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WEEEK Week #50: Meditations, new server and fixed bugs
With WEEEK, you can not only work effectively, but also relax - with the help of a new meditation platform. And more recently, we moved to a more powerful server and increased the performance of the service. That's not all the news, more details in WEEEK
4 tips on how to achieve your goals in 2022 with WEEEK?
How task manager can help you to be as purposeful as you can.
Why motivation is not always a good productivity instrument? Tips to determine your drive.
Drive VS Motivation
Weekly planning as a way to sort out the chaos and achieve goals
It is unwise to solve all tasks at the same time and work "on a whim". To properly allocate time, you need a plan. I usually do daily planning, but it's not enough for real efficiency — you'll need a plan for a week.
How to manage anger when colleagues and clients blow the brain
I get angry a lot. At home, on the street, but especially at work. I really don't like it, I'm worried that my negative feelings will affect my relationships with colleagues or clients. So I decided to thoroughly figure out what to do with all this.
How not to drown in the flow of tasks
When you have a lot of tasks, it's hard not to be nervous and do everything smoothly. To work for results and improve personal effectiveness, you can use various techniques. For example, Getting Things Done or GTD.
How to take on a task and not screw up
If you just try to do a client task, the result may be far from what the client expected. But if you first understand the task and synchronize the vision with the client, everything will be fine. Most likely.
WEEEK Week #46: Tags on Android, lists on iOS and much more
We continue to add new features and improve WEEEK’s performance on all devices. Here a little bit was added, there a little bit was fixed — that's the new WEEEK Week turned out.
4 ways to avoid burnout
We often begin to treat diseases that bother us, which do not even exist, instead of reading the body's hidden messages about fatigue. Why is burnout a seriously underestimated disease? How can we detect and avoid burnout?
WEEEK Week #45: Drag-n-drop to delete and calendar on Android
The past weeks have not been rich in any large-scale updates, but this is the calm before the storm. And we didn't leave you without any cool changes at all.
Waterfall model: pros, cons, pitfalls
I tell you about the concept of the cascade methodology, its principles, minuses and pros, as well as in which situations it is better to apply it.
5 growth mindset insights
How to increase productivity, and then keep it at the proper level? The very first step that you should take is understanding the growth mindset in its entirety so if you're not familiar with it — this article will help you to understand it better.
How and why to become a leader
Not everyone becomes a leader. It's about ambition, qualities, and skills. If you're okay with the first one, I'll tell you what else you need to work on to become a leader.
Skills for working in a startup
In startups, conditions are often harsh, and in order to survive there, you need to have a certain set of skills, both hard and soft. I will briefly tell you what these skills are and why they are important for startups.
What is the Eisenhower matrix?
Knowing nothing about the Eisenhower matrix, it turns out that I intuitively adhered to the same principles that he suggests. This is really very convenient and frees up a lot of time. This is especially important on the busiest days.
WEEEK Week 43: Tags and chats on the web, reminders and boards on Android, optimization on iOS
Unfortunately, the title does not allow you to fit all the new features and useful changes that we have made since the last WEEEK Week — there are too many of them. So let's get right to the point.
WEEEK Week #42: Pleasant little things on the web, offline mode on Android, reminders on iOS and much more
Over the past weeks, we have accumulated a lot of small, but pleasant updates and very small bugfixes. We tell you about everything in order.
9 best inspiring and motivating films
There are many ways to motivate yourself: talk to a psychologist, read some inspiring book or watch a movie. In this article, I decided to tell you about a dozen of my favorite motivating films.
Find a balance: why it is dangerous to be constantly effective
Everyone wants to know how to become more effective at work and in their personal life. Take self-isolation in 2020, one of the main topics of which was "how to spend time usefully in quarantine". Why is it not worth living in this mode all the time?
How to stop being afraid and start delegating tasks effectively
Even when there are a lot of tasks, I often catch myself thinking "Yes, I'd rather do it myself". I have problems with the transfer of cases, so I decided to finally figure out how to delegate tasks correctly.
WEEEK Week #41: Loooong tasks
In the new WEEEK Week, we have just one more update for you (but what!) and a bunch of small fixes to the web version. Without further ado, let's see what we have prepared there.
