7 Tips for Managing Workplace Disruption and Maximizing Remote Workers

May 19, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The world is an entirely different place than it was just a few months ago. So, how can you still manage your team and maintain a productive workforce? Here are seven ways to accomplish those goals. 1. Prioritize your team’s health and wellness. Hands down, protecting your team needs to be your priority right now. After all, if your employees and your team not taking care of themselves — how can they have the energy to focus on their work? More importantly, though, it’s the right thing to do. How can you care about the health and wellness of another individual? For starters, a lot has already been done by allowing your employees to work from home. If you are leading a team where they must come into work, make sure you provide protective gear and take […]

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7 Ways You Can Escape the Productivity Trap and Avoid Burnout

May 15, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We create endless to-do lists and feel guilty if we don’t spend every waking hour getting stuff done. Somewhere in-between, we’re supposed to hit the gym, spend quality time with friends and family, learn a new skill, and attend to household chores. Eventually, we burn ourselves out because we’re stuck in an endless loop. The answer? Stop stressing about productivity and focus on what truly matters. And if that seems impossible, here are seven ways to accomplish this feat. 1. Admit that you don’t need to do it all. In Psychology Today, Michael Woodward gives us some common traits among entrepreneurs. To start, entrepreneurs pride themselves on wearing multiple hats, which makes sense: Your business is your baby, and you want to be instrumental in its growth and development.  But consider this: If your child wants to play a sport, learn […]

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What Is the Planning Fallacy, and How Can You Avoid It?

May 12, 2020 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What do governments, businesses and individuals have in common? They’ve all invested time and money in forecasting how long a project will take to complete. Despite the forecasting, every one of them has swung and missed. The reason? They’ve all victim to something called the planning fallacy.  The planning fallacy is a cognitive bias first proposed by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979. They defined this phenomenon as “the tendency to underestimate the amount of time needed to complete a future task, due in part to the reliance on overly optimistic performance scenarios.” Why do so many of us fall into this trap? The most obvious reason is wishful thinking. We all have the best intentions to get something done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, in our excitement, we underestimate how long it’s actually going […]

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7 Mistakes Leaders Make When Managing a Remote Team

May 5, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Working remotely is undoubtedly having its moment. And, while some may still be adjusting to their new routine, there is a silver lining. Working remotely is effective. It keeps employees engaged and productive. For you, that means better performances, lower turnover and the ability to attract top talent. You also don’t have to worry about rent or utility costs, and it’s beneficial for the environment. Of course, these benefits are only possible if you’re able to manage your team from afar effectively. To achieve that goal, you first need to avoid the following eight mistakes. 1. Being too rigid. What’s the best thing about working remotely? It’s not wearing comfy clothes all day. It’s not having to follow a strict traditional work schedule, like the standard 9-to-5. Instead, it’s the ability and flexibility to work whenever is best […]

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Popular Time-Blocking or Time-Management Techniques You Can Use While Working Remotely

Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you should get less done. April 6, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Adapting to remote work can be difficult, especially for those of us who have spent years commuting to the office week after week. Managing time is extremely valuable for working remotely, where distractions abound. Let’s look at some new ways you can manage your time to make the most out of your new workday: 1. Get into a new routine. You most likely used to wake up and prepare yourself to commute to work where you would spend your day in the office. Now, when you wake up you’re already at work. Establishing a routine can help you consistently set aside the time necessary to get things done. Set your alarm for the same time you always have, and add in some exercise and breakfast time […]

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5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About Slack

Master Slack to improve your company’s communication. April 3, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re transitioning your team to remote work or simply want to improve team communication, consider looking into project management software. Knowing where to start is a challenge, and there are several different programs you can choose from. Some apps may fit your team better than others. This article aims to explain the benefits of one program in particular: Slack. What is Slack? Slack is a free-to-use project management software that’s used to promote team communication. It’s primarily a messaging app used for connecting your team together and is available for desktop and mobile devices. Besides messaging, it allows for file sharing and app integration to increase productivity and efficiency. It’s also a useful tool for project managers to view all the communication and progress surrounding the projects they […]

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12 Common Workplace Distractions and How You Can Stay Focused Anyway

Distractions are inevitable, so you need a plan for all the common forms they take. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re working from home, your favorite coffee shop, or in a bustling office, distractions have become a familiar fixture of the modern workplace. In some cases, specifically for creative tasks, distractions can be a good thing. That may sound counterintuitive but distractions can help us get out of a rut known as cognitive fixation. We also have an internal urge to be distracted. However, considering that we get interrupted every 11 minutes and it takes 25 minutes for our brains to refocus on the original task — workplace distractions should be avoided as much as possible. According to a survey conducted by Udemy, workplace distractions negatively impact performance, productivity, and potential. What’s more, to compensate for these interruptions, people work faster. A UC Irvine study shows that this increases stress […]

