12 Tips on Staying Inspired
1. Drink a glass of water
When you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water to start the day fresh.
2. Move and Sweat
Daily Exercise boosts your energy level, improves your mood, and relives stress.
3. Get some sleep
When you get enough rest, you have more energy to do the things that makes you happy.
Plan Your Day
4. Top 3 tasks
Every morning, make a list of the 3 tasks you want to accomplish that day.
5. The 50/10 rule
Work on one important task for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minutes break to refocus.
6. Reflect daily
End your day with 10 minutes of reflection and self-evaluation.
Reading increases knowledge, which in turn keeps you inspired.
Watching tutorials and conducting research increases your capabilities.
Brainstorming can be a creative gold mine
Focus on What Makes you Happy
10. Express Gratitude
Think about 10 things you are grateful for every morning – gratitude promotes happiness.
11. Clean your Desk
A tidy desk gives you energy and inspiration and lets you focus on the work you need to get done.
12. Indulge in your favorite things
Set time aside like playing with your pet or going for a bike
10 Essential Desk Exercises For Designers
Put paid to poor posture and ensure you remain in top form.
1. The Pectoral Stretch
Before you begin, you must put all concerns of self consciousness out of your mind. This is about you, and improving your well being. It will be you that has the last laugh! Desk exercise rule!
First Interlink your fingers, then place your palms on the back of your head. Next tilt your pelvis forward, push your chest towards your desk and pull your elbows back. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat every 30 minutes.
2. Chair Tricep Dips
Although this one may be a little embarrassing, It’s definitely worth it for the results. Grab a hold of your chair’s arms and dip down to the floor without having your bottom touch the floor. This exercise will work out your triceps and core. Try five sets at 30 seconds each .
3. Book Press
Here’s a perfect way to put one of those fat phaidon volumes to a good use. Work your triceps by grabbing the heaviest book you have, holding it behind your head then extending your neck and then repeat.
4. Seated Hip Stretch
This is a great stretch to do a couple of times throughout the day. And you wouldn’t be the first to forget about stretching your hips! So, whilst you’re sitting. cross one ankle over the knee on the other leg. Sit up tall and gently lean forward. You should feel a stretch in your glute lean forward. You should feel a stretch in your glute and hip.
5. Core Strengthner
If you’re worried all those little nibbles throughout the day are taking their toll on your abs, try this core strengthening exercise. Sit upright on your chair, with weight evenly spread on both feet.
Without letting your pelvis tilt or your back slumps, lift your right foot off the floor, bringing the thigh towards the torso and keeping tummy muscles engaged. Pause, then lower and repeat with the left. Alternate for two sets of eight repetitions.
6. Don’t Forget Your Wrists
Be honest: most of the time, you probably don’t sit properly when working at a computer. And if you spend a lot of time typing, that means you could be at risk of getting carpel tunnel syndrome. One way you can guard against this hideous condition is to exercise your wrists throughout the day. Around every hour or so try to roll your wrists ten times clockwise.
7. The Latissimus Dorsi Stretch
For this next desk exercise you must keep your fingers interlinked from your pectoral stretch and straighten your arms so your palms move to face the ceiling. Now lean to your left and then right: you should feel a gentle stretch down the opposite side to which you are leaning. Hold each side for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat every 30 minutes.
8. Stretch your Back with a “Big Hug”
Many of us are too familiar with that aching back pain after a hard day’s work. To relieve some pain, and to possibly stave off potential back problems, hug your body, placing the right hand on your left shoulder and the left hand on your right shoulder. Breathe in and out, releasing the area between your shoulder blades.
9. Dumbbell Curls
While on the phone, grab a dumbbell and do bicep curls for 20 repetitions three times a day. Straighten your arms by your side and bring your hand (dumbbell) to your shoulder, whilst keeping your palms up. Do one at a time if you’re on the phone, or two if you’re reading through some documents.
10. Neck Range of Movement
To prevent neck stiffness, turn your head to the left, right, up and down in a slow, controlled movement until you feel a gentle stretch. Repeat every 10 to 20 minutes. Avoid rolling your neck as this can upset the small joints in your spine.
5 Reasons to own a Vaporizer
Combustion (or smoke) comes with harmful-products. Vaporizers heat dry herb and concentration just below the point of combustion. This is not only healthier, but delivers cleaner tasting, smoother hits with no tinge of smokiness.
Vaporizers pay for themselves in the money you save on vaping materials. They are more efficient at extracting the most out of dry herb and concentrate than combustion methods. You’ll end up saving more money in the long run.
