Tools, Tips, and Treats for Living the VA Life [April 2019]

VA Tips, Tricks April 2019

Spring has sprung ACHOO and my garden is ACHOO greening up and ACHOO allergies are a pain in ACHOO my neck!

Whether you can relate to the Benadryl-Zyrtec-Robitussin-Allegra-Flonase haze or not, here’s all the best for living the VA life in April!

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Productivity Pick-Me-Ups

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self Control)  (New York Times)

In short, procrastination is an irrational fear surrounding a task that imposes negative feels.

On one hand, I’m all YAAAASSSSS. On the other?

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(p.s. An assistant might help with that.)

Why $1.5 Billion Startup Asana Ditched Email To Prove Its Own Work Management Strategy (Forbes)

Getting rid of internal emails? Can that really be a thing?

Half-terrifying, half-awesome. What do you think?

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Practical Frameworks for Beating Burnout (First Round Review)

Recognize the signs of burnout (#ihearthat) and create an action plan to prevent it.

The Overworked Entrepreneur’s Guide to Efficient Outsourcing (Concur)

Oh hey, I know this writer (and surely you do, too). A realistic (and helpful!) guide to start outsourcing today.

Remote Work Revolution

Remote Work: Exploring the Unwritten Rules for Employees (Dice)

A logical run-down of what remote work looks like—and how to overcome some of the obstacles.

Note to self: #stopmultitasking #seriously #itsnogood

The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers (James Clear)

Tips for creating a daily rhythm and how to keep your creative mojo flowing, from successful people who actually know what they’re talking about.

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I’m Taking Yale’s Class on Happiness—and Halfway Through These 4 Tricks are Already Working (Business Insider)

Lesson learned—I need to sign up for this class. Will you?

Marketing Mischief

Why You Should Understand the Top 5 SEO Factors in 2019 (Influencive)

The truth is, SEO is constantly changing. Staying on top of SEO trends isn’t just smart—it’s necessary for keeping your business website at the top of its game.

A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking (Facebook)

Zuckerburg claims he’s making social media more privacy-focused with additional encryption, stop-gaps, and reducing permanence. Take with as many grains of salt as needed.

Google Makes Podcasts Searchable by Automatically Transcribing Them (Search Engine Journal)

Google Podcasts is starting to automatically transcribe the dialogue from podcasts, using it as metadata, and making it searchable so that you can find a podcast you’re interested, even if you don’t know the name.

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Just For Fun

Heal Me with Plants (The New York Times)

I am a long-time self-proclaimed Crazy Plant Lady and yep, yep, yep‘ed my way through the entire article.

Missing? Plant babies are tons easier to take care of human babies. #canigetanamen

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Do You Love Lying In Bed? Get Paid By NASA To Do It For Space Research (NPR)

HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT LAYING IN BED IS MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE?! May I bring all my plants with me?

Artists use Ukraine president’s candy wrappers for critical portrait (Reuters)

You have to click over to see what the artist named the collage. TRUST.

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See you in May!

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