10 Products Successful Entrepreneurs Need to Increase Productivity

Hack your way to higher productivity with these workspace essentials. April 18, 2019 9 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. For many entrepreneurs, figuring out how to increase productivity at work is a task that’s both formidable and frustrating. It’s sort of like you’re Indiana Jones, but instead of dodging booby traps on your quest to find the Holy Grail, you’re trying to avoid working unnecessarily hard in your pursuit of total efficiency. Spoiler: There’s no panacea when it comes to hacking your productivity; if there was, we’d all be doing it. Rather, you should strive to find simple, practical ways to fine-tune your day-to-day routine while establishing a healthy, comfortable, and distraction-free work environment. If that […]

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Tackle Your To-Do List With This Award-Winning Mac App

2Do is a user-friendly task manager that’s jam-packed with features. April 17, 2019 1 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. Finding the best way to knock tasks off your to-do list takes some trial and error. Some entrepreneurs rely on classic paper lists, others take the electronic route with apps and reminders. You’ve probably tried more than one method to keep track of your work responsibilities, but the 2Do Task Manager takes your productivity to the next level. 2Do is a Mac-optimized app that marries productivity and speed. Jot down multiple tasks in seconds with the Quick Entry feature, then stay on top of related to-dos and events with color-coded lists and groups. You can filter everything […]

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Smart Work Report: Matthew Gartland

In the first of the Smart Work Report series, COO/CFO Matthew Gartland shares how he works, his favorite business tools, and the transformation of Team SPI. Matthew Gartland April 15, 2019 Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series we are testing out here at SPI, and you know how much we love experiments! We’re inspired by other journal-like content we’ve seen around the web like the Money Diaries and Feel Good Diaries from Refinery29, as well as the standard format of the much loved How I Work series from Lifehacker.com. In this series we hope to capture a vast array of not only different types of work that people do in the online space, but also the different ways we all work toward our goals and positive impact with our jobs, businesses, or brands. We’re starting off this series with the members of Team SPI and, if […]

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Creating ‘Craft Content’ for Remarkable Business Results

The term “craft” is a modern trend indicating something that’s been put together with care, appealing to select palates. In… Continue Reading The post Creating ‘Craft Content’ for Remarkable Business Results appeared first on Copyblogger. Read_More Related posts: Is Creating Online Tools Better Than Writing Content? Thoughtful Elements of Distinguished Content Marketing Ten Expert Tips for Creating a Viral Content in 2018 3 Resources for Creating More Courageous Content Using Empathy and Connection to Craft More Powerful Content Craft a Deliciously Effective Content Marketing Strategy with a Farm-to-Table Approach 4 Ways to Craft Content that Earns Audience Attention How This Woman’s Remarkable Life Helped Her Demystify Business for Underserved Entrepreneurs

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Anti-Busy. Pro-Purpose. Talking Work-Life Balance with Chalene Johnson

Chalene Johnson: We’re so used to being hyperstimulated and go, go, go, go, go, go, go, I’ll say, admittedly, mainly for me because I had such an addiction to work as my default. We had lots of things in . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Chalene Johnson, an amazing friend and mentor of mine and today we’re going to be discussing work-life balance. I don’t know if you’re like me or like Chalene, but oftentimes we default to just continuing to stay busy and how do we know what we should stay busy on when we want to say no to things. What do we prioritize, how do we manage this versus our family, how do we blend them together nicely? I’ve always admired Chalene and how she’s been able to seemingly have everything together and we find out in this episode that it wasn’t always that way. […]

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Permission to Slow Down – Copyblogger

A few months ago, I had the immense good fortune to get invited to display my first motorcycle project at a popular show where I live in Portland. Just finishing the bike was a huge accomplishment for me, so this invitation to the show was a dream come true. In the weeks leading up to the event, I stressed over the details. I worried that people would see through the glossy paint and realize I didn’t actually know what I was doing. But when the show finally arrived, it was better than I could have imagined. People who had followed my build online sought me out to congratulate me, and I met several builders I admired. At the show, I started to see my build for the achievement it was. But, in my conversations with these other enthusiasts, they kept asking this one question, a question that made my stomach […]

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How Idle Time at Work Can Improve Productivity

Regular, pre-planned “microbreaks” can keep you focused and energized, and at the top of your game. April 8, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Professional sports require incredible stamina. If you’ve ever watched a tennis match, for example, you’ve seen how athletes stay in near-constant motion to maintain their energy and laser focus. Hockey players also go all-out during their brief, on-ice shifts before returning to the bench, panting from exertion. Naturally, we focus on what happens during play, but some of the most critical moments happen off-camera, while the athletes are recovering. During the 90-second changeover break, tennis players often bury their heads under a towel to meditate, change rackets, or hydrate with water and energy drinks. Hockey players do diaphragmatic breathing to increase oxygen flow and mentally review their previous shifts. Whatever technique they use, these pro athletes understand the importance of a […]

