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28 Underused Words You Really Need To Start Using

From absquatulate to vituperative, via Word Warriors.<p>For more underused words, visit the word warriors site.

Kangaroo is an amazing $99 Windows 10 portable PC

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo, a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The term “mobile desktop” may seem like an oxymoron, but that really is the best description: Picture your typical desktop PC tower shrunk down to the size of a phablet sans screen; just …

Gear & Gadgets

7 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Amazing

Here's how to greet yourself with a sweet scent each time you open the door.<p>There's just something about a special scent — you're not always totally aware it's there, but when you walk into a room that has a certain smell, you're immediately hit with a memory of a time or place. (Remember how …

Grandparents

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Create A Dynamic Dashboard Using Google Docs

GOOGLE DRIVE SPREADSHEETS - CHANGES THE GAME!<p>PREPARING AN INFORMATION DASHBOARD<p>TABLE OF CONTENTS<p>Overview<p>Project Summary<p>Information Request<p>Development …

Battle Scope Creep in Your Projects

Every project manager has one key role to play: scope cop. But it’s a job you can’t do in isolation. You need to share nitty-gritty details and related financials with your team members on at least a weekly basis (more often than that in some industries) so they’ll support your efforts instead of …

Project Managers Should Share Their Stress

Project managers tend to hold their cards pretty close to the vest. Sure, they may post or circulate some sort of general progress chart. But the telling, nitty-gritty details — percent complete, cost overruns, and so on — usually stay on a private little spreadsheet, safely tucked away in the PM’s …

When Tracking Projects, Ignore Your Accountants

Do you get regular reports from your company’s accountants about how your projects are doing financially? Those reports should come with a big red warning label: DANGER — MAY NOT BE ACCURATE.<p>It isn’t the accountants’ fault. They’re just following what’s known as Generally Accepted Accounting …

The Dirty Little Secret of Project Management

Why don’t more project managers sound an alarm when they’re going to blow past their deadlines? Because most of them have no earthly idea when they’ll finish the job. They don’t even think it’s possible to know. Too many variables. Too much that’s out of their control.<p>That’s the dirty little secret …

Don’t Babysit Subcontractors — Teach Them

Managing subcontractors can be a draining, thankless task. How many times have you had to adjust project plans or schedules because a sub failed to deliver?<p>We used to burn a lot of valuable time babysitting our subs through projects. Sometimes we had to practically take over managing their tasks …

Stop Telling Your Employees What to Do

I will never forget the experiences of getting my first suit. I was 12 years old and my father took me to a department store on 18th street in New York City. I was very excited; this was the transition to feeling grown up. A real milestone. I would have a suit like all the grown men I knew.<p>At the …