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5 Emerging Trends in Startup Culture for 2017

5 Emerging Trends in Startup Culture for 2017

Startups, new businesses based on innovation, have been trending for a while. Whether in the technological sphere or another sector, a number of individuals are opting for startups over a regular job. This trend used to be primarily male-dominant, however this is no longer the case. Many women are also opting to join a startup business over a more traditional job. The benefits include both monetary and other gains that keep startups a popular trend.

Needless to say, the year is surely going to forecast countless startups emerging with aims of achieving bigger and better. So what are the main trends that we will witness in this upcoming year?

1. Employee Oriented

Startups are more concerned about their employees than other corporations. With the limited amount of resources they have, losing manpower is a great loss. Therefore, startups will continue to go above and beyond to create an environment that is employee friendly.

2. Peppy Offices

A lot of focus is given to the interior design of the offices. Gone are the days of white-washed walls and creaky chairs. 2017 will certainly be a time for peppy office spaces that are neatly designed and departmentalised. The focus is all on promoting the brand name and forming a brand image in the market, which allows the target audience to connect easily.

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3. Freelancers Being Hired

Whether it is digital marketing, brand building, content writing, or anything else, for that matter, freelancers are found everywhere. The advantage of hiring freelancers is that it leads to cost cutting, which is necessary for any startup.

4. Perks to Drool Over

Financial stability becomes a cause of concern when working in a startup. Even if you are well-paid for your job, it lacks stability because you never know when the company could crumble. This often makes the candidate hesitant to accept the opportunity. However, to overcome this drawback, startups have found a trending solution. Perks like Friday festivities, free food, and musical Saturdays are offered to employees, which creates a different scene than you would normally find in corporate culture.

5. Chat Box

Communicating with customers as fast as possible has become an important need. One of the emerging trends of 2017 is that the chat box will appear on commercial websites. Adding a chat box aids the customer in getting answers immediately and, at the same time, it opens a channel for the company to pitch their best deals to the customer. This convenient method has been seen on a number of websites these days.

In a world that is evolving with the revolution of technology, 2017 is surely going to be an exciting year for startups. But the success of these emerging trends requires some good habits. Have you ever thought the following:

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“Procrastination sucks the productivity out of me.”

“I am tired of wasting my time.”

“There is never enough time.”

“I wish I could stop time so that I can get everything done.”

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I have heard these phrases many times, and sadly, I have fallen prey to them as well. The predator of procrastination is always lurking around the corner. But with a new year, it’s time to part ways with these negative thoughts by implementing the following productivity habits for 2017:

1. Make a To-do List

Nothing amps up productivity better than preparing a to-do list each morning. It not only aids in keeping your schedule organized, but also helps to make sure that your priorities are straight. Making a to-do list helps you keep focused on the tasks of the day.

2. Set a Sleep Schedule

Waking up early and going to bed on time can certainly give you ample time to make your day productive. When first adapting to a new sleep schedule, you will likely struggle in the morning, but that is just until your sleep cycle is set. Getting to bed on time and getting up early is also a sign of a healthy lifestyle.

3. Limit Distractions

I totally can relate to pointlessly scrolling through Facebook when I should be doing work. Perhaps we even do this subconsciously. However, needless to say, time still gets wasted. Limit your distractions by keeping your phone away while you work or setting aside specific times when you can surf the web.

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4. Balance Your Life

Being productive does not mean working the entire day, but rather it means taking care of your personal, social and professional life in a balanced way. Working without breaks will lead to frustration, which will negatively affect your productivity.

5. Set a Routine

Plan a daily or weekly schedule and arrange your activities accordingly. Also, make sure that you set strong priorities so that you focus on the more important matters first.

6. Keep Learning

Learning should never stop. Whether it is learning from your mistakes or it is about taking up a vocational course, you need to make sure that you don’t stop learning. Putting in daily effort to learn something new will pay off in the long run.

Productive habits are not something that magically happen overnight. In fact, you need the willingness to sustain these habits until they become second nature. These productivity habits will save you a lot of time so that you have more time to focus on what’s truly important.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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