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Getting Your Start in the World of Project Management

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Some folks are naturally gifted in leading a group of people with disparate personalities and skills to achieve a strategic business goal. Other folks may not have this natural gift but are willing to work and acquire the skills to get there. If you're someone who is energized by solving big problems and consider yourself good at bringing different opinions and skills together to make it happen, then project management might… View More


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You Should Time Your Work Based on Your Energy Cycle

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When people are described as night owls or early birds, it's not because we're obsessed with ornithology as a culture. These two terms refer to our energy cycles or the times in which we're most (and least) productive. While you may think people who rise early will always catch the worm, the reality isn't quite as simple as an aphorism. We'll look at how these cycles work and how you can use the patterns to adjust your workday. We're… View More


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Our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2019

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Our year-end review finds a wide array of topics that were popular on our blog this year. Some posts benefited from use in our Workflow Ideas Weekly email, others were popular Google searches, and one, about business rules, turned out to be heavily-referenced in a… View More


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3 Emerging Technologies That Aid Employee Workflow

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“I’ll Slack it to you.” “Make sure you start a Google Hangout for the meeting.” “Have you checked Trello?” Today’s workplaces are fueled by the many technology tools that have become available in recent years. As technologies continue to advance, they have entirely reshaped modern organizations by… View More


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The Incident

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While workflows (and workflow automation) are often thought of for processes that involve approvals of some kind, there is a workflow type you may not have considered—incident reporting. Incident Reporting in Your Business When something critical and unexpected happens in the business, your company should have a mechanism in place to report it so action can be taken. That action might include… View More


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Distressed by Business Inefficiency? Look Out the Window.

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The natural world offers a number of lessons in leadership, productivity, and efficiency—all of which can be applied to help your business thrive. As a business owner, executive, or department manager, you’re always on the lookout for ways to make your organization more productive, efficient, and successful. And one of the best places to look?  Nature. The natural world offers a number of… View More


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What Are Companies Automating?

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As more and more companies embrace the idea of automated business workflow, we thought we'd stop and document some of the great ways we've seen customers incorporate workflow automation throughout their organization. Looking to inspire the rest of your company to get on the automation wagon? Print it out and just casually leave it lying around the office. They'll get the hint. Automation… View More


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Best Articles on Efficiency

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Efficient or Productive? People often confuse "efficiency" with "productivity." Let's differentiate the two. Setapp covers it nicely here: "Put simply, productivity is the quantity of work produced by a team, business or individual. Efficiency, on the other hand, refers to the resources used to produce that work." So you… View More


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Why What You Listen to at Work Can Make You More Productive

Music at work for productivity and focus

Music and other audio can boost physical performance, improve efficiency, and make it easier to work through tedious, repetitive tasks—so what should you listen to? Everyone has days where getting things done feels next to impossible. Maybe you’re tired. Maybe you’re stressed out. Or maybe you’re just feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks on your ever-growing to-do list. You try to motivate yourself to start tackling your… View More


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Garbage in, Garbage out: Data Collection Tips

How Not to Collect Data and Information When an organization depends on a loosely-structured format like email or spreadsheets to collect information it runs the risk of the employee self-editing out valuable information. The lack of structure in gathering information typically results in costly rework or critical decisions made on incomplete information. It also makes maintaining compliant procedures and running audits a… View More


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