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The secret to getting your stolen time back

Have you ever fallen into this trap: You’re lying awake in bed, scrolling on your phone, hooked on a piece of content. You know you need to go to bed and when you look at the clock, it’s way past your bed time…

If I’m honest, this has happens to me too often. I’ve stayed up past midnight more than once reading, watching, or listening to great content. I’ve been wondering what should I do with content I want to read, watch, and hear—but simply don’t have time for? There will always be plenty to consume.

Here’s Why I Ignored Your Text

Whether you’re the culprit of ignoring texts or the victim of being ignored—I get it. Unanswered text messages don’t make you feel good.

I’m writing this post because I have many, many texts I haven’t replied to. I’m not sure what people think who I’ve left hanging, but I hope this post will reveal what goes on when you haven’t heard from me.

Story Dancer: America’s Got Talent Merrick Hanna

In the 12th season premiere of America’s Got Talent, 12-year-old Merrick Hanna’s dance performance caught me by surprise.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from the 12-year-old dude in bright red pants. I certainly wasn’t expecting to experience a story. If you haven’t seen the video, do yourself a favor and watch it before reading on. If you have seen it, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say he didn’t dance, he told a story.

How social media forces businesses to be content creators

And a proposed solution for how companies can make better content on a regular basis

Creating content has become a pretty important skill for businesses these days. Companies know they need a social media presence because that’s what millions of people see daily. But the problem is most businesses are not designed to pump out content. The result?

The result is bad content. Social media platforms have basically forced businesses to be content creators, whether they’re good at it or not. So some do an excellent job at creating content, while others merely publish “social media posts” that don’t serve the business in the long run.

What happens when the computers go down at Shake Shack?

When the computers go down at Shake Shack, you might be in the middle of placing your order for the first time. The grill is still hot…the meat still fresh & ready to cook. Your belly will still be hungry and the smell of fresh burgers and fries will smell better than ever. The show must go on.

When the computers go down at Shake Shack, a crowd of people will flood in the front doors, ready to place their order. The line will get longer and longer and the noise of chatter louder and louder.

5 ways my dog makes me more productive

Meet Teddy. He’s an 8-pound, super soft and really cute toy poodle. He loves chasing his tail, laying on laps, giving kisses, and taking naps. His secret weapon? Helping me be more productive.

I didn’t grow up with a dog or other animals. So when my wife brought up the idea of bringing home a puppy, I wasn’t super excited. But last fall, Teddy joined our family, and I had no idea he’d change my life for the better.

Why is there so much mediocre content?

Learn why and how to raise the bar

There’s a lot of content on the web right now. Even though there’s enough to watch and read for weeks, new content is guaranteed to show up in the next 24 hours. I’m afraid though, that most people aren’t giving content-making their all.

Yeah, I know there’s some pretty amazing channels on YouTube and some great blogs available for free—but, in terms of new content being published and posted, there seems to be more mediocre new content than good new content.

Benefits of listening to music while you work

Listening to the right music while working has been a tremendous productivity booster for me over the past few years. I have found myself more focused, energized, and optimistic—which allows me to get more done—and keeps me feeling relaxed and present.

While I understand there are musical anhedonics (people who are completely unaffected by music), a 2014 study shows that “the vast majority of human populations find [music] pleasurable.” (Mas-Herrero et al., Current Biology)