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Today’s article comes from Deanna Zaucha, Webs Retention Marketing Coordinator.

As we round out January, there is still a lot of talk about keeping up with New Year’s Resolutions. These goals span from health and fitness to professional endeavors. But as a small business owner or entrepreneur, those goals often conflict or overlap; so I am here to talk about both with the trend of “Digital Detox.” For those who may not have heard this term before, here is the Oxford Dictionary definition:

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As the owner, and often sole employee, of a small business, entrepreneurs don’t have a lot of free time on their hands. But does that mean they should have to miss out on the joy of indulging in the antics of booze-fueled celebrities in suits and sequins?

For the small business owners who missed last night’s Golden Globe Awards because there were working late or getting to bed early, we’re delighted to share Mashable’s roundup of the evening’s most memorable moments. It’s hilarious and brief, so you can soak it all in and get back to your busy day.

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This is the time of year when those fledgling New Year’s resolutions are put to the test. The holiday momentum is starting to wear off, and the realities of day-to-day life are settling back in. One of the reasons resolutions often fail is that people tend to overreach. If your daily life has been sedentary for years, the chances that you’re really going to start getting up at 5am and running 10 miles before work are pretty slim. The key to success for most people is to start with a realistic goal that you can achieve, that fits into the life you already lead.

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Today’s article is a guest post from legal blogger Matt Faustman.

While we still haven’t seen those flying cars that we were promised so many decades ago, the fact remains that many aspects of modern life continue to change in ways that seem downright futuristic. The same is true for the contemporary workplace, which looks much different from the same space even ten years ago. From telecommuting to ergonomics, the workplace of the future has new goals and new designs. Read on to learn more about how small business owners can keep pace with the developments of the workplace of the future.

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Ah, procrastination. The mortal enemy of the small business owner. With so many things to do, and hats to wear, and so little time for it all, entrepreneurs really need to be on top of their game to make it work. And for some lucky (or very disciplined) individuals, this kind of organization and focus comes naturally.

Then, there are the rest of us. Before anyone gets upset, nobody is saying that procrastinators are necessarily less productive, intelligent, or hardworking. It just takes a lot more energy for us to settle in and focus on the task at hand. We can be just as reliable about meeting deadlines as non-procrastinators — we are just up a lot later the night before.

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This month we’ve been talking about trends and inspiration, and one big trend in small business is increasing productivity. So today we have a guest post on that topic from Danny Carlson, a business owner who works primarily online and writes about financial topics including entrepreneurship, money/time management, and productivity.

If you recently started a small business, congratulations. You’re already well on your way to enjoying the benefits of entrepreneurship. If you’re going the “solopreneur” route, your chances of success are that much better because your support costs are greatly reduced. However, if you’re “the guy” in your venture, you’re going to have a lot of hard work in front of you. Little distractions in any business can be dangerous, but for a one-person company, wasting valuable time can put undue stress on your venture. Read on for the best ways solopreneurs can get the most out of every day.

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We’re continuing our series on time management and efficiency for small business owners with advice from the folks here at Webs who have some of the most demanding schedules in the company. If they can do it, you can do it!

We hope these tips and tricks — ranging from very logical to somewhat obscure (keep reading) — will help you feel more productive and less stressed as you work toward your goals. Please share your own tips and tricks in the comments below!
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Our discussion of time management for small business owners wouldn’t be complete without addressing the huge time sink that is social media marketing. Because part of being a good Facebook and Twitter administrator is sharing great content with your followers on a regular basis, this part of your marketing program can take up a lot of time.

The good news is, our friends at Pagemodo have created a tool that can reduce the amount of time you spend search for and posting engaging content dramatically. It’s called Pagemodo Posts, and it’s available to all Pagemodo users. It can be used to find, post, and schedule content from around the web to your Facebook and Twitter accounts from the Pagemodo dashboard, or through their new +Post bookmarklet. Here is an excerpt from the announcement of Posts on Pagemodo’s blog last month:
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Our series on time management for small businesses is almost finished, so let’s take a minute to talk about the consequences of bad time management. One of which is not being able to find time for personal health and fitness. Many small business owners would like to be more active, but after a full day at the office that often runs into the evening, it’s hard to fit in fitness. And if you weren’t already worried about this, check out this great/alarming infographic featured on Lifehack.org.

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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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