Ridiculously Efficient Gifts for Multitaskers

Ridiculously Efficient Gifts for Multitaskers

To me, the best gifts aren’t necessarily the coolest or newest: they’re thoughtful, personalized to fit a unique need. With that in mind, these are the gifts I’ll give the multitaskers in my life this year — with my recommendation that you do the same.

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Why Your Company Should Embrace "Retrospective" Meetings

Why Your Company Should Embrace "Retrospective" Meetings

Silicon Valley and the startup tech world has a new workplace trend -- the "retrospective" meeting. The goal of the meeting is, as the name suggests, to reflect on recent development, identify where progress has been made and where opportunities might have been missed. As opposed to regular standups/townhalls that focus on the present and the future, retrospectives focus on the past -- a practice that can help move the company forward in a more efficient way. 

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The Art and Science Behind Personal Branding Online

The Art and Science Behind Personal Branding Online

How you present yourself online is a lot more important than it used to be, especially if you are in an industry in which your online brand carries heavy weight. With various social media networks, the importance of blogs and video content, online branding can be a scary, confusing world. But it doesn't have to be! Once you get the hang of it and tune in to digital trends, navigating your personal brand becomes a whole lot easier. The infographic below from Best Marketing Degrees is a great start in getting your online personal brand off the ground. 

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Almost All Jobs Are Going Digital, According to a New Study

Almost All Jobs Are Going Digital, According to a New Study

Work has been changing at a rapid rate. The work I do didn’t exist even 20 years ago, and 10 years ago it was definitely not as common practice as it is now. If it weren’t for these changes, I may not have the opportunities I have now, or may not be as satisfied with the work I produce. 

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Ridiculously Efficient Gift Guide: Business Travel Essentials

Ridiculously Efficient Gift Guide: Business Travel Essentials

Business travel, especially with and for overscheduled entrepreneurs, is notoriously insane. I’ve put together a list of must-have items that I swear by, whether I’m flying on a tiny private plane or a luxurious first-class pod.

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Ridiculously Efficient Gift Guide: Photo Lighting to Illuminate Your Brand

Ridiculously Efficient Gift Guide: Photo Lighting to Illuminate Your Brand

The quality of the cameras on cell phones are good enough to capture high resolution imagery for the size of a billboard. Apple's ad campaign proves just that. Apple also launched their own Instagram account featuring photos taken with iPhones. However, the lighting in your photos and video can be the difference between of someone clicking buy and someone clicking away. With our amazing smartphones, it's simple to take great pictures but the perfect lighting can be rather tricky. Improve your brand and public's image with these lighting products that will make your photos merry, bright and likable.

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Ridiculously Efficient Gift Guide: In-Flight Beauty Essentials

Ridiculously Efficient Gift Guide: In-Flight Beauty Essentials

Airplanes wreak havoc on your skin -- this is a simple, undesirable fact that everyone who has ever been on an airplane knows to be true. But traveling is fun, and so we have to deal with the ultra-dry environment as best as we can. The products listed below are my ultimate tried-and-true beauty products that absolutely need to be in my carry-on. Individually, they make for some great stocking stuffers, or compile them together to help prepare a loved one for their next long-haul flight.

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Notes Against Complacency: Sunrise Dates

Notes Against Complacency: Sunrise Dates

I’ve started noticing that my most productive, fulfilling days — the ones where I fall asleep at night feeling that satisfying kind of tired that only comes from a great day’s work — are the ones where I am awake when the sun rises. So I’ve begun waking up at 5 a.m. to ensure that I’m always up with or before the sun.

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This Tapping Technique Will Help You Reduce Stress

This Tapping Technique Will Help You Reduce Stress

We've covered quite a few ways to reduce stress here on Ridiculously Efficient, and this one might be the weirdest (perhaps that means it will also be the most effective!). Clinical social worker Julie Barthels explained her tapping technique to the Wall Stree Journal

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How to Recover From Burnout and Find Balance [Infographic]

How to Recover From Burnout and Find Balance [Infographic]

Burnout is a level of exhaustion that affects your mental and physical health, as well as your ability to do your best work. According to the infographic below by Best Medical Degrees, 61% of Americans feel burned out. If you are one of these people or want to avoid burnout, the infographic suggests seeking out a work-life balance and building on your time management skills. Just as important is to enjoy your downtime -- continuously engage in activities that energize you and don't forget to use those vacation days! 

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Gmail Hacks and Tricks to Boost Productivity [Infographic]

Gmail Hacks and Tricks to Boost Productivity [Infographic]

There's nothing quite like the feeling of getting a handle of your inbox -- but there's a lot more to it than replying to unanswered emails and deleting items from your inbox. If you want to have full control over your inbox, you need to learn about filters, commands and all the other little gems that Gmail provides but aren't always so easy to find. The infographic below from GetVoip outlines 16 Gmail tips to help you beat email overwhelm and finally reach inbox zero. 

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Ashton Kutcher's Morning Habit That Makes Him More Productive

Ashton Kutcher's Morning Habit That Makes Him More Productive

Ashton Kutcher is best known for acting in funny movies and TV shows, but he is also a producer and tech investor. Generally, that means he needs to be able to accomplish a lot in a single day. However, he used to start his day in the least efficient way -- by checking his email. 

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Business Etiquette and Body Language Blunders [Infographic]

Business Etiquette and Body Language Blunders [Infographic]

Your body language can tell a lot about your mood and opinions. Sometimes, it can say even more about you than what you say out loud. In a professional setting, your body language becomes even more important -- the way you shake someone's hand or the way you view a presentation can completely change the experience. The infographic below, from Swiss Canadian Capital, outlines ways you can subtly change your body language to ensure your business etiquette never falters. 

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Ask Marissa: How Do I Stop Feeling Emotionally Attached To My Work?

Ask Marissa: How Do I Stop Feeling Emotionally Attached To My Work?

I find that I am almost always emotionally attached to my work. I know that this isn’t always a bad thing, but I’m lacking balance when it comes to my emotional attachment versus getting the job done well and efficiently. I have a hard time relinquishing control on certain matters, which makes it hard for me to delegate. And, when the work is not perceived well, the blow feels that much worse. How do I find a balance where I can put my all into my work while still being able to delegate and take criticism well?

-Raveena

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