14.08.12 Posted by Ursula H.
They say startup weekends are intensely addictive and it just takes one to start what could become a lifelong habit. But for those about to set out on their first startup weekend, what can they learn from those who have gone before to make the finishing line in the best possible shape?
read more… Surviving your first Startup Weekend (and loving it!)
30.05.12 Posted by Admin
The latest email issue to hit the headlines comes in the form of a health scare. The University of California, Irvine recently released a study on a work without emails which put in its simplest terms highlights the fact that people who frequently check their emails suffer higher levels of stress than those who don’t. And as Chuck Klosterman of the New York Times wrote, there is also an excellent analogy between emails and zombies, saying that “Every zombie war is a war of attrition. It’s always a numbers game.
read more… Zombie Email Health Scare
22.05.12 Posted by Admin
How to keep a clean inbox HBR management tip of the day for the 18th of May was focused on stopping email overload. Given the impact of email on our lives, this story seems one that likely caught the attention of most of their readers. Looking at their 3 tips, to me the one that seemed easier to say than do was “keep a clean inbox”. "It’s easier to handle incoming messages without clutter staring back at you. Create a new folder called "Old Inbox" and put all your messages in there. Then when new email comes in, sort it right away."
read more… How to keep a clean inbox
24.04.12 Posted by Admin
Today is Monday, the start of mine and most people’s week. Much like most other people I have my morning routine, and if this is disrupted it will spill over into the rest of the day and I will be a pain to be around, it is not a pleasure to start my day with a hot shot of caffeine, but a necessity.
read more… That Monday morning feeling
01.02.12 Posted by Admin
Toby Ruckert. The nature of written and spoken words are quite different: The spoken word carries the most potent power at the given present moment, allowing for prompt reaction, leading to conversation and thus less room for speculation. The written word instead lives and breathes with interpretation, based on circumstances and different individual perceptions in which there is plenty of room for misunderstandings.
read more… Email etiquette for better team interpersonal relations – a founders view
09.01.12 Posted by Admin
In our original blog on New Year’s Resolutions and how to keep them, we noted that amongst the most popular category of resolution were the “be better somehow” resolutions. So in this category we find the “learn new stuff” resolution. It sounds good, most “be better somehow” resolutions do but let’s get specific on why you would want to make this your resolution for 2012.
read more… New Year's Resolutions worth keeping - learn new skills
05.01.12 Posted by Admin
Read the story of the Unified Inbox team member who discovered the benefits of location-independant work the hard way.....
read more… A bright start to 2012!
05.01.12 Posted by Admin
We published a blog last year that reported data from a “use of time” study that showed we are increasingly experiencing feelings of hurriedness and time famine. If it is your resolution this year that you will create a more equitable balance between work and personal life, then we've got ways to go about it.
read more… New Year's Resolutions worth keeping - keep a balance
04.01.12 Posted by Admin
The etiquette written about by Miss Manners may be more concerned with the correct knife and fork to use or the suitable time to send a thank-you card but its goal of allowing social interactions to run more smoothly is just as applicable to the electronic workplace. Email overload is a well-defined problem in workplaces today, with some organisations going so far as to ban the use of email altogether. We however believe that there are better solutions to the problem. One such solution is that each of us can take some responsibility for the burden we place on others with each email we send, and that we take the time to consider our email etiquette.
read more… New Year's Resolutions worth keeping – improve your etiquette
02.01.12 Posted by Admin
Over 2011, we wrote several times about the myth of multi-tasking. While it seems that every job description will specify strong multi-tasking amongst the list of essential qualities for that job, research shows that we do not perform at our best while performing multiple tasks. In fact, experiments on how multi-tasking effects our IQ shows that we drop 10 IQ points when forced to handle multiple tasks at once – which is the same level as if we had missed an entire nights sleep and is higher than the loss associated with smoking marijuana.
read more… New Year's Resolutions worth keeping – practice focus
02.01.12 Posted by Admin
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo da Vinci
Followers of feng shui believe that clutter is low, stagnant, and confusing energy that constantly drains energy from you. Even if you're not on board for the full belief system you'd see that most of us work better in an organised rather than a messy environment. Removing clutter from our lives is about freeing ourselves from “stuff” that takes mental energy to keep track of and care about. By removing it from our lives we are able to spend more of our time and energy on creating.
read more… New Year's Resolutions worth keeping - fight the clutter
01.01.12 Posted by Admin
With the Gregorian calendar clicking over to a new year, many of us are thinking about our New Year's resolutions – those vaguely worded intentions to be a better person in some fashion or other. For others the top resolutions are losing weight (interesting enough the least achieved resolution), exercise more, quit smoking, save more and to just be better somehow (volunteer, be less grumpy, keep a journal – you know how these go).
read more… So you want to keep your New Year's resolutions this year?
30.11.11 Posted by Admin
In recent months there appears to have been a proliferation of articles describing peoples attempts to work without email (you can read some here and here). We know that this movement is in response to the overwhelming volume of incoming email but we ask if it's really the answer. We believe that managing the flow well is better than turning off the tap.
read more… Are incoming messages unnecessary interruptions or necessary tasks?
14.11.11 Posted by Admin
We've seen a lot of statistics published in the last year about the growing amount of information available and the impact it has on individuals and businesses. There are three stats we wanted to look at more closely.
- Employee stress levels are increased when their inboxes grow by more than 50 messages a day... source
- 46.9% of respondents unable to answer all email... source
- 35% of knowledge workers suffer from health problems traceable back to information overload... source
read more… Can information overload affect your physical health?