5 Signs Your Goals Are Just Tasks in Disguise

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This is a guest post by Kelly Combs. Kelly is Craig’s virtual assistant, and she doesn’t just proof Craig’s posts. Sometimes, like today, she writes them. She is a member of the eaHelp team.

Remember when you were a kid and someone would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up?  You’d exclaim an astronaut or president.  An inventor or a millionaire.

But then somewhere along the way, someone told you that your goals were unachievable.  Never mind that Neil Armstrong and John Glenn did it.  George Bush and Barack Obama did it.  Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did it.  You wouldn’t.

So your goals became smaller, achievable.

But, have your goals become just tasks in disguise?

10 Productivity Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

“Today is going to be a productive day.”

That’s what you tell yourself as you get out of bed in the morning.

However, before you know it, you are 15 minutes late leaving the house for work. You arrive having missed the beginning of your first appointment. Then, you realize that you forgot the paperwork for your afternoon errand.

How could you have been better prepared?

9 Tips to Help You Start the New Year with a Clean Slate

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Today, many people head back to work after the New Year’s holiday.

If this is your first day back at work after an extended break, you are probably dreading what you left behind.

How many projects are still unfinished? What obligations are awaiting your return? What tasks have you forgotten entirely?

Instead of worrying about how you will ever catch up, you need to give yourself a start fresh.

10 Tips to Make Your Work Day Easier

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This is a guest post by Swati Srivastava, an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and professional tips for job search, finding your career goal, and increasing productivity at work.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  - Steve Jobs

Doing what you love makes the workday easier.

However, even if you love your job, no day is same and it’s not always easy to enjoy your work. After all, work is all about, well, work!

So, how can you keep the flame burning to go to the work every day with the same enthusiasm? How can you have more time for other activities, avoid burnout and finish your work quickly?

The Top 10 TMN Posts of 2014

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As the year comes to the end, it’s time to look back at the best TMN posts of 2014.

I have blogged for over 5 years now, and it is always interesting to look back and see which posts gained the biggest traction. Ironically, the ones that you “think” are going to be big hits often are not, and the little ones are sometimes the most viral.

The breakout post of this year was “Write Your Emails Backwards” which was shared almost 3000 times.

3 Powerful Time Management Strategies

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This is a guest post by Bryan Collins. Bryan is on a mission to teach people how to become writers and finish what they started with A Handbook for the Productive Writer.

Would you like to earn more or less for the time you spend working?

For several years, I was a freelance journalist living off various writing commissions. Although some commissions paid by the hour, I was still expected to complete them within a set period. For others, I was only paid for getting the job done. This type of freelance work meant I earned less for my time if I spent twenty hours on a commission that should have only taken ten.

I learned the hard way that making a living means finishing freelance projects on time. Even if you aren’t a freelancer, you still have deadlines. Here are three simple but effective time-management tips will help you manage your time and become more productive.

How Long Does It Really Take You to Get to Work?

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This is a guest post by Colter Reed. Colter writes software, and writes about personal growth and productivity on his blog.

How long does it take you to get to work in the morning?

Got a number in mind? Remember that number.

Mine is fifteen. Five + ten. I’m going to put it to the test today.

Next question: how often are you late for work? Do you squeeze in, ten minutes late, or two minutes late, and hope no one noticed?

If you’re showing up late for work, your number for your commute time is too low.