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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Time Management Is Actually a Waste of Time

Here’s how you should manage your efforts instead. September 17, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A lot of us struggle with time management problems. Unfortunately, we believe that time management is a silver bullet. Merely manage your time correctly, and you’ll be a more productive business owner. You’ll finally be able to spend quality time with your family or start that hobby you’ve been putting off. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But, time management won’t solve all of your problems. It may be a waste of time for the following reasons. If time management isn’t working for you — then you’ll want to try these four options instead. Related: How Managing Your Time Is a Waste of Time Time management is turning us into stressed-out and unproductive zombies. “The quest for increased personal productivity — for making the best […]

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Why Gratitude Makes Leaders More Effective

Here are nine effective ways to show your thanks on a daily basis. September 13, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Recently I had one of those days. Although nothing catastrophic happened, there were a series of minor events that didn’t make for a good day. In turn — as a result of my mood — many of the daily road bumps felt worse than they really were. By the end of the day, I was exhausted and frustrated. However, I didn’t want to spend what time I had left in the day feeling this crummy. It wasn’t fair to my family or me. The last thing I wanted was to be short with them or to lose sleep because I was tossing and turning. So, I took a few minutes for myself and focused on all the things that went right today. I also […]

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15 Tips to Guarantee You’ll Always be on Time

Are you always late? Here’s a roadmap to help you be more punctual. September 10, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an optimist, I don’t think we intend or plan to be tardy. But if you don’t plan to be on time, you’re planning to be late. Showing up late for anything can be stressful, disrespectful, and can be costly — one estimate is that tardiness costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion annually in lost productivity. Despite this, between 15 and 20 percent of people admit that they’re constantly late. If you don’t want to fall into this camp, then here are 15 ways to guarantee you’ll always be on time. 1. Remind yourself why you want to be more punctual. When you’re launching your own business, you need to determine the reason behind your actions. Doing so will keep you motivated and ensure that you stick […]

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Striking a Balance Between Being a Boss and Friend

How to make sure your personal connections at work are healthy and productive. September 5, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Numerous research projects have found that having friends at work is a good thing. Science has found that meaningful friendships in the workplace have benefits like increased emotional well-being, trust, and loyalty. It’s also good for you physically. Making and keeping workplace friends will reduce stress and anxiety and increase your productivity. Your career friendships lead to more candid feedback, a greater sense of belonging, and improved teamwork and collaboration. Of course, if you’ve ever watched The Office, you know there’s a vast difference between the relationship with Jim and Pam, and those two have a different relationship with Micheal. The friendship between Jim and Pam is organic. But, the relationship with Michael, it’s the opposite. The Michael connection is unnatural and awkward. […]

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10 Ways to Get Back to the Grind After Vacation

Because all time off must come to an end. August 29, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Vacations are awesome. They’re also beneficial, allowing you to restock energy reserves, boost happiness, calm your mind and even lower your risk of heart attack, all of which can help make you a better leader. You know what’s not awesome? Trying to relocate the zone after returning from vacation. But if you implement the following 10 tips, you’ll get back in the workflow in no time. 1. Prepare before you go. I know that you’re itching to get out of town, but life is going to be a whole lot easier when you return if you make a few preparations. For example, tidy up your workplace so things like unopened mail don’t add to existing clutter. Check all messages, email and voicemail, and don’t forget to set an out-of-office message and provide your employees with any information that would be needed […]

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11 Signs You’re Not Managing Your Calendar Effectively

Time to admit there’s a better way to stay on top of your appointments. August 24, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your calendar is jam-packed. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s been managed effectively. In fact, it may merely be a cluttered mess that’s setting you up for failure. But how can you tell? As the founder of Calendar, an app that helps business owners manage their time better, I’ve studied over 200 million calendar meetings and formulated these 11 signs you’re not managing yours effectively. 1. You’re known for saying, “There just isn’t enough time.” Has it been brought to your attention that you frequently complain there isn’t enough time to get everything done? Let’s not sugarcoat this — that’s a lie. As author H. Jackson Brown Jr. correctly said, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have the […]

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You Can Take a Vacation and Still Get Stuff Done

Getting off the grid and checking in on work don’t have to be mutually exclusive. August 9, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Traveling is a big part of the entrepreneurial journey. For starters, it’s good for business. Despite how convenient technology has made it to communicate with others, nothing tops those face-to-face interactions. Additionally, we all need time away to reduce stress and anxiety. For better health, I’ve personally found a business owner should take at least four weeks of vacation time. The thing is, we can’t completely go off the grid for an extended period, and you can work without jeopardizing the trip. Here are nine ways that make this possible. 1. Put your priorities front and center. Listed priorities are even more vital than usual when you know that you have an upcoming trip. That way you make sure to work on […]

