Last week, we shared the article “Why is Respect So Important in the Workplace?” We’ve talked here before about the role of clear communication when it comes to showing and building respect in the workplace, and one quote I keep coming back to is from Glen Llopis in the Forbes article “6 Ways Successful Teams are Buit to Last.” Llopis is discussing the importance of teambuilding, and writes: “Being genuine in your recognition and respect goes a long way towards building loyalty and trust.” The key word here for me is “genuine.” It’s not enough to just show respect—you actually need… Continue reading Kant in the Cubicle: To Show Respect, Have Respect
Over the last few weeks, we’ve talked about how to help your whole team be productive, as well as about the dangers of empty productivity. Today, I’d like to focus on another easily overlooked aspect of productivity: happiness. Obviously, productivity and happiness are key goals in anyone’s worklife (and life in general). However, they can often seem at odds with one another: to be productive (the thinking goes), you have to work really hard, which means being stressed, which means being less happy. Or followed the other way: being happy means having more relaxing downtime, which means accomplishing less, which… Continue reading Happiness Increases Productivity, and Productivity Creates Happiness
I decided to join a startup called Timyo 4 months ago but the real beginning started years earlier. After choosing a traditional start to my professional life, I was ready to step into the unknown. Here is how it happens in 7 milestones. It’s my personal story but it might inspire anyone who would be – like I used to be – tempted to listen too much to the left side of his brain and not enough to his heart. Never say “no” to your boss October 2013. My manager was leaving the company at that time. After the round… Continue reading I’ve Started My Entrepreneur Life And I Am Happy!
Almost one year ago today, Timyo released our iOS version on Apple Store. It was a big moment for the entire team: we’d built our solution with the deep conviction that it would improve email communication, and now we were about to finally launch it out into the real world. We knew it would just be the first step on a journey that we hoped would change email for good. But we needed to verify our assumption, we needed your feedback and product validation: Were people ready to change the way they think before sending an email? Were they ready… Continue reading A business model should be aligned with your values
It’s official—Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, there’s a chill in the air (assuming you live somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere that has actual seasons, which I do not) and summer vacation already seems a disconcertingly distant memory. And because Timyo is all about productivity and peace-of-mind, we thought we’d share a couple of items to help ease the transition back to cool autumnal reality. “How to Get Caught Up On Email After Vacation: 9 Helpful Tips” This great post comes to us from Lindsay Kolowich at Hubspot. My favorite is Tip #2—“Set expectations… Continue reading Back to Reality: Great Email Articles to Help Ease Into The Fall
Recently, the productivity world has been abuzz about a new concept called “The Bullet Journal”. People are so excited that they are even using the whole phrase as a verb, as in, “Do you bullet journal?” And when people start verbing your name, you know you’re on to something—if you don’t believe me, just google it :). Cari Romm‘s got a great article over at Science of Us that offers a comprehensive breakdown of the bullet journal phenomenon, as well as the reasons why to-do lists in general and the bullet journal in particular are effective productivity tools. Much To-Do… Continue reading To-Do or Not To-Do? It’s Not Even a Question.
A couple of days ago we posted a great article from Lauren Laitin that reframes how we traditionally think of the work-life balance: “First, the very phrase [work-life balance] suggests that work isn’t part of your life, it’s separate. Yet your career probably takes up a huge amount of your waking hours, so how could it not be an integral part of your life? The second issue is that balance is elusive and rarely attainable. At its core, the act of balancing is both inflexible and delicate, but life requires flexibility.” So if “work-life balance” is not the best way… Continue reading Work-Life Boundaries, Not Work-Life Balance
As we wrote a couple of days ago, Ray Tomlinson passed away this past Sunday at the age of 74. Though in the broader world his role as the inventor of email was largely performed anonymously, we, as the founders of a company that very literally would not exist without him, wanted to take a moment here and offer a brief remembrance of and thanks for Mr. Tomlinson’s contribution. In this age of “rock star” founders and branded TED-talk friendly CEOs, it is refreshing to look at the work of one man who absolutely did not crave the spotlight, who was… Continue reading How Ray Tomlinson Inspires Us
….Aaaaand we’re back! Last week, we began a quick look at 10 of the best productivity tips from around the web. Today, we’re following up with our top five picks! Enjoy, and happy…productivitying? No. Happy producing? That sounds weird. Let’s just go with: Enjoy! 5. Boring is Best. Again from Chris Bailey, we have a reminder that for all of the great productivity advice out there, the best advice is also the oldest, and probably the same thing you’ve been told since you were a little kid: Eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. As Bailey puts it: “[A]s someone who… Continue reading Best of the Best: Top 10 Productivity Tips from Around the Web (Part II)
As Timyo gets ready to launch, one question that has come up a few times is why our founders chose Los Angeles as our headquarters. Unsurprisingly, this question is mostly asked by people who don’t live in LA 🙂 And so, to preach to the uninitiated, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a short list of why LA is a great place for Timyo and a great place for tech in general. 1. Tech isn’t the only game in town… I used to live in a small city that was popular with study abroad students and travelers, so I met a… Continue reading More Than Just Great Weather: 5 Reasons Why Timyo Loves LA