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Remove digital distractions from work

Trying to focus on your work and then, Ping! You get distracted. It happens to all of us, and it's bad. This article talks about why it's so bad, and more importantly, what you can do about it. Read more if you're not trying to get anything done. If you are, get back to work!

You’re not paying attention, but you really should be

There is lots to see and pay attention to in our device-heavy, always-on world...but somehow when we look at everything, we see nothing. This article takes the idea of mindfulness and applies it to our awareness of the world around us...what do you see?

How I keep an effective to do list

Keeping track of your tasks likely either makes you feel completely overwhelmed and anxious, or totally productive and on it, or a combination of both. If you’re the former, it may be that you just have a bad system (or a serious lack of focus). Either way, hopefully this article can help you get your to do list back under control and make you feel like a boss killing it every day.

Seven ways to feel more in control of your life

Having a greater sense of agency will help you feel more in control of your life, no matter how chaotic your days may be. These researchers from the Greater Good Science Center share 7 ways to create greater agency and improve your overall wellbeing in life.

The best free project management tool for content and client based businesses

The Roadmap is the best free project management tool to help client and content based small business owners organize EVERYTHING.

On Fear and Confidence

There is one thing I know for sure about being an entrepreneur (or following any dream for that matter). The difference between success and failure lies in your ability to overcome fear. Everybody fails. Those with the greatest success, often failed the most. Albert Einstein failed his first entrance exam to university. Steve Jobs was famously fired from Apple before being re-hired and inventing the iPod and iPhone, changing everyone’s lives forever. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first broadcast journalism job after just 6 months. Lady Gaga was cut from her first label. We all fail. It’s a necessary part of the journey. So why does it breed so much fear in us? And more importantly, how the hell can we move on from it? I wanted to launch this new business with an article that epitomized my journey to get here, to realize this dream of mine. And when I thought about what that story might be, I kept coming back to the biggest battle I’ve ever fought in my life: the war on fear.

Mindful Entrepreneurship

Ways & Meaning is a website designed for mindful entrepreneurs. But what does that mean anyway? And why does it matter? Well let me tell you, mindful entrepreneurship is the act of being intentional about following your dreams. This article is the ultimate guide to understanding this definition, the characteristics of what makes a mindful entrepreneur and the benefits of choosing this path for your business or venture.

3 Reasons you aren’t doing what you say you will do

In this TEDx video by cognitive psychologist Dr. Amanda Crowell you'll learn how to move beyond mindset-driven defensive failure and into productive failure to succeed at the problems you struggle with the most. She argues that we get trapped in the same cycles, over and over (sound familiar), and offers advice on how to break those cycles and finally succeed at whatever it is you're trying to do.

The case for doing nothing

The Dutch seem to have a word for everything busy Americans need, and this New York Times articles uncovers yet another: niksen. Niksen is taking conscious, considered time to do nothing. Scientists and researchers know that your brain needs a break, to absorb all that information you're taking in, make new neural connections and pathways in the brain, and allow yourself the time you need to recharge. BONUS: this is also when you might get your best, most creative ideas. So read this, then do nothing, and see what happens.

Lightening the mental load that holds women back

BCG, the consulting firm, recently surveyed it's employees across the globe to get a better perspective of how raising children, and taking care of the home in general, disproportionately affects women. There results were similar to what others have found in that, even when men help, they're doing the easily outsourced tasks, leaving the 'management' of home and kids to women...thus inflicting a larger 'mental load' for women to carry. They offer some recommendations for companies and families to help alleviate some of the burden on working women. The good news...younger men seem eager to play by these new rules and are making significant progress for the next generation.

How thinking about the future can make life more meaningful

As a strategy consultant, I think about the future A LOT (probably too much). But this article helped me to justify my behaviors. Written by a Ph.D researcher for Greater Good Magazine, it chronicles the research on 'prospectus' or how thinking about the future can help us make better decisions, achieve our goals, fight off negative mental health states and just generally become more kind and generous people. Find out how and why.

Do a social media detox

I'm so happy to be not alone in wanting less social media in my life. This continues to be your favorite topic so I found another article to enjoy. This one was written by Wandering Aimfully, a serial digital entrepreneur with many successful online businesses. He used to rely on social media, but his current business barely uses it. This article walks through how he got there, over a month of no social media, and what he learned. There's also some good app/tool recommendations to help you remove the notifications and temptations of social media

12 Ways to get unstuck when you’re in a slump

A couple easy things to think about from Thrive Global when you're just not feeling your best. These are all bits of advice from different perspectives, but the common theme is simple: what's the root cause of the problem? When you're struggling at work, or with your kids, or your health...it's rarely a direct result of what you're trying to fix. Take a step back, look a bit deeper, and work to really understand what is truly holding you back. Only after awareness, can you can finally start working on improvement.

“Maslow’s Pyramid” is based on an elitist misreading of the psychologist’s work

When I first read this headline from Quartz I almost had a heart attack as I clicked through. If you're anything like me, and hopefully you are because you're still reading, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is foundational to my education. But this reporter digs into the history to discover the *pyramid* aspect wasn't created by Maslow, and how this misinterpretation has shaped our thinking about who *deserves* self-actualization ever since. A very interesting read.

Why you never seem to have enough time

Our modern world *seems* to have us running around like a chicken with our head cut off for most of the day. However, this very interesting article from Greater Good Magazine provides evidence that a lot of our busyness might actually be in our mind. It's the way we perceive our day that makes it so busy, not the actual work we do (well, sometimes). The good news: that means there is something you can do right now, for free, to change it. Keep reading to find out how.

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

I love ALL the social sciences because I find it fascinating to understand human behavior and the cultures and societies we create. I also love learning how to improve my thinking, in particular my ability to make good decisions and thus care a LOT about cognitive biases. And then I discovered this beauty on Medium and it felt like Christmas...enjoy!

A guide to running a minimalist business

I'm a minimalist, or at least I attempt that lifestyle. I do so because I find the freedom from stuff and busy schedules to be completely liberating. And that's what this article by Paul Jarvis gets at. Most of us want to run our own business for the freedom it can provide, but often we get 'stuck' doing a bunch of things we think we need, but we really don't. If you want to simplify your business, I recommend you start here.

The new social network that isn’t new at all

I'm on a journey, that some of you might be interested in, and it's all about figuring out the answer to 'how do I run a successful online business without social media.' Don't get me wrong, social media can be awesome and very helpful, but also time consuming and expensive (for a business). So I read this article from The New York Times, and it gave me hope. And it gave you guys an awesome newsletter! 🙂 Let me know what you think, is it possible? Can online businesses operate today without (too much) reliance on social media?