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The Secrets Highly Productive People Use to Make Self-Imposed Deadlines Work

In the past four episodes of the ActiveGrowth podcast, we've dug deep into the topic of entrepreneurial procrastination.

From forming highly productive habits to resisting the allure of bright-shiny-object syndrome, we've covered many tools that can help you finish projects (and grow your business) faster.

In this episode, we're looking at another massive productivity booster/challenge: sticking to deadlines. 

Listen in to discover how you can set deadlines for yourself and ship, without putting the work off until the very last minute. 

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Screw Motivation! What You Really Need to Focus & Deliver Results

Why is it that each time we face a new, difficult task we need to work on, suddenly even a mediocre Netflix series or our former neighbor's Facebook profile becomes so intriguing we can't resist to check it out? 

For many of us, this reaction has become the automatic response to a new task. Even though we know that doing the work will do good to our business, when we're about to get started, some greater power seems to take over control

Why does it happen and how can we fight it? Can we turn that pull towards distraction off for good? 

This is what we're aiming to help you with in the newest episode of the ActiveGrowth podcast. Listen in!

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“Just Do It” Doesn’t Fix Procrastination – Here’s What Really Works

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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Visualizing Your Success Will Make You Fail Harder

Do you ever catch yourself staring out of your window, getting dragged away by thinking about your future life? You visualize the successful empire you're going to build, the fame and recognition, the infinity pool in your villa's backyard, the private jet you're going to fly your loved ones to the Bahamas every Christmas...

Wake up! 

While having these pictures in your mind is highly satisfiying, getting carried away by these daydreams is actually hurting your progress big time. 

If you're one of those who often end up daydreaming about the future, stay tuned: our newest podcast episode is the treatment.

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Is “Bright-Shiny-Object Syndrome” Keeping You from Growing Your Business?

Do you think coming up with a good idea for a product or learning the skills to build it is hard? If you've tried launching your own product or service before, you know that there's one thing that's even harder: shipping it! 

We're here with a brand new podcast series that we named "Your Job Is To Ship".

As the title says, in this series we're discussing why shipping is the most important part of your business, why so many of us fail to do so and leave projects unfinished, and, most importantly: what you can do to get better at shipping quicker. 

It's time to take that unfinished book out of your drawer and stop abandoning projects that you've been meaning to finish. 

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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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Remote Work Rising – How To Maximize Your Coworking Productivity

The way people work is rapidly changing – especially if that work is tied to online industries.

Instead of signing up to do a manager’s bidding from a drab office cubicle, more and more people are opting in to do remote work from locations of their own choosing.

Since working from home eliminates hassles like the stress of daily commuting – or even having to put pants on in the morning – the benefits of such careers are becoming increasingly appealing.

But even as people ditch the corporate cubicle, they’re not saying goodbye to the office environment all together. Remote coworking spaces are quickly becoming the productivity environment of choice for modern day solopreneurs and freelancers.

These work locations offer opportunities for coworkers to share their skills and build networks with other online professionals in a way they can’t do from home.

If you’re thinking about leaving the comfort of your home office to work from a coworking space near you, this week’s Silver Bulletin will show you the many productivity benefits and drawbacks these new work environments have to offer.

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Making Money is Easy Like Getting in Shape is Easy

There is one promise, one dream, that is the most alluring of all, in our industry.

The promise of easy money.​

The hope for easy money brings floods of newbies into the fold of online marketing, entrepreneurship, digital nomadism etc.

Bold-faced promises of a simple trick to make money easily is the domain of (rather obvious) scams aimed at the naive and​ underinformed. However, everywhere you look in online marketing, there are echoes of the promise of easy money. From headlines of trending blog posts to the sales messages of even the most serious and enterprised-focused marketing tools, the implication is always that this will somehow make you more money, more easily.

Is it just an alluring trap? Or can making money truly be easy?​

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Eliminate Your Frustrating Email Scheduling System with This Free Service

If you run an online business, you know how much it sucks to schedule meeting after meeting, across multiple timezones, through your email.

​Here's a typical back-and-forth email scheduling thread you're probably much too familiar with...

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The “Dry Stretch” that Makes Almost All Entrepreneurs Fail

Have you ever wondered why starting a business is so damn difficult? And all the while, some entrepreneurs make it look easy.

What's up with that?

In today's post, you'll discover a universal and unshakable principle that makes being an entrepreneur difficult. There's (almost) nothing you can do about it, but if you know about this, you're much more likely to see it through...​

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Crushing it in 2015 – Everything We Learnt From Our Most Successful Year Yet – IMP#39

Like last year, Paul McCarthy and myself took some time to reflect on the year past and extract the most important and transformative lessons we learnt.

2015 was a year of fast growth for our company (Thrive Themes) and today's podcast episode is chock-full of tips you can apply to grow your own business, become a more focused and productive entrepreneur and much more...​

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