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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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what to do when your day is full of meetings

what to do when your day is full of meetings

I’ve been working at my new job for a month now , and the one takeaway I have going from working from home to working in a collaborative environment is… there sure are a lot of meetings. Meetings are pretty much necessary to achieve my goals at work, whether I’m working with one of the students or meeting with a client about their marketing needs. But it can definitely be hard to get anything done on my to do list when…

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a better way to multitask

a better way to multitask

For the longest time, I was convinced that I could multitask with the best of them. I shunned all of the productivity experts who swore multitasking was not possible or achievable, and I didn’t even consider any advice on how to multitask and how not to. I was a successful multitasker, and that was that. Of course, in recent years, I’ve identified many reasons why I shouldn’t have been multitasking all this time. Maybe it’s just as I’ve gotten older and my…

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7 things to do before you leave work for the day

7 things to do before you leave work for the day

In the last few weeks, I’ve realized the last things you do to finish your workday are just as important as the things you do to start your workday. And I’ve found that this applies both when you work from home and when you work in an office. Whether I realized it or not when I worked from home, the way I ended my workday had a significant impact on how my next day started. I’ve noted a few things I…

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how to be more respectful of your own time

how to be more respectful of your own time

I know that time management is not everyone’s forte. Some people are infinitely better at it than others, and many of us default to being busy instead of being productive. But life is more about being busy for the sake of being busy. I’m working on training myself to stop replying to, “How are you doing?” with any sentence that involves the word “busy.” Instead, I’m trying to be productive, work towards my goals and value my own time –…

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the benefits of batch tasking

the benefits of batch tasking

If you, like me, find yourself with a full to do list that runs the gamut, you’re probably looking for a better way. Because there has to be a better way, right? And there is. Instead of working your way through your to do list, from No. 1 to No. 1,000 (OK, my to do list isn’t usually that long), have you tried batch tasking. Let’s talk about what batch tasking is and how to do it, because it can truly…

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How to jumpstart your mornings when you work at home

How to jumpstart your mornings when you work at home

I will be the first to admit that I am not really a morning person. I am so far from a morning person, you wouldn’t believe it, and I would love to know how to be a morning person. But for now, there isn’t a single part of me that enjoys mornings. Well, maybe I have nothing against mornings – but I do hate waking up! I love to be asleep, y’all. And when I read blog posts or articles about…

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