I can't think straight: 10 tips on how to prevent mental fatigue
The human brain consumes passion as much energy, but for some reason we often forget about it. As a result, the brain gets tired, and we sit helplessly looking into the void. Let's figure out where mental fatigue comes from and what can be done about it.
WEEEK Week #40: Create. Complete. Repeat
In the new issue of our regularly irregular bulletin of updates, we talk about the repeatable tasks that have finally settled in your iPhone, and the knowledge base that has matured before beta testing.
Gantt Chart: The Illusion of Safety
The Gantt chart is a mega-popular project management method. But is it as good and useful as many people say it is? It's time to figure it out.
WEEEK Week #39: Backgrounds, drag-and-drop tasks, new dark theme, etc.
Over the past weeks, there have been many quite interesting and useful changes, which should be described in the WEEEK Week: from the backgrounds in the web version to dragging and dropping tasks on Android.
10 tips on how to work at home when you have kids
After I almost burned out a month ago, I tried to look at the issue of organizing my work differently and better understand how to work from home when there are children.
Behave normally: how not to conflict and resolve other people's disputes
It's time to understand what conflicts at work are, where they come from, and most importantly - how to behave in order to avoid or resolve them.
Four-day week a hit of the season?
A four-day work week sounds like a sweet fantasy of people who just want to do nothing. But in fact, it is the next stage of a rather natural desire - to do more and work less.
WEEEK Week #38: Repeatable tasks, lists on Android and more
The wishes of our users continue to come true. Recently, we added a list of tasks to the web version (now this feature has also come to Android), and now we have done what everyone asked for a very long time ago - we added repeatable tasks.
False multitasking: how it is dangerous, and how to deal with it
Multitasking has been cultivated for years. This was noted in the resume as something valuable. We practiced at work, going crazy and burning out. But what is it anyway? Does it really exist and is it useful?
7 of the best Trello alternatives in 2021
Trello is a cool, but far from perfect tool. Especially when it comes to project management. We analyze the tools that will come in handy if Trello has turned your work into a nightmare.
WEEEK Week #37: Task lists and notifications by time
In the latest update of the web version of WEEEK, we suggested two long-awaited features: now you can view tasks in the form of lists, as well as configure notifications for a specific time.
Mistakes at work - is it normal?
Since childhood, we are taught that mistakes are bad. Everywhere: in school, in life, and at work. But is it so scary to make mistakes at work? I figured it out and came to ambiguous conclusions.
Kanban method: whiteboards, flashcards, and optimization
A short educational course on Kanban is one of the most popular methods of improving working processes, which for some reason is called with the method.
What is Agile: idea, principles, possible problems
We’ll tell you what the Agile methodology is, what principles it is based on, how it works in practice, and what problems it can provoke.
8 best task management tools in 2021
Every year, there are more and more task management systems, but there are not so many really good ones. I will tell you about the best task management tools that I have ever used.
How to manage your workload
The productivity of a team where everyone plows non-stop, in the end, is slightly higher than where half of them just lie and spit at the ceiling. I will briefly tell you how a properly distributed workload helps make the team work more efficiently.
Project management methods
Speaking of project management methods, they put everything in one pile: Kanban, Agile, PRINCE2, Six Sigma, and much more. We figured out why you can't do this, and we did it right.
6 tips on how to follow the plan
A plan is a fragile thing. No matter how cool it is, it's easier to fail it than it looks. I tell you how to stick to the plan in any situation and not deviate from your goals.
How to evaluate employee’s productivity
Any company exists thanks to the efforts of its employees. And its success directly depends on the quality of their work. If you want to improve the team's results, you should evaluate the productivity of each employee and adjust their daily workload.
Automate it: how to reduce the pain of routine tasks
Automation of work processes will help to solve many issues and save working time, and at the same time - to avoid errors and unplanned delays in work.
No circus: how to conduct meetings with the benefit
Many still consider work meetings a waste of time, when bosses criticize employees for no reason, and they can't even get a word in about the work. I declare war on stereotypes and tell you how to hold meetings for the benefit of the entire company.
