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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This Quiz Tells You How You Respond to Expectations

This Quiz Tells You How You Respond to Expectations

How you react to commitments — whether they’re to yourself or others — leaves important clues on how to motivate yourself and coach others to motivate you.

I love it when coaching clients and professional colleagues recommend new tools that help me understand them (and myself) better. So earlier this year, when my colleague Ellen recommended Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies quiz, I couldn’t resist.

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The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Weeks 5-6

The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Weeks 5-6

Over the six weeks, I’ve been sharing weekly reports of life with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Lily. As Mike and I settle into our new groove, my focus turns to how I can apply what I’m learning about good puppy-raising into my professional life.

This week led to some breakthroughs with Lily that are highly relevant to human high performance. Read on to hear my insights from the last two weeks.

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Ask Marissa: How Do I Say ‘No’ Without Disappointing Anyone?

Ask Marissa: How Do I Say ‘No’ Without Disappointing Anyone?

I don't like disappointing people and I have a hard time saying “no.” But this often also means that I am stretched too thin because I am putting myself in a position where there is either too much on my plate or I have agreed to help in areas that I can’t actually succeed in (either because it is outside my skillset or because of circumstances outside of my control). When I do say “no,” I feel disappointed in myself for not even trying. I don’t want my teammates to think that they can’t ask for my help, but I also don’t want to be taken advantage of. How do I say “no” without offending and disappointing my colleagues?

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4 Ridiculously Efficient Approved Personality Assessments

4 Ridiculously Efficient Approved Personality Assessments

At Ridiculously Efficient, we are big fans of personality assessments. They help us learn about ourselves -- how we react in certain situations, how our instincts influence us, and the character traits that drive us. This information has also helped us better communicate with people in and outside of work, and allowed us to pinpoint the tasks we both enjoy and excel at. This knowledge has even helped us better serve you (our readers) and our clients.

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Ask Marissa: How Do I Rebuild Confidence After Failure?

Ask Marissa: How Do I Rebuild Confidence After Failure?

I worked really hard on a project and my boss was unhappy with the result. She decided to go with a different direction, which means my team and I have to start over. I feel like I failed and the blow to my ego has been difficult to handle. I don’t like disappointing people. I notice myself feeling less confident as we move forward with this project and even in my daily interactions at work. How do I rebuild my confidence at work and learn to pull away some of those attachments/emotions?

-Shelley

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How to Master Meetings [Infographic]

How to Master Meetings [Infographic]

Inefficient meetings are one of the biggest threats to productivity. A lack of structure, proper equipment and respect for others' time will take away participants' time and energy, which could be spent on meaningful work. However, if planned well, meetings can keep team members informed of new development, help to initiate teamwork and can serve as excellent brainstorming sessions. 

So, how do you master meetings to ensure you are getting the most of them? Find out by checking out the infographic below from CBTS.

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3 Ways to Remove Emotions at Work Without Losing Your Passion

3 Ways to Remove Emotions at Work Without Losing Your Passion

It’s hard to take emotions out of the equation at work, especially since we invest so much of our time and energy into that aspect of our lives. And when things don’t go exactly as planned, it can feel nearly impossible to avoid taking things personally.

But trust me when I say this: you can retain your passion for your work and dial down the emotional toll it takes on you.

Here’s how I’ve made this adjustment in my own life.

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Notes Against Complacency: Prepare For Your Next Mental Health Day

Notes Against Complacency: Prepare For Your Next Mental Health Day

One of the harsh truths of high-performance work is that we humans are not robots. The pressure of competing deadlines, exceedingly high standards, and juggling work with adulting adds up.

My team and I firmly believe that taking a mental health day is just as important as taking a day off to recover from a physical ailment.

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The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Week 4

The Lily Chronicles: Puppy Productivity Diary Week 4

Over the last month, I’ve been sharing weekly reports of life with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Lily. As Mike and I settle into our new groove, my focus turns to how I can apply what I’m learning about good puppy-raising into my professional life.

This week led to some breakthroughs with Lily that are highly relevant to human high performance. Read on to hear them.

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