Why You Should Take A Day To Be Productively Unproductive

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Ah, productivity.

We have yet to crack the code.

Are we really so bad at being productive that we must science it?


‘How do I stay productive?’ is the only question asked more times than ‘Who shot Tupac Shakur?’

Ok, I may be exaggerating… with the Tupac thing, but productivity hacks are no joke!

To me, it actually seems quite simple.

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10 Things To Walk Away From Going Into 2018

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Want to make 2018 great?

I’ve got the perfect solution.

Walk away from the things that would slow you down from making that a reality.

Walk away from the things that would cloud your judgment & perspective.

Walk away from the 10 things below… 

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Shift Your Mindset By Saying Less of These Four Things

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The ball rocketed into the air, took a definite left turn, and crashed down into the water with a sickening:


My dad and I were on the 11th hole, and I was practicing for an upcoming golf tournament. The day’s work wasn’t exactly going well.

“UGH! I suck!”

I slammed my club into the ground and dad grabbed me by the arm.

“If you say that again, we’re walking off the course.”

“But dad, I DO suck! Didn’t you see that?”

He glanced over at the remaining ripples.

“Yep, I sure did. That shot sucked. But you don’t.”

I used to think actions spoke louder than words, but to tell you the truth, I now think it’s a pretty even split.

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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Freelancers Who Want A Great 2018

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The New Year is nearly upon us and it’s that time to reflect on the year that was, prepare for the year that will be and try to justify all those irresistible foods you come across during the Holiday season. Hey, we don’t judge.

When it comes for reflection on 2017 and gearing up for 2018 maybe you are happy with the year that was or looking for redemption in the year to come. It’s natural to dream up a resolution or two. Maybe you are against resolutions entirely, we have mixed feeling on them.

Studies show that only 32 percent of people who make resolutions stick with them for a month or more. Even then, that’s 1/3 of people making it through at least 1/12 of the year – hard to call that “sticking.” This isn’t about making a resolution you can keep (sort of), it’s about making resolutions you can’t afford not to keep. Here are three resolutions every freelancer should make for 2018:

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Don't Stop Believing: A Path Towards Failure

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It’s a mantra that I’m sure you’ve heard a million times.

“Believe in yourself.”

It’s also a crock of shit.

It’s not that it’s not true. It is. Every story of entrepreneurial greatness involves someone who saw a problem and believed that they had a way to solve the problem. Without that belief, their idea would fail, their company would fall, and they’d be done. So many people fail because they don’t believe in themselves enough to take the actions that are needed.

“But wait? Didn’t you just say that belief in yourself is a crock?”

Yes. I did. But it’s a little more complicated that just believing in yourself.

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Your LinkedIn Profile Photo: Are You Sending the Right Message?

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As the old saying goes— a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Are you using those 1,000 words to your advantage? Is your LinkedIn profile picture saying what you think it is?

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Alex Pirouz, founder of Linkfluencer stated:

[With] millions of members and 49 percent of them being key decision makers, LinkedIn has leveled the playing field allowing business owners all over the world the opportunity to find, connect and build a relationship with their target market regardless of industry or location.”

He goes on to stress the importance of developing your personal brand when it comes to connecting with people online:

“The buying behaviors of consumers have changed dramatically over the past 3-5 years. Today they care more about the people they do business with more so than the actual brand or product/service. You could have the best product or service in the world but if they don’t like you they won’t necessarily do business with you.”

LinkedIn is a powerful tool that many people, from new grads to small business owners to CEOs, use daily. The amount of activity and engagement on LinkedIn presents a MAJOR opportunity for anyone looking to showcase themselves and their business to the professional world.

Don’t waste it by making one of the most common LinkedIn Mistakes that folks make:

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Why Testing with Real Content Is Better Than Lorem Ipsum

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Testing is a critical part of building usable digital products. A testing environment with relevant content encourages more thoughtful feedback, that can then be used to craft a more tailored user experience.

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is dummy text used by publishers and designers when the original copy is not available. They use it to keep the work flow going and to get clients approval on designs.

“Lorem Ipsum is dummy text used by publishers and designers when the original copy is not available.”

The text has been used in the printing and typesetting industries since the 1500s, and has more recently been adopted in the Tech industry. The preference for Lorem Ipsum as a default text “filler” is generally attributed to its generic nature, with its even distribution of letters, and the assumption that this will be less likely to distract testers.

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4 Winter Marketing Ideas For Getting Some Winter Sales

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of winter. The warm drinks, cozy sweaters, pretty snow, it truly is a great season. And while you’re stuck inside avoiding the frostbite of the negative temperatures outside, it only makes sense to work on your winter marketing strategy.

With an abundance of hot coffee and reading socks, it’s also pretty enjoyable. As the Holiday season rolls around, the vast majority of brands are looking for ways to get Holiday sales. To help you get the creative juices flowing, we’ve put together 5 winter marketing ideas to get you generate sales & social media engagement when it’s cold outside…

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Six Great Gift Ideas That The Best Bosses Are Giving Their Teams

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With Christmas time coming up fast it’s time to start gift planning for your co-workers.

But if you’re a boss of some sort, there can be even more pressure to get the perfect balance of professional and unique for your team.

Well let me try to help you out a little bit, here are 6 great gift ideas that will be sure to make you the much coveted cool boss during the winter season.

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Three Effective Ways We Can Build Trust On Social Media

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Avoiding anger and clickbait in the search for new readers

We need to be smart. We want to build not just new online audiences on top of our 174-year newspaper heritage — but also trusting and loyal ones. Here are three ways we try to do that. Two of them are used by others too, according to an analysis by NewsWhip’s Gabriele Boland. She compared the social posts from the publishers that were rated as most and least trusted in a study by Michael Kearney.

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What Every Startup Office Needs & Wants For 2018

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Every office has a wishlist and then a must-have list. The thing with a lot of these lists is they’re often lengthy and expensive, and because of that they never get checked off!

So those lists just got condensed into a short list of the needs and wants for every startup office once 2018 rolls around.

*Mario voice* Letsa go!

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The Must Have Office Posters For Any Startup In 2018

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2018 is coming up real fast, which means a fresh start for everyone.

With that fresh start, why not invest in some new decorations to liven up your office space? Whether you’re starting with a new office, you’re in tech, writing, or graphic design, wall art is an important motivational design choice to keep the office looking sharp.

So… Here are a bunch of posters every office absolutely needs going into 2018.

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