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Manage Your Tasks & Projects Like a Badass (with Trello)

In this post, I'll share 3 tools with you, that can help you take your productivity to the next level. Actually, it's more of a 3-tools-in-one Swiss Army knife kind of deal: the first tool is the task management app Trello (which you can use for free). The second tool is a specific Trello setup that I use for personal productivity (and I'll walk you through exactly how to set it up). Finally, the third tool is a a collection of my favorite, time-saving shortcuts in Trello.​

Combine all 3 and you'll be blazing through your daily tasks like never before!

Check out the video to see my exact setup and strategy.

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What if You Don’t Want to Write Blog Posts, Make Videos & Do Creative Work?

Here on ActiveGrowth, we talk about creating things of value, improving your skills, building and shipping things rapidly and generally becoming better at challenging, creative work.

If you're thinking that all that sounds like a lot of work, you're absolutely right! Not only do we advocate doing a lot of work, we also advocate doing very difficult work.

This could be a problem. Maybe you got into online marketing because you wanted to do less work and because you were hoping for some hands-off, passive ways to make a living...

If that's the case, I've got some bad news and some good news for you.

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Treat Every New Subscriber like a VIP Using This Email Automation Template

You’ll agree that every time a visitor to your website subscribes, it’s a moment to celebrate.

But are you actually treating that conversion with the proper respect it deserves?

I mean, are you just lazily delivering your new fan with a one-and-done “Thanks for signing up, here’s your content upgrade” email? Or are you treating every new subscriber like a VIP and dropping automated value bombs in their inbox every few days after signup?

Look, if you’re not using automated emails to educate, nurture and build trust with your new subscribers, you’re shooting yourself in the foot! Not only are you missing out on longterm sales, but you're also doing your new followers a huge disservice by not providing with them the in-depth content they came to you looking for!

Want to start treating your subscribers like VIPs?

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Livestream Replay: Your Questions Answered, My Favorite Underrated Marketing Skill & More

Our recent livestream was very well received among everyone who took part. I spent a lot of time answering specific questions related to product creation, online marketing, email marketing and more. Plus, we covered interesting topics like communication skills and the problem with most people's copywriting.

In case you missed out, here's your chance to watch the replay!

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Personal KPI: The Tools I Use to Measure the Right Things & Give Myself a Productivity Advantage

"What gets measured gets managed." This quote by Peter Drucker hints at a powerful productivity tool that few entrepreneurs make good use of.

Think of it like this: if you measure the wrong things in your business, it's like you're trying to drive with the handbrake on. If you measure the right things, it's a free productivity boost that costs you almost no effort.​

For entrepreneurs, an important way to measure the right thing is in the concept of Personal KPI (key performance indicators), which we introduced in this podcast episode about overcoming perfectionism. In today's post, I'll show you the tools you can use to put this advice into practice.

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Join My 2018 Productivity Experiment

Today, I'm turning my usual approach on its head.

What I normally do is test out different tools, systems and ideas in my own business and life and then report here (in articles and videos) what worked and didn't work for me.

Today, I'm inviting you to join me in my role of being a guinea pig for a new idea. I'm sharing a simple tool that I've developed to make me more productive in 2018, so you can start using it as well, right away.

As you'll see, it's perfectly suited for the start of a new year, which is why I wanted to give you the opportunity to join me in a year-long experiment.

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The ActiveGrowth Manifesto

There are many websites you could be visiting and many blogs you could be reading. So why spend your time here, on ActiveGrowth, instead of out there, where hypey content, distraction and funny cat gifs beckon?

There are 3 good reasons to be here. ActiveGrowth stands for 3 things, above all else. There are 3 things that, in my entrepreneurial journey so far, have given me an unfair advantage over my competition.

This post is about those 3 things.

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Do You Feel Like You Aren’t Ready Yet?

A failure to get shit done is a very common problem among entrepreneurs. We're all better at coming up with ideas than at seeing them through to completion (as we've discovered in various previous posts).

When you procrastinate and deliberate instead of finishing and publishing, you always have good reasons. At least, they sound like really good reasons when you tell them to yourself...

One of the most common reasons to put things off is the feeling of being unprepared. You're just not ready for this yet. You just need to get a bit better, learn a bit more,...

In this video, I reveal something about myself that will help you change your mind and get more done.

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The 80% Rule – Unraveling Our Culture’s Greatest Myth About High Performance

You've been lied to.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, but you've been lied to. And it gets worse: you've been lied to by some of the people you admire and look up to, the most.

Specifically, you've been told that you should always give it your best. That you should always give 100%. Perhaps even 110%.

That is the path to success and excellence, is it not? That's how the rich and famous managed to climb to their position in life.

In reality, this is an idea that, if followed in earnest, will keep you small, weak and frustrated.

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What a PhD in Psychology Can Teach Us About Overcoming Procrastination

I will launch the product, but I need a good logo first...

I can't publish my book yet, there are so many things I want to change...

I'm going to start selling my e-course, but first I need the perfect design..

Do you ever catch yourself saying this? Putting off a project because you feel like so many things are missing? 

You're not alone.

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Should You Publish (or Even Sell) Something When It’s Just Not Good Enough?

This is a further video in my series about why publishing lots of stuff is more important than publishing great stuff.

One of the things that holds entrepreneurs back from publishing content and launching products is this creeping feeling of "it's just not good enough".

Is this a justification for not publishing? Isn't it better to spend more time working on your content or product, so that what you will eventually release will actually be good?

The answer depends on why you hesitate to publish in the first place, as you'll see in today's video.

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Why You Need to Create More Stuff: Ideas Expire

If you're a creator (whether you're creating written content, videos or anything else), you need to focus on creating a lot and publishing fast.

In this previous post, I've laid out why you should focus on quantity instead of quality for your content marketing and here's a mental reframe you can use if you're stuck in the perfectionist mindset.

Today's video adds another reason why publishing often and fast is so important.

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