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Getting Your Appetite: A Guide On Best Apps To Increase Your Productivity

Today’s post is a guest contribution from Victoria Greene, freelance writer and branding consultant.

One of the greatest challenges facing any entrepreneur is getting the most out of your working day. No matter how driven and enthusiastic you may be, it is all too easy to lose track of time, get hung up on minor details, or simply become distracted by other things.

Of course, a large part of maximizing your productivity is self-discipline. No amount of handy apps will solve the problem if you aren’t willing to meet them halfway. Of course, the fact you’ve gotten this far already shows that you’re ready to do your bit.… Read More

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5 Tips to Protect Your Calendar and Remain Productive

5 Tips to Protect Your Calendar and Remain Productive

It’s great to say you’re going to remain productive despite distractions, but work doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

There are outside factors. Phone calls. Meetings. Emergencies. Family.

You can’t control everything in your life, and when a curveball comes your way, it can throw your schedule into disarray.

I can’t help you control life. Sometimes, things will hit the proverbial fan. But I do have a handful of tips to help minimize how often your calendar gets bombarded with unexpected requests, so that you can remain productive through it all.

1. Say Yes Only When You Can Follow Through

The “yes” syndrome is a major area where you can cause problems for yourself.… Read More

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Three Steps to Restructure Habits When Life Changes

I’m a person of habit. I like things to be structured in a certain way so that I don’t have to think about the little things. Repeatable, automated tasks make me very happy because I can then focus on the big stuff – solving problems, building awesome new things, and writing.

So I’ve gotten pretty good over the years at identifying the structure in my day, defining my routines and building habits that allow me to get a lot of things done in a short amount of time (practically required with two young children).

Every now and then, though, something comes along and throws a wrench in the works.… Read More

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9 Energy Hacks to Stay Motivated When You’re Exhausted

Americans work a lot. The vast majority of us go above and beyond the typical 9-5, Monday-Friday routine, working between 45-55 hours per week. So when energy starts to lag and the day gets that much longer, most of us turn to chemicals and quick fixes to get the boost we need.

But in the long term, the second (or third) cup of coffee, the after-lunch 5-hour energy shot, or the bag of peanut M&Ms you down at three are doing more harm than good. You’re cheating yourself with sugar and caffeine.

Fortunately, there are other hacks you can implement that will work as well if not better than the elevator-snickers at 3:15.… Read More

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23 Ways to Be a More Efficient Writer

At the core of any website, product, eBook, promotional campaign, or advertisement is a good writer. Someone who can spin a good yarn and create content that engages and encourages.

But writing takes time. Even if you style yourself a fantastic writer, it takes a long time to put together a quality piece of content, bottlenecking your marketing efforts. To help you get more done in less time, here are 23 writing tips that will make you more efficient at what you do:

1. Write Every Day 

So many reasons this is important, but I’ll keep it simple. If you want to excel at something, you need to practice, and if you want your practice to be effective, you need it to be consistent – hence writing every day.… Read More

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5 New Habits to Reach Inbox Zero This Week

For most people, it’s a myth. A state of being that they’ve only dreamed of and rarely seen. Inbox zero. The ability to get an email inbox down to empty – not just once a year but on a consistent basis.

I’ve been obsessed with it for years, but only in the last three has it become something realistic to aim for. All too often the quest for inbox zero results in a whole lot of wasted time – the dreaded email sap that can make it impossible to get anything else done. Tim Ferriss clearly illustrates just how much time the average person wastes on email in his book, The Four Hour Work Week.… Read More

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The 5 Biggest Productivity Killers in Your Day and How to Handle Them

Everyone has their roadblocks – the hiccups in their schedule that can derail a perfectly planned day. Whether it’s getting the children out the door in the morning, taking phone calls from clients, meetings with internal stakeholders, or plain old email, there’s bound to be something in your day that keeps popping up and pulling your attention away from the stuff that really matters.

And it’s a little different for everyone. But there are a handful of common distractions, activities, or behaviors that claim more hours out of more days than anything else in the business world. Here are five of those and the tactics I use to overcome or avoid them on a daily basis.… Read More

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6 Tips to Get More Done After Lunch

Photo Credit: Kenny Louie, https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwl/

You’ve had one of those days. You wake up early, get to work with time to spare, feeling sharp and on-point. You check off item after item on your to do list and it feels AMAZING. Everything just flows. 

Then you go to lunch.

Sluggish, distracted, and a little bit sleepy – you stumble back to your desk after lunch and do your best to stay awake; forget about being productive.

The options are slim and usually not very healthy. Coffee. Sugar. Facebook.

You’re packing on the pounds or attracting the wrong kind of attention from your supervisor.… Read More

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Getting Things Done - Managing Your To Do List

7 Tips to Help You Trust Your To Do List

A few years ago, I read David Allen’s Getting Things Done – a right of passage for any entrepreneur it seems. The book was an eye opener, but it took me more than a year and a half from reading it before my day looked even remotely close to what Allen describes in his book.

This was a source of great stress for me. So much so that I bought software, attended online courses, and threw away old notebooks just to try and break old habits and build the new one I knew would be beneficial to me.

If you’re anything like I was then, you can see the benefit of having a well manicured to do list, but are running into walls in creating such a list.… Read More

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How to Define a “Doable” Task

One of the biggest general obstacles to productivity is the idea of “doability”. Goals, dreams, and tasks become interchangeable to a point that the average to do list is too vague and extremely hard to take action on.

If you’ve read any books on productivity, you know that this is the underpinning of most systems. Finding a way to generate actionable, “doable” tasks that can be completed in a finite period of time.

“Build a website” is not an actionable task. It is a goal, possibly a milestone. If I were to ask you exactly how long it would take to build a website, or what was involved, you could easily break it down into ten, twenty or thirty more tasks.… Read More

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