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    September 29, 2015
    Amazing Tips To Increase Your Productivity

    Workers of all professions occasionally get the blahs. Maybe you just started the day on the wrong side of the bed, you feel uninspired or just unfocused. It happens. But with creative professionals, these days are extra bad, happen more often if you don’t know how to combat it, and can have a more serious negative impact on your work. That’s why it’s important for anyone who works from home, works in an artistic field, or has some other non-traditional job to keep a strict daily routine. If you find yourself in a bit of a productivity slump, check out these tips from Meredith Lepore at Levo for things you can do to give yourself a little boost:

    -Make lists, but get creative: vary the format, start in the center of the page and branch outward, create thought bubbles and venn diagrams to stimulate your brain and help you think outside the box.

    -Smell flowers when you wake up- seeing bright colors in the morning lifts your energy.

    -Take a walk in the park- strolling through a nature setting shows a 20% improvement in attention and focus tests.

    Photo Credit: Jackie Ick 

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    September 25, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Job Interview Attire 101

    These tips are mostly for women, but can be applied to men as well: dress conservatively and professionally.

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    September 23, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Sleek and Worldly Office

    Photo from Stijlvol Styling

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    September 22, 2015
    Blog Photos 101

    Personally, I’m a terrible photographer. Every photo I take is blurry, or off centered, or too dim. That’s why I mostly use creative commons photos. However, if you run a blog where having your own photos are integral (a cooking, craft, mommy, or gardening blog, for example), making sure these photos are professional and alluring is crucial. This is doubly true if you are selling a product with your blog. For tips on taking better photos for your blog, check out this post by Kelly at A Swell Place To Dwell:

    -Give yourself time- Photography is a skill that you have to practice, it’s not going to happen over night (well, that’s encouraging!)

    -Invest in a camera- Once I started learning my new DSLR I totally fell in love with photography

    -Learn Manual Mode-   Manual mode lets you produce what YOU want to produce, not what the camera THINKS you want to produce. Practicing will not cost you a penny.

    -Always turn off your flash, look for beautiful natural light in your home.

    Photo Credit: Paul Reynolds 

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    September 18, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Awesome Office Design

    These ideas are so refreshing and inspiring!

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    September 17, 2015
    Why People Aren’t Reading Your Blog

    Bloggers read other blogs- it’s how we get inspiration and connect with similar readers, plus it’s fun! I love seeing other people’s content when I’m not writing my own. However, there are definitely blog turn-offs out there that will make me immediately stop reading and move on. Want to make your readers stay? Read this post by Elena at Living With Batman! She lists her frustrations with certain blog posts, and I 100% agree with her on the first one!

    -Email subscriptions/ pop ups at entry- Holy Crap! I just hit your blog for the first time and you want me to subscribe? Give me a break.

    -Not mobile friendly- most readers are reading on smartphones.

    -Too long and visually boring- avoid large walls of text!

    -Too busy- you don’t have to include photos, videos, WordPress plugins, different colors of fonts, and quotes all in the same post!

    Photo Credit: Derrick Tyson 

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    September 16, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Adorable Office/Craft Room Storage

    Photo from Hometalk

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    September 8, 2015
    Sites That Will Help Anyone’s Productivity

    The hardest part about writing for a living is staying focused and managing time wisely. With a traditional job, you’re at a desk from 9-5, and you work during that time. It’s much easier to focus than when you’re at home, with the TV on, Facebook in the background, with kids running around you. And that doesn’t even take into account the writer’s block that can happen daily. That’s why I love this post by Julia Hughes at S Trends! Here are her top websites that will keep you focused, productive, and on track- no matter what it is that you are trying to do:

    -LinkedIn- is a fantastic networking tool for freelancers and young professionals.

    -Resume Genius- provides an easy, stream-lined online form

    -Google Drive- for your online storage needs

    -Tomato Timer- keeps you from taking breaks that last too long

    -My Daily Schedule- This schedule gives you the option of logging what you’ve done that day or seeing how your time adds up over the course of a week. 

    Photo Credit: Andy Roberts 

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    August 31, 2015
    How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Your Writing Done!

    This article by Monica M. Clark at The Write Practice was written for people who are working on novels, short stories, and other creative writers. However, the tips can apply to anyone who writes for a living (or for fun). That’s you, bloggers! Even if you love writing, sometimes it can be so hard to just stop procrastinating and start typing. And for some reason, having a deadline can be counterproductive and actually make the procrastination worse! In the immortal words of Shia Lebouf, JUST DO IT! Or, check out Clark’s tips for getting started and staying productive:

    -Don’t pull all nighters, and never PLAN to pull one! This will mess you up even more!

    -Pay limited attention to progress of peers with same goals. Stop comparing your blog to your friend’s.

    -Log out of Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter- etc. Block them if you have to (I turn off my wifi while writing).

    -Eating, watching TV, etc., are all distractions. Don’t take a break until you meet a certain goal.

    Photo Credit: Remi 

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    August 25, 2015
    No More Blogger’s Block

    If you’re a blogger, it can be incredibly demanding to constantly be thinking of ideas for new content. You have to post a few times a week, and you want to keep readers interested and your posts fresh and compelling. For a list of blog post ideas to jog your brain, check out this article by Iida at Iida Emilia:

    -DIY Project or Tutorial

    -Tips and Tricks

    -Glimpse of your personal life


    -A Beginner’s Guide

    -FAQs, Q&As.

    -Hot topics of your industry, current events

    -Your blogging process

    -Host a giveaway

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Stonehouse 

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