How to Use Email Etiquette in the Age of Email Overload

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Rupert Adam, marketing manager at Emailcenter, the UK’s largest independent ESP. He specialises in marketing and strategy development. Follow him on Twitter: @RooAdam.

When it comes to dealing with your inbox, you’re probably one of two types of people. There’s those with tens, hundreds or even thousands of unread messages stacked up in their inbox, or those who can’t relax until every single message has been read and either deleted, delegated, responded or deferred.

On average, we send and receive 100 billion emails every single day (just imagine how many that equates to in a year). With that many emails being sent daily, and with research suggesting that the average professional receives more than 100 emails every day, it’s little wonder why so many of us can get lost in our inbox and spend more of our working day dealing with and sifting through messages rather than actually getting any quality work done. In fact, messages from fellow bloggers, guest post requests, meetup/conference invitations, sales messages, newsletters and spam are probably filling up your inbox right this very second!

And that’s where Inbox Zero comes in. [Read more…]

3 Easy Ways to Be a More Prolific Blogger

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There goes that word again. Does a blogger need to be prolific?

The answer is yes. That is, if you want to keep offering your readers something new to consume and keep Google happy (it loves regular, new content).

It’s easy to give tips on how to be a consistent blogger and write regularly. Ideas come up a lot, but putting them on paper – or on your screen – regularly can be a different story.

The good news is that you can make some easy changes in your life to help you write more blog posts – and great ones at that. The ideas below may not seem to be directly related to blogging, but try them out and see if they work for you. [Read more…]

The Best Productivity Trends and Hacks of 2015

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Kanika Sharma, who works as a writer at ProofHub. For the past 2 years, she has been writing for various technology blogs. Being an engineering graduate, her background allows her to connect with cutting edge technologies and relate them with real world scenarios. Follow Kanika on Twitter to know more about her.

Every now and then, we see successful entrepreneurs around us or read stories about those who made it big, and we wonder how they did that! Well, they’ve got no super-brains or magic wands. They’re normal human beings, just like you and me. Then where’s the difference? Let me tell you the secret behind their success. Besides putting the best of their efforts, they resort to those ‘key points’ where others fail to make the stroke.

Productivity, i.e. getting the most out of your everyday, is one key area where most of the startup entrepreneurs, project managers and even employees lack. So, if you’re looking for ways to improve your own productivity along with that of your employees, this is how you should go about it. [Read more…]

Optimizing Work on a Mobile Device

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A lot of freelance writers and bloggers have their preferred working space, where their productivity is optimal. There are times, however, when we need to be out of the house or on the road, for one reason or another.

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If you can postpone work for those periods, then good for you; but what if you absolutely need to get an article done and emailed before you get home? What if you need to publish a post in an hour, and you can’t get to your computer on time? You may have your data stored in a flash drive, but how do you access it with minimal hassle? [Read more…]

Why You Need to Get Out of Your Blogging Cave Regularly

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Martin Stephens, Corporate Director of Action Days UK. He has been blogging for almost a decade. Over the years, he has amassed tons of experience and shares excellent tips and best practices with his peers. He encourages online workers to go out in the real world and engage in top outdoor events to have a balanced work-life relationship.

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Bloggers, freelance writers, and practically every online worker have a tendency to stay in their physical comfort zone. Whether it’s a home office, the couch, or the kitchen table, online workers spend majority of their time indoors, relentlessly working and making sure that they meet deadlines and satisfy their clients.

This is quite understandable, as remote workers do need a certain level of routine to be able to maintain – and even increase – their output, which their income depends on. There is, however, something to be said about going out of that “blogging cave” from time to time. Let’s take a look at a handful of convincing reasons you should get out of your blogging cave more. [Read more…]

3 Things You Can Do If You Have Too Much Work

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Too much work? Is there such a thing for a freelance blogger/online writer? I think that, if anything, we always want/need more work. I think, though, that we may have the tendency to just want more work whenever the opportunity presents itself even if our plate is already full.

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This is probably due to the fact that the freelance writing life has a high degree of uncertainty. There are good months, but there are lean months. And what we want is to build up a nest egg for when those lean months come. One of the most obvious ways to do that is take on as much work as you can when it’s there; and that’s when the “too much work” scenario comes up. [Read more…]

4 iPhone Apps to Increase Your Blogging Productivity

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There we go again with the “P” word. Whether you’re a blogger, a social media expert, or a professional copywriter, productivity always seems to come up. I suppose the same can be said of any person who holds a job. At the end of the day, we are measured by how much we produce and the quality of what we produce.

As a full-time blogger, the chances are that you do not have to answer to a boss in the traditional sense. However, there are your readers to consider. There is the revenue. There is that personal sense of having gotten things done.

And we come back to where we started: productivity. [Read more…]

Telecommuting Made Easy – Learn how to Tackle and Deal with Productivity Drains

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Telecommuting is getting a lot of attention lately. According to the Forrester Research, there are about 34 million Americans who telecommuted in 2009 alone. The report says that this will go up to about 63 million by the time that 2016 rolls in. Telecommuting can significantly improve employee recruitment efforts and other overhead costs. For telecommuters, this mean that they can work at home and save money in many areas, such as car repairs, dining out, travel expenses, clothes, etc.

However, having a telecommute job, whether it is on a part time basis or a full time job, is not without challenges. One of these problems is directly connected with productivity. So if you want to learn how to tackle and deal with productivity drains, here are some of the best ways to make telecommuting easier. [Read more…]

Twitter Co-Founder Says Staring At Tweets All Day Is Bad For Your Health

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Biz StoneHeavy Twitter users should walk away from their computers and other mobile devices and stop staring at tweets all day because it’s bad for you. That was essentially the message delivered by Twitter co-founder Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone on Wednesday.

It’s not the eye strain, neck strain or other physical ailments that Biz Stone is worried about but rather the fact that people will waste their entire day constantly reading tweets.

Speaking to a business-based audience in Montreal Stone says he initially believed that Twitter would be used as a fun platform for sharing interesting articles and news about a persons day, instead it ended up turning into a social change vehicle such as the so-called Arab spring uprising which brought about pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. [Read more…]

Find E-mail File Attachments Faster with gives you an attachment-centric view of your e-mails gives you an attachment-centric view of your e-mails

One of the hardest things to find after a very busy day of exchanging e-mails is a file attachment in your  inbox or sent folder.  On the average, hunting for files in your e-mail can consume the better part of an hour that could have been spent on useful downtime or getting something else done.

The process of hunting down an attachment usually begins by clicking on the search field of your e-mail and typing either the name of the person who you think sent you the file or the subject header of the e-mail exchange you think it is in.  It’s easy to find an attachment if it had been sent fairly recently, but when the file had been sent a hundred e-mails ago, that’s when people either decide to pore over every e-mail turned up in a search or just ask to be sent the file again.  Either way, it can mean a waste of time for you or the person who is waiting for the file attachment.

Can you imagine asking an important client or major customer to wait fifteen minutes while you or your assistant goes searching for a file he sent you months ago? It’s can make for an embarrassing moment because it makes you appear disorganized and sloppy. makes it easier to find any e-mail attachments in your e-mail account, no matter how long ago it had been sent or in what thread it had been sent in.

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