How can translation companies benefit from XTRF?

This podcast was really special! Our XTRF client, Gaëtan Chrétiennot, founder and CEO of Six Continents, a progressive translation agency based in France in an interview with Andrzej Nedoma, the CEO of XTRF Management System, shared the story of his translation company and his experience with XTRF.

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How to Use Technology to Motivate and Reward in‑house Teams

We are happy to share with you a case study that we recently received from one of our clients. We believe this might serve as an inspiration for the wider public. Enjoy reading this and don’t hesitate to contact us with your own success stories or questions.

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Priorities – how to determine them and how to manage your time properly

One day a few years back I sat down, frustrated. And I thought to myself: even though I’m involved in personal and team productivity, and I already use quite a few good techniques and habits and organize myself well, things just don’t progress at the tempo I would wish.

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A stress-free Christmas – how to plan it properly and not go crazy

You look at your loved ones and see smiles and gratitude. The preparations went well – you shared your tasks fairly and helped each other out. And you still have some time left for fun and a moment of leisure. Now, after a delicious dinner, you bite into a piece of cake. You eat it without hurry, a morsel at a time. Your mind is free of any worrying thoughts. An evening of meaning, warmth and internal peace awaits you. All of you are focused on that which is most Important. Can the Christmas holidays really be like this?

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Concentration – how do you regain it and how do you cope with distractions?

The majority of us knows the feeling. “I’ll only take a peek” at my Facebook page, or at the news portal … and all of a sudden half an hour’s gone by. I catch myself asking me: “How did I get here?”. I try to be on my guard, but this helps only for a while. Finally, at the end of the day, I find out just how much time I’ve lost…

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8 Ways to Have (in)efficient Meetings

Responses given to survey forms sent out as a follow-up to my online course show that the average manager in a large company spends more than 11 hours at meetings per week and more than 20 hours per week in extreme cases. Judging on the basis of data in my possession, I can safely assume that depending on position, on average 10-50% of wages paid by companies go towards covering the cost of meetings.

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Productivity vs holidays and leisure

We live in times when it is becoming increasingly difficult to have a relaxing, leisurely holiday. Paradoxically, the problem concerns not time, but the ability to use it sensibly. More and more often I see people who, having a few days off from work or even a free afternoon, struggle to cope with reloading their batteries. It is now common that a steadily increasing number of people have unused holidays, which are regularly moved on to next year.

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The Eisenhower Matrix – The Urgent‑Important Matrix

Sometimes we respond to less important e-mails immediately upon their receipt, while those that really demand our attention languish at the bottom of our in-box. We spend a quarter of an hour on an altogether meaningless call from the bank, and later we do not have sufficient time to call a loved one. We avail ourselves of promotional sales and buy things that later lie unused. Why is this so?

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Ensuring Compliance with ISO 9001 Standard

ISO 9001 is an international standard laying down the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS). The ISO 9001 certification allows companies to demonstrate that they are dedicated to providing quality services and goods by setting up mechanisms aimed at eliminating non-conformities and facilitating continual improvement of internal processes.

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Your Energy Level – How to Manage Your Time Efficiently Throughout the Day

I often see how people start off their day at the office with a coffee, some gossip, and a look through the news on various portals, and afterwards reply to the various e-mails that they received since the evening before. But many of them are completely unaware of the fact that by doing so they have already used up one half of the best quality time available to them in the day.

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