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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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 to Use Your Own Planner Layout Ideas to Create a Perfect Spread

If you are reading this post it means you are searching for your own planner peace. There are planner layout ideas in your head that you know will cause you to have the most productive year in the history of ever. Well, I’m here to tell you that there really is no such thing. GASP! No, really. There is an ongoing joke in the planner community about how many planners different people buy each year and how often people switch. Have you read my post about checking your systems? It is normal to change planners and planner layouts (within reason) […]

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How the Notion App Can Really Increase Your Productivity

As someone who LOVES learning about how to be more productive and how to refine my systems, I take notice of recurring tools. One tool that kept popping up in my feeds on Instagram and Facebook was the Notion app and web-based platform. I looked into it and immediately dismissed it because I already had a system in place that worked for me. Here’s the deal though, if you’ve read my post about checking your systems, you know that you really do need to check your systems often. If you don’t know what I mean by systems, check out this […]

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7 Things Teachers Can Do During Summer Break to Ensure a Stress-Free Fall

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Let’s be absolutely honest here… teachers work during summer break. Yes, we don’t have to teach children, but all teachers do things for school over summer break. If you didn’t, it would be like a freight train was hitting you that first day back. Now, I’m not saying that you need to log a million hours instead of hitting the pool. There are a few things, however, that will help you start the year without stress (or as little as possible).  Reflect on the year before. Figure out any automated or simple running lists/items that you can regularly contribute to. […]

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