Is clutter holding you back?

The word clutter means different things to different people. While some people have no problem with messy sock drawers, others get lost in piles of paper and lists that keep them going in circles and accomplishing little in their job searches. That’s the kind of clutter that interferes with your goals, and nothing is more crucial than having clear goals during a job search. Controlling clutter has a lot do with a job search, said Samantha Naeyaert, vice president and owner of Muddle Management. She describes clutter as delayed decisions that happen when priorities are out of line. Clutter keeps people from having peace in their lives and accomplishing their goals. So, you’ve got clutter. That’s not so bad, right? When you avoid the decision to deal with a messy desk or unread mail, you make a delayed decision, and instead of putting papers where they belong and discarding unnecessary mail, you set up the path for disorder. Clutter grows when there is no system in place to deal with the papers and materials needed for your job search. Clutter can be your worst enemy when you’re looking for a job. It can fog your mind precisely when a clear mind is needed to focus and plan your next steps. A chaotic work space takes your mind off of your priorities. Time is valuable when you are job searching, and you can easily lose track of time when you’re disorganized. Take for example the important task of following up with contacts during your job search. Studies indicate only about 5% of job seekers send thank-you notes. One simple way to make your job search more effective is to stand from the crowd by taking the time to acknowledge people by sending thank-yous. It’s hard to send notes in a timely manner when clutter abounds. Clutter does not build confidence. In fact, it does the opposite. It can increase your anxiety level, create a feeling of restlessness and lead to depression. Picture a job seeker trying to describe their value to a Continue Reading

7 Insanely Simple Hacks to Crush Your To-Do List

Supercharge your productivity with these proven tips. Alejandro Rioja Published 9:30 am, Friday, March 16, 2018 Photo: Jacob Ammentorp Lundm | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Jacob Ammentorp Lundm | Getty Images 7 Insanely Simple Hacks to Crush Your To-Do List 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Knowing which task to execute at what time is vital to improving productivity. In this digital age, where almost any distraction can make it to our desk, it imperative that we stay focused and energetic so that we tackle the goals we set out for ourselves. Lists and copious amounts of caffeine won’t cut it. Here are my top seven productivity tips backed by science to help you structure your day to accomplish your top tasks in record time. 1. Use the Pareto Principle. The Pareto Principle (or 80/20 rule) states that 80 percent of your results will come from 20 percent of your efforts. If you focus only on the most value-producing activities on your list you will accomplish far more than if you have no focus and try to take on everything that makes it to your desk. You need to work smarter, not harder. Recommended Video: Now Playing: 6 Ways to Improve Your Productivity 1. Worst things first 2. Delegate tasks 3. Create a to-do list 4. Do one thing at the time 5. Take a break 6. Drink more water Media: Wibbitz My best tip for taking advantage of the 80/20 rule is to write down all the tasks that you need to do that day and then ask yourself: “If I can only do one activity to push my life forward today, which one should I do?” Then repeat until you’ve circled two or three tasks. Those will be your most important tasks of the day. Everything else should be ignored until you’ve crossed out your top tasks. Continue Reading

5 Ways to Grow Your Side Hustle Into a Full-Time Income

If you're making a couple of bucks on the side you are much closer to a real business than you might realize. R.L. Adams Published 7:30 am, Friday, January 19, 2018 Photo: Caiaimage/Tom Merton | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Caiaimage/Tom Merton | Getty Images 5 Ways to Grow Your Side Hustle Into a Full-Time Income 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When I was 12-years old, I begged my parents to loan me some money to start a business. I needed capital. Dial-up modems were still the norm and I needed to scoop up a 9600 bps modem (blazing fast at the time). I also needed to run eight phone lines to the house to setup my internet chat board. Well, the phone company came out, drilled across our street and ran a huge pipeline to our home so that we could support the additional lines. It cost my parents a small fortune at the time. Plus all the hardware I needed to make this whole thing a reality. But, I was a technical kid. An engineer in the making, if you will. Long story short, that business never made money. But, it was my first foray into the world of side hustles. Sure, I was a kid. I didn't know how to run a business. The lines were costing over $1,000 per month to support. Back then, that sure was a lot of money. I was only making roughly half that so I was constantly in the red. Now, I didn't know a thing about marketing back then. After all, I was just a kid. But, since then, I've learned a thing or two about making money online. I've also learned business basics, which is something I hadn't quite mastered back then. But, if you're struggling right now to find the time to grow your side hustle into a full-time gig, you can probably learn a thing or two from this post. Over the years, I've managed to take several side hustles and turn them into passive income Continue Reading