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get better at email

get better at email

If you’re like me (and I think many of you are), emails make up around 75 percent of your communication at work. Want to send better email and be a better emailer in general? I’m sharing my tips. Hey, listen: I’m far from perfect at emailing. I do not always say the right thing, I lose things all the time and I take way too long to answer emails that are important. But I do my best! Only touch it…

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why my to do list is never bigger than six tasks at a time

why my to do list is never bigger than six tasks at a time

I’m always trying to work smarter, not harder, and while I don’t always succeed, I do my best to make sure I am in control of my to do list… and not the other way around. [How to take control of your to do list] A major part of this comes down to one simple rule: I never have more than six tasks on my to do list at one time. Why only six tasks on my to do list?…

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what I’ve learned from Rachel Hollis about creating habits

what I’ve learned from Rachel Hollis about creating habits

I was so excited when Rachel Hollis’ new book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, came out in March! I always listen to these sorts of books on audiobook (I have an Audible subscription and totally recommend it!) and this one was especially good. Rachel Hollis has a great way of speaking and is a very engaging narrator. Plus, I love listening to authors narrate their own books! They tell the story in a completely different way. Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate…

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balancing your work life and home life

balancing your work life and home life

I recently read the very annoying New York Times article (that I refuse to link to, because I am still annoyed) about how today’s young people work longer and harder than ever before and are addicted to working long hours. It’s plain and simply true, because it takes a lot more work and a lot more grit to achieve the same level of success. Without getting into my own personal bitterness about generational differences and why things are much harder for millennials than they…

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How to take charge of your to do list

How to take charge of your to do list

If you have been struggling to get as much done this year as you’d hoped, you might need to make a simple change that will make a big difference. Writing better to do lists and approaching your to do list in a different way can make a huge difference. If you feel like your to do list is in charge of your life, it’s time to take charge. Here are a few strategies for better to do lists that have…

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my ideal daily routine (and how to stick to your own)

my ideal daily routine (and how to stick to your own)

I am not big on mornings, but I am big on routines. So, I do have a general daily routine that I like to stick with, even though what happens between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for my day job can totally run the gamut. I’m going to share my ideal daily routine (meaning the way my day goes when everything goes according to plan) and also a few tips for setting and sticking to your own….

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Closing the loop: What it is, and why it matters

Closing the loop: What it is, and why it matters

A few months ago, my boss at work shared a few pieces of advice on “closing the loop” – what it was, how to do it and why it was so important. It really stuck with me, and she and I have tried really hard over the last few months to make sure we always walk away from meetings or chats with all loops closed. I think it’s a great concept that a lot of people struggle with it, so…

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10 tips for writing (when you don’t want to)

10 tips for writing (when you don’t want to)

It’s almost November (as in, tomorrow!) and that means it’s almost NaNoWriMo! Time to share some of my NaNoWriMo tips. November is my favorite month of the year for 1,500 reasons, but one of those 1,500 is because it’s NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, I’ll sum it up for you: Join an international community of people trying to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Even the years when I don’t have the time to truly commit…

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35 ways to say no

35 ways to say no

If you’re anything like me, you struggle with overcommitting yourself – and even more, you struggle with how to say no when you need to or want to. I love to feel like I’m wanted, and I love to be helpful to other people. Saying no might be one of the hardest things for me, because I never want to turn down an opportunity to help other people. I don’t like to turn down opportunities, period. That leaves me with…

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21 tools to use to run your small business

21 tools to use to run your small business

When you run any kind of business – whether it’s a boutique, or a direct sales company, or you’re a freelancer or a consultant – there are a lot of tasks you have to do on your own that you never would’ve considered.  Inventory management? Managing social media? Making graphics? Editing photos? Are you for real? You mean I don’t just take money from my customers and give them my product or service in return? Lol. I know. But really, the amount…

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