Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope you have had a fun and productive week.
This week we take a look at how the humble houseplant can increase your productivity, we get shocked at the fact that a whopping 49% of people don’t disinfect their electronics (which is especially important during a global pandemic), and with most of us stuck at home in front of our computer’s we give you 30 exercises you can do from the “comfort” of your desk.
And, with people protesting across the globe – whether it’s for the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S.A, railing agaist new Chinese powers in Hong Kong, or fighting your government in Serbia – we look at some ways you can lock down your phone in order to make it secure and stop authorities tracking you.
Working from home may bring comfort and convenience, but it also means you’ll look at the same view day after day. Pretty soon, you’ll understand why your dog chews the furniture while you’re gone. Of course, having a monotonous environment can be debilitating to your creativity and productivity. Thankfully, there is an easy way to get around this problem—get some joyful greens in your home office.
We are all feeling an uncertainty and dealing with a whole range of feelings and issues. Most of all we want to protect ourselves and our loved ones and know that the ‘stay at home’ guidelines are the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus and support our precious NHS. But protecting our health goes way beyond washing hands and wearing PPE, it’s nourishing the body in the ways we need to keep strong during biological threats.
49% Of People Don’t Disinfect Electronics – Panda Security Mediacenter
Harvard Health notes that the COVID-19 virus may remain on surfaces for up to 72 hours. Even among a health crisis, Americans don’t follow the proper protocol to disinfect their electronics, leading to a whole new meaning of going viral – apparently 49% of people don’t disinfect their electronics. Panda Security takes a look at the stats and the importance of cleaning your tech.
If you don’t have the time to hit the gym (and lets face it, most gyms are closed at the moment anyway!), there are quick and easy exercises you can try in between tasks. Consider it a break. You can do aerobics, stretching, or just walking. Here are 10 exercises you can try at your desk (and near or away from it) right now.
Top 6 Virtual Team Communication Tools – Biz 3.0
Teams across the world have switched to remote work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when you’re used to working in the same office, virtual communication can seem impossible. If you’re in the same boat, here’s some good news: it isn’t. Virtual teams have been collaborating efficiently for decades — and there’s one thing they all have in common. They all use virtual team communication tools. In this article, we’ll highlight the best online communication tools for your team. We’ll go over their features, pricing and even list a few alternatives to help you make the right choice.
15+ Homeschooling Statistics You Need To Read In 2020 – Mark in Style
There are many reasons you might decide to homeschool your children, and just as many benefits to that practice. Even as parents all over the world are screaming in frustration in 2020, the general homeschooling statistics, those examining the practice during ordinary times, times that don’t fall under the label of world crisis, paint a different picture. The thing is whether it is out of dissatisfaction with the school system, concern about the school environment, religious reasons, desire for a non-conventional approach, or the specific needs of the child, parents turn to homeschool as an alternative to public or private schools. Would homeschooling work for you? Let’s see what the numbers Mark in Style collected for you have to say.
Five Sneaky Places Germs May Be Hiding In Your Home — And How To Clean Them – Home Improvement Tips & Advice from HomeAdvisor
Even in the tidiest homes, there are at least a few places where you’d expect to find germs like kitchens, where food is stored and prepared, and bathrooms, where — well, you know. What you might not expect, however, is that there are plenty of germs hiding in places you think are clean.
How To Save For College During The Pandemic – CreditCards.com
There are no guarantees about whether college campuses will be open this coming fall and for how long. But there are plenty of things you can do to get ready for whatever the fall semester brings – starting with saving money for college.
90 Remote Work Stats For 2020 – Xobin
Remote Working might be a new and scary area for traditional business setups, but it is the demand of the time. Plus, remote working has numerous benefits over the productivity and efficiency of employees, when it is implemented perfectly with the right tools. Don’t agree? Well, the 90 remote working statistics in this article might give you a fair idea.
Working from home is the new normal for a lot of people. What’s worrying though is that a number of organisations are placing monitoring software on their employees computers in order to make sure that they’re working, sat at their computer or even measuring how much they collaborate. If the stress of a pandemic wasn’t enough, we now have to worry that our employers will think that we’re not being productive enough, sat at our computer’s enough or aren’t enough of a team player. Does this spying help or hinder productivity? The Next Web takes a look at the pros and cons of monitoring your employees.
Remote work is no longer a concept reserved for just the lucky few. The rise of cloud technology and software as a service means that any company can expand into the realm of building a remote workforce, with very little initial investment. And with the current global crisis, more and more companies are turning to remote work in order to keep their businesses running. So, how can you manage your remote workers? Ring Central takes a look at some of the ways you can keep your employees happy and productive.”
Decluttering Your Home – The Ultimate Guide – SpruceUp
In this ultimate guide, SpruceUp.co.uk will give you the tools and the tips to turn your house from a sea of chaos into an ocean of calm. Change your mindset, discover handy decluttering apps for your phone, and even challenge yourself to a 30-day junk blitz. Find out how turning around your cluttered life can help your mental wellbeing.
How To Go Plastic Free: 23 Tips And Products – EarthBits
“Plasticfreejuly” is a global movement of millions of people who decide to take the pledge of reducing our single-use plastic consumption for a whole month, as well as educate ourselves on ways to be more sustainable and reduce waste and pollution in our daily lives. In this article EarthBits looks at how you can reduce your plastic use by making a few simple swaps which will help the environment by reducing the amount of plastic we’re throwing into landfill.
The Oldest Buildings In America – BigRentz
We marvel at modern construction technology advancements, such as 3D printing and smart cities. Yet, some of the oldest buildings in America have some of the most innovative construction you can find. Many of the practices used to develop these early structures have evolved into methods used in the industry today.
When you take the streets to demonstrate your beliefs, it’s important to know your rights, but it’s also important to take steps to secure your phone from theft, loss, and, of course, surveillance. There are a variety of ways that the authorities can track you, or gain access to your phone and it’s important to know how to lock it down before you go out on the streets to protest. This PC Mag article gives you some simple, practical advance on how to secure your phone and avoid being tracked.
Have A Great Week
Until next time, Stay Productive!