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Productivity Blog Posts

Learn how to get more work done in a day by following the advice in these blog posts.

Marketing / February 13, 2017 5 Ways to Say 'No' At Work (Without Feeling Guilty) [Infographic]
5 Ways to Say 'No' At Work (Without Feeling Guilty) [Infographic]

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

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With the new year well under way, we thought it might be fun to check in on how those resolutions are going. Are you eating more vegetables? Doing more community service? Achieving better work-life balance?

That last one is tricky, and might even conflict with other goals, like getting a raise or being more productive. It's hard to say, "No," when we're trying to be as industrious as possible and do something like earn a promotion.

But worst of all, when we say, "No" to the important people in our lives -- bosses, spouses, or kids -- it tends to come with guilt. Read More

Marketing / February 6, 2017 18 Productivity-Boosting Bots for Marketers
18 Productivity-Boosting Bots for Marketers

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

If it's not clear by now, allow us to be the first ones to tell you: Artificial Intelligence [AI] is here to stay. There have been some mixed responses to this phenomenon. Forrester reports that AI will eliminate 16% of U.S. jobs by 2025, which understandably freaks some people out. But that same report also says it will provide some job creation, so the news isn't all bad. In fact, we've found AI to be pretty helpful in certain situations, especially when it comes to boosting productivity.

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Marketing / January 30, 2017 A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry
A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Anyone who’s ever been a teenager is likely familiar with the question, "Why aren’t you doing something productive?” If only I knew, as an angsty 15-year-old, what I know after conducting the research for this article. If only I could respond to my parents with the brilliant retort, "You know, the idea of productivity actually dates back to before the 1800s." If only I could ask, "Do you mean 'productive' in an economic or modern context?"

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Marketing / January 20, 2017 6 Reasons Why Your Bedtime Routine Is Wrecking Your Work
6 Reasons Why Your Bedtime Routine Is Wrecking Your Work

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Last night, I began to read an excellent novel right before I went to bed. The plot twists! The engaging dialogue! The cliffhangers! It was a great read. But there was a problem. When I finally went to put the book down two hours later, I was completely wired, and nowhere near sleep. Needless to say, I wasn’t too productive the next day.

I always thought it was a good habit to read before bed. Was I wrong?

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Marketing / January 13, 2017 How to Have the Most Productive Q1 Ever: 11 Helpful Tips
How to Have the Most Productive Q1 Ever: 11 Helpful Tips

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Productivity is one of those things that's too general to master quickly. You might be trying to get more done in a day, procrastinate less, or accomplish a lot with minimal resources. All of those goals fall under the "productivity" umbrella. So how do you prioritize them?

Depending on where you are in your career, and what your goals are for the first quarter, you might have different productivity goals.

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Marketing / January 9, 2017 A Brief History of New Year's Resolutions: Where They Began & Why They Fail
A Brief History of New Year's Resolutions: Where They Began & Why They Fail

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Ah, late December -- I remember it well. It was a time for reflection, sugar, and salt. For many, it was also a time to look ahead to the looming new year, and think about where we could improve. We resolved to do things like lose weight, find love, and save money.

But once the new year has come and gone, sadly, only 8% of us successfully accomplished what we set out to do.

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Marketing / December 30, 2016 How to Build Self-Confidence After a Bad Month: 8 Helpful Tips
How to Build Self-Confidence After a Bad Month: 8 Helpful Tips

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

When you've had a really bad day, the last thing you want to do is spend the night figuring out how to rebuild for the next.

Now, imagine if it were an entire month. Your energy is sapped. You might even feel defeated. And the last thing you feel is confident. Getting up and trying again seems like an ordeal -- one that requires a lot more effort than you feel like making. But you have to.

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Marketing / December 23, 2016 5 Personal Assistant Tools That Actually Make Life Easier
5 Personal Assistant Tools That Actually Make Life Easier

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

With the recent release of Google Home in the U.S., voice-activated devices are a big topic du jour lately. But which personal assistant tools are the most helpful? What do you need for each one? And how much do they cost?

While a simple search for “personal assistant apps” seems to yield countless results, shifting through them can be a task.

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Marketing / December 19, 2016 Budget Planning, Hiring, Training & More: The Complete 2017 Marketing Strategy Kit [Free Download]
Budget Planning, Hiring, Training & More: The Complete 2017 Marketing Strategy Kit [Free Download]

By Lindsay Kolowich

It's almost the end of the year -- which means marketing leaders everywhere are in the throes of getting organized for a fresh and successful new year.

