There is only so much time in the day to read, digest and absorb the mounds of information we are inundated with. Why not organize some of that information by carefully curating a small batch of sources that speak directly to and feed your intellectual, creative and personal needs? Take a minute to review all of the blogs, newsfeeds and newsletters you are subscribed to and think about what and how they are contributing to your personal growth, development and capacity to perform your various duties. TIP: Replace one hour of t.v. watching with an hour of reading through your favorite blogs or get up an hour earlier for some inspired reading.
Below, are 11 of my favorite blogs that keep me motivated, in the loop and hungry for more…
1. Daily Worth (www.dailyworth.com) Quick, smart and doable financial tips. The personal stories let you know the tips are tried and proven. A lot of times people give financial advice, but it’s unrealistic for the listener. Daily Worth covers all sorts of topics on how our finances affect our daily living, including: fashion, food, debt, relationships, legal, entertainment and more.
3. She Takes on the World (www.shetakesontheworld.com) I’ve watched Natalie grow and grow and grow. And she is doing it with style and fun. I even love how she changed her blog format from written to video. It’s great to “hear” her dole out practical, simple advice to my fellow women entrepreneurs.
4. Daily Beast (www.dailybeast.com) A self-proclaimed “cheat sheet” for current events. It’s all the “in the know” I need to know.
5. .Mic (www.mic.com) I get some of my cultural nutrition from .Mic. It is a fresh and substantive perspective on world news (politics, art, music, world, sports). They say it is news catered to a younger generation, but as a 40-ish woman, I find their daily digest of stories germane and thought-provoking.
6. Inc./Entrepreneur (www.inc.com and www.entrepreneur.com) These two magazines are industry standards for small business owners. I get both the online and in print versions. Online daily/weekly digests are scanned for information to share on my social feeds and I keep the print versions to delve deeper into when I’m on road trips, at the doctor’s office (I swap them out there), coffee shops on the weekend, etc.
7. Smitten Kitchen (www.smittenkitchen.com) When you are busy running a business, it’s hard to make dinner exciting when all you want to do is get in the bed. Smitten Kitchen reminds me to keep my meals fun, fresh and delicious (especially being married for over 23 years). I get a daily email with a simple recipe and images of the steps that even a neophyte (or lazy) cook can bring to fruition.
8. Fast Company (www.fastcompany.com) I’m a huge geek for innovation. Fast Company never fails to assure me that the next great thing arrives daily in my inbox. From gadgets to apps to housing to medical equipment to automobiles … you name it. It’s also a great way to escape the mundane and be inspired by all of the incredibly gifted and talented people out there who feverishly work to tantalize us with ingenuity.
9. James Altucher (www.jamesaltucher.com) This is just smart, witty and “tear off the bandaid” wisdom.
10. Pick the Brain (www.pickthebrain.com) Personal development is essential when running a business. Clear thinking requires a strong mind and Pick the Brain is a source for introspection and reflection.
11. Noobpreneur (www.noobpreneur.com) Pronounced Noo-bee-preneur. Gives a broad spectrum of topics, tips and information that would be helpful for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Where are getting your motivation and guidance from? Share your favorite blogs and digests!
Micro Business Therapist, A.Michelle Blakeley, is a small business professional with extensive experience in business organization and development. She has successfully guided hundreds of small business owners through the daily challenges of operating a small business with timely and transformative small business advice. Revitalize, reimagine and persevere with her daily curated online magazine, Micro Business Therapy.