There is a direct line between energy and productivity. When you feel zapped, you just aren’t going to get as much done. But, unlike time, there are ways to build your energy levels.

What happens when you achieve this? You’ll surpass expectations because you’re a lean, mean productivity machine. And, it’s really not all that difficult if you do the following.

Get the best sleep ever.

I know this is a give-in. But, so many of us aren’t getting enough sleep each night. Some of us are even engaging in some revenge bedtime procrastination.

The ugly truth is that sleep deprivation can have serious consequences. In addition to a lack of energy, you could experience everything from mental health disorders to physical ailments like cardiovascular disease. Other symptoms include poor decision-making, reduced attention span, and burnout.

The good…

What do all successful leaders have in common? They’re on a constant quest for knowledge. Whether through books, workshops, or shadowing peers, it’s an essential leadership trait.

Why is this the case? Because it keeps them up-to-speed on the latest trends and sparks creativity. And, most importantly, it ensures that they can grow into an inspiring and productive leader.

With Gen Z entering the workforce, this is more important than ever. After all, how boomers and millennials were lead are completely different than what Zoomer expect. One area that you shouldn’t overlook is developing new forms of leadership so that you can connect with this demographic.

Increase your leadership capacity.

“Developing leadership skills is one of the most powerful moves you can make to transform your professional and personal life,” states…

The other night I thought that as soon as my head hit the pillows, I would be out cold. I had one of those non-stop days. You know, getting ahead of work and attending to household responsibilities like laundry.

A peculiar thing happened. I laid there wide awake.

So, I decided to read a book to calm down. When I felt drowsy enough, I put the book down but continued to toss and turn. Frustrated, I grabbed my phone and turned on a podcast until I eventually fell asleep.

I was well aware that it was past my bedtime. I also knew that I was going to pay for not going to bed on time by dragging all day tomorrow. But, I just couldn’t help myself.

Of course, I’m not an anomaly. In fact, this such a prevalent problem…

We all know that we should have a retirement plan. And, this is particularly true when it comes to entrepreneurs.

Unlike working for another entity, you don’t have the luxury of perks like matching contributions. Instead, this is completely up to you to set up and fund. Despite knowing this, 34% of entrepreneurs lack a retirement plan.

According to a survey by Manta, the reasons for this include “insufficient income (37 percent), using previous savings to invest in their business (21 percent) and planning to sell their business to fund their retirement (18 percent).”

Is There a Retirement Savings Plan Tailored to the Entrepreneur?

Another excuse not included? Not being aware of a retirement plan that’s tailored to entrepreneurs.

While there isn’t one specific retirement plan for the self-employed, there…

When it comes to your retirement, you did everything right to be ready. You developed a retirement plan that took into account your lifestyle, health care, and potential bumps in the road. And, you went ahead and created a budget to ensure that your retirement plan would come to fruition. Do you have everything ready for retirement?

What is an RMD and How Will it Help You Retire?

Everything seemed to be running smoothly until at age 72, when you have to worry about something called an RMD. But, what exactly is an RMD and how can it impact your retirement?

RMDs 101

RMD is short for the required minimum distribution and is the required amount of money you must withdraw from an employer-sponsored retirement plan that’s also tax-deferred. These investment accounts include:

  • Traditional IRAs
  • Rollover IRAs
  • SEP IRAs
  • Most small-business accounts (Keoghs)
  • Most 401(k) and 403(b) plans

If you have any of these accounts, then annual withdrawals must be made once you reach age 72 — or…

When it comes to your retirement, you have a variety of options, such as employer-sponsored retirement savings accounts like a 401(k) plan. But, the largest contributor to retirement income is Social Security. In fact, in 2019, 69.1 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration.

If you’re somewhat familiar with Social Security, it seems straightforward. When you work, you pay taxes on your income. This is then put into a pool and you’ll eventually reap the benefits when it’s time for you to retire. It’s a nice, and often long-waited, perk for paying your dues. But, if you’re not careful, you may get hit by something known as the “tax torpedo.”

In simplest terms, this is an unexpected tax burden where you may have to pay tax on up to 85% of your Social Security benefits depending on the other income you have coming in…

When I first got my driver’s license, my grandparents handed me down a second car they owned. Obviously, I was beyond grateful. What freshly-minted driver wouldn’t want a free car or truck?

Of course, my first car wasn’t 100% free. Even though my grandparents gave me the car, I still had to pay for the tags, registration, and insurance. There were no complaints here. But, the point is that nothing in life is truly free. And, that’s definitely the case when it comes to the government.

Does the Government Give Money Away for Free?

“The federal government does not offer grants or ‘free money’ to individuals to start a business or cover personal expenses, contrary to what you might see online or in the media,” it clearly states on …

Like so many other business owners, you’re rearing to get back to work in your office. Specifically, going back to what life was like before COVID-19. Your main goal for right now maybe simply returning to the office.

That’s not unreasonable. The rollout of the vaccine is here — and things are looking up. According to JLL’s “Human Experience” report, three in four workers wants to return to an office in the future. However, as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

In other words, don’t’ haphazardly and rush your reopening. Instead, start developing a plan that will ensure that you can safely and efficiently reopen your office. And, if you don’t know where to begin, here are some pointers to get the ball rolling.

Steps to Reopen Your Office — Brush Up on the Law and Health Guidelines

Without question, the step you must…

Growing up, I was angled with serious allergies and sinus issues. As a result, I spent most mornings congested and feeling stuffy. Suffice to say, the last thing that I wanted to do was chow-down on breakfast.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m still not much of a breakfast eater. I have nothing against the food — but who doesn’t enjoy eggs and bacon — or just bacon and bacon? I’m just not much of eating bright and early. And what is the cost to your health of eating overly fatty foods too often?

If I’m hungry, sure — I’ll eat a little something. Usually, however, I’m sipping on a little juice. But that means lunch is extremely important for me. …

Heading into the new year, one of my main resolutions is always to read more books. I’m being real here and admit that I’m not going to be reading hundreds of books — but I do try to read a couple of books a week. You too will be more content as you squeeze in a couple of quality minutes of reading each day.

As per the quote above — I admit, I have several big TVs too.

But — which books should I buy? I decided to purchase a variety of books ranging from biographies to business books to novels to a couple of books my wife has recommended.

At the last minute though, I picked up some books about preparing for your retirement. I’ve read a couple in the past. But, because retirement isn’t in most of our vocabulary , I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have more retirement planning books on-hand.

But, herein lies another issue. Which retirement books are worth buying and reading? …

John Rampton

Entrepreneur, Writer, Online Marketing Guy, Blogger, Husband and Full Time Computer Nerd. Founder @Calendar and @Due

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