The Skinny on Focus: 3 Tips to Stay More Focused through the Work Day

Focus is a big deal these days, mostly because it seems so hard to come by (thanks a lot, social media!). There’s always something else that will demand your attention, whether it’s the laundry, a phone call from your sister, your cat, someone texting you… or even realizing that you really need to file your nails (guilty!).

Anything can be a distraction if you let it. But the good news is that focus can be honed. It’s a skill and a muscle that develops just like our ability to remember names and faces. And don’t tell me you’re just “bad at names.” I worked a job for four years that required I remember the names and faces of hundreds of clients, and believe me, when you practice, you get better.

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So, how exactly can you increase your ability to focus? Here are three steps that I have personally used to become more efficient, productive, and yes, better focused.

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October Mystery Location + Blog Tip: How to Use Key Phrases in Your Blog Posts

“Key Phrases” are one of those things that tend to throw people off. For some reason, we all like to get confused about what they are and what the heck to do with them!

Good news, blogger: the video below will give you some insight into that little issue.

Not only that, but this week is Mystery Location Week! That means that if you can guess the location where this video was shot, I’ll enter you into a $25 iTunes drawing PLUS you’ll be featured on my newsletter next week!

How’s that for a smart way to kick off October?

Your Business and The Donnor Party!?

Have you ever heard of the Donnor Party?

These days, the 1846 tragedy runs as a sort of joke in a lot of pop culture (“No party like a Donnor Party” is a staple television trope) but the actual story, which is true, is quite terrifying.

designIn a nutshell, here it is: a group of pioneers attempted to travel through the Sierra Nevadas to start their life again in fertile Northern California. After a series of unfortunate setbacks, they were trapped in a snowy pass and forced to wait out the winter. Continue reading