December 28, 2012

A Few of Your Favorite Things

A look back at the most popular links from “Things We Like” in 2012.

  1. According to the data, you’re distracted. Or you want to be distracted. Or maybe there’s no difference. In pulling the most popular link from each month this year, we found that NTEN: Connect readers clicked fun links about as often as they clicked links about how to avoid distractions or boost productivity. So, in the interest of time, try saying “no” to projects every once in awhile. You’ll thank us later.
  2. You might also consider taking a nap: Napping at work may be a good idea.
  3. Still pressed for time? Try streamlining your e-mail processes. Here are “9 Gmail Plugins to Revive Your Productivity“. Don’t have time to finish reading this newsletter right now? Boomerang it! Want to learn more about who sent it to you? Add Rapportive! Nice.
  4. Fortunately, some things have already been settled — like Twitter. Over the summer, Taco Bell won Twitter, so we might as well move on to other things.
  5. But there are so many cool distractions, right? I mean, consider the hexaflexagon. Have you made one of those yet? They’re awesome!
  6. Even 404 error pages can be distracting. “This is not the web page you are looking for” combines our love of Star Wars with actual technology.
  7. These conflicting trends — greater productivity vs. intentional distraction — may explain the rise of the easily digestible infographic, like “Which Social Network Should You Use – and When?“.
  8. Or this nifty infographic explaining bounce rates.
  9. If only there were an infographic to help us deal with this conundrum. There is? Oh, thank you! So, here you go: “How to Focus in the Age of Distraction“.
  10. And hopefully you have an extraordinary boss, one who understands that having fun is essential to creating a more passionate work culture, and that taking the occasional mental break will help you work with more energy… if not more focus.
  11. Because in the end, how can we ignore cats in a drawer. Happy holidays!
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