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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:

By Chris Croft | Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Things Every Successful Business Must Have (Even Yours)

Want a successful business? Do these 10 things.

I’ve been running my own business for 20 years and training others on how to do the same.

What are the keys to success? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s often the small stuff that people forget to do that can cost them dearly.

Here’s a list of the 10 things a successful business must have to survive—and thrive. (If you’ve skipped even one, go back and put it into place. I promise your business will be better for it.)

By Rudolph Rosenberg | Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to Stop Procrastinating: Recognize When You're Doing It

learn how to stop procrastinating

You’re procrastinating right now, aren’t you? Reading this article when there’s something else that’s been nagging at you for some time now?

We all procrastinate sometimes—busying ourselves with distractions when we know we should be doing something more productive.

Want to know how to stop procrastinating? Learn to identify those unproductive moments while they’re happening, so you can do something about it.

Here’s how:

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015

6 Simple and Painless Money-Saving Tips

try these simple money saving tips

I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.

So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.

Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.

But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:

By Chris Croft | Monday, February 23, 2015

Want More Free Time? How About a Whole Month?

make more free time with these 4 tips

Imagine if you had an extra month of free time: no interruptions, emails, or phone calls, and no extra work coming in from your customers or boss.

Just pure time that you can use to think, and to get ahead of the game. You could get SO much done—all those things you haven’t been able to get around to for so long.

Is it possible to get that much more free time? Yep. If you do these four things:

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