Five on Friday — July 26

Venice Beach Sunrise

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Since this week’s articles focus on motivation and productivity, we encourage everyone to make the most of their day today (even though the weekend is so close you can probably taste it).

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

How to Have Productive Mornings

25,000 sounds like a lot, right? It would be a lot of chocolate cakes, or cars, or bathtubs—too many, even. But what if you had fewer than 25,000 days left in your life? The average life expectancy in the US is 79 year, and entrepreneur James Clear calculated that that only gives you more or less 25,000 mornings in your adult life (past age 18). Are you making the most of them?

And How to Become a Morning Person

Now that you’re feeling motivated to take advantage of your mornings, here are a few tips to make sure you’re actually awake once morning rolls around.

Clutter Negatively Impacts Productivity

So it’s 6 a.m., you’re awake, and you’re ready to face the day head-on…or are you? If your desk is a mess and you have 500 unread emails from the past 6 months sitting in your inbox, you could be holding yourself back. While everyone can tolerate a different amount of clutter, your brain gets overloaded and your body becomes stressed once your individual threshold has been passed. Here are some tips to help find a balance that works for you.

7 Steps to Startup Sales Growth

Too many startups fall into the “If you build it, they will come” trap, stubbornly waiting for new business to knock on their doors rather than actively seeking it out. But marketing is neither a four letter word nor a rocket science, and startup mentor Martin Zwilling has outlined 7 simple steps to guide you through the process.

Google Serves a Quarter of North American Internet Traffic

Just in case you were doubting the importance of optimizing your website for search engines, Google accounts for roughly 25% of all consumer Internet traffic in North American on any given day—that’s more than Facebook, Netflix, and Instagram combined. I wonder if Google’s employees are morning people…

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