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Does video really perform as well as face-to-face interaction? How does it compare to audio-only communication? Does it always outperform text-only channels like email? Let’s look at different types of tasks and see how video affects the work and communication quality experienced by remote teams. Read more »

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Whether it’s establishing new rules or using employee monitoring software, businesses are always looking for new ways to get more “productive time” from their employees. Some companies ban access to Facebook or grab random screenshots of employee workstations. But do any of these measures actually work? Read more »

Eyestrain and ocular fatigue used to be associated with the computer screens themselves, but the root of the problem is actually incorrect screen settings and poor reading habits. To improve our online reading experience, we only need to have the proper screen settings, tools and habits. Read more »

We all have our own ways of organizing our tasks and other activities. But what’s a great productivity system without the tools to implement them? The good news is that many of the more popular productivity systems have inspired developers to create accompanying tools. Read more »

Among all the productivity tips we’ve discussed here at WWD in the past, there seems to be one element needed to make any of them really work: Passion. I’m not talking about fleeting bursts of motivation, nor the satisfaction of crossing off a to-do item. Read more »

Almost everyone I know listens to music while working. When I ask them why, the reasons are varied. Some say it’s to perk themselves up as they start their workday or to drown background noise. Others claim that listening to music helps them work better. Read more »

Self-handicapping is finding excuses and obstacles that explain why we’re not responsible for our mistakes, failures, or poor performance. Most of us start experiencing it as students, but the habit also tends to stay with us even when we turn into capable professionals. Read more »

Sleep happens to be one of the most important things that we do each day. How we sleep affects our memory, learning ability, mood, and health. Too little sleep can have negative effects that will last us throughout the day and interfere with our work. Read more »

I am not the same worker I was last year. Too many things have happened in both my personal and professional lives that the strategies I had in the past are no longer working for me. But how do you know when things need to change? Read more »

For the past month, I’ve been working with a “work buddy”. She helps me stay on track with projects, keeps me focused when I’m not feeling motivated and gives me professional advice. She has become my go-to person for almost every concern I have with work. Read more »

We all have different habits and personalities; for some of us, the usual productivity tips don’t seem to work. It’s entirely possible that doing the opposite of the conventional advice might help actually you to work better. Here are some counterintuitive techniques you can start with: Read more »

When we work alone, away from the constant prying eyes of colleagues and supervisors, we tend to lose our competitive edge. I’ve noticed this in myself, too. I haven’t exactly been slacking off or taking my work for granted, but I feel like something’s missing. Read more »

Here’s my dream web app: the inspiration generator. Click a button and you instantly feel inspired, a dozen new ideas come falling in your lap. You suddenly know how to start your project, or solve that problem that’s been bothering you for days. Read more »

Most of us web workers have a relationship with caffeine. Whether we use tea or coffee as creative fuel, or use coffee shops as our offices, caffeine has become an essential part of our professional lives. But how exactly does caffeine affect us? Read more »

In my experience, there are two types of things you can use to improve your productivity. There are blockers — things that eliminate distractions from the work you have to do. Then there are aids, which are the things that encourage us to work better. Read more »

Web workers are creatures of habit. Those of us who are lucky enough to control all aspects of our work — schedule, location, process, and output — depend on such habits. How, then, do we then maintain our good habits while avoiding the bad ones? Read more »

Google has what it calls “20-Percent Time”, where its employees spend one day each workweek on projects they’re passionate about, while 3M calls its version “15% culture,” which “encourages technical employees to spend 15 percent of their time on projects of their own choosing and initiative.” Read more »

When doing business online it’s always safer to have your agreements in writing. Fortunately, there are now a variety of tools that allow us to draft, share and sign contracts online. Here’s a roundup of some of those tools, and some tips on using them. Read more »

Knowledge workers tend to abuse their eyes. I know, because I’m guilty of doing it; my nearsightedness has gotten progressively worse since I started working. The only way to slow it down is to take better care of my eyes. Read more »

I’ve been using Google Docs for a couple of years now, for both professional and personal tasks. To be honest, I was hesitant to try it at first. After all, what does Google Docs have that other, more feature-rich office suites don’t have? Read more »

Web work can be an unstable ride. Since we are all independent, we have varying ways of dealing with challenges and opportunities that arise in our work. I don’t think there’s one strategy that fits us all, but there are four aspects of our careers  —I […] Read more »

A colleague of mine, also a freelance writer, deleted his blog last weekend. When I asked him why, he cited comment trolls as the primary reason as to why he had to shut it down. “I wanted to showcase my work,” he said, “not spend a […] Read more »

Two days ago a friend of mine asked me to review her résumé. Since she’s a graphic designer, I wasn’t surprised that some elements of it reflected her design style. She didn’t just pull up an MS Word template and fill it out. This made me […] Read more »

I enjoyed 2009, especially when it came to blogging projects. It was a great way for me to meet new people to share stories and ideas with; I even had a face-to-face meeting with a WWD reader from another country. Though I had fewer clients, I […] Read more »

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