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A collection of posts on Self Improvement

Self-ImprovementSep 4, 2017
8 Tips For Overcoming Impostor Syndrome I Wish I Had Known Sooner

Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to see their own accomplishments, dismissing them as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Impostor syndrome is much more common that you’d think—o ver 70% of people have experienced it at one time or other in their lives . It is known that lots of entrepreneurial and high-achieving women have it, but I’ve also found th

Self-ImprovementAug 24, 2017
Mental Health and Social Media: A #Bufferchat Recap

This week on #bufferchat, we explored the relationship between mental health and social media with our guest, Danielle Kerani of AKKerani. The community discussed how we can use social media to better support our health, what habits we can change to use social media in a healthier way, how we can support others on social media, and much more. Read on to discover all of the awesome advice that was shared during the chat! Catch our weekly Twitter chat [https://

Self-ImprovementJul 19, 2017
Investing in Yourself: A #Bufferchat Recap

This week on #bufferchat, the wonderful Angelia Trinidad (founder and CEO of Passion Planner ) stopped by to share her inspiring thoughts on the importance of investing in yourself. The community discussed how to set personal development goals, how to make time for creativity, ways to celebrate our successes, and much more! Read on to discover all of the awesome insights that were shared during the chat! Catch our weekly T

Self-ImprovementMay 17, 2017
Learning and Development: A #Bufferchat Recap

This week on #bufferchat, we shared our experiences with learning and development in our work and personal lives. Our community discussed how they make time for personal development, what they’ve learned from stepping out of their comfort zones, how work learnings have positively impacted them personally, and much more! Read on to discover all of the awesome insights that were shared during the chat! Catch our weekly Twitter chat , #bufferchat, [h

Self-ImprovementMay 11, 2017
Becoming a Better Manager: The 4 Playlists I Use To Help Me Context-Switch

Before you say context-switching is the worst, hear me out — being a manager , I’ll often have several calls back to back and need to shift emotional context quickly. I sometimes carry the mindset and energy of one meeting through to the next and it leaves me less emotionally attuned. I was getting tired from the effort of context-switching and sometimes would be visibly drained or stressed. This is a catching disease: second-hand stress [

Self-ImprovementMay 4, 2017
A New Goal-Setting Framework For A Team That Doesn’t Work on Projects Together

Goal-setting has always been one of my favorite activities. I love the feeling of accomplishing something within a set timeframe and getting to cross it off a big list of other goals. I love seeing the progress and celebrating the achievement — in fact, I love it so much that you’ll find me routinely setting and revising goals throughout the year, both at work and for my personal life. We recently made the shift away from OKRs as a company-wide goal-setting framework, and we started experimenti

Self-ImprovementApr 25, 2017
5 Side Hustle Lessons I Learned From My Day Job

I never planned on being an entrepreneur. That label always sounded far too lofty for me. Entrepreneurs were guys in suits working everyone in the room. Entrepreneurs only got three hours of sleep a night because the rest of the time they were hustling. Entrepreneurs would look at someone like me and realize right away that I didn’t belong. But that picture – my picture – has changed. Women now make up 40 percent of new entrepreneurs in the United States. And startups these days don’t have to

Self-ImprovementMar 30, 2017
Interpersonal Communication: A #Bufferchat Recap

This week on #bufferchat, we explored ways to improve our interpersonal communication skills. We discussed tips for sharing thoughtful advice , effective ways to respond to negativity, strategies for bringing these skills to our online interactions, and much more. Read on to discover all of the awesome insights that were shared during the chat! Catch our weekly Twitter chat [

Self-ImprovementMar 28, 2017
The 10 Biggest Questions We Have as Managers (and What We’re Doing to Answer Them)

We used to have no managers at Buffer. Now we have tons. And we all have a lot of catching up to do. For most of the leaders at Buffer, we are new to people management . We have a strong culture of nurturing people into more advanced roles and promoting from within. This is fabulous for the opportunities we can afford our teammates; however, it does lead to a steep learning

Self-ImprovementMar 14, 2017
What Running 700 Miles in One Year Taught Me About Business

At heart, I’m a running purist. No headphones. No waistband for water bottles. No activity monitor or GPS tracker. Just my trusty Asics Trainers and a $10 Casio watch for pace. Seven hundred miles. At seven minutes per mile, that equates to roughly 4,900 minutes, 81.6 hours, or 3.4 days. That’s a lot of time to think. One of the secrets to running is the ability to lose yourself in positive thought; Brainstorming, reflecting, strategizing, and conjuring up crazy ideas while endorphins are go

Self-ImprovementMar 1, 2017
When Goals and Plans Are Eclipsed by Survival Mode

I worked myself into a lovely pickle at the end of 2016. I gave my manager feedback that I’d love to have a session on career planning and goals for my role in the company. I love these sorts of chats! Well, I used to. I’ve been so knee-deep in survival mode during my son’s first year of life, wrangling a puppy, and finding out that I was pregnant with number 2 when my son was 9 months old that I suddenly realized, while preparing for this chat, that I had no short- or long-term goals. “Well

Self-ImprovementJan 5, 2017
Supporting Ourselves & Others in 2017: A #Bufferchat Recap

We kicked off 2017 with a #bufferchat all about how supporting ourselves and others this year. The community shared how they want to grow, ideas for how to support themselves in achieving their goals, and intentions for how they can pay it forward and help others. Then, everyone shared the skills for which they are seeking mentorship, as well as skills they could mentor others on, and then people started reaching out and offering to help each other. It was a beautiful thing! Read on to discover

Self-ImprovementJan 3, 2017
How I Learned to Put Action Before Perfection

I recently celebrated a whole year at Buffer and, looking back, what a crazy year it was. One thing that continually surprises me is the open and transparent culture . Giving feedback and experimenting with the process is all part of the journey. Over my time at Buffer, I’ve had the fortunate experience of working on a few “ startups within a startup [

Self-ImprovementDec 28, 2016
4 Steps to Getting Rid of Your Alarm In the Morning (And Still Wake Up on Time!)

