Had it with email? Give personal office hours a try

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In this excerpt from Cal Newport’s new book, the author argues one-on-one time is not just for academics. Instead, office hours can be an important way to take back your time. In early 2016, I published an article with a purposefully provocative title, ‘A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email.’ Though I’d been writing about the unique miseries of this technology on my blog, this piece was one of my first mainstream essays on the ideas that would eventually coalesce into my book, A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload . At the halfway point of the article, after I’d reviewed the issues caused by the hyperactive hive mind workflow, I delivered my big conclusion: “There’s great advantage for those organizations willing to end the reign of the unstructured workflow and replace it with something designed from scratch with the specific goal of maximizing value production and …

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My university will be getting COVID-19 vaccines soon—here’s how my team will get doses into arms

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The executive running much of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for the University of California, San Francisco, is working to make sure that critical data tracking, complicated storage, and the intricacies of actually administering doses all run smoothly. In late October, I received an email from a member of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). I called the number in the email and a bright, happy voice answered and asked if the University of California, San Francisco, would be interested in the early release and distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Of course, I said yes. Read Full Story

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Stop annoying people with these email greetings and sign-offs

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Study finds some surprisingly big no-nos, such as “Cheers,” “Warmest regards,” and “Happy Friday!” Email can be an informal method of communication, but sometimes senders take it a little too far. For example, I routinely get emails from people I’ve never met that start with “Hey Steph.” My family, friends, and colleagues call me Steph, but a stranger shouldn’t be so quick to be familiar. And “Hey”? I don’t mean to sound uptight, but the whole greeting is kind of annoying. Read Full Story

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The 5 Best Email Marketing Companies of 2020

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Almost everyone uses email. But here’s the sweet part. The people you’re trying to reach or retain already have active email addresses. Heck, most of them used or would use one to sign-up for your service or product. If you can get into (and stay) in people’s inbox, you can make a ton of money. Data shows companies can generate $38 for every $1 email investment. Unfortunately, getting into an inbox is not a stroll in the park. Now that’s where the best email marketing companies come in. These companies will help you to strategize, collect relevant email addresses, create, and manage email marketing campaigns that drive business growth. How do I know this? Our team at Neil Patel Digital vetted hundreds of email marketing companies based on their brand reputation, client portfolio, ratings, and their areas of expertise. The result? The very top email agencies you can trust. Not …

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I’ve worked ‘from home’ while camping, road-tripping, and traveling to remote places. Here’s my setup.

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The best chargers, inverters, and power banks for working from home—or anywhere. Since December 2014, I’ve been a freelancer—writing, answering emails, downloading Dropbox files, uploading transcripts, building posts for websites, and uploading videos from places far beyond an office server (or even my home Wi-Fi network). I’ve researched from campsites near mountaintops and riversides, written from Wi-Fi-less Amtrak trains, and—my personal favorite—met deadlines while ripping down highways, en route to a weekend getaway, with my partner (selflessly) at the wheel and my Slack status is still set to “active.” 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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Managers, think twice before you send that 2 a.m. email

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Here are three helpful ways to keep your team productive and relaxed by emailing with consideration and timeliness. First off, follow inbox decorum rules yourself. As millions of people navigate workdays that blend video meetings, homeschooling, pet sitting, and cooking, setting up boundaries is critical. Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic requires flexibility. Moreover, after working from home with my company, I realized many factors are out of our hands. Read Full Story

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