You're setting goals, managing your budget, reading up on how inbound marketing is changing, and figuring out which positions you can hire for. What's more, you're finding yourself creating a whole bunch of PowerPoint presentations to package this information nicely for your team, your managers, and other key stakeholders.

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Marketing / December 16, 2016 20 Productive Things to Do During Your Downtime in 2017
20 Productive Things to Do During Your Downtime in 2017

By Sophia Bernazzani

Work and a busy schedule can take a lot out of a person. Thankfully, vacation is a great time to slow down, recharge, spend time seeing your loved ones, and do things you wouldn't normally have time to do.

While it can be tempting to fill your out-of-office schedule with travel and funtivities, there is something to be said about making time to tackle some of the things that have been collecting dust in your mental backlog.

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Marketing / December 16, 2016 How Slack Became The Fastest Growing Business App of All Time [Infographic]
How Slack Became The Fastest Growing Business App of All Time [Infographic]

By Sophia Bernazzani

The Ministry of Magic in "Harry Potter" used enchanted paper airplanes. The offices of Sterling Cooper in "Mad Men" used secretaries. Today's modern (and nonfiction) offices rely increasingly on messaging apps for inter-office communcation.

One such app is Slack, a real-time messaging app that's currently used by more than 90,000 different companies. Slack skyrocketed in popularity, making it the fastest-growing workplace software application ever.

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Marketing / December 15, 2016 The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark
The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark

By Lindsay Kolowich

All bloggers have a number of websites that they visit every single day. Aside from the obvious ones (like email and Twitter), your favorites might be anything from your blog's publishing calendar, to your online to-do list, to all your favorite social media button generators.

Wouldn't it be great if all of those helpful resources were just a click away?

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Marketing / December 9, 2016 14 Scientific Reasons to Disconnect This Weekend [Infographic]
14 Scientific Reasons to Disconnect This Weekend [Infographic]

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

So. Any exciting plans for this weekend? I bet you're looking forward to spending some time with your family, or catching up with friends. Maybe there's a new recipe or restaurant you've wanted to try. And, of course, there are those countless minutes of checking your work email.

Wait. What? That doesn't sound like a relaxing way to spend the Saturday. Or Sunday. Or both.

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Marketing / December 8, 2016 28 of the Best Chrome Extensions for SEO, Productivity & More
28 of the Best Chrome Extensions for SEO, Productivity & More

By Sophia Bernazzani

For all of the greatness that the internet affords -- cute animal videos, GIFs, and interesting blogs -- I think its biggest downside is how distracting it can be. How many times have you sat down to work and been pulled into a pit of procrastination?

Perhaps you get absorbed in updates on social media, or maybe you click through Wikipedia trying to determine what exactly Gina Rodriguez’s first TV role was (it was on Law & Order).

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Marketing / October 27, 2016 Planning Social Media Content? Ask Yourself These 9 Questions
Planning Social Media Content? Ask Yourself These 9 Questions

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

It's no mystery that social media is a crucial part of any marketing strategy -- regardless of industry, company size, product, or service.

We've all been there. Back in the day, I had to make the case for some businesses to even have a social media presence in the first place. But finally -- finally! -- it seems like folks are catching on. After all, 69% of marketers are using social media to build a following.

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Marketing / October 13, 2016 The Productive Marketer's Guide to Better Team Collaboration
The Productive Marketer's Guide to Better Team Collaboration

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

How many different productivity tools do you use?

And how many hours have you spent searching for an email, assignment card, or document, simply because you have so many tools and systems? Maybe that's why there are project managers -- the person dedicated to managing these tasks. But guess what? With the right approach, you might not actually need one.

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Marketing / October 10, 2016 Early Birds vs. Night Owls: When's the Best Time of Day to Write? [Infographic]
Early Birds vs. Night Owls: When's the Best Time of Day to Write? [Infographic]

By Sophia Bernazzani

While many people dread the sound of their morning alarman early start to the day could actually be the best thing for your writing. 

To shed some light on this concept, the folks at Grammarly analyzed over one billion words corrected with the help of their writing app, and gathered some fascinating insights about how time of day impacts writing ability.

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Marketing / September 30, 2016 How to Master a Successful Marketing Campaign in Trello [Free Guide]
How to Master a Successful Marketing Campaign in Trello [Free Guide]

By Ellen Bartolino

Efficiency, collaboration, communication, and meeting deadlines -- these all seem pretty relevant to your team's success, right? Especially when running big marketing campaigns with a lot of moving pieces.