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20 Signs You’re Destined to Become a Millionaire

“Are you the kind of person who sees an opportunity and then takes action to take advantage of it? If so, congratulations, because it’s that kind of action-oriented mind-set that can propel you to financial freedom,” writes Todd Campbell, author of Your Guide to Better Stock Picks, in a piece for The Motley Fool. “For example, it’s been proven time and time again that long-term investing can produce significantly more wealth than short term trading, yet many Americans fail to make the most of their best long-term investment vehicle: their workplace retirement plan,” Campbell continues. “Do you contribute to your workplace retirement plan? If so, do you contribute 10 percent of your income? More? Less? Considering that someone who contributes 10 percent of their $40,000 in income to a 401(k) plan at a 6 percent return has $311,572 more after 35 years than one who contributes 3 percent, under-utilizing retirement […]

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9 Ways You Make It Harder for Your Team to Get Stuff Done

Here’s how you can improve your team’s productivity. February 25, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a leader, one of your most important roles is to inspire and motivate your team members. It’s like being a coach: We won’t likely become as smooth as the legendary John Wooden, former head basketball coach at UCLA, but we can study the greats and try to become more like them.  As a leader, you have to get better at calling the plays. You also need to be a mentor and instill life lessons to your young players. But, being a leader means being self-aware, admitting your shortcomings and, in this case, making leadership mistakes that are making it harder for your team to get things done. It can be tough to realize that you may be making it harder for your team to complete tasks. Here are just nine […]

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Why Developing Self-Awareness Is Key to Managing Your Time

You might know all the tricks of time management, but are you self-aware enough to put them into action? February 21, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you Google “time management,” you’ll just under 5.5 million results. You might notice some common themes within those results like using a calendar, learning to say “no,” delegating and prioritizing your health. Techniques like following the 80/20 Rule, blocking out distractions, eating frogs in the morning and planning your schedule in advance are often mentioned. I don’t have an exact figure, but I’ve mentioned these hacks many times in writing and speaking because they are so crucial to time management. I’m also confident that you’ve come across these helpful hacks more times than you may realize. The question I have is, have you taken action to make these time management hacks your own? I believe that time management problems boil down to something […]

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29 Things You Should Accomplish Before You’re 30

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I like to think of myself as a “it’s never too late” type of person. For example, it’s never too late to visit a foreign country, start a new career or learn a new skill. But, let’s be honest, there are a lot of things that you should accomplish before you turn 30. (No, becoming a millionaire isn’t necessarily one of them.) Why? Because you have the energy, time, and freedom to do so. While I’m over 30 now, I can look back on things I did do and things I didn’t do and laugh. Related: 20 Creative Ways for Introverts to Make Money There could be hundreds of accomplishments that I could have listed, but here are my essential 29 things that you should accomplish before you turn the big 3-0. As Nike would say, “Just Do It.” You will be glad you did. […]

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Let Go of These 10 Things and Start Making Better, Faster Decisions

Don’t let yourself get bogged down with analysis paralysis. February 7, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The average person makes a ton of mind-blogging decisions every day, so learning to make decisions more quickly can save valuable time and energy. Here’s the thing, though. Making decisions faster isn’t always about adding new hacks to your arsenal. It’s subtracting certain things from your life to enable the fast-decision-making process. Here are ten things to let go of so that you can make faster decisions. 1. Making decisions on the fly There are times when you have to make a split-second decision. But usually, everything you need to decide on can be done in advance. The key is booking time to think. I like to plan out my calendar on Sunday night. Several people at the office like to plan out their calendars for the following […]

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The 3 Rs of Time Management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

January 31, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the holidays, my sister and brother-in-law went to the Netherlands, and they were floored by the work-life balance was there. I found that the Netherlands has put considerable thought and worked on this issue, and data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that it’s the best country for work-life balance: “In the Netherlands, full-time workers devote more of their day on average, to personal care (eating, sleeping, etc.) and leisure (socializing with friends and family, hobbies, games, computer and television use) than the OECD average of 15 hours.” As you know, work-life balance is a big deal. The more you work, the less time you have to do things that you enjoy. Even worse, putting in too many hours at work can jeopardize your mental and physical well-being. And despite what you may believe, putting […]

