Google Drive Hacks to Make Your Life Much Easier [Infographic]

Google Drive Hacks to Make Your Life Much Easier [Infographic]

Google Drive has made document sharing and editing so easy for teams, especially those that telecommute. But there are ways to use it even more efficiently and make your life even easier. The infographic below from Quill outlines a ton of useful Google Drive hacks, including keyboard shortcuts, Zapier automations, and how to use the features in a more effective way.

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The Productivity Planner: Why It Did & Didn’t Work For Me

The Productivity Planner: Why It Did & Didn’t Work For Me

At the end of every year, I peruse through my local book and stationary shops to find the right planner for the year ahead. Most times, those planners get full use for a few months, and then my organization slowly trickles until it’s the end of the year again and I’m looking for my next planner. Basically, I have yet to find a planner that works well for my needs.

At the end of 2017, I came across the Productivity Planner. Its main purpose is to help you prioritize your week and day so that you can achieve more of your goals. Each day is set up for you to prioritize 3-5 tasks which, according to the founders of the planner, will help you achieve more by doing less.

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Keto Confidence: How Changing My Diet Helped My Career

Keto Confidence: How Changing My Diet Helped My Career

In 2016ish, I switched to a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting at the suggestion of a few friends. Everybody does this differently, but for me specifically, this means I eat all my meals between 1 pm and 8 pm, focusing on eating plenty of healthy fats and very few carbs and sugars.

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Havenly Takes the Guesswork Out of Redesigning Your Home

Havenly Takes the Guesswork Out of Redesigning Your Home

Havenly is an online retailer that sets you up with interior designers to help you choose and customize furniture, and redesign a room -- all online. When it came time for me to redesign my living room, I knew I had to try them out.

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Go Organic for $3 With Brandless

Go Organic for $3 With Brandless

I recently stumbled across an online retailer called Brandless that sells all things organic for $3 per item. The store includes household items like groceries, cleaning products and even essential skincare products. While you won’t find fresh produce, you can find a lot of organic product alternatives on Brandless for a much smaller price tag.

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10 Ways to Spend the First and Last Minutes of Your Workday [Infographic]

10 Ways to Spend the First and Last Minutes of Your Workday [Infographic]

Here at Ridiculously Efficient, we are all about creating intentional habits that will better your mental clarity and overall day. These habits can be as impactful as the time you go to sleep every night, to something seemingly less important like the ritual you have while making your morning coffee. Even those moments right before and after work can be important. The infographic below from  Fundera Ledger outlines how you can increase your performance with these routine habits.

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These High-Tech PJs Will Help You Have a Restorative Deep Sleep

These High-Tech PJs Will Help You Have a Restorative Deep Sleep

The clothes we wear to bed are often overlooked -- we throw on any old t-shirt and hope for sweet dreams. But what if the clothes you wear to bed can actually help you feel more refreshed in the morning? 

Lunya is a luxury sleepwear brand that is using technology to ensure you're getting the most out of your sleep. Their Restore Collection is specially designed to help you get the most "valuable" sleep possible. 

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My Homemade Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

My Homemade Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

I began drinking high-performance Bulletproof Coffee out of sheer curiosity.

Boasting the ability to boost energy and cognitive function, it started to make its way through my network, and I was hearing success stories at professional events and from people I know and trust, including Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey.

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Destroy to Create Q2 Experiment: Pre-prepared Meals

Destroy to Create Q2 Experiment: Pre-prepared Meals

As Ridiculously Efficient readers know, each quarter I choose one area of my work or personal life to reinvent. For Q2 2018, my Destroy to Create experiment will test whether preprepared meal delivery services can streamline the time and effort Mike and I put into grocery shopping and meal preparation. 

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Destroy to Create Experiment: Can I Use a 10.5" iPad Pro Full-Time at Work?

Destroy to Create Experiment: Can I Use a 10.5" iPad Pro Full-Time at Work?

I regularly conduct what I like to call “Destroy to Create” experiments, where I take a routine, habit or workflow and switch it up to see if I can make it better, faster, easier and/or cheaper.

In Q4 2017, I wanted to see if I could replace a laptop with the new 10.5" iPad Pro. Because it was Abundance 360 season, my busiest time of the year, I found myself using a laptop more than usual simply out of necessity. So I extended the experiment through to Q1 2018 to give the iPad a fair shot at a mix of everyday work -- design, writing, videoconferences, heavy email, browser use, Slack and file management.

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Why Everyone Needs an Extreme Mentor

Why Everyone Needs an Extreme Mentor

One type of high performer is the one who has overcome overwhelmingly trying times and obstacles. They have equipped themselves with tools, resources, and skills to ensure they continue to be top performers when these trying times present themselves or as a result of these obstacles. They also make the best mentors.

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How I Learned Resilience Through Adventure Travel

How I Learned Resilience Through Adventure Travel

I recently read a post by Blake Snow on Entrepreneur that outlines a few of the many reasons why entrepreneurs should prioritize travel, and it reminded me of the lessons my own travel adventures have taught me. As Snow puts it, one of the most important lessons an entrepreneur can learn while trekking through a rainforest or paragliding above a beautiful blue ocean is “adaptive resilience.”

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Why You Need "Untouchable" Days to Save Your Sanity

Why You Need "Untouchable" Days to Save Your Sanity

A good portion of our work lives can be spent going from one meeting to another, to a couple hours of phone calls, to answering emails and spending all the time in between (if any) preparing for said meetings or extinguishing small fires. But this isn't sustainable for your career or for your sanity. This doesn't leave a lot of time for meaningful work or creative outputs, which means work hours stretch on and on into evenings and weekends, leaving you little time for rest and play. 

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Wethos Connects Freelancers With the Non-Profits They Care About

Wethos Connects Freelancers With the Non-Profits They Care About

As a freelancer, I am able to divide my time between projects that I choose, and I would love to spend some of that time contributing to the causes I care about. But where do I start?

That's where Wethos comes in. Wethos is a network that connects freelancers to non-profit gigs and the causes they care most about. 

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Casual Greetings Get the Best Response Rates

Casual Greetings Get the Best Response Rates

Sending emails often come with a lot of unknowns -- when you'll receive a reply, if you'll even get a reply, and if the response will be a positive one. A recent study of 300,000 messages is helping answer some of our questions. It turns out that a more casual greeting will give you a higher response rate. 

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Your Stress is Hurting the Kids You Don't Have Yet

Your Stress is Hurting the Kids You Don't Have Yet

Parents are often warned of the negative impact their own stress can have on their kids, but it turns out that stress can hurt the kids you don't even have yet. A new study has found that high levels of a stress hormone can hurt the brain development of future children. 

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Communication Hacks for Women: Weak vs. Effective Language

Communication Hacks for Women: Weak vs. Effective Language

In a professional setting, experts often caution women against using the phrase “I think,” as this language weakens the impact of your statement. April Wensel, the founder of software development company Compassionate Coding, has a different perspective on so-called “weak” language.

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