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In the life of a busy entrepreneur, there are many moments where we wish we didn’t have to waste so much time doing the small stuff. Whether it be checking insignificant emails, or waiting the few extra seconds for a large file to upload.

Yesterday, I stumbled across an interesting app called Rescue Time. More or less, this application is a behind-the-scenes time ninja that reports back in how effectively you are using your time on your computer AND mobile device. It simply runs in the background and tracks how much time you spend on different applications to give you a picture of your daily tasks – and provides advice on how to better spend the time you may be wasting.

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Trying to keep up with the amount of articles published each day is a struggle. But small business owners and entrepreneurs need to stay abreast of the latest news and stories. Not only do you want to read about your industry, but other topics that interest you as well; knowing tidbits and facts about a variety of topics will give you an edge in conversation and innovation.

I just stumbled over a tool in Facebook that can assist in this conquest of knowledge, and of course I felt obligated to share it with you! The tool is called Save on Facebook. This feature (which works much like Wunderlist, Pocket, or Feedly) allows you to collect links on Facebook that you would like read, but need to save for later.

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Today we’re going to hit pause on our Small Business Promotion series to talk about something new and exciting that’s coming from Google. On Wednesday the tech giant announced on its blog that users will soon see a brand new inbox when they log into their Gmail accounts.

Gmail’s new inbox will automatically sort your emails into customizable categories or tabs. You can click each one to see what’s new in each category when you have time to browse, or go straight to your Primary inbox when you don’t.

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Today we wrap up our discussion of time management and efficiency with one final strategy for boosting productivity for yourself and anyone you work with: changing your environment.

Finding ways to incorporate the advice we’ve shared over the past month into your work routine can have great long-term effects on the quality of your life and work. Looking for something that can make a big change right away? Try rearranging the furniture and putting up a fresh coat of paint.

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Happy Tax Day 2013! Unless you’re still frantically trying to finish up your taxes and get them in the mail — then it might not be so happy. Around midnight last night, a lot of people were asking themselves why it took them until now to do something that they’ve had months to take care of. Enter procrastination.

Very few people really enjoy doing their taxes. But this process can be especially overwhelming for small business owners, many of whom have to file taxes both as an full time employee, and for their small business. Anyone who has ever appreciated and amortized their business assets would not blame you for putting off this arduous task.

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As a small business owner, sometimes it’s hard not to feel a little overwhelmed, or to get run down by the responsibilities of being the boss. So it’s important to try to make sure you pay attention to your happiness tank and take steps to keep it full. And if you can’t do it for yourself — do it for your business.

Research has shown that happier people are more productive, more engaged in their work, and are better employees all around. According to an article in The Guardian, a team of economists led by Andrew Oswald has shown this in a recent study. They stated that “we find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity, positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings, while negative emotions have the opposite effect.”

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