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How to Focus at Work and Get More Done

You can find flow at work. Flow is the effortless ability to concentrate on and enjoy a task. You can achieve flow by taking challenges that are manageable but meaningful. If you have a job you love and can maintain a reasonable workload, you can easily achieve flow. However, that’s not always possible.

Here are some tips that can help you stay focused on your work, make the most of your day, and achieve flow, no matter what type of workload you have.

Pinpoint Problems

Why do you lose focus at work? Are you fatigued? Hungry? Or, maybe you have a Twitter addiction? If you figure out the problem, then you’ll be able to take the steps needed to fix it.

Plan Ahead

You should envision what your work day will look like before your day starts. Write down what you’ll need to get done and which tasks you want accomplished before the end of the day. Goal setting can help you stay on track and maintain your focus.

Eat a Good Breakfast

If you want to jump start your metabolism, have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Studies show that people who eat breakfast have better concentration and attention during the day. That’s why experts say you should eat something in the morning.

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Meditate

Scientists have found that meditation may enhance some brain functions including those linked to attention. Why not try shutting everything off and taking a few minutes to meditate, especially if it can help you get more done during your work day.

Do Your Work Offline

A survey showed that nearly 60% of the disruptions a person experiences throughout their work day come from cell phones, social networks, and emails. Luckily there are some tasks that don’t require an Internet connection. Why not use old-fashioned pen and paper for activities like brainstorming. Switch your phone to silent and check your email less frequently, once an hour should be enough. You should also limit the time you spend on social media. You can “like” your friend’s dog pictures later.

Do Small Tasks

 Psychologists suggest that the human brain works much too hard to be able to process large amounts of information. If you work on one large project it can quickly become overwhelming. That’s why it’s difficult to plan a large work event in an afternoon. Split your projects up into small individual tasks. These tasks will be much easier to accomplish.

Time Box

Rather than working on a project to completion, work on a project for only a specific amount of time. So, instead of answering emails until your reach inbox zero, only write emails until 3 p.m. each day. This way you know that you can work hard at a particular task and at a certain time you can take a break.

Clean Up

You might become distracted by family photos, Post-Its, or even pretzels. Before you work, clear off your workspace. The only thing that should be in your work zone are the things that you need to do your work, like your laptop, notebook, and water bottle.

Try Different Apps

You can discard distractions with some help from technology. There are apps that can block websites and black out your computer screen’s background so you can only view the program you’re working with. You can also find web tools that can calculate the amount of time you spend on websites, like Pinterest. Now, that app could be scary.

Give Yourself a Reward

Why not reward yourself with a cookie after you finish writing that page. A little motivate goes a long way. If you give yourself a reward for accomplishing certain tasks, you’ll see your to-do list vanishing quickly.

Take Small Breaks

You won’t necessarily get more done if you get to the office early, work through your lunch, ignore your breaks, and stay late. If you get the hard work done in short bursts and take quick breaks, you may find it more beneficial than spending long hours at work. It’s better to take a breather. It can keep your mind from burning out.

Use Science

There are plenty of smart ways to work smarter nowadays and these can include smart drugs. These additives are formulated to help you increase concentration like never before and get more done. If you’re wondering what to go for check out this comparison of the two most popular options.

Wear Headphones

At Greatist, we have a “headphone rule.” No one is allowed to talk to a person who’s wearing their ear gear. This is a way to show everyone that you’re working on something important and can’t chat. Sometimes you may not even have music playing.

Try Caffeine.

Tea or coffee can make you feel more alert and better able to concentrate. If you don’t like iced coffee or tea, then try chewing gum, which is also able to increase your alertness.

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Glassdoor Launches Wage and Salary Calculator “Know your Worth”

salary calculatorHave you ever wanted to figure out how much you should ask for when interviewing for a job?

Well you are in luck, Glassdoor has just launched a new Salary and Wage Calculator know your worth to help you figure out your worth and know what you should ask for when negotiating your salary for that new job or role you are applying for.

Here are some of the benefits of Glassdoor’s Wage Calculator

  • Personalized based on the job title, company you are applying for, location of the job and your work experience
  • Completely private so no one else know’s your “market value” other than you
  • They use millions of salaries and job openings to give you the most relevant salary based on you

How can you use this salary data?

  1. Make sure you are being paid fairly
  2. If you are an employer you get an idea of what the market bears and how to be competitive to attract top talent
  3. Use it to negotiate salaries and raises in the future
  4. If you are a company you can decide do you want to hire an employee at the market rate or contract out to a freelancer or an agency

Glassdoor has a lot of job data from people that work for companies and share their salaries, work culture, best places to work, and even company reviews of what it’s like to work there. They are using that data combined with technology and algorithms to give you the best salary calculator in the market today.

Want to go know your worth? Go check it out here. To “know your worth” from Glassdoor

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How To Quit Your Job: Two Weeks Notice Advice

On this episode of the Ask Gary Vee Show, Gary Vaynerchuk the CEO of a 500+ social agency gives advice on how to quit your job with grace, humility and maintain a good relationship with your current employer after giving your two weeks notice.

