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How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're trying to find more time to read and it's not the #1 thing you'd do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)? Here are ten simple … [Continue Reading...]

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Be More Productive By Hitting the Mark

My pal Erik Fisher of the Beyond the To-do List podcast (see my recent interview with him here), has a great new book out called Hit the Mark that's all about one of my most favorite topics: Productivity. {Yes, I'm the biggest productivity hack you'll ever meet. And no, that doesn't mean I'm that amazing at it. But it does mean I read endlessly about the topic;) Erik's new book has an interesting take on theme, and definitely worth a good … [Continue Reading...]

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Do You Have a Confident Heart?

I'm a huge fan of devotionals, and throughout the course of each year I work through a few different ones during my morning routine -- which I call my PRESENT time. (See here for a full outline of what I do each morning.) So when I heard that bestselling author Renee Swope had released a new devotional to accompany her book, A Confident Heart, I was thrilled. After connecting with Renee through a friend last year and first hearing her story, I … [Continue Reading...]

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 9.52.31 AM

How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're trying to find more time to read and it's not the #1 thing you'd do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)? Here are ten simple … [Continue Reading...]

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Why Audiobooks Are Changing My (Reading) Life

As I've said before, I read a lot. In 2012, the goal is 150 books, and I'm right on track. Amazingly, though, until this year I'd never really taken much of an interest in audiobooks. At least for the last 15 years or so. When I was younger, and I went on long, boring (!) family hikes or road … [Continue...]

Recommended Hotels

The following hotels  are either a) places that have come recommended to me in which I have not yet stayed, or b) places I am fond of. So, take my word for it. Or take someone else's.   New York City The Surrey The Hudson Hotel  (I stayed there for the US Open last year. Small … [Continue...]

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The Best WordPress Plugins

  I've talked before about why Wordpress is the hands-down best blogging platform around these days, and I'm sure I'll talk about it again. Once you have a blog set up, though, the next most important thing is to have the right plug-ins. [Don't yet have your blog set up? See my recent … [Continue...]

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How to Set Up a Blog

I love to talk blogging, and enjoy sharing why I firmly believe that most entrepreneurs and business folk can benefit from blogging. To get a blog going, though, you do need to set it up. In this post I want to point you to some of my resources detailing exactly how to go about setting up a … [Continue...]

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Why the Demise of Hotmail is the End of an Era

This week, a tiny little news item appeared on the right side of my screen as I scanned something vastly more important. In no uncertain terms, it alerted me to the end of an era. Hotmail is dying. Yes, folks, it's true. The 350 million of us who at one point signed up for accounts with … [Continue...]

Recommended Restaurants

Here are some yummy places I have either eaten in, or want to eat in. Miami Prime One Twelve New York City Fred's Soho House Los Angeles Cecconi's … [Continue...]

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Why We Pay for Mentors (A Firsthand Account)

  I've been talking about mentoring of late, and today is no different. Want to catch up? Read these recent posts on mentoring: How to Find a Mentor Why You Should Pay for a Mentor How to Get Me to Be Your Mentor After the post I wrote about why you should consider paying for … [Continue...]

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How People Find ClaireDiazOrtiz.com

Back when I started my first blog, back in 2006, I had the unique pleasure of discovering a new, favorite past time. No, not blogging itself, but rather looking up what people are searching for when they find my blog. Over the years, this passion has only increased. Here's a compilation of … [Continue...]

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How to Get Me to Be Your Mentor

 A Guest Post By Pamela Redmond Satran. Pamela Redmond Satran is the New York Times bestselling author of 18 books, including the novel The Possibility of You and the forthcoming humor book Rabid.  She is a co-creator of the million-visitor website Nameberry and a columnist for Glamour.   I … [Continue...]