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Forget About 'Aha' Moments: Why Founders Should Focus On Hunches

Popular culture celebrates “moments of epiphany” when an entrepreneur’s dream comes into focus in an instant. However, in reality, it is more often the collision of small ideas that combine over time to form big ideas. Thus, it pays to contemporaneously document your thoughts so you can retain and …

Creativity

The 10 Email Commandments You're Breaking Every Day

Do you live in fear of your email inbox? It is such an effective tool for information exchange that it can render us completely ineffective in our attempts to control it.<p>I fear that I’m going to miss the proverbial wheat because of all the darn chaff overstuffing my inbox. You, too?<p>Well, apparently …

Productivity

The Anxious Lover: Stop Feeling Insecure And Get The Love You Crave

Why do people manipulate others? Is it because they're an asshole? Is it because they need to feel powerful?<p>I manipulated an ex-girlfriend once. Years ago, when I was in a toxic relationship with someone I loved, I lied to get a reaction out of her. I told her I was going to watch her soccer game, …

The Productivity Guide: My Best Productivity and Time-Management Strategies

What is Productivity?<p>Let's define productivity. Productivity is a measure of efficiency of a person completing a task. We often assume that …

40 Useful Self-Management Hacks to Master Your Time

In case you haven't heard, there's no such thing as time management.<p>As we near the end of the year, this is typically the time people start thinking about what goals to set, how to be more productive (heck, even at 4 a.m.), and what needs to happen for better work-life balance.<p>Even billionaire …

The Bullet Journal helped me get my life in order — and it can seriously help you, too

If you’re like me, you’re probably juggling a few organizational methods at once.<p>Until recently, my system involved a combination of cryptic …

Why Tons of Failure Is the Key to Success, According to Seth Godin

If you let it, failure can be a precious gift, rather than something to be avoided at all costs<p>Most people avoid failure like the plague.<p>They spend their time trying to achieve perfection. They forgo opportunities they aren't certain will be a sure thing. They do whatever it takes to make sure they …

This is How to be Super Productive Every Day Without Losing Your Mind

<i>“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” — </i><b>Peter Drucker</b><p>You will work better when you find and stick …

The best lifehacks to help you read more, eat more vegetables, and keep your sneakers like new

I was standing in the shower recently when I realized that baked oatmeal has changed my life. Historically, my weekday morning breakfast routine has vacillated between eating and spending too much ($5 egg-and-cheese bagels) and eating too little (leftover bits of cornflake dust). Then, this year, I …

Meet the Entrepreneur Who's Bringing Neuroscience to the Masses

You've got to see it to believe it.<p>Greg Gage is a neuroscientist.<p>You wouldn't know it by looking at him, though. There's no long, white lab coat. And he doesn't speak in scientific jargon that's difficult to understand.<p>That's because Gage is on a mission: He wants to make neuroscience accessible to …

Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

Forget where you just left your car keys? A magnetic pulse might help you remember.<p>Some dormant memories can be revived by delivering a pulse of magnetic energy to the right brain cells, researchers report Thursday in the journal <i>Science.</i><p>The finding is part of a study that suggests the brain's …

How to Manage Your Emotions Without Fighting Them

We often hear tips and tricks for helping us to “control” our emotions, but that’s the wrong idea: strong emotions aren’t bad, and they don’t need to be pushed down or controlled; they are, in fact, data. Our emotions evolved as a signaling system, a way to help us communicate with each other and …

Self-help

I Think I Can, I Think I Can -- Be Your Own Motivational Career Coach

You glance up at the clock on the wall. It’s 3:30 p.m. and your 5:00 p.m. deadline is quickly approaching. You take a deep breath and exhale slowly, moving your head from side-to-side and relaxing your shoulders. “I can do this,” you mentally tell yourself several times as you finalize the …

Positive Thinking

10 Tips to Master Your Time as a Business Owner

Thankfully, you don't have to be a member of the Avengers or Justice League to master time. You just need to follow these 10 incredible time-management tips.<p>If you had a superpower, what would it be?<p>I'm sure that some of you would answer super-strength, you could fly, or maybe even invisibility. …

Time Management

Have We Been Thinking About Willpower the Wrong Way for 30 Years?

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a pint of ice cream. Even though I knew that eating ice cream and sitting for a long time were …

How To Escape The Procrastination Doom Loop

When you imagine a highly productive person, you likely think of someone who focuses effortlessly on the job and never succumbs to procrastination. You know, the type who can sit on the ground in a subway station with their laptop and still manage to get more done in an hour than you would in a day …

Procrastination

A leading expert on procrastination offers his advice for never procrastinating again

In fact, he thinks of it more as a coping mechanism than anything else.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University. He's spent more than two decades studying how and why people put off important tasks. Through his research, Pychyl has learned who's most likely to …

Procrastination

Rindle: Simplify Your Workflow

Thanks to Rindle for sponsoring BrettTerpstra.com this week!Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal task management app that integrates with the …

Project Management

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

This column is by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups<p><i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies</i> …

health

Health

How to Stay Emotionally Healthy in Tough Times, According to Experts

An entrepreneur's life is full of ups and downs, it is important to not let disappointment set you off course.<p>Our mind is our most valuable resource, yet we take very little time to take care of it. Everyone understands the importance of being healthy, yet many of us prioritize our physical health …

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Productivity

There are plenty of tips for increasing your productivity: take exercise breaks, drink coffee, get a good night’s rest, even look at cute animals. …

3 Ways to Better Understand Your Emotions

Dealing effectively with emotions is a key leadership skill. And naming our emotions — what psychologists call <i>labeling</i> — is an important first step in dealing with them effectively. But it’s harder than it sounds; many of us struggle to identify what exactly we are feeling, and often times the most …

5 tips to help you manage your time more effectively

You could be the most creative art director in the world, but without managing your time properly, you're never go to stay on track. Time management …

Time Management

This award-winning app will help you organize your life for only $19

If you’re like me, you're always trying and failing to organize your tasks and computer files. Pagico 8 is a well-reviewed organization app that …

8 Clever Ways to Level up Productivity in Your Office

With so many distractions, it’s not a mystery why we’re not getting any work done. It’s more than easy to get seduced by the internet (naughty little …

Productivity

Why you should stop checking your e-mail at work

Andy Sherwood is a time-management expert who has taught more than 50,000 Canadians to make better use of their workdays. He owns the Southwest Ontario office of Priority Management International Inc., a training company.<p>Over the course of his 47-year career, Mr. Sherwood has watched knowledge …

5 Distractions That Are Productivity Poison (and How to Avoid Them)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Tell me if this sounds familiar: You sit down at your desk to work. You have five hours' worth of projects and about eight or so hours to get them done. And you smile to yourself, thinking how nice it will be to leave work <i>early</i> today. …

Time Management