Sleep is one of my favorite things. I adore it. I’ve never been one for alarms though. Potentially because they mark the end of my sleeping. I started working remotely a fews years ago, and intermittently went between working from home and working at an office. Having a more flexible schedule meant I didn’t need to wake up at a certain time unless there was a meeting. Because of this, I’ve experimented with eliminating my morning alarm from my life. Here is how I went about it and how you can

Self-ImprovementDec 26, 2016
Buffer’s Favorite Books of 2016

Here at Buffer, we love to read. A lot. In fact, we gifted 1,366 Kindle books to our team members and their family members this year alone! This is 27% more than our 2015 total of 1074 and 108% more than our 2014 total of 656 ! One of our most avid readers, Amy , is in four book clubs currently, and she cites this Kindle perk as enabling her to do so and also set n

Self-ImprovementDec 12, 2016
Most People Don’t Have Transparent Salaries, So Here’s The Research on Talking About Pay

A while back, an awesome group of women in tech in Hamburg, Germany reached out to Buffer. They explained that they wanted to support women in being more confident about the money they make and negotiating, and asked if we would we be interested in talking about our journey with transparent salaries. And that’s how I, with a track record of literally never negotiating and a mostly hilarious salary history that looks like this: 1st job, NYC: Conde Nast editorial asst: $26K 7 yrs @Tennessean/G

Self-ImprovementNov 16, 2016
The Key to Meaningful Productivity: Being Receptive (and 5 Tips to Make It Happen)

We all want to be more productive and fulfilled in our day-to-day. Even the words that we use to describe productive people and actions are filled with aspiration: ship, create, code, get things done, make things happen. A quick search of Google for the phrase “increasing productivity” returns nearly half a million results. There are countless books, blog posts, tips, and tools designed to help us maximize our ability to get things done. There’s also a real danger of becoming unbalanced. I’

Self-ImprovementOct 18, 2016
9 Public Speaking Lessons I’ve Learned (So Far!)

Public speaking is a scary or uncomfortable idea for many people. Some people feel they don’t have anything valuable to share. Others feel it’s a lot of effort, don’t see the benefit in speaking publicly or are too anxious to do so. These are definitely all points that previously put me off speaking in public. If I rewind to just a few years ago, there’s no way I would have ever dreamed to speak in front of an audience. But as we’ve mentioned on the blog before in our exploration of stage frig

Self-ImprovementSep 8, 2016
Learning How to Learn: A Bufferchat Recap

This week in #bufferchat, we discussed the “how” behind learning; in essence, we talked about learning how to learn! In the conversation we shared techniques for retaining information, discussed how our learning styles might change over time, and much more. Read on to discover some insightful tidbits from the chat! Catch our weekly Twitter chat , #bufferchat, at TWO times every Wednesday for valuable industry i

Self-ImprovementAug 23, 2016
Starting My Work Day at 5 am is (Maybe) the Best Decision I’ve Made This Year

Many of the best experiences in life are totally unplanned. I remember one of my last days in high school when the entire grade 12 class (all boys) hopped over the fence of the neighboring girls’ boarding school in the middle of the night and went streaking. I made a wrong turn and — with nothing but running shoes on — stumbled upon a legion of young girls staring out of their dorm windows. Totally unplanned, 100 percent memorable. *Yes, I’m well aware that this story is a little odd for a po

Self-ImprovementAug 12, 2016
Working Smarter, Not Harder: A Bufferchat Recap

This week in #bufferchat, we all talked about working smarter and not harder! We discussed what “work smarter, not harder” means to us, how we manage our energy and be productive, our favourite ways of taking breaks and making time for ourselves and much more. Catch our weekly Twitter chat , #bufferchat, at TWO times every Wednesday for valuable industry insights and networking with nearly 400 other smart marke

Self-ImprovementJun 23, 2016
23 Productivity Tips From Digital Nomads Around The World

Productivity on its own can be a tough challenge for anyone, even if you work from the same space every day. And what if you’re jumping workspaces every week? Every day? Every couple hours? Digital nomads and remote workers have a very unique productivity puzzle to figure out. I’ve been fortunate enough to be working remotely full-time for nearly 6 months now, and my desk has sometimes changed every couple days — or even every couple hours! As I’ve gone from place to place, I’ve been jotting d

Self-ImprovementMay 19, 2016
Making Time for Reflection: A Bufferchat Recap

This week in #bufferchat, we explored one of the core Buffer values : making time for reflection. In the discussion, we talked about what reflection can look like from person to person, how it can impact one’s life, strategies for building a habit of reflection, and more! Catch our weekly Twitter chat , #b

Self-ImprovementMay 17, 2016
How to Survive (and Thrive) When Life Punches You in the Mouth

A few weeks ago, one of my students posted this in my Facebook mastermind group (emphasis mine): Let me start by saying that I applaud this woman for having the courage to step up, share her story, and ask for help so she can overcome this and move forward again. It’s actually pretty damn hard to admit when you’re not in a good place professionally and to then ask for help. I wrote an initial response with my thoughts (below) but I wound up thinking more and more about this topic and it got m