Work Smarter

Work Smarter (January 26, 2015)

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Work Smarter

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If you want to work smarter, you have to start somewhere. Make a list and keep it simple. Focus on the things that matter and don’t make excuses for the things that don’t. Enjoy yourself while you’re working and clean up when you’re done.

Why You Should Set Up Your To-Do List in a Plain Text File (and How to Do It)

“Here’s why a simple text file will make your to-do lists fast, easy to manage, and seamlessly integrate with everything else you use.”

Skip the Excuses: This Is What Your Boss Wants to Hear

“If you want to get ahead, the old adage still holds true: ‘No’ shouldn’t be a part of your vocabulary. Instead of ‘I can’t,’ make one — or all — of these your new go-to.”

Where to Start

“Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it’s worth and more than it costs you.”

Laughter: The Ultimate Workplace Prescription

“[P]erhaps the most laudable effect of laughter is that it helps build relationships with people around us. So if laughter is in fact the best medicine, how do we apply it in the workplace?”

Decoding leadership: What really matters

“New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.”

Value of Clean Infographic

“Cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Discover more about the Value of Clean® in this new animated infographic from ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and learn how a modest investment in cleaning can help facilities reap big savings.”

Quote of the Day

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work Smarter (January 21, 2015)

By Business, Work Smarter


In what ways can you work smarter? Manage your time, take time, don’t waste time. Adjust to changing conditions. Never stop learning and reading. Enjoy the satisfaction of doing a great job, and your work will bear fruit.

10 Execs With Time Management Secrets You Should Steal

“Cap your face time. Answer yesterday’s emails today. Don’t waste wasted time. Get real with the boss. Daydream. Don’t put yourself on the spot. Ditch Davos. Eat the big frog first. Leave the office at 5:30. And find an accountability buddy.”

5 Regulatory Issues That Could Affect Your Business in 2015

“Last year was a big one for small business. More businesses were sold than ever, and small businesses added over a million workers last year. Even more changes are on the horizon this year.”

How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?

“We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed.”

9 Habits You Need to Stop Now

“Rather than read all of these self-help books full of things you should start doing to be more productive, it’s often better to look at what you should stop doing that gets in the way of productivity.”

Solving the Hole Problem

“Start by putting your issue in the can — use the word can when you write your questions: ‘In what ways can we…?’”

The World Needs “Invisible” People: Why Fame-Seekers and Attention-Cravers Have it All Wrong

“The allure of fame and fortune are strong, but the people behind the scenes reveal the merits of a low profile.”

Quote of the Day

“Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.” — Don Herold

Work Smarter (January 19, 2015)

By Business, Work Smarter


When you work smarter, time is on your side. Make the most of your time by working more effectively, communicating more clearly, and staying positive. Don’t let failure discourage you. Learn from mistakes and share what you learn.

10 Ways to Be a Better Employee in 2015

“Resolve to be better at your job this year with these small changes to your daily work life.”

How to Stop Overreacting to Everything

“We all overreact from time to time, but it’s not a great habit to develop. If you find yourself getting disproportionately angry, upset, or defensive at small things, here’s how to stop.”

You Are What You Share

“Sharing an idea you care about is a generous way to change your world for the better.”

8 Successful Products That Only Exist Because of Failure

“Here are eight successful products that only exist because someone failed — and dared to keep going.”

7 Tips to Improve Your Business by Improving Your Communication

“The art of communication … is knowing not only how to verbalize our ideas, but also how to listen, empathize, encourage, or influence.”

9 Rules for Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt

“Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt and former Senior Vice President of Products Jonathan Rosenberg share nine insightful rules for emailing (or gmailing!) like a professional.”

Quote of the Day

“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.” — David Bowie