Every day since March has felt the same: here’s the fix

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The routines we have developed during COVID make it feel like we are living one compressed month. There is a simple way to reclaim your time, make the days more memorable, and reduce your constant anxiety. I stepped outside this morning, and the morning air in Austin was chilly. Conceptually, I know that Fall is here and Winter is rapidly approaching, but in the endless cycle of COVID days, I couldn’t figure out where the summer went. Read Full Story

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4 ways to train your brain to have a better morning routine

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A few simple tricks can transform your morning productivity. Back in the 1980s, the U.S. Army ran a series of recruiting ads showing soldiers engaging in all sorts of activities with the tag line, “We do more before 9 a.m. than some people do in a whole day.” I have often thought back on that commercial, because getting a lot of work done early in the morning has been a cornerstone of my own productivity over the years. There aren’t a lot of people who want to have early meetings, so if you can hit the ground running on your own, you can make sure you have had a productive day even before lunchtime. Read Full Story

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I’ve walked the circumference of the earth—here’s what it taught me about creativity in quarantine

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Especially now, when we don’t know how long we will be sheltering in place, a walk can provide a way to tap creativity that gets trapped in confusion and quarantine. Eight plus years ago, I started walking every day in our seaside city of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Every morning at 5:00 a.m., I take a 7.2-mile journey, 14,962 steps, past the same barn , down the same path, by the same river, and experience the same headwind around the final turn. And every morning, I take a photo and post it on my Instagram ( @parkhere ), tagging it with #ThisMorningWalk. Read Full Story

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How to improve communication with coworkers during social distancing

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In this era of physical distancing, social cues are limited. Here’s how to maintain—or even improve—relationships with your coworkers during this tough time. This morning, I realized that it has been several days since I was in a room with another human being besides my wife. I see other people in the Hollywood Squares format that is Zoom. I hear them on the speaker of my phone. I see pictures on social media. But, actual people have become an abstraction. Read Full Story

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How we’re helping our employees cope with the grief and loss of the pandemic

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The coronavirus crisis has not only ushered in new ways of working, but new ways of being, relating, and managing at work as we deal with grief and loss. On a recent Friday morning, I met with my direct reports as I normally do. But we didn’t talk about work. We talked about life which, on that day, included these senior leaders’ concern for a sick child, sadness over a son’s missed 18th birthday celebration, and frustrations about losing family get-togethers over the holidays—all because of COVID-19. Read Full Story

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The SEO Elevator Pitch - Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by KameronJenkins This week, we're revisiting an important topic for SEOs everywhere: how to show your value . In the wake of everything that's happened recently with COVID-19, being able to describe your worth to potential clients or stakeholders is an integral skill. In this favorite episode of Whiteboard Friday, Kameron Jenkins shares how to effectively and succinctly build an SEO elevator pitch that highlights the value you bring to a business and three warnings on what not to do. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey guys, welcome to this week's edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Kameron Jenkins. Today we're going to be talking about creating an SEO elevator pitch, what is it, why we need one, and what kind of prompted this whole idea for an SEO elevator pitch. So essentially, I was on …

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What My Parents Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan taught me about the power of daily rituals

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In her first book, For Small Creatures Such as We , author Sasha Sagan explores the significance of ritual in an unpredictable universe. My husband Jon and I have several small daily rituals. Every morning, he wakes up first, makes coffee, and brings me a cup in bed. Then I thank him and tell him how wonderful I think he is. This small act of romance sets the tone for our day and, in turn, our life together. Later, when he leaves his office, he texts me, “On the way!!!” This still gives me a little thrill. Like the feeling of knowing you’re going to see your crush. And this too is a little ritual. In a sense, everything we do a particular way that holds meaning for us is a ritual. Especially when there are other ways it could be done. He could just come home without sending a …

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IBM Watson boosts vaccine campaign, Pinterest climbing: Friday’s daily brief

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Marketing Land’s daily brief features daily insights, news, tips, and essential bits of wisdom for today’s digital marketer. If you would like to read this before the rest of the internet does, sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox daily. Good morning, Marketers, and how do you use social media? I was interested to read Chris Wood’s recent story about how Pinterest users have pivoted from consuming content that helps them make long-term plans, to looking for solutions to short-term challenges. I’m not a Pinterest user and had imagined people visit the site mainly to post images. That was not an informed assumption, especially as I do use Instagram to get ideas for cooking and travel (if only). I was also prompted to reflect on the different ways I use social channels. Twitter mainly for news and to keep up with current personal friends; LinkedIn to nurture …

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5 strategies for salvaging an unproductive day

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We’ve all had those days where productivity feels out of reach. Here’s how to get back on track. Last Friday started well and then landed in a slump. I taught a three-hour class in the morning to a group from Europe. The students were engaged, and the time flew by. And when the class ended, I was wiped out. But, it was only 11 a.m., and I had a long list of things to finish before the weekend. Read Full Story

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