Productivity

What “Learning to Say No” Really Means

April 26, 2014

We often hear about the value of saying “no.” It’s a popular productivity hack; learning to say no is one of the best ways to make time for your priorities. But here’s something productivity mavens often fail to emphasize: for this to work, you have to say “no” to things you actually WANT to do. […]

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Why “Wasting Time Online” is Absolutely Worth Your Time

February 4, 2014

We hear again and again that we shouldn’t waste time online. In fact, I bet that’s one of your resolutions for 2014, isn’t it? To stay on task? While it’s important to stay focused 95 percent of the time so you can deliver your best work, here’s a secret most productivity hacks won’t let you […]

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Why Goals are Far Better Than Resolutions (and What I’m Planning for 2014)

January 8, 2014

Resolutions are meant to be broken. At least, that’s how we’ve come to think of them. So few of us actually stick to our New Year’s resolutions that making one barely means anything anymore. That’s why, over the last few years, I’ve stopped making resolutions — and started setting goals instead. Not high-in-the-sky-and-barely-achievable goals, but […]

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Beating the Busy Mindset

October 8, 2013

All of the work my team and I have put in over the last five months to systemize the business and get better processes in place is paying off. I have fewer big tasks on my plate each day. I’m spending less time on work that feels urgent and more time executing projects that really […]

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A Brilliant Way to Organize Feedly or Your Favorite RSS Tool

September 24, 2013

Find yourself too busy to read all the blogs and publications that interest you? Don’t have time to keep on top of the news in your industry? RSS is a great tool for keeping up with all the blogs you know you should read, without spending all day on your computer. While RSS sounds complicated, […]

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How to Be More Productive and Accomplish the Big Things That Really Matter

June 24, 2013

Do you ever open your email in the morning with the intention of spending just an hour or two sifting through messages, and then look up to find you’ve spent your entire day responding to emails? Or maybe you reach the end of the day and wonder, what the heck did I get done today? […]

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A Trick for Keeping Your Email Inbox Empty

April 29, 2013

Quick course update: Become a Twitter Power User begins again May 13. Join us if you want to learn how to use this social network to make life-changing connections! And now for today’s tip… Too many of us suffer from email overload. Because the flooding of my inbox significantly affects my work flow — and […]

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Could You Do Me a Quick Favor?

February 27, 2013

As I prepare to launch my new blog design — wheeeee! — I’m looking to make a few other tweaks that will help me better serve this community. Would you mind taking this quick, 10-question survey so I know what YOU care about? This is also a chance for you to throw in your two […]

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One Life Change I’m Making Because of My Email Detox

November 28, 2012

Last week I went on an email and social media detox. That’s right: I didn’t read or respond to emails for a week, and I didn’t touch my social media channels. (With a few minor exceptions — I had to go into my email to retrieve my flight itinerary, for example — but they were […]

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5 Gmail Hacks That Will Keep Your Head from Exploding

July 18, 2012

Ever feel like your email is TAKING OVER YOUR LIFE?! Yeah, me too. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to organize and manage it, especially now that I’m overseeing Brazen Careerist’s blog. (Guest post submissions add significantly to my email pile.) When you work remotely, your main vehicle of communication is often email. That’s […]

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