Category Archives: Infographics

Handwriting Vs. Typing – Why the Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard

We live in an age where technology dominates our lives – at work, at home, at college and everywhere in between. Students are particularly immersed in using laptops for note taking in schools and colleges and less people are writing notes by hand.  In the United Kingdom alone, 1 in 3 people haven’t written anything in 6 months and haven’t put pen to paper in 41 days according to a study of 2000 people by Docmail.  According to the study, the younger generation, in particular, are at risk of losing their calligraphy skills due to increased use of digital devices, not only in college, but in many other areas of their life.

Why Handwritten Notes are Better

Even though it is often quicker to type notes, students often learn more by writing their notes by hand. This is partly because they have more time to take in the information if they write by hand, and even though they will only write at about half the speed that they type, more will stick in their memory.  In addition, handwriting notes vs. typing allows students to develop a better understanding of what they’re studying and many have experienced better performance on tests.

How to Take Notes Effectively

Learning how to take written notes effectively is not as hard as it may seem and students may start seeing results immediately just by following a few simple steps.  It all comes down to being prepared with the right supplies before going to class, paying attention by listening attentively to their teacher and developing a note taking method that works.

Check out the infographic below courtesy of Study Medicine Europe for more information on all the benefits of writing your notes by hand and step by step instructions on how to take written notes effectively.

Hand writing vs typing

5 Steps to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes can help you get dressed quickly, save you money, closet space and even help boost your confidence. Capsule wardrobes are especially perfect for those who work in an office environment as the money you’ll save on business attire will be significant, yet how do you easily put one together?  The folks at Betabrand have come up with 5 simple steps, shown in their courtesy infographic below, for creating a capsule wardrobe that won’t sacrifice your style or your pocket book.

  1. Start with cleaning your closet by sorting your clothes into piles such as currently love or wear, seasonal and other.  Betabrand recommends donating or selling the “other” pile as the goal of a capsule wardrobe is to limit yourself to a small number of essential pieces that can be combined together to create many outfits
  2. So how do you decide what essential pieces to keep?  Using the checklist in the infographic below, Betabrand suggests keeping just two to three items from each category such as tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories and other items such as dresses and jackets.  Of course, some experimentation with colors and accessories will be required and most experts recommend starting with at least one neutral color such as black and working from there.  Some great ideas on how to mix and match your favorite separates, especially those that work for the office, can be found here.
  3. Easier said than done?  Then allow yourself to splurge slightly on one of your favorite clothing categories.  It’s all about compromise but only do it once, Betabrand suggests.
  4. Did you know that just 27 pieces can build 100 outfits?  Give it a try or do a trial run to see how you get along with the capsule wardrobe.
  5. Lastly reassess and rotate.  It’s a good idea to set a reassess schedule to refine, edit or rotate your wardrobe.

Capsule Wardrobe

The Feng Shui Guide for the Office (infographic)

Organizing your life at home can be hard enough. Worrying about keeping your office or workspace organized can add an extra layer of stress that can start to creep into your productivity and eventually reflect poorly on your work. One of the best ways to combat this is by following the principles of feng shui.

An ancient Chinese system of harmony, feng shui is an extremely powerful tool. This feng shui guide for the office, courtesy of GetVoIP, has outlined the best ways to utilize these organization techniques to help you maximize your office productivity. From your desk positioning, to wall art, to organizing the items on your desk, helps you keep your work day stress free.

Feng Shui your office

A Guide to Employee Recognition (infographic)

Every organization’s most valuable asset is unquestionably the same: its people. Motivating employees to do a great job is job No. 1 — but far easier said than done! It has been said that companies with a formal recognition plan have 31 percent less voluntary turnover.

The following infographic, courtesy of RPG Card Services,  “A Guide to Employee Recognition,” offers company leaders an easy-to-digest, visual overview of three aspects of building engagement and enhancing productivity:

  • Understanding the impact of recognition
  • Creating solid programs
  • Discovering creative ways to make the program a smashing success

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A Guide to Employee Recognition created by RPG Card Services

Why Remote Workers Are Happier Than Office Employees

Let’s accept it. Remote working is the way forward.

You ask your friend or a random person in the street if they are willing to work from home or anywhere in the world — I bet most of them will say YES to your offer.

In fact, several surveys show that every year more and more people are doing remote work.Technology has made digital communication and collaboration easy and possible.

Distance is no longer a barrier to collaboration Thanks to technologies which allow us to communicate and work with your colleagues in real time even if they are spread across the globe.

But with all the freedom that they enjoy we can’t help wondering, “Are remote workers really happier than those who are working in the office?”

To shed light to this question, TinyPulse surveyed 509 employees in the US who are into remote working. They compared them with benchmarks calculated from responses from over 200,000 employees across all work arrangements.

Here are some interesting results.

How happy are you at work?

On a scale of 1 to 10, ‘Remote workers’ got an 8.10 score while ‘All workers’ only had 7.42.

Why do employees work remotely?

Most remote workers (41%) said that they enjoy the freedom of choosing when or where to work, however only 8% answered that they don’t like working in an office.

Check this infographic from Time Doctor to see more of the results.

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