Post Category: Productivity


New Worker Magazine

Magazine editor, Melissa Mesku, invited me to contribute to The New Worker, a digital magazine about coworking. My article, “The 8-Hour Construct Reimagined,” was published in the first issue today. I write about the American tendency to wear stress and exhaustion as status symbols. It’s time we reimagine the work week!

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A few months ago, I found myself weary of the same coffee shops. I searched for a new work environment. Combing through this wiki and other sites, I located several co-working and shared office spaces in Portland, OR. In case you’ve embarked on a similar quest, here are my findings. Prices updated September 3, 2014.

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Action Items Notepad

We all have them. To-do lists that seem never-ending. Marking off one action item somehow generates three more related tasks.

I’ve often heard the advice, “First thing in the morning, complete the easiest item on your to-do list. The resulting sense of accomplishment will propel you through the rest of the list.” When fighting off that morning fog, this advice may feel like the best course of action. I suggest trying the opposite approach for a few days.

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Capsule CRM Software

Beyond keeping basic client records, it’s important to track and assess business leads. About a year ago, I researched several ways to accomplish this. I discovered the incredibly useful online app, Capsule.

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Shortly after entering the business world, I learned the importance of detailed customer records. I worked at a financial advisory firm for about a year. Every day my co-workers and I depended on the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software known as ACT. We recorded every single meeting, phone call, and email through this program. We scheduled reminders to get in touch with clients in 6-month or annual intervals.

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