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How To Stay Productive After Work

How To Stay Productive After Work
I've had to come to terms with this. I have ideas for things that would be cool, but I'm usually too tired in the evening. After getting everyone fed, I just want to sit on the couch and watch YouTube. My husband has been great, nudging me towards not beating myself up over needing to relax. If I don't have the energy, I just don't have the energy, and I need to tend to that, not push myself until I fall over in a heap. This article is probably for the single people on this site with no kids (93% of readers). Also, why YouTube? I am seriously addicted to Let's Plays of various RPGs, especially ones that I played when I was a kid, but only vaguely remember now. I could play them, true, but then I'd be up until 4am.

The Stupid Things You Do With Your Smartphone (and How to Fix Them) As a new smartphone owner (I refuse to call my old Garmin a smart phone, it kinda maybe let me surf the web, no downloadable apps, and I couldn't even get java jars to work worth a damn on it...), I find that this is becoming my #1 pet peeve. I don't really give a damn about new email, 95% of the time, I'm reading it from my computer, not my phone. And only when I want to read it, not as soon as somebody sends me something. Evidently I'm too old school, I'm used to being able to read texts by just looking at my phone, and not this scroll the message in notifications and turn off the screen in one or two seconds that seems to happen. I understand that some people don't give a crap about texts, it's email they're worried about, or FB or Twitter, or LinkedIn or something else. As far as #6, that's been going on in my family before smart phones.

The 10 O’Clock Rule This is a nifty one, simple to implement and, in my experience, surprisingly effective. Set your watch to beep every night at 10 o’clock. When your watch goes off, get up that instant and prepare for morning. Whether you’re in the middle of watching a DVD, rushing to meet a work deadline, reading that one last blog entry, etc., get up and get rolling. Your Morning Prep Checklist In addition to brushing up, walking the dog, and otherwise getting ready for bed as usual, do as many morning tasks as you can ahead of time: Plan breakfast and make sure the fridge is stocked (if necessary, run out to the grocery store to stock up on milk, eggs, etc.) Once you’ve figured out which tasks can be done, write them down on an index card and keep it handy. Organize Your Space I inherited a lovely little stand for hanging out your outfit, wallet, and keys for the next day from my grandfather. This 10 o’clock routine might take anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. Reap the Benefits Photo by jmv.

Success Tips: 6 Habits of Truly Memorable People In order to succeed, almost everyone—whether business owner or employee—must be memorable. While you don't have to be The Most Interesting Man in the World, being known is one of the main goals of marketing, advertising, and personal branding. Out of sight is out of mind, and out of mind is out of business. But if your only goal is to be known for professional reasons, you're missing out. So forget the flashy business cards and personal value propositions and idiosyncratic clothing choices. Here's how to be more memorable—and have a lot more fun. 1. Can you speak intelligently about how clothing provides a window into the inner lives of Mad Men characters? Anyone can share opinions about movies or TV or even (I'll grudgingly admit) books. Spend your life doing instead of watching. That's especially true when you... 2. Draw a circle and put all your "stuff" in it. We like to think we're unique, but roughly speaking we're all the same, and similar isn't memorable. 3. 4. But... 5. 6.

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and working around them can improve your focus and increase your productivity. Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today's digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. Related: 8 Tips for Finding Focus and Nixing Distractions While multitasking is an important skill, it also has a downside. To make matters worse, distraction feels great. Related: The Truth About Multitasking: How Your Brain Processes Information Ultimately, the goal is not constant focus, but a short period of distraction-free time every day. Try these three tips to help you become more focused and productive: 1. In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. 2. Related: 4 Ways to Disconnect and Get More Done Without Unplugging Completely 3.

How to Get Rid of People Who've Overstayed Their Welcome These all assume that the person who is overstaying is able to pick up on the cues. I had a former co-worker who was somewhere on the Aspergers/Autism spectrum and couldn't pick up on subtle cues. He would be standing in my office talking to me as I collected materials, shut down my computer, picked up things, stood up, and walked to my door and stood in the hallway — and he would still keep talking to me. I finally learned that I just had to be polite but direct: "I'm sorry, but right now I have to go to a meeting," or "I'm in the middle of something right now — can we talk a bit later?" I always felt as though I was being horrifically rude to him, but it was the best way to communicate with him — so you have to keep in mind whether the person is capable of understanding the cues you're giving them.

