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Treat Your Career Like a Triathlon: 11 Productivity Lessons from Endurance Athletes

Kathleen McAuliffe / April 25, 2017

Imagine adding a part-time job to your already crazy schedule. Turns out your friendly neighborhood triathlete has. Training for an Ironman—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run—requires a minimum of 20 hours per week for six months, the equivalent of adding a part-time job...

How to Make Your Mondays More Productive (and Less Stressful)

Emily Irish / April 24, 2017

Monday. It’s the day we all love to dread. Garfield famously hates Mondays, and if you want to have some fun with Urban Dictionary definitions, Monday is either "the biggest waste of exactly one-seventh of your life" or "the reason Sundays suck."

But what if I told you that...

How to Build an Editorial Calendar That Will Boost Your Productivity

Emily Irish / April 13, 2017

If you run a blog, magazine, newspaper, YouTube channel, or content marketing team, an editorial calendar is an absolute must. But maybe you’ve seen some terrifying editorial calendars—physical calendars filled with chicken-scratch, giant spreadsheets full of jargon, or a Google Calendar that’s never updated.

There are a...

How to Keep Your Team on Track with a Simple Editorial Calendar

Emily Irish / April 13, 2017

When you’re building an editorial calendar, sometimes the simplest way is the best way. And the simplest layout? A calendar. With this basic layout, your team can track content publish dates and promotions. You could include post descriptions and links in the calendar descriptions, but for the most part...

Manage Your Content Calendar Workflow More Efficiently with Kanban Boards

Emily Irish / April 13, 2017

Want to be able to tell at a glance where every piece in your content queue stands? Need an editorial calendar that will help your team manage everything from ideas to drafts to finished content, with space to store all the details without being overwhelming? A kanban board might be...

Keep Your Content on Track with a Task Management Content System

Emily Irish / April 13, 2017

Are there a lot of writers, editors, and managers involved in your content process? Or is your team small, perhaps burdened with other priorities besides content? In either case, a task management editorial calendar might be best for you. This approach to editorial calendars is slightly rarer, simply because there...

Mission Control for Your Content: How to Use Spreadsheets for Your Editorial Calendar

Emily Irish / April 12, 2017

Spreadsheets are infinitely flexible. That's why they're the original killer app—they can manage anything from a corporation's finances to your personal budget. And they're great for text, too.

Your next editorial calendar could be in a spreadsheet. Its layout offers endless opportunity to track articles...

Quantified Self 101: 3 Steps to Using Your Personal Metrics for Self-Improvement

Emily Irish / March 29, 2017

How do you define a productive day? How does your coworker define one? How about your mom?

There’s no right answer. All of us have different goals, different work styles, different priorities. The only constant factor is this: We want to do more important work, with better results, in...

Use Your Work and Learning Styles to Build Better Professional Relationships

Aja Frost / March 28, 2017

Everyone has their own unique preferences, habits, and strategies for getting work done. These range from small things—like you can’t concentrate without ambient noise—to bigger ones—like you’d rather sit in a two-hour presentation about a topic than read a 50-page report about it.

The better...

The 7 Biggest Remote Work Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)

Melanie Pinola / March 23, 2017

No soul-crushing commute. No managers or co-workers hanging over your shoulder. No one stealing your lunch from the office fridge. Remote work is wonderful. But it's not without its challenges.

Ask anyone who works remotely as a telecommuter or from home running their own business: It's not all...