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How Time Management Can Help You Avoid Burnout

I’m burned out. You’re burned out. Everyone’s burned out, and it’s not good to be burned out. January 28, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After all, Burnout can cause you to fall behind in your work, miss deadlines and deliver subpar work. You may even experience procrastination, become disengaged and hit a wall creatively. Even more troublesome, burnout can put a strain on your personal relationships, give you a lousy reputation professionally and put your health in jeopardy. Here is how time management can help you avoid burnout. What exactly causes burnout? The answer to what causes burnout can vary from person to person. For example, working in a toxic environment is a factor. If you’re being bullied, harassed or mismanaged frequently, then, of course, you’re going to be in a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Other causes of burnout can be not having clear […]

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15 Books on Business Culture You Need to Read Today

Improve your office culture and your bottom line with these great resources. January 14, 2020 13 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Your company culture is the heart and soul of your organization, and it can mean the difference between dazzling success and dramatic failure. Over the past three years, I have personally read one book a week. This is a big time commitment but well worth it. Since committing to reading a book a week, I have gotten to know a lot of the authors on a personal level. I’ve compiled a list of some of the top reads over the past six months that have helped me grow my calendar app. I’ve used their advice and it’s worked. If you’re in need of some new ideas for engaging your team, improving communication and achieving better results overall, the books on this list will inspire and motivate you to […]

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25 Words That Make Other People Feel Inferior

Your words have the power to elevate and inspire those around you. Or, to do just the opposite. January 10, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Did you know that in every language, there are more negative words than positive ones? It seems we need lots of words to describe our negative feelings, but we’re content with a handful of positive ones. For instance, researchers have found that most cultures have words for seven basic emotions: joy, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, shame and guilt. That’s one positive emotion and six negative emotions. It’s no wonder so many of us have a hard time keeping our negative comments in check. Over the past six months, I’ve been working on the verbal language that I’ve been using that I don’t even realize hurts others and in some cases makes them feel inferior. I even noticed that I’ve used […]

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40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Whatever you’ve succeeded at or failed trying, somebody you respect said has something worth listening to on the topic. January 1, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. No one ever said it was easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you’re in the early stages of your statrup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch, there will always be moments when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it. Instead of giving up and throwing-in the proverbial white towel, keep your head up and look to the following 40 quotes to inspire and motivate you during those tough patches. Related: 10 Inspirational Quotes From Literary Legend Maya Angelou Read_More Related posts: 16 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year 20 Leadership Quotes From the World’s Most Influential Leaders 9 Quotes on Entrepreneurship and Starting a Business from […]

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Will a Four-Day Workweek Produce Greater Productivity?

December 5, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Calendar Presented by Companies continue to tout the importance of work-life balance for their talent. They acknowledge that workers need rest and relaxation. However, wanting to create this balance and actually achieving it are two very different things. That’s because the process for striking this ideal balance with available time has proved elusive. However, Microsoft Japan may have finally discovered the formula for greater productivity and a work-life balance that works for their team. Their answer is the four-day workweek. The result of everyone working four days with three days off equates to a 40 percent increase in overall productivity, according to the company’s research. The idea that everyone in the company would take three days off may not seem like the pathway to higher productivity. After all, essentially shutting down operations for three days doesn’t sound like much can be achieved. […]

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50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American Salary

The money can be pretty good but you’re on your own. For some people that’s the best part. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There was a time when working from home was a pipe dream, but recently, there’s been a surge of jobs you can do from your own place. Whether that’s working remotely for a company or starting your own business, there’s no shortage of work-from-home opportunities. Here are 50 options, many of which can generate annual earnings that equate to more than the average American salary.  1. Affiliate Marketer For those unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, it’s simply referral marketing where you earn a commission. Let’s say that you have a website and refer a book on Amazon. When the visitor clicks the affiliate link and buys the book, Amazon will pay you a percentage of the sale. People love affiliate marketing because they can start earning money […]

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Stuck In a Rut? Here Are 15 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a Bad Situation.

if you can’t get out of your motivational funk, your productivity will plummet. October 15, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Self-indulgence and pity parties are not suitable for your business. The good news is that there are always options to regain your motivation and passion. Here are 15 of my favorite techniques. 1. Focus only on your main goal. As an entrepreneur, you have plenty of things to do and a million ideas going through your head. That’s just part of the job. Most of us thrive in this type of environment. At the same time, this can drain both your energy and motivation. As Leo Babauta correctly writes, “You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once.” The solution? Pick “one goal, for now, and […]

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