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Your Guide to the Most Organized Inbox Ever

Gmail Filters

For most of us, keeping up with email takes up a significantly larger portion of our day than it should. In fact, it can feel like you’re entire job is to read and answer emails. When will you ever get any actual work done? There are lots of different strategies for dealing with out-of-control-inbox syndrome—like designating specific times for email and sticking to those hours or setting an out-of-office that alerts people to when you will and won’t respond—but here’s a…

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Do You Still Need a Computer?

Computer alternatives

If you use a massive program like Logic or Avid to get your work done, then you need a computer. If you’re a programmer, no question, you’re married to that machine. And if you’re regularly filling up memory cards, then a computer is a must. But what if you mainly check email, do a li’l word processing and read a li’l Buzzfeed? Is a computer still your one-and-only? Let’s play a digital dating game. You might find that one of these (less…

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Work + Travel

My Phone, My Business Travel Companion

Avis: Business Travel

This post is sponsored by AVIS, but all words, designs and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the partners that support us creating quality content for you. Business travel is a mixed bag. Sometimes, it’s a welcome respite from life at home, and an opportunity to do what I do with new scenery. I love visiting a new city and that a work opportunity leads me there makes it even more fulfilling. Sometimes, however, it’s not the…

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The Secrets to Smart Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

Thanks to Avis for partnering on this post. It’s hard not to dread holiday travel. Sure, you end up somewhere great— visiting with family, sunning yourself on a tropical island— but the getting there? It can be a nightmare. There are a few tried-and-true tricks that I employ whenever I travel that make the experience more tolerable. The key, I’ve found, is to plan ahead, control what you can control, and surrender to the rest. Sometimes your flight will get delayed (as…

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Renting a car just got ridiculously easy

Avis Now App

I rarely rent a car when I travel, mostly because of how dismal the experience has been. Topping my list of activities that make me cringe are: Waiting in a long line to get my car The lengthy check-in process, chock full of forms, signatures and questions I never remember how to answer Mystery inventory— not knowing what car you’ll get until you get to the front of the line Waiting in a long line to return the car So…

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11 Ways to Seriously Transform Your Home Office

If you work from home, either full-time or even just occasionally, organizing and outfitting your home office (or tiny workspace) shouldn’t be an afterthought. In fact, lots of research has shown that your space and desk can significantly affect your mood and productivity. Studies have shown, for example, that the type of lighting you use can make you sleepier or more alert, and how cluttered or neat your desk is can impact choices you make throughout the day—and even your creativity.…

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