10 Journal Prompts to Help You Get Started With Journaling Right Now

How many times have you started journaling? You start it and then a few weeks later, the journal is sitting there a few pages full and you have no desire to pick it up again. That is so many people, including myself until a couple of years ago. Since July 2021, I have opened my notebook/journal every single day. There have only been a handful of days I’ve missed since then as of this initial writing in November of 2022. Do you want to start a daily journal practice? Have you been searching for journal prompts and don’t know where […]

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A Second Brain – Can It Really Help Me Be More Creative and Productive?

Did you know that the average person consumes around 34GB of data every day? Put this another way, we consume around the equivalent of 174 newspapers’ worth of information every single day. Talk about information overload. Is this a good thing? Maybe. Is this a bad thing? Maybe. There is, however, a challenge that presents itself with this… where does all this information go? With so many media-rich notes and ideas flying around in our heads, the old commonplace books of the past might not work. A digital second brain? That’s where it’s at! To sum up this post in […]

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Using a Notion Workflow for My Blog – Can This Awesome Tool Work for You?

Do you need or want a one-stop shop for creating and organizing projects and tasks for work? Notion might be the answer for you! When I discovered Notion, I admit there was a learning curve to it. Now that I understand how it works, I’m never going back. Notion helped me create a one-page view of everything for my website. I can look at a content calendar, view a list of products I offer, check off my task list, and more all in one place. If you haven’t checked Notion out, my hope is that this post will give you […]

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Positive Self-Talk: 5 Truths I Wish People Knew About Themselves

I started this whole blog because I am surrounded by awesome people in my life. The worst part about that is that they don’t even realize it. The self-talk we do in our minds tells us otherwise. If you’re looking for a self-talk definition, you can find numerous. They all center around the same idea. Basically, it is how we are internally talking to ourselves in situations. Anyone who really knows me understands that I am not one for the fluffy stuff. Far from it. So this isn’t just lip service. My wish is that this post inspires you, and […]

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How Todoist Can Help You Manage All Your Tasks Quickly and Easily

My love for Todoist knows no bounds. Seriously, I love it. For me, Todoist is the best task manager anyone could ask for. In this post, I’m going to lay it all out there about Todoist because if you are searching for a task manager for Mac or Windows or any device on the go, Todoist might just be it! My Journey To Todoist I read this book called “Getting Things Done” by David Allen and it essentially changed my life. Since reading it nearly two years ago, I haven’t missed a weekly review. If you don’t know what a […]

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Creating a Morning Routine in Your Classroom to Have a Great Day of Teaching

Posts about morning routines are all over the internet. Here on Creating Time For Life I have one about some great habits to try in your morning routine and one about my personal morning routine as well. You are your habits! Starting your day off with a morning routine is essential for your well-being. With that said, wouldn’t it be wise to create a classroom morning routine as well? Yes, it would. Most definitely it would be amazing! Teaching is super unpredictable. The funny thing about that statement though, is that to be the most successful, you need to be […]

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3 Things I Do Every Week to Keep Out the Digital Clutter

You’re going to laugh when I tell you how simple this is. This may be one of my shortest posts on the site! No, really. Digital Clutter stems from just a few different automatic actions and doing these three things will help you keep a hold of it once and for all. Here they are: Inbox to Zero Clean off my desktop. Clean out my downloads folder. Inbox to Zero If you’ve been around the site, you may have run across my series on Inbox Zero. Keeping my email inboxes at zero is something I do practice regularly. However, every […]

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How Planning Lessons a Week Ahead Changed My Teacher Life

Anyone who has been teaching for any number of years has encountered all types of teacher planners as their colleagues. You’ve got the day-by-day planner who is a day ahead in what they are doing. There are the 15 minutes before the kids walk in I’m trying to figure out my life and planning lessons on the fly planners. There’s the loosely planned for the week, but I don’t really have anything ready planner. I’ve also seen (my husband) the planned until Christmas and it is only October planner. All mixes of the above are also around. Planning Lessons is […]

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Which Teacher Planner Is Going to Work Best for You and Your Planning Style?

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If I’m going to be honest with you, this is not a review of planners per se. So, if you came here for another one of those posts, this isn’t it. I’m going to tell you my story in hopes that it will help you go through what I went through a little bit more quickly. Everyone has their own unique planning style. If you are a brand new teacher, yay! If you are a seasoned veteran, yay! This post is for both.  I’m going to cover my own personal planning story, things that don’t work or aren’t worth it, […]

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How I Set Goals and Map Them Out for Success and You Can Too!

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You should absolutely set goals. If I can say one thing to anyone who is trying to strive for more, it would be to set goals.  If you have big dreams or even small things you want to accomplish, the way to do it is to set goals. Let me throw some statistics out there for you before we begin. First, goal setting has a statistically significant effect on behavior. Setting a goal makes you act. At least we hope it does. If you set actionable steps towards your goal you are 40% more likely to achieve it. If you […]

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