Posts by Barbara Atkinson

9 Templates to Help You Plan the Perfect Office Holiday Party

Update (September 24, 2018): There’s a new way to find, manage, and use note templates in Evernote. Visit our template gallery to browse pre-made templates you can add to your Evernote account. Learn more » Office holiday parties can be a great way to cap off the year and let everyone know that their hard work is appreciated—but someone has to plan them. And this year, that someone is you.

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A Balanced Day: Routines and Breaks are Good For You

Maximizing your productivity is not about working as hard as you can for as long as you can. Balancing both your dedication to work routine and your ability to take breaks are crucial for quality results, thoughtful breakthroughs, and maintaining mental well-being. Incorporating routine into your workday—think of it as a way of automating your approach to your efforts, to minimize effort—can pay big dividends. Conversely, knowing when to step

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The Most and Least Productive Hours in a Day

In a perfect world (or, at least a more efficient one), you could be productive whenever you wanted. Just sit down and start typing/put that pen to paper/invent the next app or Fidget Spinner. Unfortunately, productivity isn’t as easy as just plugging in for humans—we experience energy and creativity peaks and valleys. Those valleys are necessary—they’re your brain and body telling you that you need a break. While you can’t

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Making the Most of Working from Home

It wasn’t that long ago that telecommuting was considered a rare setup for an employee or contractor. That’s no longer the case. A significant number of US workers (37 percent, by some estimates) fulfill their job duties from somewhere other than an office. But how is it possible to work from home and be productive with so many distractions and temptations? Your mindset and environment are just as important as

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How The Montessori Method Applies to Today’s Workplace

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” – Maria Montessori Maria Montessori’s legacy reshaped the field of education, introducing the philosophy that we learn and grow best by following an innate path of self-development. She knew what she was talking about—she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize an astounding six times, and her image was even on Italy’s 1,000

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