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Mystery Solved: The Number One Killer of Your Productivity Revealed

By Garik Himebaugh

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It’s Monday morning and you’re rushing to get ready and make it to work on time. At the office you are greeted by stacks of paperwork, 200 emails, and you have 5 meetings today.

You sit down and make a list of everything you can think of to do, including what you can do after work. The list is pretty long. As the day progresses you work through most of what’s on your list, starting with what’s easiest. When you get home, you cross off a few more items.

Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, you call it an early night. While you crossed off a lot of items on your list today, you don’t feel productive at all.

Does this scenario sound familiar? Hint: this is not what it means to be productive; this is simply called being busy.

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A Scientifically Proven Way to Massively Boost Your Productivity

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It can be surprising how most of our days go to waste.

You login to your computer early in the morning, hoping to get some serious work done, only to realize 5 hours later that you haven’t really done anything; you’ve only been checking Facebook, Twitter, and your email every other minute and you can’t seem to break out of that loop.

I’ve struggled with this for awhile too, and I could barely get anything done until I started implementing a scientifically-proven approach to productivity. I now find it easy to write 5,000 words on the average day, and that’s just part of what I get done for the day.

Is there any secret to this sudden increase in productivity?

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40 Ways to Boost Your Brain (Even If You’re The Dumbest Writer In The World)

By Lanre

Truth be told, some writers are DUMB!

Okay, not on a personal level, but we write dumb articles sometimes. Not that it’s our fault, but sometimes, we don’t do what it takes to produce quality.

So, let’s play a little game, shall we?

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The Pomodoro Technique, Meditation, and Stress-free Writing

Guest post by Bill

I don’t know about you, but I live a pretty busy life. A wife, kids, and a 40-hour work week. I also write eBooks and articles. In 2012, things got so hectic that I had to find some way to slow it down, regain my sanity, and figure out a way to fit everything in to an already full schedule.

In order to cope, I really threw myself into meditation. It all started with a self-induced, 4-week meditation challenge that I originally posted about on the Jobs in Ayurveda website. I’d toyed with meditation before in the past, but never seemed to make it a daily habit–primarily because it takes time and a little effort in the beginning. Finally, I was willing to put forth the effort.

I knew that any habit requires a few weeks to take hold, so I decided I would meditate for at least 15 minutes every day for four weeks. I can’t tell you that it changed my life right away, but I have noticed some significant benefits since I completed the first challenge (I did another free 21-day guided meditation challenge on Deepak Chopra’s website that brought many more benefits than my original challenge).

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Four Tactics Every Freelance Writer Should Use For Meeting Deadlines

This contributor post by Lanre Solarin was supposed to go live last week Friday, but it’s being published late due to WritersinCharge’s migration to Hostgator last week. Enjoy!

As I wrote a guest post for a new, high-paying client, a tear rolled down my cheek.

Then more followed….

I cried – and yet, I still kept writing.

I wasn’t writing a motivational article, neither was it a love story with the happily-ever-after ending.

I cried because I had no choice but to write. I was tired, sick and had a close deadline to meet. I had made a promise I wasn’t near keeping.

And I wanted to give up.

Don’t do that – ever!

On the basis of appearing professional, writers can sometimes make outrageous promises, especially to new clients.

What do you think this can lead to? More jobs? Repeat clients?

Not exactly.

This can either lead to compromised quality or extended deadlines. Nevertheless, accepting jobs with short deadlines is sometimes unavoidable. When this happens, what do you do?

Here are four strategies you can adopt to meet those short deadlines.