Posts by Valerie Bisharat

Own it: Take Personal Accountability to Work

With so many demands on our time, it’s easy to set a goal — whether it be to improve at a work-related skill, eat healthier, or devote more time to family — and not live up to our expectations. We’ve also all watched ourselves want to get from Point A to Point B, but not take the actions necessary to get there. Both can be frustrating. Part of the solution

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Does Gratitude Make Us More Productive?

We’ve all been encouraged to feel more grateful. But in today’s fast-paced life, we can find ourselves perpetually focusing on what’s next at the expense of recognizing the beauty around us. The rise of the smartphone means that we could always theoretically be responding to work emails. When we scroll through our Facebook timelines, it’s easy to compare ourselves to other people’s highlight reels and feel we aren’t enough. But

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How to Avoid Focus-Stealing Traps

Even for people who consider themselves good at focusing, the technology age presents a challenge. Never before have so many devices, cell phone alerts, social media platforms, advertisers, and tasks been competing for our attention. So, we could all probably use a little help getting focused. After all, focusing in the right way on the right things at the right times is a critical life success skill – one that

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Change Your Desk, Change Your Life?

The idea that orderliness breeds success reigns supreme. But what if messiness, especially a messy desk, offers its own rewards? What if we could eat healthier, be more generous, or better solve creative conundrums by curating our workspace differently, by making them either tidier or messier? Messy creatives: let’s start with you Clutter gets a bad rap. But relatively new research from the University of Minnesota affirms the common justification

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Pressure Doesn’t Always Create Diamonds: Stress Management in the Workplace

With workplace stress costing American employers an estimated $200 billion per year in decreased productivity and other stress-related factors, it’s safe to say that the old adage “Pressure creates diamonds” could use some qualifications. While early 20th century psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson discovered that some level of psychological arousal improves performance, we have to understand how stress works psychologically so we can do our best work.

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Find Critical Data Quickly with Evernote and Launchcloud

As a business owner, have you ever wanted a way to quickly find customer feedback, survey results, intake forms, and other data with Evernote? Try Launchcloud, an app that integrates with Evernote that makes finding and managing data in Evernote even easier. What is Launchcloud? Launchcloud is a paperless information-gathering and automation platform that allows you to collect information like sales lead data, documents, orders, and surveys by using pre-made

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Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success

If you’re reading the Evernote Blog, chances are you’re someone who loves to get things done. To move the needle. But have you ever had the suspicion that the way you’re approaching your to-do list and overall task planning is hindering your effectiveness? Perhaps your processes are increasing stress or anxiety (known disruptors to problem-solving) and clouding your creative thought.   The power of progress It’s interesting to note that

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