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Beat Your Perfectionism

Welcome back to part 2 of 2 in our series on perfectionism! In Part 1, we talked about signs of perfectionism and how it can impact your life. Today we’ll talk about ways to minimize the negative effects of perfectionism.

“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it”

― Edith Schaeffer

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Are You a Perfectionist?

A motto of Silicon Valley is “Fail fast. Fail often.” To the perfectionist, this sounds like the worst thing ever. While most people would rather succeed than fail, a perfectionist bases much of their self-worth on success.

Life coach Carly Smudre sums up her experience by saying her perfectionism “would swoop in to ‘save the day.'”

If I just worked harder, was more reliable & more impressive… I’d never be criticized.

If I just looked better, was more attractive, & always had something funny to say… I’d never be rejected.

If I just appeared like I was in total control of my life, then maybe would feel more confident in my choices, more secure in my relationships, and free from this debilitating feeling that I “wasn’t enough”.

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20 No-Spend Weekend Ideas

It’s easy to fall into spending habits and not really think about them. Having a no-spend weekend allows you to take account of your regular spending and find creative ways to minimize it, at least on a temporary basis.

Does that mean you can’t have any fun this weekend? Not at all! You’ll save money and may even decide to implement no-spend weekends regularly. Continue reading →

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Planner Review: Slay Your Goals Planner

With New Year’s right around the corner, you might be thinking about a New Year’s resolution. I know we still have to get through Christmas, but just put this in the back of your mind for now. Occasions when we are reminded of time passing are always popular for setting new goals: the start of a year, a birthday, the beginning of a week or month.

New Year’s is very popular for this reason, but also has a reputation that those resolutions don’t last. US News reported that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Goals fail for a variety of different reasons, but one of the reasons you have the most control over is lack of planning.

It’s for just this situation that the Slay Your Goals Planner was created. I received a free copy of the Slay Your Goals Planner to review, but all opinions are my own. Continue reading →

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The Why and How of Gratitude Journaling

We have something special today! This is a guest post by my friend Suzie from Cinnamon Sunrise. She’s sharing her knowledge of gratitude journaling – something I have never tried before!

Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling carries a host of benefits, and the act of “being thankful” has been a part of philosophical and spiritual life for most of human history. Gratitude journaling is, at heart, very simple. In some ways, deceptively simple. It’s the act of taking a few minutes each day to write down things from the day that you are grateful for. Continue reading →

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Productivity with the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is the only time management method named after a tomato. Each 25-minute work session is called a pomodoro after the creator, Francesco Cirillo’s, tomato-shaped kitchen timer. To those of us who speak English as our first language, calling it the “Pomodoro Technique” was probably a better marketing move than the “Tomato Technique.” Either way, this technique attempts to maximize productivity by alternating focused work times with regular breaks. Continue reading →

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