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How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes

How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We're already more than a week into January, but I'm still slowly working my way through all the "best of" year-end lists out there (there are so many of them!). Combing through these recommendations may be time-consuming, but it's worth the commitment, I've found, as sometimes you turn up an absolute gem you missed earlier in the year.

 

Take the post titled "The Two Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever," by marketer Josh Spector, for example. As short as it is useful, the piece is one of the most recommended posts of 2016, Medium informs me. It's not hard to see why.

 

Spector offers five dead-simple changes you can make to basically any piece of writing in a matter of seconds that will make it more forceful and compelling. We'd all enjoy reading a bit more if more writers followed his tips.

Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Simplify, get to the point, eliminate unnecessary wording.

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Super quick changes, outsize impact.

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7 Ways to Stay Productive While You're Traveling

7 Ways to Stay Productive While You're Traveling | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Being productive while you're traveling is all about finding ways to create your own space to work.
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Excellent methods to make the best us of your time.

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Daniel Gonzales's curator insight, October 20, 2016 1:06 PM
Related articles available linked on page, great for anyone looking for tips! Enjoy ;-)
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5 Simple Things You Should Do Every Sunday Night to Prepare for the Week Ahead

5 Simple Things You Should Do Every Sunday Night to Prepare for the Week Ahead | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Failure to prepare means preparing to fail.

Being productive is all about preparation. If you know what you need to do ahead of time, you will know exactly where to dive in as soon as you get started. On the flip-side, if you do not take the time to prepare, you will find yourself flustered and uncertain because you now have to think through whatever it is you need to do.

Having a great week does not start on Monday. It starts Sunday night. It begins with what you set in your mind you are going to do, before you actually set out to do it.

Here are a few ways to "get your mind right" for the week ahead:


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Structuring your approach to business and life in general is a great idea.

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Bryan Worn's curator insight, September 29, 2016 11:32 PM

I agree with the points but question the timing. Do it on last day of your work week and then enjoy your rest day(s).

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6 Easy Ways to Decrease Stress and Improve Focus for Greater Productivity

6 Easy Ways to Decrease Stress and Improve Focus for Greater Productivity | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
No need to book a trip to an Ashram to control your stress. Your solutions for improved happiness, focus and productivity are right in front of you.

Meditation is now a multi-billion dollar business. In 2015, the industry generated more than $1 billion in revenues, not including revenues from mobile app downloads, and almost 25% of employers will offer mindfulness training to its employees in 2016.

Clearly, we are all seeking ways to reduce our stress and quiet our minds. As a slightly ADHD dual-CEO/author/speaker/wife/hands-on mom to two teenagers, I'm intentional about activities and natural remedies that help to quiet my mind and keep me focused.

Here are 6 ways I keep my stress at a manageable level so that I can be my happiest and most productive self. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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More weekend litterature. Do we have to re-learn how to #relax and decrease #stress? Find a few ways to add to your relaxation tools and in the end find greater productivity.

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The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next thing I knew . . . it was noon. Where did the day go? And, more importantly, why didn’t I get anything substantive done? Sure, I cleared out my inbox, but I didn’t tackle a thing on my to-do list.

After my lackluster morning, I decided to do some research and really figure out the right way to spend the first hour of my workday. And after a little practice, I learned just how productive one can be when you’re thoughtful about this. So grab some coffee and make these four things a staple in your morning work routine: Read more: click image or title.



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Sound advice. That is what #productivity is all about.

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Shaun Payne-Pinkston's curator insight, February 22, 2016 4:09 AM

Producing results is key, so why not take the steps to yield the production you seek #whenyouthinkgowithpink

Roberto Voltolina's curator insight, February 24, 2016 11:12 AM

Le prime quattro cose da fare ogni mattina:
1- "mangiare il rospo"
2- "cercare le bandierine rosse"
3- organizzare la propria lista delle "cose da fare"
4- salutare i tuoi colleghi

 

Questo interessante articolo in inglese spiega in modo semplice come migliorare la propria produttività sul posto di lavoro, semplicemente facendo dei piccoli accorgimenti comportamentali nell'organizzazione del lavoro.

 

Come si può leggere nell'articolo si passa dal "mangiare il rospo", ovvero fare al mattino le cose più importanti o più pesanti come prima cosa in modo da liberare la mente, al "cercare le bandierine rosse", ovvero velocemente controllare le email e cercare le più importanti da prendere in carico.


La classica lista delle cose da fare è un punto che può sembrare banale, ma che in realtà permette di essere molto più efficaci. E infine, il contivare le relazioni all'interno dell'ambiente lavorativo è un qualcosa che va a migliorare in generale il benessere e dunque lo svolgimento delle proprie attività.

Nancy Allison's curator insight, March 4, 2016 3:43 PM

Ever find that it's noon and you haven't accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.

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7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People

7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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Pessimism is contagious. Have a plan to shield yourself from the people who know no joy.

We’ve all experienced the side effects of a negative friend, colleague or co-worker. Perhaps you work with someone who complains endlessly about his job but never offers any solutions. Or, a good friend speaks unfavorably about others in your circle and creates drama.

These negative people are markedly pessimistic and will exhaust anyone. Destructive energy and drama follow them everywhere. If you’re not careful, they can pull you into their chaos -- disrupting your focus and sidelining your goals.

Use these seven strategies to better deal with negative people in your life.

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You are a treasure to the Business community.
I have completed my business plan on the second day with your template.  And I had tried and failed for a year before.
Dawson

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Keeping negativity out of your life is important. It obstructs your productivity and clear thinking. Stay focused.