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Here’s a Sneak Peek Behind the Curtain of How SPI Operates

Take a sneak peek behind the curtains of how SPI operates, from our core values and mission to management to business systems and tools for performance. Matthew Gartland April 8, 2019 Tony Robbins. A primetime news broadcaster. The front-man for a popular band. What do they all have in common? One heck of a team behind the scenes that brings their respective magic to life. Your favorite newscaster, for example, may be a star. But the folks in the control room are the ones running the show. Aaron Sorkin’s show Newsroom puts the chemistry between newsroom team and big personality broadcaster on captivating and insightful display as only Sorkin can. I love it so much not just because the writing is brilliant but more so because of the truths it conveys: big personalities cannot do it alone; uncontrolled ego is a destructive force; mutual deference between authority figures (e.g. between […]

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How & When They Grew Their Team

Take your business to the next level by making your first hire! Learn from 20 entrepreneurs who reveal their first hire story today on the blog! Pat Flynn April 1, 2019 Ah, your first hire. When you’re just starting out, it can be tricky to know when it’s time to start building your team. The key, my friends, is to remember that you can’t do it alone—and that it’s okay to start small. Like many entrepreneurs, I started out working with contractors for things like building iPhone applications, copywriting, and web design. But a couple of years in, as I was building new passive income streams, I realized I could use help with things like building websites and creating backlinks. Even though I enjoyed doing those things, they probably weren’t exactly the best use of my time. So I started using sites like Elance and Odesk to find help for a few […]

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Does Your Content Spark Joy? Try These Handcrafted Tips for Quality Content

Sonia Simone is co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger. She writes about content marketing strategy here, and about creativity, the craft of writing, and creative productivity at Remarkable Communication. If you like audio content, you can hear Sonia’s takes on marketing and business on the Copyblogger FM podcast. Read_More Related posts: A Potent New Content Tool and the Power of “No” Thoughtful Elements of Distinguished Content Marketing Are You Making These Authority-Crushing Mistakes with Your Content? 3 Areas of Focus for Consistently High-Quality Content Why Strategy Is Key for Generating Backlinks with Quality Content Spark Your Next Breakthrough Copy Insight with Systematic Listening The Only Thing More Important Than Quality Content 12 Easy Tweaks that Could Lead to Outsized Improvement in Your Content and Writing

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The Light and Dark of ‘Tidying Up’ for Writers

Spring cleaning was a thing before Marie Kondo was all the rage. And I have some conflicting thoughts about clearing out clutter. Is more organization truly necessary? Are your current systems and methods actually outdated? Let’s look at the light and dark sides of “tidying up,” especially as they pertain to the creative processes in a writer’s life. The light When we can simplify something, it usually feels good, because we’ve found something within our grasp to improve — and we don’t have control over many other complex parts of life. For example, morning routines that prepare you for your day ahead and evening routines that let you wind down at night are tactics that can help you stay balanced during all of the unknown that occurs in between. And you can also have work guidelines in place that set you up to be focused and productive. The light side […]

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The One Tip You Need to Reach Your Peak Performance

There is a difference between brainstorming ideas and delivering on results. March 21, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video from Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Voogd talks about the secret of getting things done in the seventh episode of his series, From Dead Broke to 6 Figures. Voogd discusses the necessity to take action and execute on your ideas at the right times. Make sure every move matters — you can’t grow if you’re not evolving. If you don’t enjoy certain aspects of your business or you’re not seeing growth from them, try delegating.  Click the video to hear more from Peter Voogd. Related: Why Video Is Still the Future and How You Can Maximize It Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed […]

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Make Your Mac a Streamlined Productivity Machine with This App Bundle

The ‘Epic Mac Bundle’ can help your schedule by organizing your events, tasks, and more. March 10, 2019 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. The internet and social media make it easier than ever to leave a stagnant 9-5 job and pursue a career as a digital entrepreneur, but there are some tools you’ll need before you do. First and foremost is your laptop, and Macs tend to be the tool of choice given their impressive library of apps. Today, we’ll discuss two must-have apps that’ll help any digital entrepreneur schedule their business, and you can buy both apps and more for just $29.99. The apps we’re featuring include Fantastical 2 and Pagico 8, which are […]

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Learn to Speed Read So You Can Zip Through Long Emails and Reports

BeeLine Reader uses a colorful cognitive trick to help you read 20 percent faster. March 9, 2019 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. Reading on a regular basis gives your brain a workout, and curling up with a book is a popular habit among the world’s most successful people. Barack Obama said that reading helped him survive his two terms as President, and Bill Gates releases an annual list of his favorite books every year. If you think you’re too busy to carve out time to read every day, think again. The right speed reading techniques can slash your reading time without sacrificing reading comprehension. BeeLine Reader is an award-winning plugin that uses a colorful cognitive […]

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Don’t Solve That Problem Tomorrow. Do It Right Now.

