5 Productivity Hacks to Become a Better Marketer

5 Productivity Hacks to Become a Better Marketer

I’m definitely bookmarking this gem from the talented Ivan Kreimer for ALLLLL. OF. 2018!

Picture this: It’s Monday morning. You’re in your office, sipping your morning cup of coffee.

You sit down in your chair and turn your computer on.

As you think about the latest marketing campaign you’re working on, you decide to check your emails, like you always do.

Then, your heart freezes. You have 600 emails to read.

Ten minutes later, you get a notification in the right-hand corner of your computer. It’s your boss messaging you on Slack. She wants to meet with you to discuss some details about next quarter’s marketing campaign.

You haven’t even started working, and you already feel overwhelmed.

“I can’t keep up like this,” you say to yourself.

How can you keep your sanity when you have so many things to do? How can you keep your priorities straight and get everything done?

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5 Productivity Hacks to Become a Better Marketer
10 Hard Truths About Management No One Tells You

10 Hard Truths About Management No One Tells You

Great article by Emma Brudner with Hubspot:

I remember talking with an acquaintance a few years back who had recently graduated from college about how she envisioned her career progressing. Here’s how she broke down the steps:

  1. Get a job.
  2. Master that job.
  3. Manage other people doing that job.
  4. “Run sh*t” (her exact words).

I find that this is often how management is perceived by individual contributors (myself included before I became a manager). “Running sh*t” sounds pretty awesome, right? And I felt confident that once I was handed this ultimate power, I would become a new enlightened version of my individual contributor self. The vision for my team would be revealed to me! I would know exactly how to execute on said vision! I would coach my team to success and would be positively drowning in progress and praise!

Today, I’m cringe-laughing as I write these sentences. The perception I had of management turned out to be quite different than the brass tacks realities. Spoiler: I did not ascend to a higher plane of enlightenment when my title changed. I was still myself, with all my faults, and dealing with a totally new set of challenges.

Don’t get me wrong — for all the missteps and pitfalls and uncomfortable realizations, being a manager is easily the best job I’ve ever had. The phrase “the best hardest job” that often gets applied to parenting also holds for management in my opinion. The fulfillment I get from watching my team learn, grow, and ultimately kick ass is second to none.

This post is not intended to dissuade anyone from management.Instead, it’s an attempt to provide a glimpse into the not-so-glamorous parts of “running sh*t” that don’t get talked about as often as the pros. It’s my hope that this information can help people considering management make a fully informed decision — and let current managers know that if they’re experiencing any of the things on this list, they’re not alone…

Read on to discover: 10 Hard Truths About Management No One Tells You

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TUT Blog

“You laugh too loud.”

So you bring your hand to your mouth to muffle the sound.

“Your nose is too big.”

So you learn makeup tricks, daydream about someone else’s face, and dodge profile pictures.

“Your voice is too high.”

So you stop speaking up.“Believing in that is stupid.”

So you put away your magic wand and doubt your intuition.

“Your chest is too small.”

So you wear padding or cover yourself in layers.

“You’re a know it all.”

So you bite your tongue and refrain from raising your hand.

For many years you’ve been hiding. Some part of yourself has been labeled or made fun of or criticized. And you responded by covering up, tucking away, and hiding parts of who you are.

It makes sense. We all want to be normal, liked, and accepted. And when we are young, we want this more than we want to be separate. We are socially taught to blend in, fit in, be cool, be like everyone else. And over time, like the yellow words on an old recipe card, the essence of you begins to fade. We believe the LIE that we are TOO much of something and we begin to hide our uniqueness.

Your divine light gets covered by a residue of shame that whispers… “If you really knew who I was, what I thought, and what I do, you wouldn’t really like me. You would know I’m not good enough.”

And to escape the rejection, we hide ourselves in plain sight. We play small. We hide behind other people. We try to be like “someone” who has what we want. (If only I could write like her… then I would…) We think we aren’t ready, aren’t enough, or aren’t deserving of real success, love, recognition. We want to make a difference, but we are scared of stepping into it. Like Rapunzel, our deepest desire is that someone will find us, save us from our banished tower, and accept us (and our freakishly long hair). But we can’t wait for someone else (no matter how charming they are).

The acceptance we seek begins in our own heart.

Stop hiding. Reveal who you are. All that muffled, dodging, silencing, closeted beauty is costing you so much precious energy, time, and authentic living. It’s not true what you’ve been told. You’re beautiful.

Here are some questions to ponder: …

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Emotions around decluttering

Emotions around decluttering

I haven’t protected myself from something that has the power to consume me.

Clutter.

More than physical. It’s mental, it’s emotional, it’s spiritual.

Clutter. Clouding my space, my mind and my intuition.

Paper clutter.

Stuff clutter.

People clutter.

Word clutter.

Financial clutter.

Too much and so much that I can’t think clearly.

I exist in a constant state of anxiety because I can’t hear, see, feel what is true.

