The Science Behind Jet lag and How To Beat It

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If you're an international traveler, chances are you've run into jet lag on your adventures. Jet lag can really mess up the first day of you travels, and if you're traveling for business, it can hinder your productivity on your first day or two on the job.

Because of this, it's important for you to understand why you feel tired and groggy when hopping off of an long-haul flight -- and what you can do to prevent jet lag and stop it after it takes effect. Luckily for you, that's just what this article is: the science behind jet lag


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How to Gain Insights from Top Business Books in a Fraction of the Time

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There are hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, of great business books from entrepreneurs, experts, CEOs of successful corporations, thought leaders, and other inspirational types. If you enjoy reading, there's a good chance that you have dozens of books in your wish list or on your bookshelf, waiting to be read.

The challenge for most people is the time investment in reading these books. Sure, you know you can benefit from them, but you also can't give up several hours (or more, depending on your reading speed) just for one book. Fortunately, there are services out there that can help


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Six Apps For Traveling Abroad With Your Smartphone

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Traveling abroad can be a wonderful experience; whether for business or pleasure, you’ll be exposed to tons of new culture, people, and food. However, with this exploration comes many changes to daily life: from the currency you use to the way you move about a city.

Depending on how often you travel, these changes can be rough. Luckily, with the rise of the smartphone, these changes are becoming easier and easier to overcome using mobile apps that can guide you throughout new cities, convert currencies, and even find an internet connection.

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Below, you’ll find my top six go-to


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How We Built Our First Sales Funnel

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When building out your initial sales funnel, analyzing your leads is the most powerful strategy you can employ. At Sqwiggle, we research every company that comes through the door. We qualify them by potential deal size. When a company has more than 100 potential seats, we apply a lot of handholding to get them to convert.

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We use a series of APIs that give us insight into the companies that are signing up. Providing you with everything from number of employees to fundraising, good business analytics will tell you which companies are worth spending your time on.

The Breakdown

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Working Remotely Saves Money

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Most of the time when we talk about the benefits of working remotely, the conversation focuses on the worker—remote workers have more autonomy, feel more satisfied at their jobs, save on gas and car maintenance by cutting out the daily commute, and enjoy more after-work free time (yes, I could go on).

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But for a lot of businesses, offering a telecommuting option makes sense strictly from a financial perspective. There are obvious savings like a decreased reliance on expensive office space and supplies, but underlying factors like saving on salaries, increasing productivity, and retaining


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How to Encourage Your Employees to Be Your Brand’s Ambassadors

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Here’s a funny little story on how I got a new service provider when I wasn’t really in the market for one. While shopping at Home Depot, I noticed an interesting item in another cart and was eyeballing it pretty darn good. The married couple who was using that particular cart came back to find me staring at it’s contents. They teased that I was “trying to steal their stuff” and we all laughed it off.

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For some reason, I kept running into them at the store, I even bumped into them on the way out the


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Highly Effective Techniques to Block Distraction

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For remote workers, there’s a constant struggle to stay focused: even when your to-do list is filling up, the allure of YouTube videos and Twitter streams can kick your procrastination habit into high gear. But when the web is also your workplace, it’s pretty tough to cut out distractions.

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If you’re looking for ways to focus better and reclaim wasted minutes, here are some apps that shut down distracting online time-wasters to help you concentrate on real work.

Understand your patterns using RescueTime

Most of us have no idea how much time we waste online every day.


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How We Handle Customer Support at Sqwiggle, The Complete Breakdown

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If you are in business, you’d probably agree with me in saying that everything is about the customer. There’s no endeavor worth pursuing that’s not customer centric. That said, a good customer service set up can mean the success or failure of your company. I’d like to walk through a few examples of how we approach customer service at Sqwiggle to give you a clear perspective of both where we succeed but also our past failures. This post will be a practice in transparency.

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The Mechanics of Sqwiggle Customer Support

The Good, the Bad and the


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Quick Tip: Speech Dictation for Serious Writing

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I typically find a massive buffer between my thoughts and slow inability to type. I’m actually a fast typer but still can’t move as rapidly as my own ability to speak.

For this particular instance, Dragon Dictation is my saving grace! With this trick, I’ve written entire 750 word rough drafts within a matter of minutes.

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The downside: There will be errors and your thoughts will be naturally more rough than if you crafted every single word by hand. This approach just requires a bit more editing and actually works well to push through writers block if


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The Psychology of Setting Goals

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When you boil it down, productivity is a string of tasks completed in the most efficient way possible. But how can you measure efficiency without a set deadline or goal?

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The fact is, deadlines can feel like a struggle: they turn day-to-day jobs into a race against the clock. But as much as some of us despise deadlines, they’re a critical aspect to a streamlined workflow—especially in a team setting.

From a psychological standpoint, deadlines can be an effective external tool for motivating yourself to reach a goal, especially when they’re implemented in an achievable way.

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