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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, May 03, 2015

50 Ways to Bust Through a Creative Block

bust through your creative block

It happens to the best of us. You’re working on a project and suddenly—without warning—your creative well runs dry.

You’re stuck. Stranded. You’ve got nothin’.

Whether you’re writing a proposal, designing a layout, or mixing a song, we all hit a creative wall sometimes—even the expert authors at lynda.com. So we asked our authors what they do to get over a creative hump, and they shared the following 50 tips for busting out of a rut.

Take a shower. Help someone else. Dance to Metallica. And more.

Keep this list on hand for inspiration and motivation the next time a creative block jumps into your way. You can also watch Creativity Bootcamp on lynda.com for more help.

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unplug for Better Focus, Sleep … and Marriage?!

unplug for better focus

We live in a world where things are constantly begging for our attention. Text messages, Snapchats, Tweets, and Hangouts are always drawing our focus away from the real world and towards the digital one.

The problem is that the more we become a slave to these “social” applications, the more unsocial we become in real life.

This always-connected way of life also has a harsh effect on our sleep cycles, which can lead to a wealth of other problems related to your health.

These are all reasons why I’ve instituted “quiet hours” at my house—times when I completely unplug from my devices. And life has never been better.

By Anson Alexander | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Three Reasons You REALLY Should Learn to Type

learn to type

Learning how to type properly may not be your top priority—but maybe it should be.

According to a study by technology market research firm The Radicati Group, the average number of emails sent and received per person per day will rise from 122 in 2015 to 126 in 2019.

Beyond that,  think of all of the instant messages you send, documents you compose and searches you perform on a daily basis.

The faster you can type, the faster you can complete all of these tasks—and the more productive you can be.

Here are three reasons you really should learn to type. (And just the type of training you need.)

By Gini Courter | Monday, April 27, 2015

Use Outlook Time Zones to Make Travel Easier

outlook time zones tools make travel simple

As a frequent flyer, I rely on my Outlook calendar and its three travel-related tools to build and manage my travel schedule—so I’m not constantly taxing my jetlagged brain with time-zone math.

First, when I’m scheduling my work in another time zone, I display a second time zone on my calendar so I can accurately visualize my appointment times.

Second, I use the Time Zone feature to display the correct local time zone in all my travel-related appointments.

Finally, whenever possible, I download my travel appointments to my calendar.

These travel tools make it wicked easy to correctly keep tabs on time zones as you travel. Here’s how:

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, April 26, 2015

From Paper to Prezi, Tackle Your Project with Mind Mapping

mind mapping helps organize your thoughts

Whenever you start a new project or pursuit—whether it’s writing a paper, preparing a speech, or making a decision—one of the toughest hurdles is just getting your thoughts organized.

You often have many of the key pieces of information in your head, but you haven’t yet structured them into coherent thoughts. Or you might not yet have identified which pieces are missing.

An increasingly popular technique for organizing and planning a project, and one I’ve been using more and more frequently, is the practice of mind mapping.

I’m going to show you how to organize your ideas with mind mapping — using pen and paper, or software like Prezi.

By Jane Barratt | Thursday, April 16, 2015

3 Ways to Make Tax Time Easier Next Year

Tax time doesn't have to be ghastly

Doing your taxes can be stressful, complicated, and time consuming—as most of us have just been reminded.

Alas, tax time isn’t going anywhere.

So here are three tips for making tax season a little less painful next year.

By Suzanna Kaye | Monday, April 13, 2015

Manage LinkedIn Connections with the 'IF' Productivity App

IF is a top productivity app

I love productivity, and I love apps that help me be more productive. Among my top 10 productivity apps is one called IF.

Formerly called IFTTT (for “If This, Then That”), IF sets up triggers for a number of your common tasks. For example, you can tell it: If I change my Facebook profile picture, then update my Twitter profile picture with the same photo.

It works with over 65 of the apps and programs you already use, from Evernote and Dropbox to Instagram and Gmail.

By Rudolph Rosenberg | Monday, March 23, 2015

Productivity Tips: Take Control of Your Day in 5 Simple Steps

productivity tips for your to-do list

Ever wondered how some people stay calm in the face of a massive amount of work and conflicting priorities?

They know how to select from that long list of priorities the very few things that really need doing right away.

Well, I’m not one of those lucky people. There are some days when I feel I just have too much on my plate—too many important-seeming things that require my attention.

When that happens, I use a very simple technique to sort through my true priorities and identify what I should focus on.

Let me show you the simple productivity tips that help me get things done:

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