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Nutrition is important, but you need some indulgences too.

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We all know how important good nutrition is. But did you know that certain foods and drinks can help with different brain functions? It’s true. Studies have shown that certain foods and drinks can help improve productivity, creativity, and inspiration.

These three traits are important for everyone, but they’re especially important for writers and other creatives. Most creators have to create something every day in order to improve their craft and make good money. What foods and drinks can help these traits? Read on to find out.

Foods For Improved Productivity

Productivity helps keep us going. It keeps us motivated to keep writing. …

If you want to accomplish your goals, you have to simplify things.

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I have a question — how many of you are trying to change your life in some way? I know I am. One thing I’ve found is that the only way to change your life is to change the way you’re doing things. If you want to write a novel but you’re working a full-time job, you have to find the time to write it. If you want to lose weight, you have to find the time to exercise and plan your meals.

I can hear you now… “But Erica, I have so much to do, I don’t know how…

Plus one additional writing exercise you can use to get started journaling.

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Intro — If you’re struggling with any area of your life, you may have a lot of thoughts floating around in your head. Those thoughts can make it difficult to focus so you can accomplish your goals. How can you get those thoughts out of your head? Write them down in a journal. In this article, I’ll provide some journaling prompts you can use to get your thoughts out of your head and on paper, as well as some other ideas.

Before you use journaling prompts, start by writing morning pages.

Julia Cameron made morning pages popular in her book “The Artist’s Way.” The point of writing a morning page…

Because you shouldn’t go through life blindly.

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Have you ever wondered if your life can be more fulfilling? If you’ve been blindly following the same routine every day for years like so many of us do, you may not realize that it can be. There are six simple (but not easy) rules you can follow to live a more fulfilling life.

Get comfortable with making decisions. — If you hate making decisions, someone else will ultimately make one for you. When that happens, you might not like the outcome because you gave up power and ownership. …

Becoming more self-aware is the first step to improving yourself.

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Most of us don’t like to admit we have shortcomings. We prefer to think of ourselves as unlucky rather than taking a proactive approach and becoming more self-aware. It is possible to become more self-aware though. In this article, I’ll discuss some techniques you can use.

List your values.

Taking an hour to identify and prioritize your values can tell you a lot about yourself. For example, you may find the work you’re doing is completely out of line with your values. The information you get from this exercise is a good starting point to finding ways to improve your life. …

If you talk for a living, your voice is your life.

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Many people, like actors, teachers, and anyone who talks on the phone a lot for their job, need to be able to speak clearly without yelling. Knowing the difference between projecting your voice and yelling can prevent overuse injuries to the vocal cords and improve the sound quality of your voice across a room or on the phone. In this article, I’ll discuss the steps you need to take to project your voice.

What is the difference between projecting your voice and yelling?

When you project your voice, you push air up with your diaphragm and create a deep, smooth, round sound. When you yell, the sound isn’t coming from…

Working from home can be beneficial for both the employee and the company.

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The pandemic has forced many professionals to work from home at least part-time. During this time, many of them realized they prefer working from home because they could spend more time with family, had less stress since there was no morning commute, and had more quiet, which allowed them to be more productive.

Now that more people are getting vaccinated, however, a lot of managers want their employees to return to the office. …

Permanent remote work may not be the best thing for everyone.

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There are a lot of benefits to allowing your team to work remotely. Many people are more productive when they can work from home with fewer distractions from employees or bosses. Employees may also have better attitudes when working remotely because they’re in settings they can thrive in.

Of course, not every employee may thrive working from home. If you’re considering letting your team continue to work remotely, ask yourself these three questions.

Has remote work made communication more difficult?

Ask yourself if allowing to work remotely has limited your communication. There was a learning curve for some teams during the early days of the pandemic, but…

Plus four tips to make working from home easy for your employees.

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I’ve worked from home for almost 18 years. Working from home has its drawbacks, but for me, the benefits of being able to work from home are much greater. I don’t have to deal with traffic or follow a strict dress code.

Because of those two benefits alone, I’ve saved a lot of money over the past 18 years. I’ve put that money towards paying off debts. This improved my credit and allowed me to buy my first house four years ago. I truly believe many more people could work from home if they chose to.

Many companies make arguments…

Erica Martin

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