Work Burnout in A Virtual Team? Here’s How to Avoid It

(Image Credit:  B2C)

(Image Credit: B2C)

The workplace of today is ‘always connected’ and yet, strangely, often disconnected with the prevalence of technology and global virtual teams. With mobile devices keeping us plugged in anytime, anywhere, it’s easy to keep on working, and working, and working, until you lose all sense of balance and separation between work and personal life. The to-do lists and inbox never seems to get any shorter, and you may never get to know your team in person. Enter the age of Burnout Culture in the Virtual World. Where you are always just one click away from your never-ending projects, but you’re working on them in isolation. Here’s some quick tips on how to avoid work burnout in a virtual team:

(Image Credit:  Mother Nature Network)

(Image Credit: Mother Nature Network)

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- By Julie Yamamoto

3 Ways to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

Image Credit:  Sudarshan Srinivasan, Chakraascope

Image Credit: Sudarshan Srinivasan, Chakraascope

blue Monday (noun) – a Monday regarded as a depressing workday in contrast to the pleasant relaxation of the weekend (dictionary.com)

Do you ever experience the Monday morning blues? While the prevailing definition seems to be about the contrast of the first workday of the week (Monday) versus the relaxation experienced over the weekend, the Monday morning blues can also be about other things as well, such as facing a long ‘to-do’ list for the week and feeling overwhelmed or simply feeling tired. Here are 3 ways you can beat the Monday morning blues and ensure that you have a good jump-start on your work week:

1 – Get a good night’s rest on the weekends too

It’s easy to get off-kilter over the weekend just because you can. Stay up late watching movies and then sleeping in late or taking naps in the afternoon over the weekend is a sure-fire way to get out of sync for the workweek. Sticking to the same schedule, regardless of the day of the week, will help you feel more rested and energized throughout the week. Plus, the bonus is, if you get up early on the weekends too, you’ll have more weekend time to get things done or enjoy your time!

2 – Spend ‘quiet time’ every morning

Before you jump right into work and your long ‘to-do’ list, why not spend a few minutes of quiet time first? Grab a cup of coffee and sit out on your front porch, or wherever your best ‘quiet time’ place is. Before you read the newspaper, before you go to the gym, before you do anything really. Just a few minutes of quiet time to center yourself and collect your thoughts before you start the day. Call it ‘quiet time’ discipline, and use it however you like – to meditate, journal, or simply listen to the birds greet the morning. In our fast-paced lives, where 80% of the world’s data was created in the last two years, and people are acquiring cellphones at a pace 5 times faster than the growth of the human race, when do we take the time to stop and smell the roses? It’s important.

3 – Prioritize your ‘to-do’ list

One thing about Monday mornings is that you are facing a whole week’s worth of a ‘to-do’ list, or things that you really feel like you need to accomplish. Even if you haven’t written it down, you generally have an idea of what you think you need to accomplish this week, and it can be overwhelming.  Also, since your list might be really long, your Monday Morning Blues may also be taking into account that you won’t really have any breaks that week as you try to slug your way through that long list.  So take a few minutes to prioritize that list and lay out the most important goals you need to accomplish for the week.  That way, you will not only feel energized by the direction you’ve layed out for the week, but you will also feel great as you check off each item on the list.  Plus, as a bonus, since you are clear about accomplishing your major goals for the week, you will feel much better about taking small breaks throughout the week also, which will help to re-energize your thinking and creativity as well.

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- By Julie Yamamoto

IBM Mobile App Round-Up

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Here’s a round-up of IBM Mobile Apps. Do you know of any others? Submit your comment to let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.  Learn more about IBM Mobile First.

Mobile App
Category Description Download
Minds of Modern Mathematics Education Interactive journey on the timeline of the history of math based on IBM’s 1964 World’s Fair exhibit ‘Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond’ designed by Charles and Ray Eames.  The app offers biographies, milestones and images of artifacts culled from the Mathematica exhibit as well as a high-resolution image of the original timeline poster.
IBM Think App Education Shows how early tools have evolved into modern advances that make the world work better — healthier populations, greener energy and safer, less congested cities. The app is for people of all ages who love science, history and technology — think of it as an “innovation time machine.
IBM Smarter Planet Mobile Apps Business, Content Download these new apps to keep information, links and multimedia related to Smarter Planet—and our new initiative The Social Business—always at your fingertips. The apps include content optimized for your device from ibm.com, the Smarter Planet blog, our Tumblr sites, YouTube, the IBM Centennial Icons of Progress project and more.

