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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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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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5 Surprising Ways to Increase Willpower

Willpower allows us to choose long-term gains over short-term gains. Do you ever wish you had more willpower?

It turns out that willpower can be strengthened or fatigued like a muscle. That means exerting your willpower on something small can help you to exert it over more important things later. On the other hand, if you overwork your willpower, you will have what is called ego depletion, where your self-control may be impaired. Continue reading →

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Motivate Yourself With Temptation Bundling

Temptation bundling is a motivational technique that links an undesirable task with a more enjoyable activity. An example of this is watching your favorite TV show only while working out. The term “temptation bundling” was coined by Katherine Milkman, assistant professor at Wharton School.

“I struggle at the end of a long day to get myself to the gym even though I know I should go. At the end of a long day, I also struggle with the desire to watch my favorite TV shows instead of getting work done. I actually realized that those two temptations, those two struggles I face, could be combined to solve both problems.” –Katherine Milkman, Freakonomics interview

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Productive Procrastination

Procrastination is almost a bad word in the English language. It’s often looked down upon as lazy or linked to feelings of guilt in the mind of the procrastinator. It creates a level of stress because there is an unmet commitment. What would you say if I told you that procrastination can be used productively? Productive procrastination sounds like an oxymoron but it has a real following.

There are times I become remarkably productive while procrastinating. While avoiding The Task, I do other important things in an effort to assuage my guilt. This often involves doing dishes (my least favorite chore) because the self-inflicted punishment of doing another task I don’t like makes me feel better about myself! Continue reading →

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Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

I sometimes wish I could be one of those carefree, happy-go-lucky people, but the truth is I’m not. I’m always pushing to get to the next step and, in some way, make things ‘better’ than they are now. This can manifest itself in many ways, and one of those ways is my long to-do list for our new home. Sometimes my personality is helpful, because I’m proactive and hard-working, but it can also lead to becoming overwhelmed and burnt out.

It may be your personality, a big event in your life, or someone else pressuring you into things. Life is full of stuff and that stuff can pile up until you’re climbing a mountain so big you don’t know how you’ll ever reach the top. When you’re tired, how do you keep going? Continue reading →

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