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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Do You Drink More Coffee Than Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Other Creative Leaders?

See how your java ingestion stacks up against these super-wired creative thinkers. January 17, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The 1993 book Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants explored the oft-stated theory that the real catalyst behind the industrial revolution was caffeine — specifically the kind you get from guzzling coffee. Author Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s premise is that when 18th-century families ditched cold brews (yes back then it was a beverage for the whole clan, regardless of age or heavy machinery usage) for hot cups of Joe, western civilization went into hyper-productive mode. Related: 5 Ways That Coffee Affects Productivity A billion tall, non-fat, half-caff, caramel drizzle lattes later, we took a jittery-eyed look at several highly-effective entrepreneurs’ java ingestion. How does yours match up? Read_More Related posts: Elon Musk Just Deleted His Facebook Account ‘Elon Musk’ Goes Up Against ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ in a Viral […]

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This Chrome Extension Can Help Eliminate Ads and Other Browsing Distractions

Improve your browsing experience and read only what you want with Reader Mode Pro. January 13, 2020 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. Sure, you work in business, which means you probably depend on internet ads to a certain extent. But do you really want to deal with them all the time? Of course not! Ads, unnecessary images, and aggressive links distract from the experience of actually reading an article or enjoying a website. You know the tricks that web marketers pull, so get around them with Reader Mode Pro. This Chrome extension minimizes distractions so you can focus on what you actually want to read and look at. It removes clutter, ads, and other distractions to […]

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This 3-Word Mantra Will Make Your Job Easier and Less Stressful

How to empower your team to increase productivity and decrease stress. January 10, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever felt like the people who work for you are eating up too much of your time asking you for help? That the very people you hired to help you somehow became one of your biggest sources of stress? If so, you may find yourself getting to the end of your day feeling like the only thing you do was answer questions.  Fortunately, there’s a simple strategy to allow your team to do more of the heavy lifting while you stay focused on what matters most.  It’s called the 6-inch putt. Even if you’ve never played a round of golf in your life, this will make sense, so stick with me.  When you play a hole of golf, it takes a bunch of […]

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How Good Is Your Time Management?

Here are 12 ways to make sure you’re not wasting the most valuable resource in your life: time. January 7, 2020 10 min read This story originally appeared on Calendar It takes a lot of moxie and self-awareness to admit what your strengths and weaknesses are. I mean how gut-wrenching must it be for someone to audition on a talent show and be told that they aren’t as good as they thought they were? Personally, I would be devastated. But, how good is your time management? Would your time management skills earn you a medal? At the same time, it’s not always the end of the world. For example, I always wanted to be decent at drawing. I was never passionate enough to pursue a career in a field like animation. I just enjoy doodling and wish that I was better at it as a hobby or way to decompress. […]

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This App of the Year Winner Makes Working with PDFs a Dream

PDF Expert simplifies your workflow and keeps everyone aligned. January 7, 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. Regardless of the industry you work in, chances are you deal with PDFs. While PDFs are exceedingly practical for their small file size and standardized formatting, it can be a huge pain when you realize one minor detail was incorrect. Suddenly, you have to run down the original file (which might not be on your computer), make the adjustment, re-save, and redistribute the correct copy to everyone. Or, if you have PDF Expert, you can fix the document on the fly. With PDF Expert, you can edit PDF text, images, links, and outlines quickly and easily without having […]

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9 Essential Elements of Effective Content Marketing

You can’t have one without the other … No, I’m not musing about love and marriage. I’m talking about content marketing and writing. The foundation of great content marketing is great writing — and if you want to write, you have to learn how to market your finished product. On Monday, Joe Pulizzi drove home that point as he shared 3 lessons he gained during his transition from content marketer to thriller novelist. On Tuesday, Sonia Simone outlined the 5 things every (great) marketing story needs. And on Wednesday, I suggested you try one daily writing practice that isn’t intended to make you a better writer. Instead, it can help you make substantial progress toward your professional creative goals. Are you a professional writer who wants better clients and more recognition? If one of those professional creative goals is to learn how your writing skills can make you a valuable […]

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Persistence Arises from Gratitude – Copyblogger

If you ask virtually any working artist how they developed a creative career, they’ll mention a dedication to their craft and fierce persistence. Despite obstacles, criticism, and setbacks, they keep producing. But where does the motivation to be persistent come from? Since it’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. this week, I’ve been thinking about how the drive to be persistent can arise from having gratitude for exactly where you are on your artistic journey. Rather than wishing you were further along, which is just a distraction, you appreciate the current incarnation of your career. That appreciation stirs up creative momentum. Sometimes, though, when you have big goals in mind, it’s really difficult to stay focused on the present. So, on Monday, I challenged the traditional wisdom to “let go of expectations.” Instead of forgetting about the version of success you want to have, I offered 3 ways your expectations can strengthen […]

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