Vaporizers can come in stealthy designs. Most pens look like cigarettes. Some vaporizers are even designed to look like asthma inhalers, travel mugs, and car key fobs. You can vape in public without drawing too much attention to yourself.
Vaporizers enable you to heat herbs and wax concentrates at precise temperatures, which you can’t do with pipes or bongs. This is useful for two reasons. You can vaporize any material at it’s ideal temperature that creates the smoothness, intensity, flavor-rich, or bountiful vaper you prefer.
Portable vaporizers such as vape pens are compact and easy to carry around. This is ideal for busy lifestyles. Vaporizers with fast heat up times allow you to vape in short windows of opportunity. Vape on-the-go from almost anywhere
7 Things Game of Thrones has Taught us About Party Organization
1. Lord “Littlefinger” Baelish has taught us the importance of surprises
Delight your team with little surprises – like bringing in a popsicle or churro cart for an afternoon treat. Or go all out Oprah Style, tape clues to the bottom of their chairs and lead them on a treasure hunt to the surprise!
2. Tyrion and Lord Varys reminded us that careful planning can change everything
The Devil is in the details, it’s so easy to overlook them, and yet thinking about the details is what leads to a smooth and memorable event. For instance, for summer BBQ’s, most people forget a power source (if needed), music. bottle openers, and balloons (or other sign) to help your group find the spot.
3. Daenerys Targaryen taught us how to make an impression (and an entrance!)
You probably don’t 3 dragons at your disposal (if you do, please be on our zombie apocalypse team!), but you can still leave quite the impression. Try a main attraction/activity that’s new and eye catching. You can even theme the whole event so it feels more immersive.
4. We learned from Cersei that alcohol is a key ingredient
They may not have come for the booze, but they’ll definitely notice and appreciate it if you go beyond the typical beer and wine you already have stocked in the fridge. Break out some bubbly, rent a margarita machine, or bring in a bartender!
5. John Snow taught us how to get buy-in from your peers (and superiors)
Trying to overcome your boss that a party is in order? Team-building events help with employee engagement, productivity, and retention. They can even help with employee acquisition — just invite prospective candidates to join!
6. With all the deus ex machina (well hello benjan), and seeming teleportation in this season, timing is everything!
To increase attendance, try putting the event after an all hands and/or having it during the day. The most successful teams do 2 big yearly events (a big holiday party and big summer BBQ), moderately big Q2 and Q4 events, and smaller monthly events in between
7. Winter is Coming get on planning your holiday party NOW!
There’s a lot of complains in the Bay all looking to party in December and January, so venues and entertainment get booked quickly. Your employees will also have various parties to go to, so make sure you get it on their calendars early!!
How to Skyrocket Your Kickstarter Campaign
Many companies and individuals have already used Overfunding to launch their business ideas. See how you can skyrocket your funds on Kickstarter too.
1. Think Entrepreneurial
Successful fundraisers found that entrepreneur skills such as imagination, courage, salesmanship, project management, curiosity, and resourcefulness were the keys to their success.
“A Kickstarter project takes a lot of hard work, self-management and dedication which go hand-in-hand with being an entrepreneur. Zoe Morley. Australia (Nonjabulo)
2. Learn from the Best & the Worst
Examine what others have done and learn from their successes and failures. Take what suits you and what works for your target group. Ask for consultancy. Former founders are willing to help.
“Before we launched our campaign, we read through over 600 projects. And when i say <read through> I don’t mean just get the headlines, but study them in depth.” Andrei Novac, Romania (NSKN)
3. Make Them Share it
Backers are not the only ones interested in the projects. Journalists, bloggers and social media followers love them too. Incentivise the media to share your video as much as possible so that you reach your audience.
“I build an email list of about 350 people that would be interested to buy the watch right away. We had a good launch party, a strong community on Facebook and two of the national newspapers wrote about us.” J.L. Aurup, Denmark (Vejrhoj)
4. Know your Risks
In general, founders fail to prepare for risks such as getting a funding amount that fails to cover all the expenses, which puts them in the position of having to borrow money from other sources.
Another risk is having problems in delivering the rewards, which is considered fraudulent by the FTC. Disappointing the backers leads to bad press.
“The funding should be enough to afford the production. Otherwise i would have had to put my own money and take a loan. That would mean a lot of risk for me.” Soren Larsen, Denmark (Audiocase)
5. Stay In Touch
Overfunding means extra funds, thus more backers in your crowdfunding community. Prepare strong communication strategies and comments.
