Filler Words are Really, Actually, Like, You Know… Wasting Time and Space

Some expressions can like really screw up the way you communicate, you know?

Source: These Six Filler Words Are Undermining Your Credibility | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

I used to work harder on not using filler words. I would add “that” to the list from Fast Company. What are your own worst junk words?

Anyway (a transitional and lazy filler word), we can’t write the way we speak to a friend. Keep your writing just formal enough to avoid losing readers to the written version of ummm…..

Celebrate your own Milestones

4. Celebrate your own milestones. Defining your own success will be your best bet. Don’t start comparing numbers and statistics. Just concentrate on WHO you want to connect with, and make sure you’re connecting with them.We are all better off with a hundred readers who are really engaged with us than a thousand who couldn’t care less. That’s why it is best to create a blog you love first.So, concentrate on creating milestones within your control. For example, “Create a ‘100 List’ on my blog.” Or “Create my first series on X topic, with five blog posts at a minimum.” Or maybe “Find the best looking blog theme within my budget of X.” Or, “Print X amount of blog posts into a hard copy book.”These are things that you can control. Not the number of readers or comments your blog has. Hopefully, if you’re doing the right thing, then those other things will follow too.

Source: The Case for Non-Niche Blogging — Life, Inspired

We compare ourselves to others far too much and not so well (for ourselves). I know I don’t stop and give myself credit very often. Or, when I do, I make it fast and shove it aside to make way for other things I haven’t done yet. That’s sad. We don’t really take the time to feel accomplished. If you look backwards you can see a trail of accomplishments you’ve left behind you, mostly forgotten.

Complain in the Right Way

14. Complain.But do it the right way. Present your beef with an idea for improvement. “Framing things in terms of solutions lessens the focus on the problem and who might be at fault,” says management professor Russell Johnson, coauthor of a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. “It evokes pleasant emotions instead of negative ones that cause mental fatigue.”

Source: 15 Habits That Will Totally Transform Your Productivity | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Just another form of constructive criticism. We want others to give us that kind of critique… so do others. I especially like not focusing on blame. That puts people in defensive mode and very little gets accomplished once they start putting up a wall and can’t hear you any more.