How to Learn, a Scientific Approach

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Learning is sort of like gaining experience points in a video game. When we learn a new carpentry technique, a better way to solve a math equation, a new language, or even just a new word, it feels like we've leveled up. In fact, in most games, leveling up is pretty much the whole point. So, if we're not leveling up in our life, what's the point it?

It also feels good to learn, which isn't surprising since learning something new is associated with increased Dopamine production in your brain. Dopamine is the chemical that's released when we are being


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How to Hire The Right Freelancers for Your Startup or Small Business

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If you want to grow a successful business, you have to build a good team. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. You want talented people that can get the job done, but you also want them to believe in your mission.

When you first start out, you might not have the funds to bring on a whole set of employees, which is why it’s a good idea to build a network of freelancers for your startup. Freelancers and contractors are a great way to test the waters for new employees, and they can help you


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6 Tips for Smarter Business Planning

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It doesn’t take much to become overwhelmed with everything you need to do at work. One week could be super mellow, then all of a sudden it seems like every possible thing that could go wrong does. Scrambling to plan a business trip the day before, waiting to the last minute to run errands, or pulling an all nighter to finish up a project on a deadline not only leads to an increase in stress and a drop in morale, it could also destroy your company’s finances, and contribute to an overall decrease in productivity. Learning how to


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Fostering Team Habits: 3 Scientific Tips For Managers

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Most of what your team is doing is by habit, and a good portion of it is almost completely unintentional.

Research shows us that about 40% of what we do is by habit.

If that’s the case, we might as well be making the best of that time.

We’ve talked about habits on this blog before, but this time we’re taking an organizational approach. What can management do to enforce positive habits?

Let’s find out.

1. Design a Minimum Viable Habit

If there’s just one change to make in order to successfully incorporate habits, it’


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Build Trust with Remote Teams by Tracking Time

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Leveraging remote teams can be just as great for companies as for their employees - as long as employees and managers can trust each other to deliver on their promises. Trust is an essential component of communication for any company, even more so for partly or wholly remote workforces. With no physical office for everyone on a team to gather in, tools that help boost accountability and presence not only create the feeling of being together on certain projects, but they also create the trust necessary for healthy, open communication.

Take these two scenarios:

Steve’s Remote Company

Steve, a


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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).

efficiency Photo Courtesy of Sachin Sandhu

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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