  • Smarter Planet
  • The Social Business
  • Creek Watch
IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV) app Business, Research, Content In this application you will have access to the latest thought leadership from the IBM Institute for Business Value, including our C-suite Study series, business function and industry papers. You will be able to download and maintain your own library of content important to you, and will have access to regular content updates. Select C-suite Studies feature enhanced content, including industry and country points of view, videos featuring C-level executive insights, additional data, and links to relevant IBM capabilities.
IBM Mobile First Apps Business, Productivity, Communications These mobile apps are built around mobile interfaces to help you get the most from your IBM solutions. Collaborate or access your system anytime from your mobile device. Engage the right people, drive innovation, and deliver results. Manage your hardware remotely, gain faster access to your PC email, calendar, contacts, and more.

  • IBM Connections
  • IBM Sametime
  • IBM Flex System Manager
  • IBM Cognos Mobile
  • IBM Business Process Manager
  • IBM Content Navigator
  • IBM Notes Traveler
  • IBM Smartcloud Meetings
  • IBM Lotus Symphony
  • IBM Digital Analytics
  • IBM Sterling Control Center Mobile
  • IBM Sterling Document Tracking Mobile
  • IBM Sterling InFlight Data Mgmt Mobile
  • IBM Sterling Integrator Mobile

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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Getting Things Done: Your Problem Isn’t Lack of Time – It’s Lack Of…

A Harvard Economist’s Surprisingly Simple Productivity Secret

- by LinkedIn editor Chip Cutter, LinkedIn Today

There’s no question that in the working world, one of the most common complaints, by far, is having too little time. Workers putting in 60+ hours a week believe they don’t have enough room in their schedule even to tame their inboxes, let alone think about about big projects creatively.

Recognize this?

Recognize this?

But lack of time is not the problem, says Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan. The ultimate barrier to success is this. Read more.

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5 Email Habits That Wreck Your Productivity

Email’s been a part of our lives now for well over a decade, and it is of course a blessing and a curse. We all spend at least a part of our days taming our inboxes.

emailHow much time you spend on the daily task of email, however, is up to you. In this piece by Rieva Lesonsky in SmallBizTrends.com, learn about five ways to keep your email time more productive – and keep it from destroying your productivity. See them here.

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Greater IBM, do you have any tips to add for managing your email? What’s your best trick?

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Early Bird Productivity: Use These Powerful Strategies Every Day

The early bird catching the worm isn’t merely a worn-out cliche – it’s a proven fact. Research by Christoph Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany, found that people who started their days earlier were more goal-oriented and more active, and even felt more in charge — all elements of business success.

In this article by Lydia Dishman in FastCompany, learn some great strategies for upping your productivity from five successful executives who are early risers. Maybe we’ll never all be morning people, but we can always take a few super-effective tricks from from the playbooks of these thought leaders. How to do it.

Time is All We Have: 3 Ways to Increase Your ROI

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

If you think of time as your primary investment rather than money, then you see it: everything you do is an investment of time.

think instagramThis piece from pickthebrain.com examines why, in many ways time, is more valuable than money. When you think of time as a commodity – and every one of your actions as investments – it changes the way you approach your everyday decisions.

See the thoughtful guidelines you can use to improve your decision making.

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Greater IBM, what do you think of this idea? Let us know in the Leave a Reply field below.

- Posted by Regan Kelly

Organizing: How to Spring Clean Your Inbox(es)

If your life’s biggest mess this Spring is the condition of your Inbox, help is on the way.

In this helpful piece at The Daily Muse, Alex Cavoulacos shares a few tips for clearing out your closet—and how to apply them your inbox.

Get started.

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10 Ways You Waste Other People’s Time

We like to defend our time, against endless meetings, the friend who instant messages us just to chat, the overlong phone calls. We get bothered when other people steal our time.

But there are, of course, two sides to every situation. Have you considered how you may be wasting others’ time? Do you respect their time, or are you guilty of some of these 10 things?

(- from Time Management Ninja)

 

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– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

11 Easy Productivity Hacks from Super-Productive People

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”-–Paul J. Meyer.

Do you need to procrastinate less and accomplish more? Here are 11 productivity tips from the pros – the CEOs and other high-performing types that are covered in FastCompany.com.

Here’s a quick list of proven, effective hacks you can implement quickly, and watch your own productivity shoot up. Make that change!

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– Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection