When you think about the way a band works on songs together, you might picture five kids crammed into a garage full of amps. But most of the musicians I know don’t work that way. With busy schedules and competing commitments, it’s hard to get a group in the same room at the same time on a regular basis. And what constitutes a “band” can be something completely different now that technology lets people all over the world collaborate on music. To show how these tools can help you save time and effort, here are seven tips that will make collaboration on your next project a lot easier.
Are you a pro at updating a spreadsheet while making an unrelated call, or knocking out email responses while in a meeting? If so, you may pride yourself on being super-efficient. But research suggests that multitasking actually makes us less productive. In fact, people who multitask all the time may be the worst at doing two things at once.
That big presentation, report, or assignment isn’t going to write itself. And yet, you feel compelled to finish every non-essential task on your to-do list instead. Or you’re staring at a blank screen with nothing in your brain but panic. Meanwhile, the clock ticks loudly in the background—metaphorically, at least.
One of the best ways to capture a moment in time is through music. We asked Dropbox founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi to list their favorite songs from 2007. Here are the tunes they most frequently streamed…or rather, synced to their iPods.
While the working world is full of fads—whether that’s treadmill desks or sleep pods—some crazes have more staying power than others. Here are 10 popular workplace trends we’ve seen evolve since the early days of Dropbox—trends that we believe are here to stay.
As a member of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour, singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins has spent much of the last 20 years traveling the world from stage to stage. It’s a job that demands both being in transit and being connected to creative collaborators along the way. We’re always curious how busy creatives find time to tune out distractions and nurture new ideas. So we asked Sara how she begins conjuring songs and capturing moments of inspiration after returning home from life on the road.
While we sometimes miss the crazy scramble of Dropbox’s early days, there’s a lot more we’re happy to have left behind. Here are 10 things we remember about how the world worked in 2007 (that we don’t miss today).