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According to a recent survey by TCG, one-third of advertising and marketing executives said the percentage of creative staff working remotely is higher than three years ago. If you telecommute, consider these five productivity tips:

1.  Start strong.
Get ready for the day as if you were heading to the office (i.e., shower, get dressed, eat breakfast). This will help you transition from personal to professional.

2.  Force yourself to be disciplined.
Stay on track by creating a prioritized daily to-do list, establishing interim goals for big projects and then holding yourself accountable for meeting each self-imposed deadline.

3.  Keep in close contact.
Be accessible during core business hours and provide regular status updates to your boss and colleagues. Make a point of being in the office when group activities are scheduled, if possible.

4.  Mitigate misunderstandings.
Avoid problems by taking sensitive or complicated conversations offline. It’s better to pick up the phone or save the discussion for an in-person meeting if the subject matter can wait.

5.  Stick closely to a set schedule.
By starting and stopping around the same time each day, you’ll keep your job from bleeding into what’s supposed to be your downtime.

For more telecommuting tips, visit the TCG Blog.

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“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath


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Guest Blog Post by Jenn David Connolly




When you think of a natural product, do you think of muted colors, green and brown earthy tones and kraft paper — to represent healthy, all natural, simple/clean ingredients, wholesome, maybe even organic and non-GMO? Think again.

Natural products certainly looked their expected part when they first started to enter the marketplace. Now that more and more of these products are flooding the retail scene and becoming more mainstream, it’s no longer necessary for natural products to look as the consumer assumes these products should look.

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Six Getty Images photographers won top honors at World Press Photo, arguably the world’s most prestigious annual press photography contest. Photojournalists Brent Stirton, Sara Lewkowicz, Chris McGrath, Ezra Shaw, Al Bello and Quinn Rooney were each awarded top honors.


Sara Lewkowicz, a featured contributor with Reportage by Getty Images, has received first place in the coveted Contemporary Issues category for her work titled ‘A portrait of domestic violence,’ which explores this prevalent issue in a particular family in Ohio.

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