“we kinda transformed the whole company into a crowdfunding project, So everyone was doing something. The IT guys were doing videos and everyone was sharing for our customers and fans.” Jens Juhanson, Estonia (MeMover)
6. Deliver What you Promised
Once the campaign is successfully overfunded, delivering the rewards is the most important aspect. Founders show their entrepreneurial skills when they have to deal with manufacturers, logistics and border taxes all over the world.
“I think we, as creators, we owe our backers to insure the quality of our products. That is why i am leaving soon to China to check the production.” Andrei Novac, Romania (NSKN)
Congratulations! Now You Are Ready To Get Overfunded!
“Overfunding is usually a good problem to have. If it doesn’t blow out of proportions. For us, it almost doubled our company’s turn over.” Andrei Novac, Romania (NSKN)
6 Things you Should not Wear on a Job Interview
Too Much Makeup
Keep your makeup as light as possible. You don’t want to distract your interviewer with your bright lips and eyes.
Too Many Blings
Basic accessories like watch, ring, chain and stud will suffice. Avoid big statement jewelries. Your goal is to look simple and sophisticated
Sky High Heel
Wear small heels in which you will be able to walk faster and feel comfortable. Don’t wear too huge heels and trip!
Avoid revealing clothes like short skirts, deep neck blouse or figure hugging dress. You shouldn’t be conscious about adjusting your dress all time. Wear something which is neat and doesn’t requires too much attention.
Strong perfume or cologne can be avoided. First thing, it will distract your interviewer and secondly you will never know if your interviewer is allergic to strong scents. Either way, don’t let your perfume overwhelm you!
We understand the summer out there! You don’t have to buckle up in a suit and tie, but maintain a little bit of professionalism by not wearing a funky sneaker or flip top!
Your Digital Marketing Map
1. Web Design
A website is your identity, your brand online. Building a user-friendly website is the first step to digital marketing success.
2. Landing Pages
Companies with 30 or more landing pages generate 7 times more leads than those with few than 10.
3. Web Analytics
6% is the average businesses spend of marketing budgets on analytics. This is important to make sure that the other 94% are spent wisely.
4. Mobile Advertising
Smartphone users who download a branded app buy 40.4% more of the brand’s products /services
5. Online Display Ads
The U.S. account for 24.7% of global online display impressions.
6. Email Marketing
89% of marketers said email is their primary channel for lead generation.
7. Pay Per Click
Sponsored results accounts for 64.6% of clicks for keywords search that imply high commercial intent.
8. Search Engine Optimization
70% of the links search users click are organic.
9. Content Marketing
Content is King. Good powerful content, whether its words, videos or pictures attract consumers, and establish your brand, the brand’s products/services
10. Explainer Videos
Viewers are 12% more likely to purchase a product after watching a product video.
Businesses which use infographics grow in traffic on an average of 12% more than those who don’t.
Companies that blog have indexed page, and 97% more inbound links.
13. Social Media
Social media is the most powerful platform where you can market your business & increase its brand value.
Best Advertising Options for Small Businesses
Best Advertising Options for Small Businesses
Don’t have any bucks to spend on your biz? No worries – there are plenty of marketing tactics you can make use of that won’t blow your small marketing budget. Let’s see how far you can stretch those dollars! Here are 20+ marketing ideas for small businesses working on a small budget.
Publish Great Content
It’d be neglectful not to mention the importance of kick-ass content. If you can create it yourself, all the better (isn’t free always better?). Even if writing isn’t your strong point, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting someone on your team to crank out some articles for your blog. Try top 10 lists, tip collections, best practices for your industry, etc.
Create Instructional Media
Video content is really valuable, and while it can cost big bucks to get professional YouTube videos produced, there’s nothing wrong with giving it a shot yourself or hiring a film student off craigslist. Wistia offers a great video tutorial showing you how to shoot expert-looking footage on your regular old iPhone! If videos sounds like too much of a challenge, try making slide decks and sharing them on slideShare.
Get Ad Promo Credits
While massive campaigns may be out of your budget, there are often discounts and coupons floating around for paid Facebook ads or Google ads. Some web hosting services offer advertising discount codes as part of their membership offering. Check and see if yours does.
Reddit, a bare-bones social network self-titled as the “front page of the internet,” can be a powerful too when used strategically. It is composed of a very tech-savvy audience that bristles at any obvious marketing tactics.
To win Reddit, share only truly awesome content, and post only to extreme niches. In Reddit, there are subcategories (known as subreddits) that deal with some of the narrowest, most specific interests in existence. There’s a subreddit for lockpicking (/r/lockpicking), a subreddit for unicycles (/r/unicycling). Find our niche and dominate.