Whether you're the solo marketer at your company or part of a 25-person team, staying organized and accountable is super important to executing marketing campaigns. That's where Trello comes in.

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Marketing / September 29, 2016 15 Time-Saving Email Templates for Marketing & Sales [Free Guide]
15 Time-Saving Email Templates for Marketing & Sales [Free Guide]

By Jami Oetting

We waste a lot of time reading and responding to emails at work. So much so that many people have become obsessed with optimizing their time spent "dealing" with email -- whether that's putting limits on the number of times they check their inbox during the day, using a productivity method such as inbox zero, or investing in tools to manage the mess of incoming communications. 

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Marketing / September 23, 2016 Why Business Travel Is Making You Sick (And What You Can Do About It)
Why Business Travel Is Making You Sick (And What You Can Do About It)

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

I recently read that 45% of Millennials want to travel more for business.

Are they crazy? I mean, I get it. Travel is an opportunity to do something different -- to have an experience. But as someone who spent considerable time in seemingly endless business travel, I understand the frequent (non-recreational) flyer’s lament.

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Marketing / September 22, 2016 15 of the Best Slack Apps, Integrations & Bots to Try
15 of the Best Slack Apps, Integrations & Bots to Try

By Lindsay Kolowich

These days, teams of all shapes and sizes -- from NASA to charity: water -- are using the real-time messaging app Slack as a tool for communication and collaboration.

Over the past few years, it's become a robust platform thanks to all of the fun and useful integrations folks have built on top of it. Nowadays, there's a whole lot of really cool stuff you can do in Slack, from polling your teammates, to tracking bugs, to adding GIFs to your conversations.

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Marketing / September 6, 2016 The Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Science [Infographic]
The Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Science [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

We often talk about optimizing your website and optimizing your marketing ... but what about optimizing your day?

Think about all the things you do in a given day, from eating meals and cleaning your apartment to brainstorming ideas and holding meetings. Believe it or not, there's an optimum time of day to complete every single one of these activities.

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Marketing / August 31, 2016 8 Time Management Tips to Help You Hit Your Long-Term Deadlines
8 Time Management Tips to Help You Hit Your Long-Term Deadlines

By Sophia Bernazzani

While intended to make life easier, sometimes putting together a to-do list can feel like a bigger undertaking than accomplishing the actual tasks at hand. This concept is referred to as the procrastination "doom loop" -- a cycle of putting off tasks, feeling anxiety and guilt, and consequently working with lower productivity and efficiency due to these negative feelings.

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Marketing / August 30, 2016 How to Get Caught Up on Email After Vacation: 9 Helpful Tips
How to Get Caught Up on Email After Vacation: 9 Helpful Tips

By Lindsay Kolowich

There's nothing that squashes vacation bliss quite like coming home to a crazy inbox.

One minute, you're reminiscing about the stunning sunset you caught on your last night. The next, you're scrolling through an overwhelming number of unread emails, desperately trying to discern which ones you actually need to read and wondering why on earth you thought it was okay to take vacation in the first place.

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Marketing / August 24, 2016 5 Ways to Control Your Email Addiction [Infographic]
5 Ways to Control Your Email Addiction [Infographic]

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

If you're among the 50% of us who check email from bed when we should be sleeping, then you know: We, as a society, are completely addicted to our email.

And you can chalk it up to dopamine -- the neurotransmitter that makes us keep doing stuff that feels rewarding. Back in the day, those were things like eating, or having a nice conversation.

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Marketing / August 18, 2016 Got Email Overload? 14 Email Management Tools for Organizing Your Inbox
Got Email Overload? 14 Email Management Tools for Organizing Your Inbox

By Lindsay Kolowich

Most people have a love-hate relationship with their email inbox. On the one hand, email can be exciting -- whether you're making progress with a client, replacing a meeting with a (much more efficient) email thread, or receiving an invitation to a fun social gathering.

On the other hand, though, email can be overwhelming -- especially if you lose control.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 A Simple Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook, Twitter & More [Infographic]
A Simple Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook, Twitter & More [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

We're all aware that we spend a lot of time on social media these days. Many would even say we're spending too much time -- not stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. After all, the average American checks their Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts 17 times a day, which means at least once every waking hour.

But when browsing and posting on social is your job, it's not like we can resolve to block Facebook during working hours.

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Marketing / July 27, 2016 How to Become a More Productive Writer: 7 Helpful Tips
How to Become a More Productive Writer: 7 Helpful Tips

By Adam Rogers

The simple dream of most writers is being able to write more. And it’s not only writing more, it’s writing effortlessly.

