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8 Reasons Entrepreneur Couples Who Travel Together Stay Together

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We all know that travelling is good for the soul, but did you know that travelling can help your sex life too?

A national travel survey shows that couples who travel together are significantly more satisfied with their relationship, have better sex, and are less likely to divorce.

Travel is extra important for entrepreneurs who, according to Inc. Magazine, have higher divorce rates than the average American.

The ups and downs of entrepreneurship can put a lot of extra stress on you and your relationship — especially in the early days of building the business.

Experts agree that entrepreneurs who invest in their relationships and take time-off to recharge are more successful in business. Yet, many entrepreneurs still struggle to disconnect.

Planning travel is time-consuming and many founders can’t justify taking a “vacation” while their business is in growth mode. This is why remote-work has become so popular.

Remote working allows you to get the benefits of a vacation without needing to unplug completely.

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Five Thanksgiving Gift Ideas To Show Your Team You're Thankful For Them

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which means food preparation is in full swing, and school art work is exclusively hand turkeys. It’s a time to show thanks, and that’s not only to family and friends, but in the office and at work.

If you’re the person leading an office, you might want to show your team that you’re thankful for the work they’ve done over the last few months. From the late nights to the early mornings, most employees go underappreciated and deserve a bit of thanks from their manager.

As Thanksgiving is in the air, we thought it was only appropriate that we put together a list of Thanksgiving gift ideas that you could give to your team to show thanks.

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7 Effective Productivity Tools That Help You Reclaim Your Lost Time

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Productivity, Productivity, Productivity. We all hear this term a countless number of times these days. Ask any person and they will share their concerns regarding poor productivity and scarcity of time. Although, the former is just an illusion. We all have 24 hours a day and it usually comes down to how well you utilize these 24 hours that separates the most productive ones from mediocre ones.

Research has clearly shown that spending long hours at work do not translate into more productivity. Let me give you an example. 40% of US employees work for 10 hours every day, which makes them the most overworked nation in the world. Unfortunately for them, all these working hours do not translate into higher productivity and they are not the most productive nations in the world.

If you want to be productive, you will have to make the best use of the time you have. Here are 7 productivity tools that will help you in this regard.

1. RescueTime

One of the most common complaints from employees is that they are unable to complete their daily tasks by the end of the day and are unaware of where they have spent all of their time. RescueTime rescue such people by providing an efficient time tracking solution. Identifying your biggest productivity killer is not a problem anymore.

It runs silently in the background and keeps an eye on the time you spend on different activities and alerts you about the activities that are hampering your productivity. RescueTime also lets you block distracting websites so you do not end up wasting hours on the web and social media. With RescueTime, you can easily save a couple of hours every day by squashing your biggest productivity killers.

2. Toggl

Can’t get your head around RescueTime and want an easy to use solution for time tracking? If yes, then Toggl is for you. It’s easy to use interface let you track time you spend on more than 100 websites and applications. The visual reports make it easy for you to see which activities are taking your time. One Toggl user sums up his experience with this tool in following words, “Define priorities, assign focus.”

3. Time Doctor

Just like RescueTime, Time Doctor keeps an eye on your activities and tell you about where you are spending your time. It is an ideal choice for remote team managers as it let you log the time of tasks remotely. Remote managers will surely love this tool as they can easily track time of every team member spent on different projects. It useful distraction blocking feature can eliminate the risk of distraction and do not let your focus dwindle by keeping distracting activities at bay. This cross-platform tool can integrate with your project management software and ensure you stay on track to achieve your goals.

4. Staff.com

Staff.com harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and provides useful employee insights that they can use to make important business decisions. It automates the whole process of employee time tracking by differentiating between the time spent on the computer and away from the computer. Additionally, it automatically generates the report, takes the screenshot and send it to respective managers at particular intervals. Staff.com goes a step further and even tracks your keyboard activity and mouse movements.

5. TaskQue

TaskQue is a smart productivity management system that uses an intelligent task assignment process to take your productivity to the next level. It hides all the task in a queue and only shows a handful of them so that your resources do not get overwhelmed and stay focused on fewer tasks, which leads to higher productivity. It automates the task assignment and management process. Juggle multiple projects simultaneously by creating separate workspaces to prevent intersection of resources.

