“Doomscrolling” can be prevented.

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You know when you begin scrolling down Facebook or Twitter and the next thing you know the sun has set? It has a name: doomscrolling. Doomscrolling happens in large part because of a feature created by one man: Aza Raskin, an interface designer who went on to co-found the Center for Human Technology.

When he created the infinite scroll feature, his aim was to eliminate the need to hit “next page”. He didn’t appreciate the feature would limit any chance for your brain to escape an endless stream of content. Raskin, told The Times,

Around the world governments are eager for economies to reopen, but does that mean you should bring your employees back to the office?

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Many of the world’s biggest companies have decided to stay working remotely. Atlassian and Twitter have given every employee the option to stay remote working in perpetuity, while Google and Facebook aren’t recalling their teams any time soon.

It’s for good reason: working from home has advantages for both employers and employees, boosting productivity and job satisfaction while reducing business costs. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should stay working from home:

Put your people first

With the right approach, working from home offers major improvements to your employees’ job satisfaction and work-life balance, as well as boosting their productivity and motivation…

4 ideas to help you get the most out of your remote workdays

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Time management can be a challenge for people new to remote working. Instead of following the daily structure set by an employer, you will need to create your own plan for effectively managing your time. These 4 rules will help you build a time management strategy that optimises your productivity.

1. Use your calendar wisely

An optimised schedule is the foundation of working productively from home. Your day should be planned around the most important tasks. As a result, even the most minor tasks should be properly scheduled to avoid having a domino effect on the rest of your work. …

Here are the rules you need to know to make Zoom meetings work

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47% of employees say that meetings are the biggest waste of their time. With many employees spending as much as 60 hours a month in a meeting, it is hard to disagree.

Some meetings really are necessary though, especially in remote teams with fewer opportunities for group discussion.

Virtual meetings offer their own unique challenges, such as ‘Zoom fatigue’, technical mishaps, and call quality issues. But these are all manageable. This post provides a summary of what you need to do to execute Zoom meetings like a pro.

Know the shortcuts

Zoom offers a range of shortcuts to help you manage meetings. Using…

Here’s the art and science you need to know to create an awesome home office

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The first step for remote workers is to set up a space that helps them to do their best work. While a spare room or purpose-built study is great if you have one, it’s not vital to succeeding as a remote worker. Here are the principles that will help you create the best workspace no matter your living situation.

Set aside a designated space for work

Building 20 research shows that remote workers with a designated workspace are 25% more likely to strongly prefer working from home. It is important to have a dedicated work area when working from home to help you get in the zone…

Teams with strong connections are more motivated and better at collaborating. Here’s how to make sure your remote team flourishes.

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Work culture can make or break any team. Building an effective remote team may mean a more hands-off approach in some areas, but it is vital to create a flourishing team environment.

Teams with strong connections are more motivated and better at collaborating: 60% of employees say that good team relationships had a major impact on their focus and productivity.

Trust, communication, and collaboration are key components of a motivated and productive remote team. …

The 3 lessons on focus that you should learn from Faulkner’s writing binge

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William Faulkner was 33 when he published As I Lay Dying, one of the greatest novels of all-time. But what’s really interesting (for productivity geeks), is that Faulkner created a productivity temple inside a power-plant, which allowed him to write the complete draft in 48 days.

Faulkner completed the draft (which required few alterations) in 4-hour bursts while working at the University of Mississippi power-plant, where he was the supervisor to two coal heavers. …

The science behind why sleeping on the job is a good thing

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Remote work opens up some interesting work options that were previously tricky. Take sleeping on the job as an example. Previously, taking a nap during work hours was unrealistic for most Westerners while being based at the office. Now we’re based at home, napping to improve focus and productivity is a real option. The good news is that it actually works.

Napping was Leonardo Da Vinci’s go-to; he followed the Uberman sleep cycle: 20-minute naps every four hours.

‘Bucky’ Fuller, a renowned American neo-futuristic architect, slept for 30 minutes every six hours.

Most Westerners stick to one big sleep at…

Remote work can be a source of competitive advantage but not every team gets it right. Here are the steps managers need to take to help their remote team adjust.

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A Stanford University study shows that on average, remote workers are 13.5% more productive than in-office employees. But this productivity windfall doesn’t happen automatically. A successful remote working transition requires a clear plan and a strong understanding of staff needs.

Businesses across the world are considering the role of remote work in the post-COVID world. But most office employees don’t want to work remotely full-time. Building 20 research suggests that on average we want to work remotely around half the time.

Getting the balance right and allowing people to enter remote work at their own pace are key strategies for…

You lose at least 2 hours a day to distractions while working from home. Here’s how to take back your time.

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Staying focused while working remotely shouldn’t be about pushing yourself to work harder, but instead creating a remote working strategy to manage your energy and motivation throughout the day. By prioritising a motivated mindset over longer hours, you can improve your productivity and the quality of your work life at the same time.

Give yourself a break

We can’t sit in front of a computer and work at 100% all day. The idea that long, uninterrupted work sessions are the best way to be productive is wildly outdated. …

Luke Hurst, PhD

CEO, economist & productivity hacker at www.building20.co. We help teams do difficult things faster.

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