Friday afternoon just feels like an appropriate time to publish a post about productivity, doesn’t it? Today’s article features tips and advice from Chris Bailey, writer of A Year of Productivity. This fantastically helpful blog offers all kinds of things the author learned during the yearlong experiment he conducted after graduating from business school. The blog is definitely worth perusing, but today we’re going to look productivity tips from the article 100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive.
The Inbox Diaries is a series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.
This Week’s Stories:
Editing Google: Exercising Your Right To Be Forgotten
If you happen to live in the European Union and have some questionable content out there on the internet, you can now officially apply to have it removed from Google’s search results. Just fill out this handy webform from Google. According to Mashable, Google received 12,000 request submissions in the first 24 hours since launch.
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.
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.
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.”
We’re excited to announce that throughout the month of March we’re going to be devoting the Webs blog to helping small business owners get the tools they need to succeed. When you’re first starting out, sometimes is hard to find the time to scour the internet finding and comparing all of the resources available to entrepreneurs — so we’re going to do it for you!
We’ll kick off the series today with a roundup of great online resources — aside from the Webs Blog, of course — where you can get tools and information crucial to a successful business strategy.
In honor of Google’s 14th birthday last week the company launched a new initiative that celebrate their more important core value — innovation.
The new microsite — Google for Entrepreneurs – collects tools, resources, partnerships, and programs that support the spirit of entrepreneurship and address the needs of startups in the marketplace.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reported earlier this year that at that time there were nearly 400 million entrepreneurs in 54 countries around the world. Are you among them?