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Archive for the ‘General work pimps’ Category

August 11th, 2008

Are creativity and efficiency really incompatible?

There’s a stereotype about creative people - that they thrive on flexibility, rebel against rigid rules, and are subjected to the forces of inspiration (or lack thereof).  If this stereotype is true, then it’s amazing that creative people get anything done at all, let alone get anything done on time!
Obviously, the stereotype is a myth.  […]

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August 3rd, 2008

5 Windows XP Productivity Tips

Found this video on YouTube today, which mentions some tips on how you can customize the Windows XP taskbar to become more productive. I actually used 2 of those techniques when I was still dependent on the taskbar, namely the use of Taskbar Shuffle and toolbars. However, since then I’ve moved on to […]

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July 31st, 2008

July Roundup for PimpYourWork


Before we move on to August, I’d like to recap some PimpYourWork entries from July:

 Promises in the workplace
Typing Dvorak: Is it more efficient?
The Economist Debate: Worker Competitiveness in Developing Countries is on a Decline
Doing what you love vs. working for pay
Gas prices affect employee productivity

Other articles I’ve written in the blogosphere this month:

Simplify your work 
Get […]

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July 28th, 2008

Promises in the Workplace


“Promises are meant to be broken.” - Ancient Hindu Proverb (well, not really)
We all make promises at work
We make promises to our supervisors, colleagues, or clients.
We don’t necessarily keep them, but we make them anyway.
When we break promises we look like jerks (or incompetent, or both).  When we keep them, people expect it and they […]

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July 21st, 2008

Typing Dvorak: Is it More Efficient?

Out of the available keyboard layouts, the Qwerty layout is used most often in the western world. But there’s always been this rumor that one of the other alternatives, the Dvorak layout, is actually more efficient. Apparently, it can make you type faster with higher accuracy.
Before we address the truth of this rumor, […]

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July 15th, 2008

Doing what you love vs. working for pay

In most industrial cultures, when a parent asks their child what they want to study in college, their desired field of study is measured against money.  Say “I want to study Fine Arts!” and your parent tells you to take up architecture instead.  Say “I want to become a novelist!” and people say it’s wiser […]

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July 6th, 2008

How to cure work-related boredom

Do you sometimes feel like a pet hamster running around the same exercise wheel day in and day out?  It may be exciting at first, but you’ll get bored eventually.  Don’t worry - boredom at work doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to switch jobs or get a promotion.  There are some simple things you […]

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July 4th, 2008

Pimping Bookmarks: How to Stand Out at Work

Ever feel like you’re not noticed enough in the workplace?  If that’s the case, you need to make your mark and leave yourself indispensable - your job may just depend on it.
Here are some articles that have stories and ideas on what standing out in the workplace means, as well as tips on how to […]

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July 4th, 2008

Funny video: productivity to the extremes

Found this on YouTube:

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July 3rd, 2008

June Roundup for Pimp Your Work


 Now that it’s July, it’s time to recap some of the posts in Pimp Your Work last June:

Stop being a control freak
Batch processing can make you more productive
7 things to do when teammates don’t learn
The customer is always right (really?!)
Your career path: straight ahead or anything goes?

Elsewhere in the blogosphere:

Decluttering your digital workspace
Dealing with being […]

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