Or maybe I can…

Maybe I cling to the clutter, because it’s a excuse not to listen. #realtalk It’s an excuse to keep certain people in my life. It’s an excuse to not make the decision I know I should make. It’s an excuse not to do the easy/tough work of trusting myself above all others. It’s a excuse to settle. To play small.

…Fucking clutter.

I want to blame it. As if “it” is a thing beyond my control. But I created this monster. I am its master.

I allowed the papers to pile up.

I allowed the stuff to accumulate.

I allowed those people admittance into my universe.

I allowed the noise versus choosing the music (or blissful silence).

I allowed the spending.

I created this entity, day by day, month by month, then year by year.

And now I want to dismantle it all.

Set it on fire, drop the mic, ride out and don’t return until it’s all ashes.

Declutter with Viking brutality and deathly finality.

Declutter unapologetically and blissfully.

Declutter to remove these hidden weights and burdens.

Declutter so I have room to breathe, stretch, fly and soar.

Declutter so I have no excuse.

Declutter to hear and listen to my inner voice.

De-fucking-clutter.

And yet, a part of me is irrationally afraid to declutter in the way I’m feeling draw to do.

“What if I need that thing later?”

“What if I hurt her feelings?”

“What if I regret it?”

What if, what if, what if…

Reasons, excuses, bullshit.

Just get it done. What’s on the other side, has to be better than this.

You ARE a media brand – my 2017 manifesto

You ARE a media brand – my 2017 manifesto

NOTE: I wrote a little something for myself today, to remind me of the power of media… and of my love for it. To all those who love media and want to do more with it (and create more of it), I hope you enjoy it too.

Sup, girl?

Welcome to 2017, Tivi. This is the year you finally realize how awesome you are. (…and it’s about damn time…)

You hold the power to create, transform, broadcast, engage, reach, influence and monetize. From anywhere. At any time. And in any format.

Audio. Video. Written words. Something new? Create it. Live it. Do it.

Imagination + creativity

10 years ago: you barely texted, but you made websites to deliver written content.

5 years ago: “going live” was limited to the big media brands, but you knew the power of leveraging video.

1 year ago: everyone with a smart phone had the power to reach the corners of the world in real time… you killed it with your clients, but you were personally afraid to try it.

Girl, you can do better...

Look at the intersection of your technology, your skills and your desires… Based on your capabilities and wherewithal, have you leveraged them to accomplish your goals?

No? Then, you lack alignment, my dear.

You can’t act in conflict with your desires and then expect the Universe to deliver them anyway. 

Nah, boo. It don’t work like that.

Naw, boo. Teachable moment.

Let me remind you: you hold the power to create, transform, broadcast, engage, reach, influence and monetize.

Look at what you can do with your iPad and your MacBook and the internet… Hell, look at what you can do with just your iPhone. Now compare that to what you could do 1 year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago…

Remember when you first logged on to “AOL Kids Only” 20 years ago?

Mind. Blown.

Remember how you came alive? You immediately wanted to leverage that technology to tell stories, share content and connect.

So do it. Fuckin’ do it already.

You don’t work for a media brand.

You ARE a media brand.

Step up, to be the greatest show on earth...

You can snap.

Go live.

Tweet.

‘Gram it.

Publish it. {coming soon}

Create community.

Engage.

Drive revenue.

You. Are. A. Media. Brand.

Homegirl, it’s 2017. Stop waiting for permission.

Go be that brand.

Okaaaaay!

{Photo credit: DDBPhotos}

I Suck at Meditation, A Lesson for Life

I Suck at Meditation, A Lesson for Life

I reeeeeally want to be good at meditation.

Seriously, like zen-out-super-chill-floating-on-a-cloud good at meditation.

The full story is that, I have a good intuition (although I don’t always listen to it), but I know it could be better if I took more time to quiet my mind.

I’ve had friends, mentors and even psychics tell me: You need to meditate…

…and then each touts the benefits I could personally experience if I made meditation a practice.

And then I try meditation, which results in me either:

  • making to-do list in my head
  • feeling anxiety about not working
  • having a wandering mind and then beating myself up about having a wandering mind
  • falling asleep

What happens then is that I’ll stop even trying to meditate, because I “suck at it.”

I haven’t figured out if I’m quitting because I have an unrealistic expectation of what beginners meditation would be or if I’m quitting because I don’t like to fail and I fail at meditation every time.

Perhaps a little bit of both.

But this morning, something strange happened. I attempted meditation and it was an extremely successful experience.

But I was successful because I went in thinking: I have no expectations for this other than to sit here for 10 minutes and if I make to-do lists or have a wandering mind, that’s ok because it’s not a failure unless I don’t learn from it.

It’s so funny how this experience has taught be so much about my life in general. Specifically:

  1. Fear of failure shouldn’t keep you from trying
  2. You either “succeed” or you learn, but in either case you win
  3. Focus on the joy of the journey not the expectation of the finish line, or else you might get frustrated and quit

Here’s to failing fast and consistent tries.

T