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This week: Why you're less productive in the summer, beating boredom, movies for entrepreneurs, why your credit score may soon go up and times you shouldn't feel guilty at work.

1. 7 Reasons You’re Less Productive in the Summer

[Credit.com] “Americans are terrible at taking vacations, and that’s a shame, because they aren’t helping their companies or themselves. People are just less productive in summer, for a whole host of reasons. So you might as well hang out at the beach anyway.”

I’ve been feeling really unproductive lately. I thought it was because I was getting burned out, or to be completely honest, that I might just be getting old. I feel a lot better now that I know that it’s July, and not old age, that’s slowing me down. Check out this article … if you’ve got the energy.

2. The ABCs of Beating Summer Boredom

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Has the newness of summer vacation worn off for your kids? Do your kids seem to have more time on their hands than they know how to fill? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, why not try some of these A-to-Z ideas for combating the ‘I’m bored’ summer blues?”

This article has 26 ways to keep your kids entertained this summer, from “Adopting an Adult” to “Zipping Over to the Zoo.” Do you have to be a kid to appreciate them? Nope. Lots of these suggestions would also pass for cheap date ideas.

3. 5 Classic Summer Blockbusters That Taught Us Awesome Lessons About Small Business

[Nav.com] “Summer isn’t just for beaches and barbecues; it’s also the perfect time to retool your small-business strategies and improve as an entrepreneur. Let’s take a look at five classic summer blockbusters that taught us awesome lessons about small business.”

According to this author, “Jaws” can teach you about effectively using outside experts, “Anchorman” illustrates outsourcing, “Jurassic Park” offers a lesson in niche marketing, “Aliens” is good for developing a mindset of success and “Batman” is the movie for those looking to build a brand. Does that mean I can buy these DVDs and deduct the expense?

4. Your Credit Score May Get a Free Boost Soon

[Debt.com] “Basically, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is forcing the big credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — to fix credit errors more quickly and make them less damaging. It’s going to make it easier for a lot of Americans to get loans, and at better rates.”

We’ve written about this before, and so have most consumer sites. The problem is the changes that are coming are just that: coming. They probably won’t be in place for another year. Still, when they finally arrive, they’ll be helpful, so click the link above and read about them.

5. 8 Times You Should Never Feel Guilty at Work

[Wise Bread] “Guilt is not a fun emotion. When we forget someone’s birthday, or hurt someone’s feelings, we have every right to feel a little guilty. Similarly, if we miss a deadline or make another mistake at work, guilt is an appropriate emotion. But sometimes, it’s just not necessary. Here are eight times when you should banish those guilty feelings once and for all.”

Guilt is often a wasted emotion, and I applaud any article promising to help reduce it. Things not to feel guilty about at work include taking time off, leaving early if you came in early, reporting someone to HR, telling a co-worker their idea is bad and more. Read this article or hate yourself.

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