Weekly Briefing No. 42

480 Words | (1) Be More Successful by Having More Fun, (2) Beautiful Product Mockups & Videos in Seconds, and (3) Don’t Respond to That Email and See What Happens.

Be More Successful by Having More Fun

Innovation: People who have fun are 43% more successful.

Desired Outcome: Have more fun. Be more successful. Help more people.

People who have fun are 43 percent more successful! The strategies that actually work are counterintuitive and might feel like cheating. But they’re based on studies conducted by a university researcher with hundreds of participants. You might not guess that having more fun, eliminating your secret rules, and choosing something to bomb intentionally works. But the data says otherwise. Imagine if your diet, guitar playing, or nonprofit organization was 43 percent more suc­cessful just by following a few simple principles. Get the book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff and get happy.

Beautiful Product Mockups & Videos in Seconds!

Innovation: Realistic mock-ups in minutes for non-creative types.

Desired Outcome: To give people the visual experience of using your products without expensive photo shoots.

Placeit was created so that you can showcase your designs in the beautiful, realistic environments they deserve! Just give them a screenshot or URL and they’ll generate high quality product mockups for you. Be it for iPhone mockups, iPad mockups or any device mockup you need, our huge variety of images allows you to create your own unique marketing collateral. They add new mockups every day, taken by their own staff of photographers, to assure that you get the final image your design needs. I use Placeit whenever I need a realistic mock up and you should too. This week’s photo is using Placeit.

Don’t Respond to That Email and See What Happens

Innovation: Not letting your email inbox dictate your priorities.

Desired Outcome:  Getting control over your calendar.

A few years ago, I stopped responding to certain emails. Emails that had been to me and someone else, emails that I was copied on and respond all emails. A funny thing happened. Nothing. No one followed up. No one noticed. So, I informally promoted a don’t respond strategy with my coworkers to do the same thing and for goodness sakes, do not send anymore of those kinds of emails. In fact, send as few emails as possible. Guess what happened. Nothing. Nothing except greater focus on the things that matter. Try it and let me know how it works! Email me. Haha.

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