OK, let’s cut through the bee-ess. There’s no such thing as a “brain food,” if by that we mean something that will make you smarter.
There aren’t Hemingwayberries or Richard Powers Grains or Sell Like Sebold Shakes.
You’re already smart – smart enough to be skeptical. But the foods I’m going to describe help promote mental focus, a good, healthy energy, and most importantly, the function of your mitochondria, and thus, all of your body’s cells. I like to think of eating certain foods as a matter of not eating the wrong foods. You’re going to eat something, and these foods are the ones that will keep you from getting drowsy or lethargic as you polish your sterling prose.
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Recently I received an email from a coworker, clearly angry in tone, berating my performance on a project I completed. My first reaction was irritation, then defensiveness, then I resorted to blaming everyone that did or didn’t have a hand in the project.
As a perfectionist, I have a tough time taking criticism from anyone – no matter how loving the source. Why allow others to put their two cents in when I’m already dealing with an overly-critical inner self?
But once the defensiveness subsided and I had handled the situation to the best of my ability, I was able to recognize something extremely important – if I were to remove the emotion from the situation and simply see it as neutral bits of information he was trying to convey, I could actually agree with several of the things he was saying.
In trying to protect my ego, I had stopped listening and shut down – a reaction that wasn’t helping him or me.
Here are a few tips I’ve discovered from dealing with criticism in the workplace. Click Here to Read Article …
If you are anything like me, researching a topic can take much more time than actually writing about it. If you don’t have some kind of system when you are doing your research, you can spend entirely too much time sifting through articles and data, which can really take a bite out your overall productivity.
There are more tools available to you to accomplish this kind of efficiency than you could ever make the time to look through and evaluate, so it’s a good thing I’m here to help you move in the right direction, and it’s also a good thing I’m not charging you by the hour to do it – I could really rack up a padded time sheet if I went back and added it up.
Instead, I’m going to give you my top 5 tools for online researching for the low, low price of free. My only requirement is that if you are still using Internet Explorer as your browser, you have to download Chrome or Firefox – right now, go ahead, I’m waiting. Got it? Okay, now delete IE from your computer and swear that you will never again do anything so ridiculous. Then move forward with the article, knowing that most of these tools are Chrome extensions or at least have Chrome extensions in addition to the full apps. Click Here to Read Article …
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler
When I was inching my way towards college graduation and anticipating what lies ahead, I wasn’t dreading stepping into the “real world” and getting a full time job, but I was dreading falling into the picture of what society tells us a full time job has to look like.
I didn’t want someone to tell me that I needed to sit in front of a computer between the hours of eight and five, with two fifteen minute breaks and one half and hour break if I’m lucky. I wanted to be productive, in a nontraditional way. Click Here to Read Article …
We tend to ignore organizing our home office until it’s too late. As time goes on, miscellaneous items stack up in layers all around you until one day, something disappears and you realize you’re due for a cleaning.
Staying organized is a big challenge, whether you clock in to work at an office or work from the kitchen table at home. A cluttered work environment is not only unappealing but even worse, can waste valuable time and energy and negatively affect your productivity.
Here are just a few tips on how to organize and clean up your home office. Click Here to Read Article …
Twitter is an incredibly valuable tool for creating and maintaining a social network. It’s a great place to meet people, from potential business associates to new friends, but it can be difficult to get the hang of when you’re just getting started.
Twitter is deceptively simple to use. You can only type up to 140 characters, so it’s easy to think that it should be simple, but anyone who has tried knows that building a great, functioning social media network is more involved than that.
If you’ve ever wanted to get into Twitter but just had trouble figuring out all the moving parts, these tips might help you finally become a Twitter aficionado. Click Here to Read Article …
I think I learned to be an optimist shortly after I became a freelance writer. It was either that or starve. I had to believe that my work was good enough and that some editor eventually would buy my latest piece of writing. If not, I would have to go and get a real job.
Applying this to the rest of my life, however, was not an easy task. It’s hard to believe that the Earth can survive climate change or man’s continual onslaught but I try and apply my own brand of mild optimism in everything I do, especially my work. Click Here to Read Article …
Whether you’re working on creative writing for yourself or freelance writing for business, you’ve undoubtedly come across a project that has gotten you stuck.
You’ve either rewritten it more times than you can count, or you just can’t seem to get started.
These mental blocks have a way of piling up and becoming even more frustrating.
There are a few tricks you might try to help your brain move past these obstacles, though, so you can finish the writing you need to do. Click Here to Read Article …
The most essential part of work for any freelancer, or even small business owner, is often the most difficult part: getting paid. There are more than a few areas where you can run into problems that have your bank account hurting.
Most people don’t want to part with their money and you may find yourself fighting for your fair share. If you’re working online, you have to deal with all of the middlemen involved in getting paid. It’s a lot to consider.
The issue is more complex when you have to manage it all on your own, but there are a few things you can do to make your life easier and your bank account happier.
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Working as a member of the media in a town with only a few reputable publications, I receive a lot of email. And most of the emails are from individuals or organizations that are hoping to receive something in return – space in our publication or at least assistance with spreading the word about something they are invested in.
While the majority of these requests come from people that mean well – and many have very worthy causes – the sheer volume of requests that I receive means I have to be diligent about filtering them.
For this reason I’ve become extremely picky about the way in which an email is constructed. If you’re looking to get your point across via email, here are six tricks of the trade that I’ve gathered from experience. Click Here to Read Article …
There are many ways to describe burnout but it usually refers to a situation when you find yourself exhausted, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. You may also feel a lack of motivation and overwhelmed by even the simplest of tasks.
Most of us have gone through some of these symptoms without going to the bottom of the burnout barrel, which usually means medical intervention or even hospitalization.
The first step in preventing burnout from taking over your life is to know the signs of burnout. The second is dealing with these symptoms before they develop into real medical problems.
The long list of burnout signs, according to Forbe’s magazine, are: exhaustion, lack of motivation, negative emotions, cognitive problems, poor job performance, interpersonal problems, lack of self-care, preoccupation with work, general dissatisfaction, and health problems. Click Here to Read Article …