Be a Savvy Social Networker
Create business accounts and participate in the big social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest. And Instagram in there too if your business is image-oriented.
Plan your Attack
Define who your best prospects are, and then determine the best way to reach them. Be as specific as possible. Is the decision maker the CTO or the company, the director of human resources, or a 37-year-old working mom? Will you find them on Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram? What about in-person networking at local business meetings? Will you find people at those meeting who are likely prospects or who know and could recommend you to likely prospects? Will customers be searching for your type of production on Google or Bing? Do you want to start promoting your business to them at the start of their buying cycle, or when they’re about ready to pull out their credit card and make the purchase. Write your answers down, and refer to them before you start any new marketing tactic. Use this marketing plan worksheet to gather your information.
If you Don’t Have Website, Get One Set Up
If you can’t afford to have someone custom-design your website, put your site up using one of the company like Wix, SquareSpace or Godaddy that provide templates and tools that make it easy to create a basic website.
Set up a Listing for your business in Search Engine Local Directories
Google and Bing both offer a free listing for local businesses. To get listed on Google, go to Google My Business. To get listed on Bing, go to Bing Places Business. Yahoo charges for local listings, but you get listed on a lot more than Yahoo if you buy their service. The service, called Yahoo Localworks, costs $29.99 a month and lists you in 50 directories including Yahoo Local, Yelp, WhitePages, Bing, Mapquest and more. The benefit of paying: You have a single location to enter your data to make it consistent and available on multiple online directories that your customers might search to find what you sell.
Sign Up for an Email Service
Send an email newsletter and/or promotional offers to customers and prospects for your business. Be sure you ask for permission to send email before putting any person’s email name on your list. One good way to build a permission-based email list of people who want your mailings is to give something away. It could be a free ebook, or even tip-sheet on how to do something related to your business. If you’re a health coach, for instance, you might offer people who sign up for your free newsletter a tip sheet with ” 10 Ways Ways To Lose Weight Without Going on a Diet.” If you don’t have anything to give away, try offering a signup discount on products or services as an incentive. An email service like Constant Contact* makes it easy to manage your list and send professional-looking mailings.
Attend Meetings for Professional Groups
Attend groups such as Chamber of Commerce, other local business groups. local chapters of national groups such as NAWBO, or civic associations. Have business cards in a pocket where they are easily reachable. Don’t forget to ask what the people you speak with do, and to really listen to them. They’ll be flattered by your interest, and better remember you because of it.
Best Advertising Options for Small Businesses
10 Tips for On-page SEO Management
10 Tips for On-page SEO Management
So, you’ve read dozens — if not hundreds — of SEO articles on the web. You’ve digested countless tips and tricks for improving your websites’s SEO. you’ve even (over)paid that self-proclaimed “expert” to help you develop an SEO strategy that aligns with your business’ goals.
Especially when it comes to on-page SEO, there’s no excuse for dragging your feet. After all, you get to establish what the topic and/or goal of a particular page will be. You get to decide on the target audience for the page. And you get to choose the target keywords and phrases you want to focus on.
Crawl Your Site
Start by getting an overview of all of the pages on your website that search engines have indexed. For HubSpot customers, their Page Performance tool (under Reports) will allow you to do this. If you’re not using HubSport, you can try free tool like Xenu’s link crawler.
After Crawling your site and exporting the results into an Excel (or .CSV) file, there will be three key columns of data that you should focus on: The web address (a.k.a. URL), the page title, and the page meta description. Copy and paste these three columns into your template.
Do an SEO Audit and Define Your Site Architecture
Now that you have a basic index of your site pasted into the template, you’ll want to start organizing and prioritizing your web pages. You can start by defining where within your site architecture your existing pages currently sit.
Note whether a page is your homepage (ideally you’ll only have one of those), or a page in your primary (or secondary) navigation menu, or an internal page, etc.
Update URLs, Page Tittles, and Meta Descriptions
Review your current URLs, page titles, and page descriptions to see if they need updating. This is the beauty of using a template to organize your SEO: You get a larger overview of the type of content you have on your website.
Notice how column D and column F automatically calculate the length of each element. The recommended length for page titles is anything under 70 characters. (And actually, a quick and easy optimization project is to update all page titles that are longer than 70 characters.)
Establish a Value Proposition
A very important next step, which is often overlooked, is establishing a value proposition. Define What the purpose of a page — and ultimately, your website — is. The page itself should have a goal aside from just ranking for a particular term.
