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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 11 Bloggers to Follow for Lifestyle and Productivity Tips

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 11 Bloggers to Follow for Lifestyle and Productivity Tips


    Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

    Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

    Name one productivity/lifestyle blogger that you follow for advice/tips on staying balanced. Why are they so great?

    1. Marie Forleo

      I heart Marie Forleo’s weekly Rich, Happy & Hot videos. Not only do they provide actionable suggestions for creating a rockin’ business, they also illuminate how to shift from working hard to working smart in order to integrate work with the rest of one’s life. I appreciate Marie’s “everything is figure-out-able” attitude and her belief that the best entrepreneurs are multi-passionate.

      Alexia Vernon, Catalyst for Action

      2. zenhabits

        Leo Babauta runs zenhabits, one of the most popular blogs on productivity and lifestyle. The content is amazing and the design makes it such a pleasure to read.

        Ben Lang, EpicLaunch

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        3. Tim Ferriss

          Tim Ferriss

          took productivity and lifestyle hacking to another level with his ideas in The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body. He publishes an exceptional blog, with the subtitle “Experiments in Lifestyle Design.” His ideas are eye-opening and his interviews with entrepreneurs are fascinating. I highly recommend following his blog for motivation on being the best you can be.

          Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

          4. Seth Godin

            Seth Godin’s

            posts are short on word, but pack an amazing punch. His direct, to the point blog posts really help me to stay focused on the important things in life and see things from a different perspective.

            Nathan Lustig, Entrustet



            5. James Altucher

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              If you’re looking for a brutally honest and straight forward thinker, James Altucher’s blog is a must read. He is the author of several books and has sold several companies he personally founded. The blog provides many great resources for entrepreneurs and a unique insight into his thoughts on both personal and professional relationships.

              Evan KirkpatrickWendell Charles Financial

              6. Cal Newport

                I really appreciate and share Cal Newport’s philosophies on pursuing excellence and enjoying life in the process. Although his blog, Study Hacks, started out geared toward students, it has evolved into a place to find relevant information for anyone interested in the pursuit of being remarkable without burning out.

                Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E®


                7. Sean Ogle

                  Sean Ogle graduated college and entered the work force as a financial analyst. He quickly realized this wasn’t for him, quit his job, moved to Thailand and built an online business. Sean’s blog posts on Location 180 are inspiring and provide practical ways on how to build businesses that can be run from anywhere and, most importantly, how to achieve the independent lifestyle of your dreams.

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                  Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings

                  8. Jason Fried

                    Jason Fried has built an incredible business around making projects more efficient. He blogs about his company’s lessons learned at “Signal Versus Noise”. It’s not simply about the company’s tools, but he shares amazing insight into building a positive culture.

                    Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches


                    9. Yaro Starak

                      Yaro Starak of Entrepreneurs-Journey.com not only gives really good online marketing advice, but he teaches people to build businesses that support their lifestyle and value system. Yaro is from Australia and lives the life of a true entrepreneur.

                      Matt Wilson, Under30CEO.com

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                      10. Chris Guillebeau

                        Whenever I need a little inspiration, I head to Chris Guillebeau’s site, The Art of Non-Conformity. His posts never fail to get me fired up, whether he’s written about business, travel or something else entirely.

                        Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting



                        11. Mayi Carles

                          Mayi Carles

                           has great weekly videos, but more importantly she’s designed a set of weekly and daily “Life Is Messy” planners to help keep you focused. She gives great advice for creative people, who tend to be all over the place when it comes to ideas and productivity. Her attitude is really upbeat and her advice is spot on.

                          Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media

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                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                          3. Upgrade yourself

                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                          4. Talk to a friend.

                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                          8. Have a quick nap.

                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                          10. Find some competition.

                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                          11. Go exercise.

                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                          12. Take a good break.

                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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