This mundane task taught me the most powerful productivity hack

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Podcast host and best-selling author Pat Flynn explains three reasons why a common productivity practice actually doesn’t work. Years ago, when my wife, April, and I were getting married, we decided to DIY our wedding invitations to cut down on cost. What I didn’t know at the time was that this mundane task of assembling, addressing, and sealing 200+ invitations would teach me the most powerful productivity hack I use in business. Read Full Story

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This tool helped me have my most productive week

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I was stuck in a pandemic rut, but taking this free quiz helped me get back on track—with a bit of trial and error. I love to try new productivity hacks. And while I consider myself to be fairly organized, some days are better than others when it comes to getting stuff done. Of course, pandemic worries can challenge even the most productive among us, and when the website Doist offered a free quiz to find the productivity method that is a fit for your personality, I was game to try a new method for staying on track. My old methods weren’t working. Read Full Story

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You Can Have My Old Business That Makes $381,722 a Month

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I was talking with my friend who works at Keap (formally known as Infusionsoft) and he was breaking down how people still make millions of dollars selling info products and ebooks. Now, I don’t sell info products as heavily as I used to, but when I focused on it 100% of the time, my numbers were great. Just look at the screenshot above. It’s my revenue on a bad month of selling info products. So today, I thought I would do something different. Instead of just blogging about marketing tactics, I thought I would share my old business model with you and give you the exact emails, power points, and everything you need so that way you can replicate my results. Are you ready? Step #1: Figure out what you want to sell Don’t worry about traffic. Instead, I want you to figure out what you want to sell. Whatever …

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The Entrepreneur’s Guide of Outsourcing Work Without Losing Quality

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No matter what industry you’re in, there’s always more work than time to do it. This means that there is always something lacking, always more work to be done, and new companies often fall behind their expectations and deadlines. One of the most insidious parts is that it leads to massive stress. According to business coach Michael Hyatt, 45% of entrepreneurs are stressed . So, what’s an overworked entrepreneur to do? There are plenty of answers, and not everyone works for every type of entrepreneur. But the answer more and more business owners are turning to is a simple one: outsourcing. Outsourcing is giving your work to someone else outside of your main business. That could be through freelancing, or by hiring another firm (like a call center) to handle segments of your business. You could even outsource by shipping a business process like manufacturing overseas. For most small business …

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How To Create A Marketing Calendar That Will Streamline Your Campaigns

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If you’ve ever led a marketing team, you know it’s easy to get overwhelmed by tasks and plans. Numerous blog posts, social media marketing campaigns , and emails crowd your pipeline. But distractions and urgent issues get in the way, and when you check the clock, several hours have passed. It happens all the time: you miss one deadline and end up missing more. The result is a half-baked campaign that fails to hit your goals. Without a concrete schedule, this becomes an inevitable cycle. To solve this problem, consider using a marketing calendar. Why Use a Marketing Calendar? In my experience, you need a marketing calendar to get a full overview of your team’s deliverables, deadlines, and tasks. Recent research in an article by Evinex states that marketers who record their strategies are 538% more likely to complete tasks on time. Consider goal-setting as well, as 81% of people …

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Best Free Project Management Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Being on top of work feels so much better than the reverse. A stakeholder asks you a third-decimal-place question about a future project. You nail it. The answer is ready and the evidence is two clicks away. With the right project management software, it’s easier to operate at a high level. It’s like wearing the right pair of shoes. If you’ve never tried project management software, these free options are a great place to start. And if you are using a frustrating tool, struggle no more. These are the best free project management software options available right now. Seriously, all of these products are free to use forever . The Top 4 Free Options for Project Management Software Trello – Best for Lightweight Project Management Wrike – Best for …

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4 ways to use discipline to be more productive

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According to one CEO: “While the majority of the conversation today about productivity is focused on time hacking or other ‘tricks’ to get more done, faster, discipline needs to be a constant in one’s life in order to be successful.” At the moment, I’m feeling overwhelmed, torn in many different directions, and it occurs to me that I need to implement more discipline in my life. But the word creates mixed emotions for me. Read Full Story

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I’m a working mom, and this is the career hack that’s helping me find balance

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A tax principal at PwC says that these hacks helped her get promoted and spend quality time with her children. When I approached my boss 14 years ago about working reduced hours, my life was at a crossroads. On one hand, I had just been promoted to a manager role at PwC. On the other hand, I was about to return to work from parental leave with my second child. Read Full Story

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Basic Reputation Management for Better Customer Service

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Posted by MiriamEllis The Internet can be a great connector, but sometimes, it acts as a barrier. Your local business receives a negative review, and the slate-colored words on the bland white screen can seem so cold, remote. You respond, but the whole interaction feels stilted, formal, devoid of face-to-face human feelings, like this: At least when a complaint occurs via phone, the tone of a customer’s voice tells you a bit more and you can strive to respond with an appropriate vocal pitch, further questions, soothing, helping, maybe resolving. Still, if you’re working off a formal script, the human connection can be missed: Image credit: News Oresund , Elvert Barnes It’s a win when a customer complains in person to your staff, but only if those employees have been empowered to use their own initiative to solve problems. Employees who’ve been tasked with face-to-face interactions but lack permission to …

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