According to these veteran corporate consultants, nothing kills companies faster than slow decision-making and action-taking. February 28, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the March 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The following article is excerpted from the book The NEW Employee Manual, out now from Entrepreneur Press.    Practice saying sed non hodie. It means “but not today” in Latin. (Pronunciation: sed known hoe-dee-ay.) Why say it in Latin? Because it sounds better. It sounds scientific. And if you’re saying it in Latin, nobody else can understand the terrible, horrible, dangerous sentiment you’re expressing. Sed non hodie is what too many big companies say in response to a possible slowing or reversal of growth. Every entrepreneur should learn from their repetitive mistake. Consider where the impulse comes from: Every company wants to maintain or enhance its performance. That’s good — it’s how capitalism is supposed to work! But their […]

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Thoughtful Elements of Distinguished Content Marketing

Content that drives real business results often looks effortless, but we all know how much creative and strategic planning it takes to make a meaningful impact on an audience. This week, we tapped into the qualities that comprise distinguished content marketing. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman showed us how to transform draft paragraphs into smart articles. Use her 10 tips to review your next blog post like an editor. On Tuesday, Loryn Cole championed all notebook lovers by exploring the irreplaceable power of paper. You don’t have to choose between paper and digital, either. Loryn explains how your work can benefit from both formats. And on Wednesday, I talked about why it’s so hard to make time for creativity. I also let you know about a fun workshop I’m leading that will help you add more writing practice into your daily routine. That’s the content — stay thoughtful, and we’ll see […]

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How to Plan and Manage Projects and Programs Successfully—with Janna Maron from Team SPI

Pat Flynn: As a business owner or entrepreneur of any kind, anybody who is creating content on a regular basis, and then adding on top of that special projects such as creating courses or launches or coaching program, services, anything you might have to offer—one really important aspect of running the show or your business or your content is the planning and management of those things. That stems from just the ideation of how to do those things to the ongoing systems and requirements to continue to do those things very well and uphold the, hopefully, level of standard that you and your audience can enjoy. So today on the podcast I’m very, very thankful to bring on one of my team members with me to discuss how to plan and manage projects and programs. So coming up we have Janna Maron who is my Editorial Director, and she’s in […]

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Why It’s So Hard to Make Time for Creativity (and a Creativity Workshop with Sonia that Can Help)

I think most of us are pretty connected to the idea that a full life includes creativity. We’re meant to draw, paint, sing, dance, and tell stories. Virtually all little kids do these things. And then we “grow out” of them. And that’s sad. I spend tons of time with creative people. I also spend time with people who feel they aren’t creative — but they want to be. And I’ve made some observations about why it’s so hard for us to put creative time into our lives. #1: We’re intimidated Unfortunately, our pragmatic, ruthlessly productive culture tells us that being creative is only for specialists. You can’t draw or paint unless you’re an “artist.” You can’t make music unless you’re a “musician.” And you can’t write unless you’re a “writer.” Common sense would tell us that of course we can be any of those simply by doing. We can […]

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The Irreplaceable Power of Paper

For hundreds of years, paper was the gold standard of written communication. Anything you needed to record or remember, from love letters to receipts, was printed on paper. Then digital communication took hold, and we began to believe the age of paper was over. Why would anyone continue to use paper, when digital is so much more flexible? Digital information is easier to share, easier to store. Copiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines disappeared into the digital vortex. But yet, paper persists. And not just because insurance companies and banks are slow to move off legacy systems. Paper persists because it’s easier to print a receipt than get a customer to enter their email address. Paper persists because an emailed love letter doesn’t have the same meaning. Paper persists because, even in a digital world, paper is still useful. Especially for content marketers, paper has an irreplaceable power we can’t […]

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3 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Nurture Your Creativity

This week was all about nurturing your creative spark — in new ways that you might not have considered before. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman reminded us of something that every writer needs in order to do their best work. Easy to forget, important to remember. On Tuesday, Pamela Wilson swung by to help writers get over the intimidation factor of creating visual content. When you add compelling visuals to your terrific writing, you’ll make a much stronger impression with all of the content you publish. Don’t miss the chance to attend Pamela’s free workshop, where she’ll walk you through creating signature branded images for your own projects. And on Wednesday, I let you know about a nifty new tool — the THINKERS Notebook. It was developed by our business partner Sean Jackson, and it has some neat features that will help you capture, refine, and share your great creative (and […]

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