If you’re anything like me, then your workdays can sometimes feel like playing Tetris while blindfolded — the next task always comes too fast and it’s hard to see how it’ll all fit into the carefully planned puzzle that is my schedule.

Next time you disagree with a co-worker, a neighbor, or your mother-in-law, pat yourself on the back. You’re doing your part to help save humanity. That’s because the delicate push-pull involved in resolving a challenge — i.e., engaging in productive conflict — is what moves our society forward.

Yes, it’s 2019. We ping. We snap. We tweet. We deliver knockout client presentations over video chat and then high-five each other on Slack with dancing emoticons, impressed with our 21st-century prowess. But let’s face it: Email is still a necessary tool for communicating for work. And even though it barely qualifies as actual communication, it’s not going away anytime soon.

Welcome to 2019, friends! I hope you had a chance to celebrate and recharge the past few weeks — the year ahead is bound to be as busy as ever. If you’re like me, you’ve already set out to conquer your New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately,  the odds are that all but 8 percent of us will fail. The good news is that Fringe PD has a tool for precisely this scenario, a tool that works because it helps you communicate better with your No. 1 “trouble” audience: yourself.

Top book and blog suggestions for your holiday down time. The year was, let’s face it, faster and furious(er) than many of us were ready for. The world around us seems to be changing at a frighteningly quick pace and everyone I know is just trying to keep up. All the while, Fringe PD has been growing and changing as well.

When messages get mixed at work, the consequences can range from mild annoyance with a colleague to a botched deal for a new client. Beyond the business consequences, think about all the energy and time we waste trying to figure out how other people work.