Create your own virtual writing retreat | Remembering English Sadly, lately my writing has taken a backseat to everything else. So last week, I decided that I would use the long holiday weekend for an unofficial writing retreat. “Unofficial” essentially means that I didn’t need to apply, travel, or formally do anything other than pledge to write — perfect for such a last-minute decision. When I mentioned this to my friend Wendy Call, an alumna of Hedgebrook, she too was up for the idea; she’d already been part of a more formal virtual retreat, Hedgebrook Writes (a brilliant idea). Writing time is precious and necessary, but let’s face it — we can’t always leave home; we can’t always plan ahead. It was a great weekend overall, and I learned a few things that will make my next one even better. - Just do it. - Gather your fellow writers together. - Clear the decks. - Create your space. - Stay offline. - Give yourself guidelines. - Afterward, assess the pros and cons, the highs and lows. - Schedule retreats often.

Why Being Color Conscious Makes Good Business Sense New Yorkers are known for their love of black clothes. And folks familiar with Washington, D.C., can attest to the fact that its denizens have an unparalleled affinity for gray. I get it—no doubt, colors like black, navy, and khaki are classics for a reason. Interestingly, I've noticed that entrepreneurs are typically more likely to be the brave souls rocking color, as compared to other businesspeople. Most of us are at least topically familiar with research surrounding how people respond to color. Attire. Classic colors have their place, but adding some bold colors to your business is yet one more tool in a smart entrepreneur's arsenal of ways to stand out from the competition.

21 Chrome Web apps for serious work | Applications The Chrome browser is rapidly gaining fans and developers are responding by creating apps that will help keep you productive in Google's browser. Add these 21 apps to a Chromebook, and you'll have great tools for working anywhere. Some of these apps, like Citrix Receiver, will run only on a Chromebook. Most, however, will run in the Chrome browser on any OS, and some are just links to a Web page. Google Chromebooks, by the way, keep gaining features that make them more appealing as thin clients in a business setting.

Don’t Wait for Layoffs or a Job Search to Update Your Resume Not sure weekly is necessary, unless you're in a really volatile environment. But I agree with the premise of the article, and review mine at least annually. (I've been with the same employer for 8.5 years.) Usually around annual review time. Length of employment means little when "restructuring" is forecast, I was given notice after 9 years (no severance) — my department was never considered critical. Updating a resume weekly isn't as productive as keeping track of week to week successes that can be used to propagate several target resumes: a record that can also be used during annual review time. Being "let-go" creates an awful feeling of being useless.

Afternoon Energy Boosters Feeling lazy after lunchtime? Follow these tips for beating the afternoon energy slump. Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. Does this sound familiar? What's Causing the Afternoon Slump? First, you should understand where that sudden crash probably came from. WebMD's sleep expert, Michael J. But don't blame it all on your body's internal clock -- your body makes you sleepy, but your own eating habits may make you fatigued -- for a double whammy leading to a massive energy crash. If you're feeling sluggish in the early afternoon, ask yourself these questions: Continue reading below... Did I eat breakfast? Your answers may point to the problem. Foods for an Energy Boost If you want to beat the midafternoon slump, start first thing in the morning with a good-quality breakfast.

5 Steps To Build, Plan and Promote A Wildly Successful Launch 5 Steps To Build, Plan and Promote A Wildly Successful Launch Written by in Today is an experiment. And whether you like it or not, you’re already a part of it. It’s a bold statement, I know. Maybe too bold. I’m willing to take that chance. And why not? Over the past 90 days my wife and I have planned – with NASA like precision – the launch of our new site. Prepare for lift off… 5. Cornerstone content lays the groundwork for your site. Before you start, write down the following: Who your intended audience isWhat they want more than anything (regarding your subject, at least)Why you can help themWhat common themes will you coverHow you will structure your content Now create content around each of these points. How many pages do you need to launch with? For example, my wife and I launched our travel site with over 800 pages of content (because the site covers destinations around the world… can’t really have an empty continent section, can we?). And you know what? These are two extremes. 4. 3.

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