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11 Afternoon and Evening Routines That Will Make You Much More Productive Tomorrow

These routines can help set you up for success. August 8, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Want to know the secret to any success? It’s having a routine. Daily routines do more than provide structure to our lives. These routines can help us save time, money and prioritize in a way that will make a difference success. What’s more, routines make us more efficient, reduce stress and help achieve our most important goals. Routines are incredibly important, but we often believe the only focus should be on creating morning routines. While that’s definitely a step in the right direction, afternoon and evening habits and routines are equally important. The following eleven routines will make you more productive at work and life. 1. Stop while you’re ahead I’ve been guilty of this for years. I rush to complete a task before lunch so that I don’t […]

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11 Networking Tips When You’re Crunched for Time

Some clever planning and use of technology can keep you connected. August 2, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Regardless of your industry, if you want to thrive, then you need to network. Although you already know the catch: How can an entrepreneur or founder possibly fit networking into their already hectic schedules? Here are 11 tips to resolve the networking issue when you’re crunched for time. 1. Make networking a habit. As career expert J.T. O’Donnell noted in an interview with Work It Daily, “It’s easy to say, ‘I don’t have time for networking.’ But the truth is, networking needs to be a habit, just like we brush our teeth, we shower and we exercise.” Think of this way. If you exercise daily, you always make time to squeeze in a workout. You may be jam-packed at work today, so you can’t hit the gym for two […]

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15 Ways to Better Manage Your Work-Life Balance as a Parent and Entrepreneur

There’s no magic solution for finding a perfect work-life balance, but there are several tactics you use to ease the stress and maximize happiness. July 26, 2019 12 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Finding work-life balance is no easy task. I mean, how can you spend quality time with your children when you don’t get home until 7 p.m. each night? No wonder more and more people are demanding more flexibility in their schedules to help achieve this goal. Unfortunately, running your own business is a different story. You can’t always clock-out as early as you would like when launching your business or a new project. Since the buck stops with you, it’s your responsibility to put out fires ASAP. So, how can you still be there when your startup needs you without jeopardizing that valuable time with your family? Try out these fifteen tips to make […]

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12 Unconventional Ways to Boost Employee Productivity

Sometimes, an out-of-the-box hack is the surest way to success. July 23, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Let’s say you’ve tried all the common productivity hacks at your startup, but you still haven’t boosted results to the level you’re hoping for. Before giving up, get outside your comfort zone and explore the following unconventional techniques, some of which will hopefully, ultimately feel like they’re not too “out there” after all.  1. Go green. This suggestion shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, there have been countless studies on the benefits of placing live plants in your office. For example, plants can improve employee satisfaction and boost productivity by up to 15 percent. Other research draws a connection between decreased sick days and increased productivity after plants have been introduced to the workplace. When purchasing plants for your office, take into consideration the aesthetics and […]

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11 Time Management Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Staying busy without getting results is worse than just being lazy. July 5, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do you feel like you’re working all the time but not producing the results you desire? You’re not alone. It’s a problem that a lot of talented entrepreneurs must overcome. Unfortunately, some people, as a last-ditch effort, embrace time management techniques that only add to the time mismanagement struggle. Avoid these 11 common time management traps that most entrepreneurs make. Learn ways that you can conquer the mismanagement of time — and you’ll rectify this headache. 1. Denying you have a time management problem. I’ve occasionally told myself, “If only I had more time I could have gotten to X, Y, and Z.” Of course, we can’t have more than 24 hours in a day, so why waste our mental energy griping about this issue? […]

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It’s Okay to Have Both

To-do lists are tactical, calendars are strategic. June 21, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How do you keep your life organized? For some people, such as entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, they prefer to do lists. Other entrepreneurs, like Kevin Kruse, fall more into the calendar camp. So, who’s right and who’s wrong? Related: You’ll Accomplish More Without a To-Do List The pros and cons of to-do lists. “I have always lived my life by making lists,” writes Richard Branson. “These vary from lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. I also have lists of topics to blog about, lists of tweets to send, and lists of upcoming plans. Each day I work through these lists. By ticking off each task, my ideas take shape and plans move forward.” To-do lists […]

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