As creative professionals, project managers, or company leaders, we all seek ways to improve our workflow and increase productivity in the workplace. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we're highlighting a tool many people in our office use (and love) to reduce the stress of tracking tasks. I’m pleased to announce that the days of running to Target to purchase a packet of flashcards and post-its are over. So how will you keep track of every single task you need to accomplish on your to-do list for the week? Not to worry! Allow me to introduce our new colleague, Trello.
Can you believe our Learn a New Skill series is already coming to an end? Seems like just yesterday we were gearing up to teach you all the new skills you need for 2014! We hope you’ve learned some valuable information along the way and are proud to present the finished collection available for download here.
Maybe I should go to the gym. Perhaps if I got a personal trainer, I could lose the 20 pounds I gained over the past 2 years. I could fast for a few days or try that juice-cleanse everyone is talking about. That might do the trick. Fine, I’ll go to the gym and run on the treadmill, even though I would rather be on the couch. Never mind, I’m going to stay on the couch, eat a bag of potato chips, and watch The Biggest Loser.
While the dominance of mobile may not come as a surprise, the rate of its growth has left many companies scrambling to catch up. Demand for mobile applications has skyrocketed, along with the cost to develop those apps. Fortunately, this same growth has also lowered the barriers to entry for developing mobile apps, allowing individuals to build applications on their own with minimal ramp-up time.
If you’re planning to build a mobile application this year, but don’t have programming skills, we’ve laid out the pros and cons of the options available to get you started.
This is the season of award shows—the Grammys, Oscars, Tonys. Some celebrities manage to make their award acceptance speeches sound both spontaneous and smooth, while others clearly stuggle with unscripted public speaking. While you may not be up for an Oscar, you may be nominted for an award at some point in your career and be called upon to make your very own acceptance speech or give a speech in front of your company. This is the time to tackle your reservations (or downright fears) about public speaking!
As an open workspace, we are very conscious at OpenSesame about the importance of conflict resolution in the workplace. In our office, there are no walls to whisper behind when frustrated by a colleague, or offices to hide in when trying to avoid a difficult conversation. Our employees need to be able to address issues as soon as they arise, and as a result have become very skilled in conflict resolution techniques.
If you’re a small business owner, I’m willing to bet that a good amount of your business comes from short-term marketing promotions along with word of mouth referrals because hey… you are very good at what you do. Word of mouth marketing is an extremely effective strategy, but it comes with one very big limitation. You don’t have much control over it, and it can be difficult to measure.
Ideally, the best way to learn a foreign language is through immersion, for at least a year, in a foreign country where they speak the language. Unfortunately this is not a realistic option for most of us. Luckily, online language learning has come a long way in recent years. Online courses are helpful for beginners as the instructor has already chosen some of the best resources and combined them into specific learning paths. Plus, online resources are a fraction of the cost of immersion!
How do YOU manage your work/life balance? If you don’t have a quick response, it might be time to take a closer look at your strategies. I’ll focus on stress management and good communication as key components to a healthy work/life balance.