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Working at Home: Productivity in a Time of Crisis The COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated a global work-from-home tendency. With social distancing guidelines in action, the typical 9-to-5 office schedule has been replaced by emailing, zooming, face timing, and remote access to shared workspaces. Working from home (and staying productive) takes some getting used to. In this post, we’re going to let you in on a few really useful hacks on how to stay productive when working from home in dark times like these. 5 Tips on Working From Home: Your Guide to Productivity  Is working remotely still creating challenges for your productivity? That’s understandable. Laundry, dishes, pets, kids, and tons of other distractions that exist in your personal space aren’t always your efficiency’s best friends. However, in this as-good-as-it-gets situation, you gotta be on a mission to stay healthy, reasonable, and productive while getting used to this new norm. Below, you will find some tips to help you with this. 1. Set up Your Productivity Work Place Find a comfy (yet quiet, as well as stress- and temptations-free) space in your home where you can focus purely on working — without checking emails, thinking about those chocolate brownies you still have in your fridge, or browsing Instagram. No possibility to move your work space to a separate room? Find an area where your family members and/or pets won’t bother you and practice the art of mentally blocking all the distractions. 2. Always Start Early The early bird catches the worm — everybody has heard that saying. It’s very true, especially when it comes to boosting your productivity while working from home. Indeed, the habit of getting to work early is among the most powerful rituals on your way to high performance and corporate success. It’s a science-backed fact, by the way. 3. Limit Distractions Block all the unnecessary noises, forget about your unfinished household chores, and prevent your mind from wandering around those chocolate brownies during your work-from-home day. Keep up to a regular schedule and try not to get overwhelmed by the workload. Always remember that concentration and moderation (not exhaustion) are good friends of your productivity. 4. Put Away Your Tools After Work When you’re through with your daily tasks, put away your gadgets and tools just as you would store baking supplies after making cupcakes. That way, you will succeed in effectively unwinding and recharging your batteries — all for the purpose of being equally productive tomorrow. 5. Socialize and Spend Time Outside Don’t let the pandemic get you into the habit of spending all your time at home. Go outside, engage in gardening, or walk around the park in your free time. Make the most of all those video conferencing platforms to chat with your friends or family members. This will stimulate your creativity and fuel your productivity once you get back to your workspace. Maintaining Productivity in the Era of Social Distancing Last but not least, don’t forget to adjust your attitude and create the mindset necessary for boosting your productivity. Your vision is your greatest power. So, if you look at the silver lining on a dark cloud of any situation, you cannot control — and if you stay creative, active, and inspirational during these dark times — chances are you will succeed in keeping your productivity levels at their peak. So, what about you? Any advice on staying productive while working from home? Speak up in the comment box below. Your two cents are important. Continue Reading The Recently Launched Apple iOS 14.0.1: Yay or Nay? Apple iOS 14.0.1 has been launched. Who is it for? What’s good in it for me? Have the bugs really been fixed? Should I upgrade? If you’re asking yourself all these questions and more, we’re here to elaborate on this issue in detail. Below, you will find a brief overview of this latest bug-fix update, our verdict on the should-you-upgrade topic, along with everything you need to know about it. Enjoy.  The new update is available for every iOS 13-compatible gadget. It should start automatically. If it doesn’t, you can launch it manually by heading to Settings, then General, and then Software Update. iOS is reported to have arrived with camera preview upgrades, Wi-Fi connectivity fixes, email sending improvements, and other fixes. While the update comes with a solid promise of some really important fixes (and a few users do report certain improvements), a lot of iOS enthusiasts have already confirmed that iOS 14.0.1 only makes things worse. That’s especially true when it comes to the horrible graphical glitches noticed in widgets, as well as search bugs and stability issues. With all that said, iOS 14.0.1 looks like a haste-makes-waste update and a step (or two) backward. A lot of users are currently reporting that all the fixes the update comes with are nothing to write home about and totally ineffective. We predict iOS 14.0.2 will follow this current update shortly. Meanwhile, we’d suggest you keep away from iOS 14.0.1. Perhaps, you’ve already upgraded to iOS 14.0.1? If you have, what are your thoughts on the update? What fixes have you noticed? Any bugs or glitches that you’ve encountered? Feel free to share your opinion with your fellow iOS enthusiasts in the comment section below. Your two cents are highly appreciated. Also, don’t forget to bookmark our website to come back for more breaking news in the mobile realm. Continue Reading A Guide on Best Time Management Tools We live in a world where there’s an app for everything. It’s easy to talk about great apps and clever solutions designed to organize our daily routines as if they are some kind of a Harry Potter wand capable of adding more hours by magic.  Alas, time-management software won’t cut it on its own. They are a helpful crutch. Not more, nor less. You’ll need to master the art of time management instead of relying on what’s essentially a glorified alarm clock.   Tip for Time Management: Master the Power of Lists If we were to rely on TED talks time management can be summarized as knowledge of where the time actually goes and then prioritizing one’s tasks accordingly. Yep, time management, at its core, is a to-do list. Big shocker, eh? I know what you’re thinking. Don’t close the tab. Seriously, don’t.  There’s more to a smart list than writing down the stuff you need to do (which, on its own, is helpful to visualize your goals). A good time management list will never include vagueness. Instead, it is used to diversify tasks, goals, and projects.  Projects, tasks, and goals Let’s take a look at an example: Doing something major such as learning a new language, or mastering digital painting, or becoming a chef in a fancy restaurant is a project. It is something you strive towards in the long-game. You’ll need to accomplish goals and tasks in order to get there.  Think about it this way. You want to become a programmer. Learning to code is your project. Finishing a book on coding in C# or Java is a goal as it is something you yourself need to do if you wish to succeed with said project. Investing in an online course or hiring a tutor is a task as you need to do something before being able to proceed towards the end-goal.  Understanding this diversification is key to using time management tools effectively. Speaking of which… The Best Time Management Tools Here’s a brief list of time-proven time management tools (no pun intended), I’ve been relying on for at least five years: Asana: This is a project management tool that aligns with the project, task, and goal approach perfectly. You’ll be able to break your day into individual tasks, track time, and share challenges with others if need be. ProofHub: This is a project management system similar to Asana. The cool part about it is the guys from NASA – you know, the people launching rockets into space – rely on it.  Toggle: This is probably the simplest time – slash – project management tool on our list. It offers online and offline time tracking functionality, which is a great advantage.  Timecamp: This is a great time tracker if you are a freelancer and would like to bill clients based on the time you’ve spent working on a task. These are some of the coolest time management apps I’ve had the pleasure of relying on. Did I miss anything? What are you guys using to track daily progress? Continue Reading