done. I thought I’d share with you so that you — and yourContinue reading “10 ways Microsoft Office can boost individual productivity (and 5 ways it can boost team efficiency)”

Should I listen to music at work to boost my productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I’m sitting here with my headphones in my lap — having just listened to a Shania Twain track, “I’m Gonna Getcha Good”— to get myself in the mood to write this intro. The link between mood and music is now well established. The same cannot be said of the proposed link betweenContinue reading “Should I listen to music at work to boost my productivity?”

How can using Excel boost productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that Excel is one of the most invaluable computer programmes used in the modern workplace.  Personally, I’ve always struggled to use Excel to its full and surprising potential. Recently though, I decided it was time to discover the wonders of Excel for myself. Accordingly, I foundContinue reading “How can using Excel boost productivity?”