Try These to Improve Your Productivity


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Try These Simple Moves to Improve Your Productivity
Although you may not be aware of it, your body language not only communicates to the subconsciouses of those around you but also sends signals to your own brain. According to the scientific theory of “embodied cognition,” even a subtle gesture can shape our moods and attitude. Use this to your advantage: improve your productivity and conquer your workday by using these power poses, even if you’re working primarily online!

According to Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, you should hold your power pose for two minutes. Adopt the classic power pose by lifting your chest, holding your head high, and propping your hands on your hips for a flood of confidence-boosting testosterone before a big meeting. Stand with outstretched legs and arms for another morale-building pose.

If you need some help getting motivated to do admin tasks like making phone calls or answering emails, extend your legs or prop them up. Similarly, placing your hands on your head with your elbows out not only improves posture and makes you stand tall, this power pose will also help with brainstorming or problem-solving.

When it comes to tough negotiations or tense meetings, rest your arm on the chair next to you. Taking up more space conveys power and conviction. You can also show others you’re actively listening by remaining alert while they talk, nodding, and maintaining eye contact.

Lastly, don’t forget to smile. The act of turning your frown upside down improves serotonin and also boosts the happiness of those around you.

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Thinking of Growing Your Own Food?
Here’s Where to Start
Starting your own edible garden will not only put highly nutritious produce onto your table but also offer a great way to stay active, get some vitamin D, and reduce your carbon footprint. Follow our tips to start your glorious garden and get growing!

You don’t need a big backyard. Even apartment dwellers can grow food on their balconies or windowsills. If your allotted space is shady, brassicas, beets, blueberries, and most salad greens will thrive there.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start small with potted herbs or a single type of veg. Gardening is a slow and structured art form, so take time to learn the basics. Your garden will thrive with weekly planting, thinning, and weeding as well as constant watering, so once you’ve got a handle on the fundamentals, plan and create a gardening schedule.

Soil is the most important foundation. You’ll need nutrient-rich soil to produce healthy, tasty vegetables. Try to find the best soil possible, and remember to add compost to it once a year at springtime to boost friendly microbes, moisture, and drainage.

Prevent plant-munching pests. Rather than turning to pesticides, try to prevent tiny critters from damaging your crops by choosing pest-resistant varieties, encouraging beneficial insects with certain types of flowers, or setting up physical barriers like a floating row cover.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Remember to thoroughly wash your produce before consuming it, and if you have a large bounty, look into pickling and preserving to extend its shelf life.

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How to Harness the Power of Visualization for Success
When we think about our life’s ambitions, we often dwell on the obstacles that will surely arise along the way to fulfilling them. Positive visualization changes our tendency to make these obstacles insurmountable in our minds by envisioning the specifics of success and making your positive vision stronger than anything that can set you back.

Visualization rests on the principle of positive focus. With all the noise that surfaces during your daily life, you need to be able to focus on the most important aspects of your work and break things down into manageable tasks to get things done. The same concept applies to achieving your dreams. By finding the answers to questions like “What will it take?” and “How can I handle the obstacles?” your dream becomes actionable.

Once you’ve disempowered your doubts, spend time vividly picturing yourself achieving your goal with as many details as possible. For example, spend time thinking about a presentation you may be giving soon. Imagine your setup, the expressions of your audience, your posture, any questions that may arise, and, crucially, a positive response. Write down everything you’ve envisioned. When it comes to the actual event, you’ll experience a feeling of familiarity, thereby boosting confidence.

Try to get into the habit of visualizing yourself flourishing in all facets of your life. Once you begin to feel your visualized triumph as if it were real, you’ll cross the threshold that leads to action and make every day a success.

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Growing Your Business – Productivity
Productivity is a skill that we all need to be taught. Here are some websites and apps that can help:

Organize it all with Todoist

Create and manage to-do lists for yourself and your team here.

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Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

You’ve earned a break. Get two-minute bursts of relaxation here.

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This app creates a clean space for
you to write while also providing
you with dictionaries and other
resources to help you write more
and write better. It’s free and
updated often.

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We can’t create self-control by ourselves. This app, called SelfControl, allows you to block distracting websites and email for set amounts of time. It only works on Mac products, but an FAQ page tells you about similar Windows-compatible programs.

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Tips for Gathering Knockout Testimonials and Using Them
A cornerstone of word-of-mouth marketing, credible testimonials allow customers to sing your or your services’ praises, thereby generating trustworthiness in your brand and tipping wavering prospects into regular clients. Follow these helpful tips to gather and use enthusiastic testimonials to your advantage.

Do the legwork. Gathering testimonials is a numbers game. Take the time to master the process by asking for testimonials regularly. Generally, a small percentage of happy customers will comply, so politely keep at it!

Make it easy. Help your customers by including feedback forms in any final documentation. Draft testimonials or include a testimonial form on your own website. This makes it easy for them to fill out and give their glowing endorsement. Aid them further by providing a set of questions and encourage specificity through examples of improvements, successes, and good work.

Honesty is always the best policy. Try not to overedit your testimonials. Idiosyncrasies in grammar and language demonstrate to the reader that the testimonials are real. It’s best not to manufacture a testimonial, as people can easily distinguish a fake from a mile away. If a testimonial includes any objections or worries, address them to signal to future customers that they are groundless.

Thank your customers. While it’s not good practice to financially incentivize your testimonials, you can thank customers publicly on your social media channels or in newsletters. Social channels also offer recommendation services that send out requests for testimonials. Be sure to add a personal touch with a detailed message about what you’d like them to emphasize, as automated messages may come across as annoying spam.

Follow up and share! Once you’ve received and finalized your testimonial, send it back to your client for approval, informing them of its purpose and where you’ll be displaying it. Get this approval in writing to avoid future disputes. Once this is done, don’t be shy! Share your winning testimonial on your website and social channels and in emails, marketing materials, and perhaps even presentations.

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