How to Use a Planner in a World of Stickers, Bullet Journals, and More

Have you ever walked the aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and looked at all those colorful planners and thought, “I want to plan everything… it’s all so pretty?” Maybe you’ve even grabbed a brand new planner and a couple of packs of planner stickers and got super excited. You’ve done this before, but this time it’s going to stick. Every planner sticker in that pack is going to be used. I’m going to sit down every day and my life is going to be so freaking organized! Two weeks later you realize that you wrote in it for the […]

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Morning Journaling: How to Start This Amazing Healthy Habit Right Now

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Do you struggle with goals?  Does your morning start out with chaos right off the bat?  Is your to-do list a mile long and you see no end in sight?  Then it is time to start adding journaling to your routine. Before you even start with the excuses of no time, I’m going to stop you.  Five minutes, maybe ten can start this healthy habit.  It will be a game-changer for you.  If you feel like you don’t have 5-10 minutes to sit for a moment in the morning for yourself, then make that time.  Your family, your work, and […]

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How Productivity Systems Can Absolutely Help When You Feel Stressed and Overwhelmed

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The last two weeks sucked. Have you ever had a couple of weeks in a row where you feel like you are being pulled in a million directions? You didn’t overschedule yourself… it kind of just happened that your husband’s birthday, school events, the CrossFit Open, and several other things all landed in the same two-week time frame. I was totally overwhelmed. By Thursday the second week in, I was leaving work early because I felt sick. My body betrays me, haha. I don’t know if anyone else is like this, but I was totally fine. I was still getting […]

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The One Productivity and Time Management Tip You Need for Ultimate Success

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You’ve read it all. You have a Pinterest board full of tips and ideas to help you become more productive.  Crap, I’ve devoted an entire blog to this stuff. I’m being absolutely honest with you here… putting it out there for all to read. You might not need to read any of the other stuff if you understand this one major productivity and time management tip. My husband actually said it best.  He is a total type A, no-nonsense guy. He is also a teacher. I was trying to better myself. However, I am a slightly disorganized and creative spirit. […]

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3 Top Time Management Techniques For You to Try

Do you feel like you have a hard time keeping up with life? Do you have a million tasks on your list and feel like you never have enough time to get them done? You are in the majority. I’ve got stuff. There are lots of things that I have to accomplish in a given week and there are times that I might think it’s a lot, but I have the systems in place to help me get everything done. I like to think I am not in the majority. To help you climb out of the “I’m so busy” […]

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Do You Feel Like You Can’t Get Anything Done? Check Your Systems!

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You check your list of things to do at the end of the day and realize that you crossed off one or two things, but you added another 5 to the list.  You think about something else you need to get done while you’re working on one project. The stress of getting things done is becoming too much.  You plan and plan. However, you still feel like you’ve got a million things lost in the shuffle. Does any of the above sound familiar?  I know that I’ve absolutely been there.  I want to let you in on a little secret […]

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How an Effective To-Do List Can Rock Your Productivity

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Who doesn’t love a good to-do list?  Don’t you enjoy writing all your stuff down for the day and scratching off each item with satisfaction when you finish it?  It is a wonderful feeling.  Chances are though, that you could be using to-do lists in a better way.  Keep reading to find out about how to use this tool to get more done and feel accomplished each day. The Typical To-Do List You start your day and get to work.  Suddenly, you realize you have several small tasks you’ll need to get done during the day.  Then, out pops the […]

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How to Build Productivity and Time Management Systems for Success

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Systems are the key to success.  They help you create time for the important things in both your work and personal life.  Putting systems in place will help you with time management and productivity more than anything else. The Pareto Principle is the 80/20 rule that basically means that 80% of outcomes result from 20% of causes.  In other words, our biggest gains come from our 20%.  This applies to our time a lot in this day and age.  80% of our time is emails, mindless distractions, repetitive tasks, etc.  The actual work that needs to get done is only […]

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Inbox Zero: Part 3 – Email Management

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Here we are at Part 3, which is all about email management and how to keep your inbox zero going!  You now understand what Inbox Zero is and you’ve cleaned your inbox like crazy.  If you don’t, go back and read Part 1 and Part 2! If you’re ready, now what?  You maintain it! Maintaining this is actually quite easy and will leave you wondering why you weren’t doing this all along.  It involves three major points: Pick just two or three times a day to process your email inbox. Process it fully every time. When you fall off the […]

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Inbox Zero: Part 2 – Decluttering Tips For Your Email

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I already explained the idea of Inbox zero and why it is important, and here we are with the next step.  This is the ultimate set of email decluttering tips. If you haven’t already read my first post about inbox zero, check it out here.  Let’s get started changing your email life forever! Today’s focus is going to be on getting your inbox to zero and filtering through everything.  In my last post in this series, I will go through what to do to maintain this and feel so much freedom from doing so! Cleaning Out Your Inbox: Practical Decluttering […]

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