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If Sarah Kauss turned back the pages of her journal to August 2010, she’d likely find an entry about a scorching day in the Sonoran Desert. With the sun beating down on her, all she wanted was a cold drink—but the water she carried was lukewarm from the heat. The experience gave her an idea that would change her life.

Two months later, a stylish, reusable bottle with the ability to keep liquid cold for up to 24 hours, otherwise known as the S’well bottle, was born.

Kauss still uses her journal every day, which serves as a reminder of the progress that she’s made over the years. With just a flip of a page, she can reflect on the highlights and learn from the hangups of her past, something that provides “a sense of positive momentum” as she moves forward.

How keeping a journal can help with productivity

How much money would you save if you worked from home? A new tool looks at various factors about you, your commute, and your company—and can spit back a usually jaw-dropping number about how much money you would keep in your pocket if your work arrangement got more flexible.

How much money would you save if you worked from home? A new tool looks at various factors about you, your commute, and your company—and can spit back a usually jaw-dropping number about how much money you would keep in your pocket if your work arrangement got more flexible.

If you’re looking for a quick way to improve productivity for yourself as well as those around you, look no further than your inbox. Most of us take e-mail for granted now, which is why there is an opportunity there to improve and optimize how you communicate. In this week’s episode I’ll tell you about the techniques used by a variety of different entrepreneurs to optimize their e-mail correspondences.