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5 Productivity Hacks For Busy Entrepreneurs

MacGyver would have killed it as an entrepreneur.<p>Why?<p>In business – particularly in startups – resourcefulness rules. Everyone I know who has successfully bootstrapped and started a company is really good at getting a lot done with just a little. A friend of mine who started a church told me that …

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How to Promote Your Book (Without Being Annoying)

<i>The Blunt Instrument</i> <i>is a monthly advice column for writers. If you need tough advice for a writing problem, send your question to</i></i> …

How to Write 50,000 Words in a Month

Have you ever tried to write a novel? Yes? Then you know what soul-crushing despair looks like: you, sitting by yourself, in front of a blinking cursor.<p>Now imagine trying to write a novel as a teenager. Could you motivate yourself to finish an entire book at that age? To most, the prospect seems …

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How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Photo by Camera Eye Photography.Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with …

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Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

The Best Productivity Habits to Adopt This Year | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, it doesn't matter how successful and profitable your company is--there are still days when you can feel like a failure for not getting enough work done.<p>There's no way to ensure that you'll never waste time, but that doesn't mean Inc.com readers aren't eager to find some way to …

Time Management

4 Steps to Read Like a Writer

by Ruthanne ReidMost of us write because we’ve read something wonderful.Those words opened new worlds, birthed new perspectives, and gave rise to …

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How a Writer Can Build an Online Social Media Presence

<i>Guest column by Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS,</i> <i><br>an NPR Best Book of 2010 that also got a starred review</i> <i><br>from Publishers Weekly. It is</i> …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

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Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact

A detailed look at the birth and life of a creative organization, and the messy realities of the coveted “exit”.<p>The Spanish-born designer on the …

Time Management

6 Essential Techie Tools To Boost Productivity And Get More Done In 2016

Burnout and overwhelm — two of business’s dirty little words. Technology can alleviate some of the pressure you feel from day to day tasks like managing tasks, projects and even your inbox. Paula Rizzo, author of <i>Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less …

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4 Powerful Ways to Double Your Productivity (Without Coffee)

By leveraging the resources we have in our lives, we can get more done in less time without coffee. Here are the 4 powerful ways to double your …

Boost Your Team's Productivity With These Tools

Let’s face it, there are never going to be more than 24 hours in a day or seven days in a week, except between the pages of a science fiction novel. …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

11 apps 'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss uses every day

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How to Organize Your Entire Life with Trello

Trello is an awesome project management tool that makes collaboration easy and, dare I say, even fun. But this visual list tool can do so much more, …

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36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned<br>As practically all authors will tell you, writing isn’t easy, and yet I firmly believe that over time it can …

5 Habit Changes To Help You Get Fewer Emails

How often do you end an email with a question?<p>I easily used to get around 200 emails a day. That’s enough content to fill the average novel—and I’m not just expected to read it, I’m also expected to digest it and respond accordingly.<p>Fortunately for my productivity, I’ve come up with five …

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The ultimate guide to leveling up your coding skills

No matter what your job is these days, it’s always helpful to have coding knowledge in your toolbox. But if you’re not interested in going back to school and you have very little time to dedicate towards picking up a new skill, choosing what, when and how to develop your programming chops is a task …

Strikethru Makes Paper Productive by Combining GTD and Bullet Journal

If you prefer a pen and a notebook to digital to-do lists, then there’s a new productivity system on the block. Strikethru combines elements of the …

Ideation Vacation: How to Come Up with New Article Ideas

This guest post is written by Zachary Petit. Zachary is the author of <i>The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your</i> …

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7 Apps Every Writer Should Own

Like most writers I know, I have a fondness for paper and ink. Despite this, most of my work is done on a computer or tablet. Specifically on Apple …

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