Plan New Page Titles
Now that you’ve documented your existing page titles and have established value propositions and target audiences for each of your pages, write new page titles (if necessary) to reflect your findings. People usually follow the formula of “Keyword Phrase / Context.” The goal of the page title is to lay out the purpose of the page without being redundant.
Post Permalink Structure
Making sure your URL is displayed correctly is an important on-page metric. Again, you should use your target keyword in the URL, and avoid using special characters, symbols, brackets, commas, etc. within the actual URL.
Use dashes to differentiate the strings in your URL structure. These are called “pretty” permalinks and are supported by most web browsers.
You should use heading tags to highlight various headings, sub-headings, and important points.
In WordPress, the tittle tag is set at H1. You don’t really need to use any more H1 tags anywhere in the article. One is enough. For section breaks, stick to H2 and H3 tags.
Also, don’t use too many H2 or H3 tags as Google algorithms won’t like that.
You should keep the keyword density around 1.5% percent with a mix of LSI keywords. But as Matt Cuts explains, there is no real magic formula.
Use your main keyword once in the first paragraph and again in the last paragraph. And use it in the content where it makes sense.
Image optimization does a lot in driving traffic from image searches.
Keywords in the “image tittle” and the “alt text” help to make your blog post more focused and targeted.
But more important than that:
images creates agreement.
And the more engaged a user is, the more likely they’ll stick around, thus increasing your overall rank.
Write Engaging Content
You should write engaging content. Period. If you’re trying to get by with low-quality content and “trick” search engines, you will surely fail.
Your post should be a complete manual for that keyword. You should learn how to engage your audience in a way that works for them. Try asking your readers questions and answering them. Understand what they want to read, and then write them
10 Tips for On-page SEO Management
Myths and Realities about Muslim Women
Often Muslim women are portrayed as passive, voiceless and submissive victims however, history has shown that Muslim Women have not just sat at home and cooked dinner but have successfully run nations and companies. For example; Khadijah (Radi Allahu Anhu) and Aisha (Radi Allahu Anhu) the wives of our beloved prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) were very talented tradeswomen and Muslim scholar respectively. While women in varied cultures had to earn equality, Muslim women were given these rights from the beginning without any struggle. However, the Muslim women are often pitied and women practicing their religion are considered “Oppressed and non Liberated”.
This info will dispel common myths about Muslim women that skew the general public perceptions.
Myth: Hijab is a form of women’s subjugation
Hijab is mandatory for all believers be it men or women Allah says in the Quran:
“Say to the believing men that: they should cast their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste). This is better for them.”
“Say to the believing women that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste)…” Surah An Nur
It is more of an willful/intentional Choice to please Allah than an act of subjugation
Myth: Education is forbidden for women
The first word revealed in “‘I’Q’R’A translated as “‘R’E’A’D”.
To gain knowledge is an obligation for every Muslim man and woman, so that they can fulfill their religious and social responsibilities.
“Seeking knowledge is compulsory for each and every Muslim (i.e, both male and female),” Surah Al-Baqara
One of the great example to contemplate is ‘Aisha (Radi Allahu Anhu), mother of the faithful, was a hadith-narrator, scholar, intellectual and jurist of great standing. She is believed to have reported 2,210 Hadiths.
Myth: Women Hold lower status in Islam
Islam holds women in highest regard in every phase of her life:
“When she is a daughter, she opens a door of Jannah (Heaven) for her father. When she is a wife, she completes half of the Deen (Religion) of her husband. When she is a mother, Jannah (heaven) lies under her feet.” Surah An Nisa
“O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from this pair scattered (like seeds) countless men and women. Reverence Allah, through whom you demand your mutual (rights), and reverence the wombs (that bore you); for Allah ever watches over you,” Surah An Nisa
A woman is obligated to have a guardian (husband or male relative), he is by no means her owner.
When everyone are free to practice their belief and call it liberation. Why is it that a Muslim women following her religion is called oppression?
Myth: women is not an equal partner in marriage
The prophet of Islam (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “women are the twin halves of men.” The Quran emphasis the essential unity of men and women in a most beautiful simple:
“They (your wives) are your garment and you are a garment for them”. Surah Al-Baqara
Quran states that both men and women are equally responsible for the welfare of the family. Tolerance and kindness towards each other is responsible to create a prosperous life and help build a strong family
“And women have rights similar to those of men over them in kindness.” Surah Al-Baqara
She wasn’t created from his head to top him nor from his feet to be steeped upon, she was made from his side to be close to him, From beneath his arm to be protected by him, Near his heart to be loved by him.