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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The Cost and Benefits of a Virtual Receptionist – ShoeMoney

A virtual receptionist or assistant can help you reduce the operating cost of your business by nearly 80%. That kind of savings can free up room in your budget for all types of projects and tasks that might currently seem unaffordable.   The right VA will also take tons of small tasks off your plate, leaving you available to focus on the big picture of business management. Sounds good, right? If you’re currently struggling with financials and time management, you might be missing out on a big opportunity. But, before you hire that new virtual team member, you’ll need to figure out how much you should be paying them. This process includes calculating hiring costs and determining what their role will be within your company.  Keep reading for a complete guide, designed to help you figure out the costs, make a good hiring decision, and avoid going overboard on your spending.  What Kind of Work Will the Virtual Receptionist Be […]

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3 Easy Ways to Stay Productive in Stressful Times

Determining what’s best for you will require some experimenting. April 29, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The million-dollar question in the past two months has been: How do I stay productive during these hard times? When so much is weighing on our hearts and minds — the developing news, fear of what’s to come, and, let’s be honest, cabin fever — it can be difficult to find our groove and stay productive on a daily basis. Some say we shouldn’t even try to be productive right now, but others (like me) have no choice. We have businesses to run, jobs to complete and still have to find our flow somehow.  Related: How to Succeed in Our ‘New Normal’ as a Remote Workforce While many have ruminated on best practices for productivity since the onset of the pandemic, the best way to learn what works for your own productivity is simply […]

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How to Overcome Burnout Without a Netflix Marathon

April 17, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it became clear that I’d be spending weeks on end at home, I initially thought that throwing myself into work would be a good way to pass the time and entertain myself. Although it’s certainly worked (pun intended), I’ve felt indicators of burnout creeping up as I’ve seldom left my laptop. I’ve been inspired by entrepreneurs sharing on social media how they’ve realized through this time of stillness that they’ve been going too fast for too long. Taking a step back from the “hustle” can be challenging, but this period of lockdown invites it.  Related: How to Recognize and Beat Burnout So, what to do? I’ve struggled with striking a balance between the work I need to do and … well … Netflix marathons. As leisurely and satisfying as it is to plop on the couch and […]

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3 Hacks to Stop Home Distractions From Killing Your Productivity

April 16, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employees around the world are now experiencing what it’s like to work from home. As you adjust to this new work environment, you’ll likely encounter some unexpected hurdles along the way.  Distractions. Lots of distractions. And they’re coming from all directions.  Other adults in your household working from home with you? Kids at home due to school closures?  Constant Slack messages or emails from your colleagues?  Continuous Twitter notifications with the latest COVID-19 updates?   People and technology are taking over your time and your productivity takes a nosedive as a result. One study found that people are distracted every 11 minutes. In light of today’s crisis, imagine how that frequency has increased.   You need to find a solution and get back on track. Fast. The RAIN Group Center for Sales Research conducted a study on Extreme Productivity to understand what […]

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Overthinking Things Is Killing Your Productivity. Let an NHL Goalkeeper Show You How.

April 11, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the best descriptions for the mind I’ve ever heard is that it’s like the stomach for your thoughts. Put the right things in and you condition yourself to become stronger, leaner, more agile. Put the wrong things in? That’s where breakdown comes. When your mind takes in too many competing thoughts, questions, beliefs or ideas, it essentially shuts down. It gets tired, slow and unable to function properly — quite the opposite of productivity. All it takes to validate this idea is to think about the way you talk to yourself every day. How do you feel when you overthink something? Anxious? Nervous? Defeated? Confused? On the contrary, how does it feel when you take those decisive actions? When someone asks you how to handle a problem at work and you confidently scan your experience and knowledge…and […]

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7 Ways to Recover From Too Many Online Meetings During the Day

March 31, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As most startup founders and entrepreneurs can tell you these days, meeting hangovers are real. Right now people are meeting online for everything from work, to happy hours with friends, to therapy sessions or even working out. A large number of these meetings can seriously deplete your precious resources.  One of the primary obstacles to recovering from meetings is the time it takes to switch from one point of focus (the meeting) to another (deeper work). After a fruitless or stressful meeting, your productivity is drained as your resources are reallocated to deal with the resulting mental stress.  The end result is that it often takes longer to fully engage in the next piece of work — I’ve noticed it takes me half an hour or 45 minutes. Add in multiple meetings per week (sometimes per day), […]

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7 Ways to Stay Busy and Productive While Self-Isolated

Quarantine has suddenly opened up some more time. March 26, 2020 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. As the world goes inside to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of coronavirus, you may find yourself with some more time on your hands. You’re working, yes, but now you don’t have to commute, you don’t have to make errant stops on the way home, and you’re likely less distracted and can be more productive at home. So, what are you going to do with those newfound minutes and hours? We’ve got some ideas. Learn a New Language Image credit: Entrepreneur Store Learning a new language has positive cognitive benefits and can help you open up […]

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These Accessories Can Help You Be More Productive While Working From Home

Don’t lose a beat due to self-isolation. March 23, 2020 4 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Some people have more difficulty transitioning to a work-from-home reality than others. Now that most offices around the country have sent their employees home, it’s up to everyone to figure out how they can do their best work.  Rather than struggle through building new routines, it may be time to invest in some home-office supplies. After all, it may be a while before you’re back in the office, so you want to make sure your home office space is up to snuff. A Dual Monitor Setup to Get More Done Image credit: Amazon If you’re used to working with a dual-screen […]

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Want to Boost Your Team’s Productivity? Consider Creating a Workplace Outside.

