How to Relax and Get More Done

Relax and Get More Done

We know that it seems counterproductive, but relaxing might actually help you be more productive. According to a NY Times article,  “A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”

Things like afternoon naps, downtime from work, and vacations (where you don’t check your phone) can actually help you get more done. But how do you know when it’s time for a break? You’ve probably noticed these signs and then promptly ignored them:

  • fatigue
  • eye strain
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • feeling sleepy

The trick is to take a small break when your energy starts to dip. To relax, renew, and recharge, try some tips below:

  • meditate for 5-10 minutes
  • take a 15-minute nap
  • don’t answer emails after work
  • actually take your vacation days
  • sip some tea
  • exercise throughout the day

These are simple principles: recharge more deeply so that you can work better. It’s as simple as turning off your phone after work, taking small breaks throughout the day, and listening to your body.

How to Write an Email That Gets Read


Newsletters are great tools. They help people get the information they need quickly, but how long do readers usually spend on an email? You tell me. How many emails do you get on a daily basis? More than 10? More than 100? More than 500? No matter the amount, you probably don’t read every word in every sentence of every email. You probably don’t even read most of the words. I bet you just scan the email for the important parts.

But how do you know what’s important? You don’t, but the person creating the email should. Here are some tips that you should employ while writing email newsletters.

  • Your headline should be the most important part of your emails
  • All important information should come early in the content
  • Bullet points should be used to help your readers quickly scan emails
  •  You should make it easy to read
  •   You should use actionable language to help your readers know what to do
  •   You should keep it simple
  •   You should include links to social media

Remember to always keep your goals in mind. If you provide well-written, consistent, and readable newsletters, your customers, clients, and friends will usually open your emails and spend the time reading them. In addition, no matter how good your content is, if you don’t have eye-catching visuals and an appealing aesthetic, chances are your readers won’t open it. Make your email newsletter something you would want to open and read, and you’ll never go wrong.

17 Questions to Ask Before You Create a Content Strategy



Creating a content strategy is all about figuring out who you are, who your audience is, and what type of content you want to create. To begin, you might want to ask yourself the following questions.

What is the biggest selling point of my brand?
Who are my competitors?
What is my story?
What sets my brand apart from other similar brands?
What solutions does my brand create?
What are my goals?
Who is my target audience?
What is the tone that my audience would most appreciate?
What does my audience do on a day-to-day basis?
What is going to keep my audience engaged?
What keywords are relevant to my industry?
What sort of time do I have to create unique content?
How much time can I spend brainstorming content?
What days of the week will my posts receive the best feedback?
How early do I want to start promoting content?
What type of feedback do I want from my readers or clients?
What form do I want my feedback to be in?

These questions will help you begin to think about your content strategy in a more focused way.

The Ugly Truth About Facebook Advertising

According to one scientist, it’s better to say no to Facebook ads. Let’s say you pay $10 for a Facebook ad and you get 40 likes. That’s cool, right? That’s supposed to mean that your page engagement is going to go up. That’s supposed to mean that you’ll have 40 new customers, right? Not exactly.

Even if you go through “legitimate” means of advertising by using Facebook ads, you aren’t going to get better followers. Why not? Because according to Veritasium, an educational YouTube channel, “click-farms click the ads for free….they like pages other than the ones they’ve been paid for to seem more genuine.” Even though you aren’t paying for fake likes, you’re still getting fake likes.

It’s a tough pill to swallow, though, because there’s a lot of pressure from society to advertise on social media. If you skip it, you’re told you’re missing out on valuable engagement. And while you are missing out on some activity, its legitimacy is debatable. What’s the point of traffic if it’s not real? Exactly – there isn’t one.

So while you’re planning your marketing budget for 2015, you might take another look at the ad money you’re dedicating to Facebook. We’re not telling you what to do, but if you’re going to spend money, we want it to make an impact on your brand. A real one. One main issue is that online advertisements through social media sites like Facebook are largely automated. There aren’t any real people behind the scenes. According to one study, “more than half of online display-ad buys last year…were made using automated systems.” Why waste your time?

Advertising isn’t a one-click-fixes-all sort of thing, so instead of just checking the “advertise here” box, why not talk to someone who manages these sorts of campaigns? You’ll get more for your money and you’ll be able to advertise the right way.

Show You Care on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your love and care for the people in your life. So why not extend that to your customers and clients?

There are many ways that you can reach out and show your clients you care, and we wanted to touch upon our favorites.

Handwritten letters are at the top of our list because they’re fun to make, they can be customized, and who doesn’t love receiving mail? Keep your card simple. Your Valentine’s Day card should provide one or two sentences about your feelings. As long as it’s appropriate and on time, a mailed letter or card will be an unexpected way to reach your customers and clients.

Well-written content, like cards, will show your customers that you’re thoughtful, you’re interested in providing quality information, and you’re focused. You want to make sure all your content is relevant, brand appropriate, and engaging. That includes blogs posts, Tweets, Facebook posts, social media content, newsletters, brochures, and so on.

Candy is obviously also on this list. When you send candy or small tokens of appreciation, your clients will be thinking about your brand and your company for that entire day. Or at least until the candy’s gone. There isn’t a better way to reach clients, make them happy, and say thank you all at once than with candy or small gifts.

This Valentine’s Day, spend some time thanking the people who’ve affected you positively– whether you send a letter, write engaging content, or mail out some candy, your clients and customers will appreciate the time you spent thinking about them.