Track project progress and get useful insights that will help you take the right decisions. Schedule tasks in advance with Calendar feature to complete tasks before the deadline. Create a To-Do list to ensure that you don’t miss out on important task again. It’s a cloud-based software which means that you don’t have to download or install anything to use TaskQue and you can easily access it from anywhere, anytime from an internet connected device.

6. Veratio360

Do you want to evaluate your employee to make sure that your intellectual properties are safe? If yes, than Veratio360 fits the bill perfectly. In addition to common time tracking and collaboration features, Veratio360 keeps an eye on any suspicious activities of your employees by closely monitoring changes employee behavior. Next time, any of your employees talk with the competitor, you will not be kept in the dark about it, thanks to Veratio360.

7. Activtrak

What if you want to monitor the behavior of your whole team instead of an individual? This is where Activtrak comes into play. It is basically a team behavioral analysis tool that takes full advantage of machine learning and helps you choose the most productive workflow and also help you in implementing these workflows throughout your organization.

Protect sensitive business information by preventing image redaction and blocking malicious activity. This will help you with security and meet your compliance goals. You will also get all the common features such as time logging and screen reporting along with some unique and handy extras.

Conclusion

Remember that you can never efficiently manage what you can not track. If you can not track the time you are spending on each activity, then you will not be able to manage your time effectively. Poor time management leads to poor productivity. Use some of these aforementioned tools to track time, identify the biggest productivity killers and get rid of them as soon as possible to take your productivity to the new heights.

Which is your favorite productivity tool? Which productivity tools you are currently using? What productivity features do you use more often? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

Why Your Day Job Is Your Secret Side Hustle Advantage

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So, I’m coming out.

My side hustle is going to stay a side hustle.  And I like it that way.

I work in Quality Control for a large healthcare and diagnostics company with a heavy focus on women’s health.

Close to 80% of the U.S. blood supply is tested using my company’s technologies. In fact, right now we’re on the front lines in the battle against Zika.

My department is responsible for ensuring that products meet release specifications before they leave our facilities.

I’m not trying to plan my exit from my career.

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5 Ways to Instantly Stand Out Above Other Freelancers

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Through my experiences working in the corporate world, I realized something incredible. That 80% of people in the professional world are either incompetent or lazy.

80% of people are just plain unreliable when it comes to getting things done.

When I started freelancing, I realized the exact same thing. The vast majority of freelancers and clients are unreliable.

I’ve had a few experiences with clients who didn’t pay on time or didn’t pay at all. On the flip side, I’ve heard horror stories from clients about freelancers missing deadlines. Worse, I’ve heard of freelancers and clients who just disappear without a trace.

The level of unprofessionalism in the world is sad, to be honest. But it presents an opportunity for you to stick out above the rest of your competition. Read More

10 Reasons Why Tech Entrepreneurs Make Successful Authors

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1. They’re action-oriented

Being a tech entrepreneur is hard work (think: excessive time commitments, constant mental acuity, boatloads of stress, etc.). In part, because of how quickly internet technologies are evolving, tech entrepreneurs understand that to stay on top of the heap you have to remain alert and always be ready to act. Technologies that aren’t able to keep up in this rapidly changing world become obsolete.

Inaction isn’t something a successful tech entrepreneur can afford and similarly, neither can a successful author. Today, being a successful author means acting on opportunities as soon as they present because if you don’t, the next-best author will. Being late to the table or delayed in engaging with your fans, means those fans will find a new favourite and that conversation which could have turned into a sweet deal, can no longer be had. Read More

Stop Wasting Time By Using These 4 Tools

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Part of the hustle is making sure that you manage your time, but what does that actually mean?

Managing your time always seemed to be like telling someone to be confident, if you don’t know how to do it you need more. When you know what goes into the whole package of confidence or time management, it just seems so obvious.

How do you manage time? Do you schedule everything? Do you look for wasted time and work to optimize? Do you reduce distractions to make the time count?

