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Happy Friday! Today, do the hardest things on your list first. 

Getting lost in email or mindless tasks can suck away much of your energy. It’s also a great way to avoid tackling the tough projects. But ultimately, when you’re not focusing your greatest energy on your most important tasks, you’re wasting it. He’s a big proponent of doing the most challenging,most important things first-thing in the morning when you’re rested and less prone to distraction.

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This office is designed specifically to make people feel… at ease. 

"You’re looking for what is that unique insight, that point of view, that thing that no one else sees. If you can create a conversation where that can really come out, and can give them the comfort to put as much of themselves out on the table as possible, you learn a lot more about them."

To-do list stickiness is a common problem … First, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard about to-do lists is to be honest about how much you can get done within a given day.

Productivity expert Drake Baer is answering your work/productivity questions live right now. Ask your questions here

Happy National Dog Day!

Bull Dog. The company bully; the manager or employee who gossips and demeans other employees for his or her own enjoyment and advancement.

Puppy. This is the overly enthusiastic intern or administrative assistant who continually pops out of nowhere to be of help. This person means well but occasionally needs to be crated.

Leg Humper. The sexual harasser who comes in many ages and forms but still does not realize his (or her) sexual come-ons and innuendos are not welcome. Or legal.

Do any of the people in your office who may have these dog-like qualities? Here are a few more that may sound familiar.

"Tomato vines are suspended above conference tables, lemon and passion fruit trees are used as partitions for meeting spaces, salad leaves are grown inside seminar rooms and bean sprouts are grown under benches. The main lobby also features a rice paddy and a broccoli field."

A building in Tokyo that has 200 species of rice, fruits, and veggies may have reached new levels in the craze to “green” the office.

“I don’t use web surfing as a filler at the end of the day, nor do I leave early if I find I’ve finished my main tasks 15 minutes before I usually leave, even though no one would notice or care if I left early. I believe in making full use of the ‘small time’ at the end of the day. One of the things I learned from my years as a contractor, charging time in 15-minute increments, is how much you can get done in 15 minutes.”
How using 15 minutes of down time at work can realign your work-life balance

“I don’t use web surfing as a filler at the end of the day, nor do I leave early if I find I’ve finished my main tasks 15 minutes before I usually leave, even though no one would notice or care if I left early. I believe in making full use of the ‘small time’ at the end of the day. One of the things I learned from my years as a contractor, charging time in 15-minute increments, is how much you can get done in 15 minutes.”

How using 15 minutes of down time at work can realign your work-life balance

Office pranks are one way to make your office more fun.

According to Kenexa CEO and human resources expert Rudy Karsen, "when you’re in a job that you enjoy and you’re good at, you’re not just a better worker. You’re a better spouse, a better parent, a better citizen."

So, in the spirit of pleasant workplaces everywhere, here’s a compilation of fast and fun ways to make your office a bit more fun.

This week, after a fit of gratitude for Fast Co’s air conditioning on a brutally hot NYC day, we asked what you were loving about your job. Here are some of your excellent answers:
I turned a potential 1 hour of work for a client into 4 days of work. Also, I saw a squirrel. - sausage-roller
frosty a/c is always a plus. also, the great view of one world trade from the office. - gradschoolglamor
Hi, I like the view from 9th floor, the people I work with n the conversations with the customers, outside lunches too, music on the way. - gardenlilie
Coming home with chronic farmers’ tan and having shed at least five pounds of water weight. - sakhara-i-gra
There is always #amazingmusic playing at the Tagboard office. Keeping energy high! - tagboarddotcom

This week, after a fit of gratitude for Fast Co’s air conditioning on a brutally hot NYC day, we asked what you were loving about your job. Here are some of your excellent answers:

  • I turned a potential 1 hour of work for a client into 4 days of work. Also, I saw a squirrel. - sausage-roller
  • frosty a/c is always a plus. also, the great view of one world trade from the office. - gradschoolglamor
  • Hi, I like the view from 9th floor, the people I work with n the conversations with the customers, outside lunches too, music on the way. - gardenlilie
  • Coming home with chronic farmers’ tan and having shed at least five pounds of water weight. - sakhara-i-gra
  • There is always #amazingmusic playing at the Tagboard office. Keeping energy high! - tagboarddotcom