How to rethink your digital diet and pull yourself out of a productivity slump

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Placing boundaries on your screen time will help you get back to business after touching your technology too much. For some of us, social media and digital content have been our saving graces during the pandemic—a critical way to stay in the know, keep connected, and maintain relationships. But they have their own stress-inducing downsides as well and can lead to depression and increased anxiety . Read Full Story

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7 simple steps to create better boundaries when you work from home

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These simple observations and changes may help you create better boundaries, even when that feels impossible. Let’s start by stating the obvious: There are some things that are impossible about living and working in the same place. For example, if you’re trying to do your job and care for or educate young children at the same time, there are enormous obstacles and challenges. And if you’re a single parent or solo caregiver who has to manage your household and the people in it on your own, the challenges are even more daunting, especially when the pandemic still makes it tough to ask or hire people outside your home to help. Read Full Story

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Why you can’t believe all the visual cues you get on video chats

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Video calls are not the real thing, and this has clear implications for our ability to show and hide our emotions online, whether they are real or fake. The majority of work and even personal meetings are now happening through video apps. As the boundaries between our work and personal lives get more blurred, it’s useful to understand how we display and convey emotions online, and whether we are able to decode and interpret other people’s emotions effectively when we see them on a computer or cellphone screen instead of right in front of us. Read Full Story

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Managers, think twice before you send that 2 a.m. email

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Here are three helpful ways to keep your team productive and relaxed by emailing with consideration and timeliness. First off, follow inbox decorum rules yourself. As millions of people navigate workdays that blend video meetings, homeschooling, pet sitting, and cooking, setting up boundaries is critical. Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic requires flexibility. Moreover, after working from home with my company, I realized many factors are out of our hands. Read Full Story

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