4 steps to regaining your focus when you’re totally stressed out

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When you’re overwhelmed or stressed out, your ability to focus diminishes. This four-point plan will help you get it back. You sit down at your desk, ready to dive into whatever is on your plate. Then the white noise of every worry you have right now starts to make itself heard in your brain. Pandemic. Economy. Unemployment. Politics. Current events. Holiday shopping. Read Full Story

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How to stay engaged with your work, even when you feel like checking out

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Here’s how to fight the allure of sinking into the couch and staying in your pajamas all day. As the pandemic and a flurry of current events wears on, so does work. You’re stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. You’re eager for this to be over. There are certainly days when you’d like to just lay on the couch, but still your company and team need you and you have to find a way to engage. Read Full Story

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How to focus on work when you’re distracted by a world in crisis

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If you feel like you are losing your days to doomscrolling, the normal advice to regain focus probably isn’t working. Here’s what will. At Fast Company we’ve been writing about how to beat distractions and find more focus at work for years—we’ve even covered the topics on this podcast before. But right now, all of the normal advice feels less practical. Between the stress and worry that has accompanied the pandemic and economic crisis coupled with the tumultuous presidential election, staying focused can feel impossible. Read Full Story

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3 reasons why people tune you out—and what to do to be heard

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If you’re frustrated that your message isn’t getting through, you should ask yourself if you’re guilty of one of these common things. If you think you’re not being heard, the natural reaction can be to keep talking. But the more you say, the more likely it is that people will tune you out, says Joe McCormack, author of Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus . Read Full Story

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4 ways to share a workspace with your kids and/or partner

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It’s harder to get work done when the people around you aren’t your colleagues, but it’s not impossible. 1. Watch your mouth The stress created by distracting background noise is real, so don’t be a noise polluter, says psychologist Melanie Katzman, author of Connect First. “If you’re talking on the phone and walking around as a way to stretch your legs, you may be interfering with people trying to work,” she says. Read Full Story

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5 ways to bounce back after a pandemic job rejection

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Take the time to lick your wounds—but focus on the action of getting back out there. Anyone who has been turned away (or given complete silence) from a hirer knows that rejection is a frustrating and unpleasant experience. And when you’re tolerating a job you dislike, dealing with a challenging work situation, and desperate for a fresh, new beginning, getting rejected from a job opportunity hurts that much more. Read Full Story

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How to beat the hidden exhaustion of founding a startup

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Dealing with formidable levels of stress comes with the territory when you’re running a new business. To tackle both efficiently, you can place more attention on specialized projects for your business and specialized treatments for your health. I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t in pain or run down with a cold. Whenever I was sick, friends would respond with “Again?,” and my personal brand became synonymous with doctor visits and chronic pain. Read Full Story

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How to Bring Your Best Self to the Online Conference Season

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Posted by cheryldraper Conference season is here! Of course, this year it looks a bit different. Instead of signing in at the front table and snagging seats next to some new pals, you’ll be setting up your computer as the main stage. For some, this is going to be a major learning curve. Virtual events can be tougher to follow and engage with. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of best practices to show up ready and take on any online event you choose to attend this year. Don't forget, if you haven't yet, there is still time to purchase your MozCon Virtual ticket! Join us for MozCon Virtual! Set your intention To get the most out of your online event, you need to go in with an intention. That way you’ll be more likely to gain something from the experience. Ask yourself, what are you hoping to …

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