As the Christmas break edges closer, people start to lose motivation at work. We can't blame them; it's the end of the year and they're just eager to take time off to de-stress and recharge. Unfortunately, work still needs to be done before we go on holidays. If you're struggling to stay motivated and productive at work, here are a few things you can do to get yourself back on track.


As the copper phone network goes from bad to worse, decent broadband is still years away for many Australians. If your phone line is slowly failing but the NBN is still years from your street, what's your fallback broadband plan? As I personally discovered, the available options aren't great...


The NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) has requested a stop work meeting of teachers on Thursday, 8 December. The meeting is scheduled to end before school recess with classes commencing sometime after. As a result, some schools are asking parents to find "alternative arrangements" for children during the morning. Here's what you need to know.


Branding is incredibly important when you're trying to build a new business. Sometimes, a company strikes gold on the very first try and their brand becomes instantly iconic. Other times, the name fails to register with customers and a return to the drawing board is required. This infographic reveals what 12 famous brands used to be called: from Pepsi Cola (formerly "Brad's Drink") to Nike ("Blue Ribbon Sports"). We think they made the right choice.


Small business owners are a hardworking bunch but it's important for them to schedule in downtime over the holiday season to avoiding burning out. It's wise for them to plan a break well in advance and by now small business owners should already have a good idea on when they'll take time off. They just need to make sure that they clearly communicate that information to their customers.