Ashes of the deadline: how not to miss deadlines and what to do if everything is burned out
It is quite possible that while you are reading these lines, the deadline for some task is burning painfully somewhere, and everyone is suffering. Why is this happening? How do I not miss the deadline? And what if all the deadlines have passed long ago?
Clean up your workplace!
No one wants to work if the tea mugs are already covering the monitor, the phone has social networks and YouTube, and because of the abundance of stickers, you can't find the document you need. But there is a way out — to organize the workplace correctly.
Project Management Guide. Part 2. Planning
The team seems to be working, but there is no progress? The deadline is already coming to an end, but there is still nothing to show? It's time to reconsider your views on the organization of work and make a project plan.
How to work with a remote team
Working remotely is great. An employee can work in their underwear (there is no shame in this), laying on the couch, and the employer saves on the office. But working with a remote team also has some nuances that you should learn about right away.
How to recognize and stop burnout
Emotional burnout is a problem not only for workaholics, but also for almost any person. Many people do not take this problem seriously. We understand why it occurs, how to recognize it and stop it.
6 best books on time management
There are a lot of books about time management. I have read a lot: some books on time management were completely nonsense, others were more useful. I will tell you about them.
Review of 7 best time trackers
There are so many time-tracking apps that choosing something that's really good is quite challenging. I have studied the most popular time trackers and ready to tell you about the best ones.
Soft skills: what it is and for what
I begin a detailed story about the main soft skills that a modern specialist should have. This time - what are these skills and why do you need them?
How to motivate employees to avoid making mistakes
If employees often sit in the kitchen, discussing the political situation in Zimbabwe and forget about all deadlines - do not rush to issue fines. Maybe it's all about you as a leader. Maybe you need to motivate your employees better.
Atypical story: how we make a video about WEEEK
A really interesting video about the service is based on an original idea and a good story. Together with Where is Dino Animation Studio, we approached the issue of video creation in the most creative way.
Project Management Guide. Part 1. The Basics
Being a project manager and not knowing the basics of project management is like walking blindly through a minefield armed with a mythical sixth sense. You won't get far.
Tools for remote work
After switching to remote work, many faced problems: chaos in tasks, lack of communication and so on. Tools for remote work help you cope with this.
6 principles of time management
Everyone has ever experienced stress from lack of time and has given up on rest and personal matters for the sake of work. To prevent this, you need to understand the basic principles of time management and learn how to properly manage your time.
How to get things in order
Where does this chaos come from and how can it be ordered? I've figured it out and I'm ready to tell you.
How to set tasks to complete them
You task someone with something. Everything seems clear. But, as it turns out, the person misheard or misunderstood something. That's the problem. To avoid this, you need to set the tasks correctly. We'll tell you how to do this.
10 ways to fight procrastination and beat it
It usually takes me 3-4 hours to prepare one article. But this one is different. Because of COVID, work from home, the child turned on the PS4, got an interesting article on Telegram... Hmm, I'll go read it. Oh, here's meme. And another one… Sh*t!
25 and 5: how and why does the Pomodoro Technique work?
What is the Pomodoro technique and how to use it for productive work.
How can a student keep up with everything and not forget about studying?
We asked our colleagues who are studying at universities to prepare a case article on how they manage time and deal with tasks using WEEEK and other services.
13 rules of teamwork
Disagreements in the team can cancel the project before the start. The rules of collaboration will help you build an effective team of specialists of different levels — let's remember the most important of them.
Goals and Tasks: How to Achieve Results. Always
Interesting approach to setting goals and achieving results, which is preached by Paul Adams, Vice-president of product at Intercom.
How could you cope more, if you're a creative professional
Three simple, yet fun, templates have a great positive use experience in the creative fields of activity and business.
How eLama Uses WEEEK in Social Media and Email Marketing
Anastasia Mikhaleva, an eLama Social Media Marketing specialist, told us how WEEEK made their team’s life a little bit easier.
How to not go crazy while WFH
Working remotely (from home specifically) sounds extremely thrilling. Though it has certain profits and challenges it can definitely be addictive and even hypothetical returning to the office might seem unrealistic to you.
Agile and Scrum Methodologies for Working at a Digital Agency
How to use it in practice, and not in theory.
Timing. The first step in mastering time management
Time management in simple words. On the example of John, Margaret and Tim.