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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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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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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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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...]

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Want to Review My New Ebook — Lead by Morning?

The other day, I mentioned that I'm launching a new ebook in the New Year. The New Year is here. And so is Lead by Morning: 365 Days of the Present Principle. Lead by Morning is a 365-Day morning motivational reader, aimed to help you get started on an excellent day. It's based on my ebook, … [Continue...]

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The Present Principle (Plus A Free Copy of My Ebook)

Looking for a free copy of The Present Principle ebook? Sign up for my free email newsletter, and you'll get the ebook delivered to your inbox. (Form not working? Try going here.) Having trouble finding your download? You'll need to confirm your email address for the newsletter, and then … [Continue...]

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The Podcasting Tools You Need to Win

In the New Year, I'll be doing some rebranding on my Podcast, and doing so also means getting the best tools to do the job. After chatting with some folks for recommendations (including Erik Fisher, who interviewed me for his podcast, Beyond the To-Do List last month), I've come up with the best of … [Continue...]

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Stop Yelling At People On Twitter (Social Media Pet Peeve #8)

I've been doing a series of social media pet peeve videos, and today here's another installment, this time urging you to stop yelling at people on Twitter. By yelling, of course, I mean sniping, snarking, and engaging in destructive online arguments with for all to see. Have you done that before? … [Continue...]