But it's not just authors or professional writers who dream of this. These days, a lot of marketing roles will require you to dust off your writing skills at one point or another. And there’s nothing worse than simply not being able to write -- especially when the pressure of a deadline is looming over your head.

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Marketing / July 25, 2016 10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]
10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Gmail is one of the most popular email clients for webmail right now -- and with good reason. It's one of the most powerful and reliable email clients available, and makes checking and organizing email easy. (And dare I say fun?)

But there are a whole lot of cool things you can do in Gmail that not a lot of people know about.

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Marketing / July 15, 2016 How & When People Use Their Favorite Devices [Infographic]
How & When People Use Their Favorite Devices [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

I know, I know. It's little depressing to think about how much time we spend staring at screens on a daily basis. Turns out the average person spends just under seven hours looking at a device screen every day -- whether it's their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or TV.

As discouraging as that is, it's important for marketers to understand how people are using all of their favorite devices to read, watch, and interact with content on the web.

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Marketing / May 31, 2016 11 Useful Photoshop Tutorials That'll Help You Work Faster
11 Useful Photoshop Tutorials That'll Help You Work Faster

By Bethany Cartwright

There’s no doubt that Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool for marketers. Photoshop has thousands of features, tools, settings, and shortcuts that have drastically changed and shaped graphic design and photo editing over the last few decades.

With the sophistication of today’s design capabilities, however, comes the hassle of learning and staying up-to-date on Photoshop’s features.

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Marketing / May 26, 2016 How to Stay Focused in the Age of Distractions [Infographic]
How to Stay Focused in the Age of Distractions [Infographic]

By Erik Devaney

While most of those "survivalist" reality TV shows -- like Survivor and Naked and Afraid -- send contestants to exotic, tropical locations, the producers of those shows are really missing out on an exceptionally chaotic destination: the office.

True, in the office you don't have to worry about building a shelter (that's usually provided) or getting swallowed whole by an anaconda, but there are other dangers office workers have to face.

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Marketing / May 24, 2016 Why Emotional Well-Being Matters at Work [Infographic]
Why Emotional Well-Being Matters at Work [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

There's a common misconception about happiness in the workplace. It goes like this: Great work leads to big success, which leads to happiness.

Sounds like it should work out that way, right?

Turns out that model for happiness is totally backwards. Happiness isn't a destination; it's a starting point -- one that enables positive outcomes at work.

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Marketing / May 19, 2016 From Cubicles to Coworking Spaces: What's Your Company's Ideal Workspace? [Infographic]
From Cubicles to Coworking Spaces: What's Your Company's Ideal Workspace? [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Workplace design is a hot topic today. People argue passionately for and against open offices, cubicles, coworking spaces, and even remote arrangements. But what office setup is the best? The truth is, that depends on who’s working there.

Research shows that three out of four American workers are not in optimal workplace environments, and it impacts their performance.

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Marketing / May 18, 2016 7 of the Most Interesting Podcast Episodes About Productivity We've Ever Heard
7 of the Most Interesting Podcast Episodes About Productivity We've Ever Heard

By Lindsay Kolowich

For most of us, the struggle to be productive when we want to be and when we are expected to be can seem endless. 

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to being productive, and there certainly isn't a finish that guarantees we'll get it right every time. Productivity is something we'll have to continue working on for the rest of our lives.

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Marketing / May 16, 2016 How to Sort in Excel: A Simple Guide to Organizing Data
How to Sort in Excel: A Simple Guide to Organizing Data

By Rachel Sprung

When it comes to Excel, here's a good rule of thumb: If you start to do something manually, it probably means there is an easier way to do it. Whether you are trying to remove duplicates, do simple calculations, or sort your data, you can almost always find a workaround that'll help you get it done with just a click (or two) of a button. 

But if you're not a power user, it's easy to overlook these shortcuts.

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Marketing / April 30, 2016 You Can Now Set Goals in Google Calendar: Here's How to Set It Up
You Can Now Set Goals in Google Calendar: Here's How to Set It Up

By Erik Devaney

While setting and working towards personal goals is often hailed as a way to stay motivated and productive, the science behind goal-setting paints a different picture.

For starters, a study from the University of Liverpool revealed a connection between depression and setting generalized, abstract goals. It turns out that when we don't have precise criteria for what it means to achieve a goal, it's difficult to ever feel a sense of accomplishment.

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