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10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work - - The Buffer Blog

10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work - - The Buffer Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Tim Ferriss tells us "To do the impossible, you have to ignore the popular".

We’ve all heard what makes us more productive. To be more productive, get: Better sleep, better food, better work environment, etc. And I think these tips are amazing and a great focus to have. Heck, we even wrote about most of these and the science behind it here on the Buffer blog.

And yet, today, I thought of changing it up dramatically. It goes nicely with Tim Ferriss’ moto:

“To do the impossible, you need to ignore the popular.”

So with this article, I tried to really step aside from the popular and look for the counter-intuitive. Of course, it’s all backed by the latest and most reputable studies.

Let’s dig and find out some of the most controversial things you could do today to boost your creativity, happiness and productivity:

To read the full article, click on the image or title.



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I always like to look at everything with my 'own' eyes, ignoring the popular. So this article by co-founder and CMO of Buffer Leo Widrich makes you think about some real 'popular' assumptions.

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:42 PM
4.)  Work less

Within the Buffer team, we have an informal rule, that goes something like this:

“Working more is never the answer.”

This is derived from Tony Schwartz’ book “The Power of Full Engagement”, where he proposes a solution to working, that completely changed my productivity. His key idea is simple: “Manage your energy, not your time.”

Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow also has some explanations:

“There are first order benefits to taking the time off, but I think the real business case is (that) in working together to make that time off possible, companies actually re-think how you work and how to be productive.”

So if you start working less, you will have to think really hard about what you will spend your time doing. Here is also more on managing energy, rather than time.

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The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus.

 

That’s good to know. But if you’re a chronic multitasker who finds it hard to focus, is there any hope of getting your attention span back?

 

While neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession won’t speak definitively for everyone, he says there are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective. Read more: click image or title.

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

Jerry D. Erickson

President/CEO

FryBrid Cars


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#Focus is essential in our life, all the time. Stay focused and you'll be successful.

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There are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective.
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17 Tricks To Get More Things Done During the Work Day

17 Tricks To Get More Things Done During the Work Day | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Practice these simple tips to start freeing up your time and getting more done during the day.

Sometimes, we wish there were more hours in the day. Unfortunately, we can’t control time. What we can control is our productivity. Being cautious with how we spend our time is vital to getting more done during the day. Waking up earlier, meditating, creating daily to-do lists -- there are a number of ways to make the most out of every minute.

If you want to be more productive during your day, these simple hacks will help get you on your way. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Some of these #tips really work.

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6 Secrets of Radical Productivity, From an Entrepreneur Who Runs 4 Businesses

6 Secrets of Radical Productivity, From an Entrepreneur Who Runs 4 Businesses | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Emergency confetti is more important than you might think.

 

Tina Roth Eisenberg, a Swiss-born designer also known as Swiss Miss, runs four businesses with just 17 employees. And they're not small businesses. The one for which she is probably best-known, an event series called CreativeMornings, hosts monthly events in 100 cities. Tattly, another of her companies, makes temporary tattoos that have been sold by the Tate Modern. Her to-do list app, TeuxDeux, has fans such as Seth Godin and the blog Design Milk. And oh, she runs a co-working space in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood, called Friends. (An earlier version of this story said that Eisenberg had five employees. She clarified that CreativeMornings has five employees.)

How does she do it? At a breakfast hosted by podcast series Broadmic and co-working space LMHQ earlier this month, Eisenberg spoke with early-stage investor and startup advisor Kelly Hoey about her journey as an entrepreneur. Depending on your perspective, Eisenberg's keys to success are going to warm your heart or make your eyes roll: Fun. Love. Trust. And, of course, emergency confetti.

Here are a few of the maxims that Eisenberg says she, and her businesses, live by.  Read more: click image or title.

 

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First rule: No complaining. Either fix it or let it go!

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Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts

Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A blog about productivity, workflow automation, company building and how to get things done with less work.

Humans love patterns—in fact, our superior ability to process patterns is what sets us apart from other species.

We still need help drawing conclusions from data, though. That’s where reports come in: They provide a visual overview of information, From summarizing work expenses to recapping research findings, reports help sort connect the dots.

But no one has the time to dig through data, make charts and lists, and turn every single project and activity into a report. That's where these 28 apps can help—they create reports for clients, team, and yourself in minutes. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A wealth of #apps and #tools for #efficiency to create #reports and #charts

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Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts
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400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups

400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
All the free tools to start and grow your startup and business.



Here is one more to help create your Business Plan:

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Find some free #tools in this amazing pile of #resources. Freebies for #Business, #Marketing, #Design and #Code, #Productivity and #Learning.

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22 Powerful Productivity Hacks for Small Business #Entrepreneur

22 Powerful Productivity Hacks for Small Business #Entrepreneur | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Instead of working harder - why not work smarter? Tips for Small Businesses

Let’s face it – as a small business owner, there are never going to be enough hours in the day. Whether you’re a solopreneur or you’ve got a small team pitching in, the “to-do” list sometimes feels a thousand miles long. Next thing you know, you’re pulling 14 hour days, drowning yourself in coffee and scratching your head trying to remember what “sleep” means, all in the name of getting things done.

How’s that working out for you?

Instead of working harder – why not work smarter? Improving your personal productivity is like cheating the universe and adding more minutes to every hour. If you want to up your output, we’ve compiled a list of tried, tested and proven ways to improve your productivity. From common sense that isn’t so common to downright weird tricks with surprising results, here’s how to take back your hours, shorten up the to-do list and bring balance back to your life.

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