Weekly roundup: Tips to help you find your purpose

2 days 21 hours ago
I’ve already discussed how important meaningful work is. It makes us more engaged at work, happier in the long-term, and even wealthier. But having a sense of purpose in your life can also improve your health. An experiment by the nonprofit organisation Experience Corps paired adults 55 years-old or older with students in kindergarten for […]
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Why we’re addicted to notifications

4 days 21 hours ago
Every time I read something about how much notifications are taking over our lives, I tone down my phone and turn off alerts for all my social media accounts. But somehow, by the next time I come across an article or study about our addiction to notifications, a bunch of them have crept back into […]
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Weekly roundup: 4 ways to protect your time and get more done

1 week 2 days ago
We’ve come to revere busyness, and to see it as being an indicator of high status. But busyness is harmful to our productivity and our health. It’s not something to aim for or be proud of. If you’re struggling with busyness and need to carve out more opportunities to do meaningful work, here are some […]
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The dangers of forcing employees to be positive

1 week 4 days ago
I once worked at a company that held positivity as a core value. Employees were so encouraged to remain positive all the time that I was once reprimanded by my boss at this company for posting a personal tweet about wanting to stay in bed one cold weekend morning. Apparently, positivity extends so far as […]
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Weekly roundup: Quick tips for improving your work environment

2 weeks 2 days ago
From the lighting in your office to the style of desk you work at, your environment can help or hinder your productivity. Let’s take a look at some ways you can adjust your workspace to suit your needs and improve your efficiency at work. Want to learn more about spending your time well and doing […]
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Lev Kravinsky on procrastination and staying productive

2 weeks 4 days ago
Please welcome Lev Kravinsky to the RescueTime blog! Lev is a software engineer whose current project is Everydev, “A job board built on inclusivity and individuality, featuring companies that care.” Can you tell us what you do, and what your typical workday looks like? Right now, I split my time between building products and freelancing. […]
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Weekly roundup: Tips for writing a better to-do list

3 weeks 2 days ago
The to-do list is one of the most classic productivity tools we have. And a lot of us rely on one. But that doesn’t mean we know how to use them well. If you tend to lose your to-do list, avoid it when it becomes overwhelmingly long, or you simply forget to use one, these […]
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How to do your best work (and figure out what that is)

3 weeks 4 days ago
Not all work is meaningful. Not all work is even useful. We’ve all felt the frustration of getting caught up doing busywork that seems necessary but takes our time and attention away from more important activities. At RescueTime, we’re working to ensure more meaningful work happens in the world. As part of that mission, we’re […]
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Weekly roundup: tips to help you write more

4 weeks 2 days ago
Weekly roundup: tips to help you write more Whether it’s writer’s block, a simple lack of motivation, or finding the time to write, these tips can help you get more words on the page. 1. Look for inspiration in others Motivation can be contagious. Writer Jeff Goins explains with an analogy about finding the motivation […]
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A RescueTime feature you should know more about: Highlights

1 month ago
Even though I’ve used RescueTime for years, I’ve barely explored its power beyond what’s on the surface. Since joining the RescueTime team in January I’ve realised there are lots of powerful features I don’t know about that could help me focus and get more done. As I learn about some of these new features I’ll […]
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Weekly roundup: Tips to stop checking your phone so often

1 month ago
This week we’re exploring how to stop picking up your phone so often. It’s a modern-day problem, but many of us can’t leave the room—let alone the house—without our phones in our pockets. We even have new gadgets to wear on our wrists to help us keep our phones in our pockets more—but without missing […]
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Why you should be setting smaller goals

1 month 1 week ago
Big goals are exciting. At the start of each year I love setting a few big, audacious goals to aim for over the following 12 months. But big goals have downsides, too. They can set us up for failure if we set goals that are too big to achieve, or if we don’t break them […]
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Weekly roundup: tips for reading more

1 month 1 week ago
We’ve been publishing research-based articles every week about meaningful work, being productive, and finding work/life balance for the past few months. Today we’re started an experiment. Every week, alongside our longer, research-based articles, we’ll also publish a short roundup of tips relating to one theme. For our first roundup we’re looking at tips to help […]
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Kyrill Potapov on how to maintain work/life balance and stay productive

1 month 2 weeks ago
Can you tell us what you do, and what your typical workday looks like? I’m an English teacher and Human-Computer Interaction researcher, so half the time I’m planning and delivering lessons and marking work; the other half of the time I’m reading articles and writing up my PhD thesis. Do you have a morning routine […]
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Meaningful work: what it is and how to achieve it

1 month 3 weeks ago
At RescueTime, our mission is to increase the amount of meaningful work that happens in the world. As part of that mission, I’ve been diving into research on what makes work meaningful, and ways to use this research in your own job. Want to learn more about spending your time well and doing more meaningful […]
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How to take more effective notes

2 months ago
Whether you’re a student, you’re taking down notes during meetings, or you’re a regular at industry lectures and conferences, effective note-taking is a skill you could probably benefit from. Although we tend to take notes for years when we’re in school, most of us don’t ever learn how to take effective notes, and how much […]
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Why you should start a journal today

2 months 1 week ago
I’ve been journaling on and off for years, but I’ve never been too good at sticking with the practice. It can easily begin to feel like a chore, and fall off until I get another burst of enthusiasm to pick it up again. But recently I’ve come across a plethora of evidence that I could […]
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A guide to writing weekly, monthly, and annual reviews

2 months 2 weeks ago
There’s something quite special that happens when we reflect on what we’ve done. Well, two things, actually. One is that we gain a better understanding of what we’ve done or learned. The other is that our self-efficacy improves—that is, our belief in our own abilities. Self-efficacy is a powerful thing because the more we believe […]
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A guide to burnout: what it is, and how to overcome it

2 months 3 weeks ago
It’s common to feel tired after a long day at work or to need a holiday after a month-long sprint to finish a new feature. But sadly it’s also common to feel tired all the time. To lack enthusiasm about your work. To feel cynical and disengaged from what you do. These are all symptoms […]
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How to clear out the digital clutter and get your focus back

2 months 4 weeks ago
I spend most of my day on a computer. When I’m not working I spend my spare time programming or blogging. When I take a break I spend it looking at my phone. One of the problems with all this time spent looking at screens is the amount of digital clutter these habits have created […]
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