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I Tested My Personality To Be More Productive

Two quizzes that changed it all for me.

About a year ago, I decided to spend more time figuring out how to be more productive. On paper, it looks like I've had a relatively good run on the productivity front. I was given a lot of responsibilities at a young age: at twenty-four I ran the homepage of The Huffington Post and at twenty-eight I became the Executive Director of Digital at The Washington Post. My final act in media was to then co-launch NowThis as its Managing Editor before cofounding PowerToFly.

The truth is, that even though I'm a self-motivated person who can work for endless hours to launch media startups, I'm also very driven by outside pressures. I had great bosses who knew exactly how to push that button for me when I was at Huffington Post, The Washington Post and NowThis (same boss I had at Huffington Post).

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Getting Back Into Your Work "Flow" After Thanksgiving

Four tips.

From the timing of this post (it's 1:26 ET) you can probably tell that I'm having trouble getting back into my work "flow" after the Thanksgiving weekend. Ironic, considering I find it hard to relax on long weekends. My anxieties about work pile up and when I couple that with my rule to only bother PowerToFly team members on weekends if it's an emergency, I find it's a huge, but surmountable, challenge for me to stay off email until Monday morning. One way I've stymied my desire to send weekend emails is through an app called Boomerang that schedules emails to go out at later times. So I'll write an email over the weekend to a colleague, but I will make sure it's not sent until a workday morning. I learned after years of having bosses who thought nothing of sending you late night or weekend emails, that it's not pleasant to be on the receiving end of missives that really can wait!

Okay, so now that I'm trying to get back into the workflow, what am I doing about it? And to be fair, it was extra hard to concentrate this morning with the news that Prince Harry is engaged... to an American!!! So my first piece of advice is to avoid reading the Daily Mail in you want to get anything done today. Aside from staying away from questionable tabloids, there were four other things I did to get back into the "flow" this morning that I recommend.

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