With the help of a few chairs and tables in your office’s backyard, you’ll soon find your employees will feel refreshed, energized and full of great ideas. March 16, 2020 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. With the weather starting to warm up, your team will soon be itching to leave the confines of their cubicles and enjoy some much-needed Vitamin D. But don’t let the absence of bodies in desks lead you to believe your team isn’t focused on hitting their goals; Studies suggest that an outdoor escape from the office could actually make your employees more productive.  As Harvard physician Eva M. Selhub notes, exposure to being outside provides a boatload of health benefits, […]

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Be Your Most Productive Self with Help From This Lamp

The Aura Daylight Lamp harnesses the power of sunlight to give you a boost. March 9, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. You’ve probably heard that a great workspace is one that has lots of sunlight. Sunlight can make you more productive, more optimistic, and more focused. In fact, in the realm of productivity hacks, soaking up some sun has to be one of the easiest to implement. But, you might have a hard time tapping into those solar-powered benefits if you work in a basement or a space with hardly any windows. When you can’t get in the sun naturally, it may be time to consider an Aura Daylight Lamp. Light therapy has been […]

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This Powerful Pair of Bose Headphones Eliminates a Common Workplace Problem

There’s a case to be made for expensing these must-have headphones. March 1, 2020 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Noise-canceling headphones have become a workplace essential in recent years, helping both office-goers and remote workers block out external noises and allow them to focus on the workload in front of them. And with many featuring powerful microphones, they’ve also been the device of choice to help enhance the sounds of your colleagues, as well as yourself, during conference calls. But here’s the thing when it comes to the noise-cancellation technology: The sound elimination only works one way.  Let’s take the common phone call scenario of working in a coffee shop, for instance. If you’re sporting […]

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This Paperless Note-Taking System Is a Dream for Entrepreneurs

Take quick notes and digitally transfer them directly to your device. March 1, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Entrepreneurs are no stranger to days packed with meetings. All those meetings mean a lot of notes, which likely means a lot of stray pieces of paper or disorganized, disparate pages in your Notes app. Plus, those digitized notes don’t leave much room for visualizations like charts, graphs, and pictures. When you need to take complete, personalized notes in a hurry, the NEWYES Smart Pen Set is the paperless note-taking system for you. This ingenious creation combines the convenience and flexibility of paper-to-pen with a digital experience. The NEWYES Smart Pen lets you sync your writing […]

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I Tried 6 Gmail Productivity Tips to Make My Time Spent on Email More Efficient

These tricks help streamline your inbox and make dealing with a mountain of emails easier. February 27, 2020 7 min read There are few sights more discouraging than returning from a long-awaited weeklong vacation to find your work email inbox has hundreds — or even thousands — of unopened emails. Regardless of whether you’re the type who can’t stand having one unopened email, or the type who can happily ignore 20,000 unread messages, chances are that email causes at least some stress in your life. An often-referenced 2012 McKinsey study found that workers spend around 28 percent of their working days on email, and articles about how to make your email habits more productive abound.  I’m someone who can’t stand to have even one unopened email at the end of the day, so I was eager to find new ways to make my inbox work better. I decided to test […]

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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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10 Presidents Day Weekend Sales That Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Get more done with help from these great products. February 16, 2020 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. There aren’t enough hours in the day for entrepreneurs to do everything they want to do. That is, not without a little help. Technology is creating solutions for everything, from helping you power through your to-do list to churning through your booklist. This President’s Day, we’ve rounded up some of the web’s best deals on technology designed to help you do more with the 24 hours in your day. 12min Micro Book Library: Lifetime Premium Subscription Image credit: Entrepreneur Store Nobody has the time to read everything on their booklist every year. That’s why 12min distills best-sellers and […]

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4 Easy Tech Tweaks You Can Make Today to Boost Productivity

Get your tech right or your workflow and productivity will suffer. February 11, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For most entrepreneurs, technology is a lifeline. Devices mediate vital communications. Scheduling programs help organize busy lives. Data infrastructures make it possible to collect, secure, analyze and transmit information as it happens in real-time. Managing employees is much easier with project management software.  But when your technology isn’t productive, it kills your productivity, too.  Making some simple tweaks can help you optimize your performance — and that of your entire company. Ready to start streamlining? 1. Upgrade out-of-date technology Is your equipment sluggish? Does it struggle to run new applications? Are you spending as much repairing your old devices as you would by replacing them? Related: 9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making in the First 10 Minutes of Your Day No matter how cutting-edge your technology once was, its functionality will […]

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Eliminate Digital Distractions and Get More Done with This Mac App

Silence notifications, websites, apps, and more to create your ideal work environment. January 28, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Running a business is hard enough without the countless distractions of both the real and digital worlds. When you’re just trying to buckle down and get through a chunk of work, it’s extremely frustrating when social media notifications, email notifications, news, business updates, and more start flooding your screen. While we can’t help you with people constantly asking you questions in the real world, Focus can help you eliminate digital distractions from your workflow. Focus is a Mac app that helps you create your ideal work environment in just minutes. It lays in your menu […]

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How to Boost Your Employees’ Productivity Levels – ShoeMoney

85% of employees in a Gallup’s State of the Local Workplace survey said they were not engaged at work (or even worse, they were actively disengaged!). This has resulted in $7 trillion in lost productivity. The problem with large numbers like trillion and billion is that they are hard to imagine. So, in order to imagine one trillion, we’re going to use time. One second is one second, right? And that’s 0.00115740741 percent of a day. What’re 1 million seconds in days? Twelve. 1 billion seconds equals 30 years. One trillion? That is thirty thousand years or 109 thousand days. Now, do you see how much lost productivity costs? You wouldn’t trifle with such scale, would you? Of course, as an employer, you’re not losing that much money. Your employees are contributing and they’re costing you more than their salary. How do you fix this? Well, keep scrolling and we’ll […]

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