Saturday Web Roundup: Declaring Independence, De-Cluttering Your Mind, and Killing it with Email Marketing

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Here’s wishing you a Happy Independence Day weekend! It’s Saturday, so it’s time for our weekly roundup of our favorite articles you may have missed from across the Web:

Entrepreneurship

  • Sometimes client demands, killer deadlines and late nights can make entrepreneurs feel anything but independent. Not to fear! Inc.com features this 4th of July post about 12 ways entrepreneurs can take back their independence. Our favorite: “Declare Independence from that which makes you uninspired.” Are you read to declare your independence?
  • The Founding Entrepreneurs? This patriotic post looks at the entrepreneurial bona fides of America’s Founding Fathers.
  • “Don’t think, do.” That’s was the advice that helped spur Jeff Curran to found Curran Catalog, a “high-end home furnishings company in Seattle.” Jeff is one of seven entrepreneurs who provide their start-up tips in this Entrepreneur.com post.  Great quote from Labor Wines founder Corey T. Nyman: “I’m starting an Oregon winery living in Las Vegas. If that doesn’t scream passion, I’m not sure what does.”

Productivity

  • A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, right? More so than you might think. Mikael Cho writes this post on how physical clutter can impact your brain, and what you can do to de-clutter your life. Interesting tidbit: “A team of UCLA researchers recently observed 32 Los Angeles families and found that all of the mothers’ stress hormones spiked during the time they spent dealing with their belongings.” 
  • Want three ways to crush your “deadly” deadlines? Check out this post by The Robert D.  Three mistakes to avoid: Not writing things down; making decisions by committee; take responsibility. Good stuff.
  • Put yourself in jail to stop procrastination? Yep, that’s step one of Gretchen Rubin’s Step-by-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating. Golden nugget: “Pay attention to the amount of time you spend working on tasks you dislike” and figure out how you can avoid  or delegate these tasks in the future.

Technology

  • Social media is cool — but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that tried-and-true email is indispensable.  This new study shows that email is outpacing Twitter and Facebook for “selling stuff online.”
  • Since we’re talking about email, we thought we’d share this FreeEnterprise.com article about how you can use email marketing to stay top-of-mind with your customers.
  • Which states are “killing it” in terms of digital ad engagement? This new study from PointRoll shows which states are leading the way in several digital ad engagement categories, such as interaction rate, click rate, video completion rate, and total brand interaction time.

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