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When to Stop Working When It’s Not Working

Recently I've written about the wrong time of day for me to do my writing, and more generally about the importance of knowing when the best time of day is for you to do specific work. Today I want to expand on this idea to talk about how you know when it's time to stop trying. Or, rather, how you know when it's time to stop forcing yourself to do work you're not doing so great at. Here's the thing: In the story I told you, about me at the … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Find Work Life Balance As an Accomplished Depressive {Guest Post}

This guest post comes in via Molly Dunn, a pal from business school who is rocking the world. Importantly, Molly is rocking the world despite a diagnosis of clinical depression, and shares about the journey at her blog DepressionWhoNeedsIt. Although depression isn't something I have suffered with, I am a huge believe in mental health being a key priority in order to lead healthy and happy work and personal lives. I'll let Molly take it from … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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My Word of the Year: Rest.

Last week, I told you about the idea of creating a “word of the year”. One word to inform and synthesize the year you have ahead of you. One word to mean everything you want 2013 to be, and one word that will help serve as a guiding light when times get tough and you’re not clear on where your … [Continue...]

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Why You Need a Word to Define Your Year

I read a great thing recently, and I’m a bad person because I'm not 100% sure I remember where. I think it may have been in Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home -- Rubin’s great second book about continuing the process of bringing more happiness into your daily life. But I'm not entirely sure it was … [Continue...]

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Three Essential Questions to Help You Solve Problems

We've all had them. Problems. Big, small, tiny, and massive. And we all seek to find the best ways to handle them every time they arise. Sometimes, they seem to fill entire days with their weighty, darkened skies. Problems can make a day one where nothing seems to go right, everything goes … [Continue...]

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In Defense of Reality Television

I'm ready to say it. Or, rather, shout it from the rooftops. I love reality television. Yes. Reality. Television. That oh-so-useless entertainment form that some decry should be wiped from our earth forever.  And here's why. Over time, I've noticed that one of the-most commented on … [Continue...]

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Why You Should Set Reading Goals

The other day, I wrote a post about How to Set Life Goals in 2013. In the post, I walked through the SMART goals framework from Paul Meyer’s Attitude is Everything (which I'll recommend again -- it's just $2.99 for 144 motivating pages.) As I walked through the framework, I showed some of my … [Continue...]

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How to Set Life Goals

By now, I imagine you've realized that the truth is staring you in the fact: It's a new year. (Cue: So, what are you going to do about it?) For me, a new year is about new goals. Whether you got a chance to do goal-setting over the holidays before 2013 actually struck -- or you're just … [Continue...]

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Five Things Every Blogger Needs to Know About Unverified Email Subscribers

One day last week, I had a bit of a field day learning about unverified (or "unconfirmed") email newsletter subscribers. Although most people are able to find something more normal to become obsessed with for a 5 hour period (a difficult jigsaw puzzle, a dirty house) I - apparently - am not terribly … [Continue...]

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Are You Still Talking About Yourself on Social Media?

I've now finished recording ten videos sharing my favorite (make that least favorite) social media pet peeves. The tenth video, below, shares the topic I found myself most annoyed by: people who talk about themselves too much on social media. It's a common trap to fall into -- wanting to promote … [Continue...]

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Why You Shouldn’t Comment On Someone’s Profile Picture (Social Media Pet Peeve #9)

If you haven't yet watched one of my social media pet peeve videos, I'll summarize: I'm doing videos about pet peeves I have. About social media. This week, I've got one all about why you shouldn't negatively (or even somewhat negatively) comment on other people's social media profile … [Continue...]