To me, all of these are part of “Time Management”, and all of these are critical to getting the most out of your working life. Keep reading as I am about to give you 4 of the best extensions and programs that you can use to cut down on distractions , reduce time spent on everyday activities, and really help you get the most out of your time!

Pushbullet

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We have all been picked up our phone, checked email, wondered if someone texted back yet and just needed to check one more thing! We are creatures wired to think we might be missing something if we’re not constantly connected. In the past, I have used inbox notification systems and Facebook notification systems that integrate with Chrome but I have found something even better.

Pushbullet is an application that integrates with Chrome and multiple other devices to allow for the sharing of content.  Beyond the convenience of file transfers and device switching, I have found this to be a fantastic way to ditch my phone while working.  Pushbullet integrates with your phone to send all your notification to your browser and even allows you to respond to notification right in the browser, if you get a notification you can check it without your device. Plus you can easily snooze Pushbullet for an hour at a time allowing you to fully concentrate on your work.  By putting your device out of sight and reach you may also notice a decline in “needing to check one more thing”. Being out of sight, it becomes out of mind.

 That physical device simply sitting in our pocket or on the desk reminds us that there is something outside of what we need to do, and removing that temptation is a huge step forward for both concentration and productivity.

Strick Workflow

2016-03-19 18_25_19-NetflixThe world is really great at being a distraction and that is partly because we live in a fantastic world but also because we kind of like being distracted. We love Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and, if we let ourselves, we can slide into a world of them where productivity isn’t as important. While that might be fine for a few hours, sometimes we need to crack down and get to work. This is where Strick Workflow comes in!

I have tried multiple website blocking tools (tweet me if you want me to write a post about that test!) and Strict Workflow is the clear winner! Strict allows you to block sites for a set amount of time and functions around the Pomodoro Technique, using alternating periods of 25 min of work and 5 min of relaxation or off-time to maximize focus and productivity. Over time, you can start to track these periods and discover how many you need to use for each task and learn to more effectively estimate your effort and time. That being said in the beginning you will just want to use it to force productivity and block distractions.

As you can see in the screenshot below, you are able to block a list of sites you found distracting or use the prepopulated option that comes with SW.  While you can modify the time blocks, Pomodoro is a decently balanced productivity system so why mess with it? Just start working with the tool.

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Also, if you are a developer that wants  to know more you can check out the GitHub here. I have always wanted to work on a customization of the tool but that isn’t hustle relevant yet!

Spreed

Stop reading like a human and start reading like a machine! Now I am not saying to never read slowly, but if you have to consume large amounts of knowledge in a short time frame an app like Spreed can take you to the next level. Spreed allows you to highlight chunks of articles and with a right click allows you to put that text into a popup window that will assist in speed reading, even if you have never tried to speed read before.

Here’s an example of Spreed working at 400 wpm:

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I started using Spreed while working on content curation early in my startup career and was able to be much more productive in my role with all the time I saved.

Also, if you are not amazing when it comes to reading this tool might be helpful. As someone that has a slight learning disability when it comes to reading this has made content much more consumable for me. This reduced a lot of stress around content review and online self-driven learning.  Try it out.  

GreenShot

Blog posts, emails, presentations, and helping stuck or confused customers and co-workers, all of these things are made better with the addition of images. From helping to explain a concept or idea, to simply showing someone how a tool works, an image or visual can take you a long way.  I mean, they are worth 1,000 words, so if you can do them quickly then just think about how powerful and time-saving that could be.

That being said, don’t you hate sending your whole screen to someone and or having to edit an image?  It is just so many steps to change the size or add arrows and the programs can take forever to do and the tools you need aren’t always right at your fingertips … it is just kind of annoying to do without a streamlined process.

That is why I switched to Greenshot. With the press of the print screen key, I can take selections of the screen, upload them to an image sharing account, open them in a lightweight editor with circle and arrow tools, or any number of other handy commands.

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If you are working with clients, making a presentation or even a blog post like this one, this is the most helpful program included in this post. I can’t imagine creating content without this! I was able to get all the images I needed for this post in under 5 min (minus the moving .gif, I’m not a wizard). I use this daily to show clients where important links, to capture development issues, this is one of the biggest time savers.

