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KEYS to Time Management

We live in a busy society where everyone is on the go all the time – in the office, at home, and in school. More often than not, it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

For budding entrepreneurs and freelancers in particular, time may come at a premium as you work to balance your side gig with a regular nine-to-five, start and grow your business, and find time to eat!

One of the most important aptitudes for any individual with more tasks than time is time management. To reduce stress, increase productivity, and shorten the length of time between setting a goal and achieving it, use these KEYS to time management: Click Here to Read Article …

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Best Brain Food for Writers

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. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Deal with Criticism

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 …

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