Also, he answers the following questions that helps with people looking to quit their job to start their own business, sell, market and props to some women in business that are rocking it on social media.

Leave a comment below with some Twitter or Instagram handles of great female entrepreneurs you know that deserve a shout out.

2:00 – How would you market to Amish people if that was your primary market? #BuggyHustle
4:36 – I’ve started a startup that many others have tried to do before me and failed. Am I stupid to think I’ll be the anomaly?
5:51 – I’m in the middle of transitioning to a new job. I was wondering what your advice would be during my last 2 weeks?
8:27 – If you were to make a video game, what type would it be and on what platform would you sell it?
10:29 – What women in business are rocking it on social media? Would love to know who you think I should follow!

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Best Tips on How To Get a Raise at Any Place You Work

Nearly nine in 10 U.S. workers believe they deserve a raise, but only 54 percent intend to ask for one this year, according to a survey by Robert Half, which has an accounting and finance staffing office in downtown Hartford. One of the reasons there are so many people that don’t even ask is because they feel like or know they don’t even deserve it.

The survey found that people feel more comfortable about public speaking than they do about compensation discussions with their boss. Again this signals to us that people know deep inside they don’t really deserve it or they feel like if they ask and don’t get a raise then they could lose their job because the boss now thinks they want more money.

In the Northeast, 27 percent of respondents said they would look for a new job if their raise request was denied. That was the highest of any region. The national average was 19 percent. In the north east people are more aggressive so this isn’t as surprising and they know once they ask and are denied a raise they feel like they need to move on.

The survey also found that the most likely employees to request higher pay are males in the western U.S., aged 18 to 34, with a decade or less of professional experience.

Robert Half hired an independent research firm to survey more than 1,000 full-time office workers.

When searching “How to Get a Raise” on Google some of the top companies people are looking to get a raise from are Home Depot, Walgreens, Walmart, and Starbucks. Seems to be big brands with lower paying hourly jobs have a lot of people that want a raise per Google search data as you can see here.

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Here are More Tips on How To Get a Raise at any Job

  1. Get Attention from your Boss or Manager
  2. Set expectations and clarify your intention (not looking for a handout)
  3. Ask How You Can Increase your Income
  4. Have a Set Figure in mind based on the value you can add that would cover that and more

Things you don’t want to do about getting a raise

  1. Don’t talk about how long you have been on the job
  2. Don’t pat yourself on the back
  3. Don’t bring up your work attendance
  4. Don’t threaten you will leave if you don’t get the raise

Check out this video from Grant Cardone on How to Get a Raise

Here are some tips and notes from this video on how people can get a raise from their boss or manager.

Some stats on raises in America:
• 90% of Americans think that they deserve a raise
• 54% don’t ask for one
• 32% would rather clean their while house
• 6% would rather be audited by the IRS

The 4 Steps to Asking for a Raise:
1. Get your bosses attention.
2. Clarify at the beginning what the meeting is about.
3. Make it very clear you’re not looking for a handout.
4. How could it be possible to reach a specific goal?

Examples of each point:
1. Hey, can I get your attention for 3 minutes.
2. I want to talk to you about money.
3. I’m not asking you to give me that money. What can I do to bring in more money to the business?
4. What can I do to bank another $X for the year?

Don’t Say:
• Man I’ve been here a long time.
• I do a good job.
• I’m never sick.
• If I can’t do this I’m going to leave.

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VaynerMedia Jobs Coming to Chattanooga, Tennessee

vaynermediaGary Vaynerchuk the CEO and Co founder of VaynerMedia with his younger brother AJ Vaynerchuk are launching another location for their digital/social agency in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In this recent article, Gary Vaynerchuk talks about having a location closer the customers of his customers… (Crazy huh..) Not really for Gary Vaynerchuk since he is always “listening” and paying attention on where the eyeballs and attention of the consusmers are and now taking it even further by paying attention to his customers’ customers…

Gary just tweeted about this here:

If you want to learn more about this move check out this video Gary did with Digiday and some of our recent VaynerMedia posts here:

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Career Paths of Two Legends Tony Hawk and Chris Sacca

In this episode of This week in startups Jason Calacanis discovers through his amazing Howard Stern like interview skills the career paths of Tony Hawk and Chris Sacca a legendary investor and the godfather of skateboarding.

Watch this interview to learn about their friendships, hustling, taking risks, giving back, going for what you want in life, and legacy.

This Week In Startups Show Notes

Today’s episode features two superstars in their respective fields. Tony Hawk is the masterful professional skateboarder who catapulted his sport into the national spotlight, and Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital is a legendary angel investor (Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter). Tony and Chris have been long-time friends and both talk in-depth with Jason at the LAUNCH Festival 2015. It’s an awesome, dynamic conversation about their friendship, how each took massive risks to reach the top of their profession (eating ramen for years… borrowing money from assistants…), how Tony’s video game was a tipping point for skateboarding and why he he shows up unannounced to random parks to skate with kids, the amount of hustle it takes to be great, how moving outside of Silicon Valley actually helped Chris’s business, how Tony and Chris think about their legacies, what they are each looking forward to in the future, and how Tony uses Twitter for a worldwide treasure hunt, and how Chris is looking forward to another crash in tech so the pretenders clear out. Join us!