Bonus: Easy Muting When Using Chrome

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I would never actually mute Tech!

This has little impact on productivity for me but is one of those things I always wanted. When I finally found it, I thought it was something everyone in the whole world should use.  Copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting into the chrome address bar, click enter and then enable the setting. This allows you to mute any audio playing on any tab by simply clicking the little sound icon that pops up.

Never again will you have to scramble when an auto-play video or ad starts, if you need to quickly mute your music streaming service for a work conversation it is just a single click away without having to navigate away from what you have open.

Manage Your Time

These are just some of the changes that you can make but adding these into your workflow will allow you to manage yourself, manage distractions and get the most out of all your time. Click the links, download then, and start getting more done in your day!

Let us know in the comments what tools you use and if you think one of your friends would benefit from this article click the share buttons and spread the hustle! Remember people remember those that help them on the hustle, use the content you read to empower others!

The Secret Sauce of Incredible Productivity

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I’ve been working in the realm of productivity and personal development for years. I have been through numerous productivity systems, software, and methods. I’ve Gotten Things Done, I’ve Eaten the Frogs, I’ve amassed way more than 43 Folders. I’ve outlined, mind-mapped, Gantt charted, and Kanban carded myself silly.

And what do I have to show for all that? A new awareness for just how difficult it is to get a handle on all of the things you are doing, need to be doing, and want to get done.

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5 Valuable Things I’ve Learned From Working At A Startup

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When I told my friends about my new job, they laughed at me because, as an English major and writer, technology and I don’t always get along. But working for a startup has taught me some valuable things. I feel so lucky that I didn’t have plans, so that when this opportunity came along, I could take it.

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The Unofficial Rules Of Etiquette For Working From A Coffee Shop

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When was the last time you went to a coffee shop?

You arrive at the shop and try to find a place to sit and work, only to find a packed place that’s just in absolute chaos. Yes you occasionally luck out, especially if you go early or late in the day, but coffee shops have become social hubs for hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

When you’re dealing with such a massive scale of people in a shop meant to house 40 people max, you run into a couple issues.

So I’ve taken it upon myself to write the Unofficial Rule Book on Proper Coffee Shop Etiquette to help make the coffee house experience just a little bit less chaotic.

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10 Stories To Help You Achieve A Work/Life Balance

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Oh, work/life balance. It’s one of those terms that is everywhere now and with good reason – a lot of people struggle with it whether they’re aware of it or not. The highly successful people who put everything into their work only to find, sometimes too late, that their health or personal life suffer. Or the chronic under-achiever who can’t seem to do better.

Balance in life is different for everyone in terms of what priorities are, what we want to accomplish and which side of the scale we need to balance. What is the same for everyone is those 24 hours in a day and we all have to find a way to balance everything within those hours. Some days it works and other days everything flies off the rails.

Googling “work life balance” returns over 45,000,000 articles. However, you should know that reading 45,000,000 articles is counter to balancing one’s work and life. If you don’t know that then we have a long way to go.

So whether it’s doing more in less time, earning the same amount but having more free time, or finally finding time to do what you want to do and not what you feel you have to do, here are 10 curated articles with tips and tools to help you achieve the best work-life balance you can, no matter which side of the scale you are currently tipping:

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Going For Your First Raise? Here’s What You Need To Know

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It’s a misnomer that there’s some perfect recipe to getting investment money for your startup. Bad products get funded all the time, while good products fly under investors’ radars. There’s no secret sauce for getting funded. There’s no perfect pitch length, no ideal deck length, and no single one-sheet that will seal the deal. Pitching an investor is about the sum of the parts.

According to noted investor and Gust CEO David S. Rose, angel investors and early stage VCs combined will put money into an estimated 72,000 companiesin a given year. (Rose notes that it’s impossible to get an actual number, so this is his best guess.) Sounds like pretty good odds, right? Well, it might be if there were substantially fewer than 452,835 startups competing for that money as there were in 2014.

There’s no magic recipe that will make an investor care about your product. If it were easy, everyone with half an idea would have a fortune right now to blow on bringing it to scale. But, there are a few things you can do that will make it easier for you to secure investors for your startup.

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