8 gains from a week without meetings

Meetings bring teams together to help them move forward. But sometimes, they inhibit progress. In a recent study by Salary.com, 47 percent of respondents said attending too many meetings was their biggest waste of time at work. To see for myself the ratio of gain-to-drain, I declined every meeting this week. Here’s what happened.

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10 tips to manage notifications

Notifications are powerful when they support your priorities. But they become a liability when they create unnecessary interruptions and distractions. Consider a notification reboot that puts every beep, badge, and vibration in service to your work and your life. Here’s how.

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7 examples of bad goals, and how to fix them

It’s happened to just about everyone. You put lots of thought into setting a goal: it’s ambitious, detailed, and trackable. But then something goes wrong. Maybe you fall so far behind that the goal becomes impossible to hit. Perhaps your team’s priorities shift, and the goal becomes irrelevant. Pretty soon, the goal has lost all its meaning—you’re no longer motivated, and so you simply forget about it and move on.

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How 8 artists used Dropbox to transform song lyrics into works of art

On Thursday night, a group of famous artists and curators met in downtown Los Angeles to kick off an interactive experience called Lyrics to Life. The event—hosted by Dropbox and music encyclopedia Genius—features a series of original art pieces, each inspired by some of the most iconic song lyrics in popular culture. It’s an opportunity for artists to celebrate the stories, feelings, and cultural insights in this century’s biggest hits—from Radiohead’s “Creep” to Sia’s “Chandelier.”

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How to make your commute count

For many of us, commuting is our only discretionary time of day. In between work and home responsibilities, this margin can feel like an obstacle or an opportunity, depending on how we spend it. When you use your commute to generate energy, creativity, and delight, it can help you be more effective and satisfied in every other dimension of your life and work.

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