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Jobs in College Station and Bryan Texas

nutrabolt jobs in bryan txAs a niche job board for the social media industry we love to help social media professionals and recruiters connect when they have social media related job openings available. However, we have decided to also start narrowing down further to a local area for social media related and marketing jobs to add even more value to the visitors of our blog and site.

Starting off this blog series of local social media, marketing and digital marketing jobs we decided to highlight one of the best employers that have several job opportunities in Bryan and College Station Texas.

Our first Featured Employer in the Bryan, TX and College Station area is Nutrabolt an Inc. 5000 company headquartered in Bryan, TX with open jobs at their corporate office as well as New York, Germany, UK, and Australia.

Who is Nutrabolt?

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Nutrabolt sells the Cellucor brand of dietary supplements for fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts. Its products are designed to help build muscle, deliver protein and enable weight loss. They have 5 Star reviews on GlassDoor with 100% CEO approval and 100% of their employees saying they would recommend the company to a friend.

Nutrabolt is a rapidly growing developer and marketer of innovative nutritional products. The company offers the world’s leading sports nutrition, weight loss and general health and wellness supplements through its branded website, national 3rd party retailers and its network of international distributors.

Nutrabolt was founded in 2002 and has recently been consecutively named to the prestigious INC 500 | 5000 list in 2011-2013 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.

Cellucor, Nutrabolt’s premier sports nutrition brand, has also recently received industry top honors including GNC’s “Vendor of the Year” and “Best Product Innovation” awards and Bodybuilding.com’s “Pre-Workout of the Year” and “Breakout Supplement of the Year” awards this past year.

– See more at: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/nutrabolt#sthash.OTepU9mp.dpuf

Check out their Jobs in College Station and Bryan, TX

And their social media accounts can give you a glimpse into their culture here on LinkedinInstagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Social Media Do’s While Job Hunting by Action News on 6abc in Philadelphia

Social Media’s Do’s and Don’ts for Job Seekers

Creating an impression via social media, from what you post to researching your prospective employer, can make a difference in whether or not you get a job.

“Recruiters, hiring managers, future mother in laws, a lot of people are looking you up before they even meet you,” said Taly Russell, of Silver Chair Recruiters. “If they don’t like what they see, they will pass on interviewing you. And that goes for almost every hiring manager that we know nowadays. Before or after, they are looking you up.”

So take even your fun pages seriously.

“It’s time to get off the hot mess express,” she said. “It may have been five years ago in college, it may have been two years ago…every picture that’s up there that you thought was funny back then, it’s not funny now…Go online, get smart.”

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Marketing Manager #2 Best Business Job per US News

I was interested to see this years list of best job rankings according to US News for the social media job opening aspect. However, when you look at the best jobs for 2015 ranked by US News you notice them lumping in “social media” into this Marketing Manager role. (unless I missed something, let me know US News and I will update this post)…

Here is their blurb about that role…

You’ve probably seen a TV commercial or print advertisement that persuaded you to buy a new gadget or product. Somewhere behind that advertising campaign is a marketing manager aiming to convince you to buy that item. Long before the advertisement interrupted your favorite TV show, a marketing manager set up a focus group to observe how and why people use the product and tested whether various features of the product made people more likely to want to buy it. Sometimes marketing managers tweak new items to make them a better fit for specific groups of customers, and they develop pricing strategies that help a company maximize profits without alienating customers. In addition to traditional advertising campaigns, marketing managers need to connect products with customers on Twitter and Facebook and generate buzz through Internet marketing. When the job is done well, the customer will feel like this new product is necessary to have in his or her life.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects marketing manager employment growth of 12.7 percent between 2012 and 2022. During that period, an additional 22,900 jobs will need to be filled.

One thing that stood out from their infographic is that marketing managers are making over $130k a year very close to a physician and this signifies to me the value they bring to the table and how companies are finally seeing they need marketing and sales to even exist.

The Marketing manager role per US News is saying they take care of things like Twitter and Facebook and other digital areas so again it is key to have a solid marketing manager or seo marketing agency if you really want to succeed as a business.

Check out their infographic for more info on the best jobs of 2015.

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Best Places to Work 2015 List by GlassDoor

Want To Learn What are the Best Places to Work?

Check out this researched and prescreened list of the best employers and companies to work for by Glassdoor in 2015.

The beauty of this list is it helps you make a very specific informed decision on the best companies and what their employees think of them. This helps you know their culture and if you apply directly to these companies as a job seeker because of the reason they are the “best place to work” and you express you researched this they will be impressed.

Stand out as a jobseeker and one way you do that is by being specific with your job search. For example using a niche job board like ours for social media and directly searching out the best companies to work for and pointing this out as you apply and try to grab a recruiters attention will increase your chances to get your next job and invest in your career growth.

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