How to Ruthlessly Prioritize Tasks to Get More Done

Belle Cooper / May 13, 2019

Checking items off your to-do list is a beautiful thing—but it's also easier said than done. The best way I've found to make sure you complete your tasks is through ruthless prioritization. That means deciding not to do things you'd really like to do. It also means deciding what's the...

Work on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

Jessica Greene / May 9, 2019

Think of something you want to improve about yourself. How would you categorize the thing you chose: Is it a strength or a weakness?

In all likelihood, you chose a weakness. A study from 2016 found that we tend to see weaknesses as more changeable than strengths—which means we're more...

7 Tools to Personalize and Scale your Email Outreach

Adam Enfroy / May 8, 2019

Growing traffic and converting leads is still one of the top marketing priorities for businesses this year. And to accomplish these goals, email has the highest return on investment (ROI)—it's 40 times more effective than social methods for customer acquisition.

However, the average open rate of marketing emails is still...

How to Find a Mentor and Maintain a Meaningful Relationship

Farheen Gani / May 7, 2019

Think of the last time you faced a professional crisis: a dearth of clients, salary negotiations, a career switch. Now, imagine how the situation might have improved if you'd had someone to walk you through the steps they took when they were in your shoes.

That's the role good mentors...

Procrastination Isn't a Time Management Problem, It's an Emotional Problem

Sam Kemmis / May 6, 2019

I told myself I'd start writing at 10 a.m. and crank out a few sections of this article before lunch. It's now 1:40 p.m.—and I'm finally getting started.

What happened?

In the commonly held view of procrastination, I failed to appropriately manage my time. Or maybe I was just lazy,...

12 Morning and Evening Routines That Will Set Up Each Day for Success

Stephen Altrogge / April 30, 2019

You wake up an hour before work and rush to get ready. You shower at lightning speed and grab an energy bar and coffee before running out the door. Still, work leaves you feeling discombobulated and overwhelmed. Long before the week is over, you’re burned out and know you won't...

Contract Work Is Hard. These 6 Rules Make It Easier.

Charles Smithson / April 29, 2019

Switching from one job to the next is the nature of the beast for freelancers and contractors. And that means a unique set of challenges, like making quick assessments and moving projects forward on schedule despite juggling multiple clients. On the other side of the coin, businesses working with contractors...

If the Pomodoro Technique Doesn't Work for You, Try Flowtime

Jessica Greene / April 25, 2019

Finding the perfect productivity system is like finding the perfect recipe. Sometimes, a recipe with a really high rating tastes terrible. Sometimes, you find a comment that suggests adjustments, and those adjustments take it from mediocre to outstanding. And sometimes, you only use the recipe as a guide, modifying it...

We Put Off Drinking Coffee Until 10 a.m. Every Morning. It's Kind of Great.

Justin Pot / April 23, 2019

When do you have your first dose of caffeine? For most people, the answer is obvious: first thing in the morning. But is that really the best time to drink coffee, tea, or any other caffeinated beverage?

Scientific research suggests not. Cortisol, a neurochemical related to alertness, is produced at...

Work-Life Balance May Have More to Do with Your Personality Than Your Job

Jessica Greene / April 22, 2019

Work-life balance—or work-life integration—is a hot topic right now. There are dozens of articles published every week about it, and everyone has their own opinions on how to achieve it. Even employers are getting in on the trend, presenting work-life balance as a perk in job descriptions.

Job posting showing work-life balance as a perk

There are...