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Rethink Your Definition of Productivity to Squash Uninspired Filler

You’re not losing your mind. A constant stream of social media posts on the internet right now promise to pull back the curtain on the next great advancement in usefulness, productivity, or shiny automation engines. The cult of productivity is always knocking on our doors because it’s a part of a $ 10 billion institution that
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How to Find Your Own Path to Creative Productivity

I remember when I first discovered David Allen’s book Getting Things Done. I was holding down a challenging corporate job and working on a side hustle. I had a toddler at home and a mountain of stress at work. I was managing a team of writers (this is an oxymoron) and juggling complicated deliverables for
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What’s Actually Stunting Your Productivity (It’s Not Multitasking)

Lately, a common theme in productivity advice is bashing multitasking. “You suck at multitasking!” shrieks one headline. “Multitasking: the most dangerous productivity killer” hisses another. And they aren’t wrong. Studies have shown that trying to tackle different tasks simultaneously greatly reduces our cognitive abilities. But what if I told you there’s another type of multitasking
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21 Productivity Hacks from 21 Prolific Writers

Ah, the #writerslife, #amwriting, #wordcount — wait, hold that thought — #amlookingatmyphone, #destructiveprocrastination, #twitterblackhole, #zerowillpower … dammit what just happened? Every time I pick up my iPhone, I lose a minimum of 20 minutes that I could be writing a first draft of something, anything. The cult of “busyness” beckons me: I scratch at my
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6 Writing and Productivity Rituals from the Copyblogger Creative Team

I’ve said for a long time … writers are magicians. We make something out of nothing. We take syllables and turn them into dreams, sights, sounds. Calls to action and detailed plans for shenanigans. And as every magician knows, if you want to perform magic … you have to know a thing or two about
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The Balance of Creativity and Productivity

The Balance of Creativity and Productivity

If you read Copyblogger for any length of time, you’ll notice a theme that comes up again and again — the balance of creative “arty stuff” with pragmatic productivity.

Creativity makes our content worth reading. Strategic implementation gets us where we want to go. Each depends on the other.

On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman talked about cultivating a Pomeranian state of mind to expand your creativity. (Read the post to find out why you actually do want to do this.)

And on Tuesday, she outlined a plan to use that Pomeranian creativity to actually make something that other people want to read, watch, or listen to.

Finally, on Wednesday, our editorial team sent me their favorite writing books — a healthy mix of the arty, the crafty, and the strategic.

Over on the Copyblogger FM podcast, I shared two resources that have seriously impressed me — one on the science of learning (this is great if you’re improving your skills, but it will also be incredibly useful for course creators) and one on creative focus (hello shiny).

Want to make great leaps in your writing this summer? Get your Inner Pomeranian going, pick up some of the books on the reading list, sharpen that focus just a bit, and decide on a project to implement with Stefanie’s plan. By September, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.

That’s it for this week — have a great weekend, and we’ll see you Monday. :)

— Sonia Simone

Chief Content Officer, Rainmaker Digital


Catch up on this week’s content


creativity is not linear This Common Belief Could Be Blocking Your Creative Potential

by Stefanie Flaxman


think about where you could be one year from now if you start todayA Simple Plan for Managing and Completing a Content Project

by Stefanie Flaxman


Editorial RoundtableYour Summer Reading List from the Copyblogger Editorial Team

by Sonia Simone


Two Powerful Resources for Life-Changing GrowthTwo Powerful Resources for Life-Changing Growth

by Sonia Simone


How Merriam-Webster Lexicographer and Author Kory Stamper Writes: Part OneHow Merriam-Webster Lexicographer and Author Kory Stamper Writes: Part One

by Kelton Reid


8 Ways Startups Can Make Money with an Online Audience8 Ways Startups Can Make Money with an Online Audience

by Brian Clark


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Improve search rankings and increase productivity with local marketing automation software

Managing online citations, claimed and unclaimed listings, reviews and ratings, landing pages and data feeds for hundreds or thousands of locations has become time-consuming and costly for enterprise brands. Automating these processes can improve search rankings, increase productivity and lower…



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Search Engine Optimization Using The Long Tail, The Ultradian Rhythm For Productivity And The One Thing Startups Should Focus On

Welcome to the first episode of Everything Entrepreneurship with Walter and Yaro for 2014. This is episode #13, which felt a bit like a new years hangover episode. [ Download MP3 | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] We recorded this podcast at 10:30PM local time Monday night, after Walter had his first full day at the…

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Search Engine Optimization Using The Long Tail, The Ultradian Rhythm For Productivity And The One Thing Startups Should Focus On

Welcome to the first episode of Everything Entrepreneurship with Walter and Yaro for 2014. This is episode #13, which felt a bit like a new years hangover episode. [ Download MP3 | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] We recorded this podcast at 10:30PM local time Monday night, after Walter had his first full day at the…

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Entrepreneurs: This 8-Letter Word Will Revolutionize Your Productivity

in a laundromat, a man has his upper-body stuck in a dryer, his legs are flailing outside the machine

If you’re an entrepreneur, does any of this sound familiar to you?

  • You’re trapped in Outlook for up to seven hours each day.
  • You want to launch a podcast, but you have no clue when you’ll be able to edit it.
  • You only have time for a fraction of the marketing you need to do to promote your new blog posts.
  • You are afraid to customize your website design since there is a chance you’ll mess something up with the code (and spend the weekend fixing it).
  • Conversions on your product landing page are dropping — and you desperately need to optimize it.
  • You can’t remember the last time you didn’t work on Sunday.

Fewer than three years ago, this reality was all too real for blogger, podcaster, and business owner Chris Ducker.

He worked 14-hour days chasing his tail around to make a living while becoming a complete stranger to his family — until he found a smarter way to run his business.

Chris hoped his hard work would pay off one day.

But how could it when he never had enough time to attend to the most important aspects of his business?

That’s when he discovered how to delegate.

Finally, the freedom to grow your business

Chris Ducker is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and author of the bestselling book, Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business.

And this Friday, August 8 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, he sits down with Sonia Simone to talk about productivity, delegation, and virtual assistants.

In this roughly 60-minute audio session, you’ll discover:

  • The one thing that will stop you cold in your entrepreneurial tracks.
  • A simple exercise to help you cultivate the outsourcing mindset every business owner needs.
  • How to find and hire virtual assistants you can trust — and actually afford.
  • Blogging tasks you can delegate to a virtual assistant (and tasks you should never delegate).
  • Why the experts who keep telling you all you need is just one virtual assistant are giving you bad advice.
  • The steps you need to take when you have to fire a virtual assistant.
  • How to avoid one of the biggest time-sucks in the land of entrepreneurship.

This Authority seminar is for any business owner who’s interested in learning exactly how to delegate work to a virtual assistant.

It’s free for Authority members. You’ll just need to register here. (You should have already gotten the registration email.)

If you’re not an Authority member yet …

You might want to fix that, to get sessions like this one nearly every week of the year, as well as ongoing exclusive networking, discounts, and education.

Try Authority for 30 days (risk free) today.

See you this Friday, August 8, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time …

Image credit: Ryan McGuire via GratisPhotography.com.

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Demian Farnworth

Demian Farnworth is Copyblogger Media’s Chief Copywriter. Follow him on Twitter or Google+.

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