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5 Ways to Start Taking Small Steps for Big Results

Often times I find myself sitting at my desk at my job, or at home at the dining room table, looking at my planner intently with overwhelm.  Whether it be big goals and changes for myself or my business that I am striving for or daily tasks that need to be done, I am frozen because I don’t know where to start, so I end up starting nowhere and sit there for another long period of time.  I want to do all of these big things, like lose twenty pounds, get to yoga 2-3 times a week, and actually run a 5K.  Even when we are frozen in completing out to-do lists, we all have to start somewhere. RELATED READ: 2017 Planner Recommendations Straight from Creative Entrepreneurs Ever since my grandma, who battled breast and bone cancer for nine years, told me her greatest advice was to “follow your heart,” I

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How to Use Mind-Mapping to Organize Your Brain + Prioritize

I know what it feels like to have all of these ideas and dreams and struggle to get started so they can become reality, and if you are anything like me, you literally have one idea after another. I set lots of high goals with doable action steps – every single month for personal, family and business. As a matter of fact, I have a huge whiteboard that aids me in mind-mapping and prioritizing. The filled in whiteboard serves as a constant reminder to stay focused on what I want to achieve. But mind-mapping can get done on a piece of paper as well and there’s also plenty software and apps that are available too! RELATED: Analog Tools to Organize Your Brain (or Business) in the Digital Age A mind map helps you give a visual graph to how everything fits into your world. The process can give you an amazing overlook about

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Analog Tools to Organize Your Brain (or Business) in the Digital Age

A fresh, new year is upon on us and with it a slew of new plans, resolutions and goals that we’re eager to attack at full force. The ideas are flowing, your momentum is rolling–but you can’t seem to find a moment of the day when your face isn’t buried in your smart phone or computer. Seriously, if your job, business or passion project require an internet connection, it’s impossible to avoid the draining sensation that comes with being constantly tuned into screens. I finally got so exhausted living by the whim of social media notifications and iCal reminders that I realized it was time for me to make a change. No, not a social media detox or anything like that. I’m talking going back to the good stuff–analog tools. Breaking out your favorite pen, buying a fresh notebook or supporting a small business by purchasing a printable are just

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How to Make Your To-Do List More Efficient

I was having one of those days. You know… the days you feel like your head is in a whirlwind of things you need to do and your mentally-written to-do list replays like a two-song play list. I frantically searched for my trusty notebook, which was already filled with lists I compulsively made, sometimes even in my sleep. After jotting a few tasks down, I felt a little better. I allowed myself to take a break and clear my head. I wanted to tackle my list, but I still had the sinking feeling of being overwhelmed. Looking at my list, I saw that my tasks required different kinds of attention, and multiple stops to make. I opened a fresh sheet of my notebook and divided a page into three parts. I decided to reformat my To-Do list to an Action List. The first third was my “action” list. These were things that needed to be

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How to Get a Grip On Your Inbox

My inbox and I have a love-hate relationship with one another. Well I guess I should say inboxes (plural) because I manage 11 of them, and no this is not an exaggeration. On average, I receive about 300 emails a day. Like legit emails, spam emails are not included in this figure. So if my inbox isn’t in tip-top shape, my life is literally a mess. If you have ever let your inbox get the upper hand in your life, you know how much of an uphill battle it is to get things back under control. It’s time to show your email who’s boss and that you’re the one wearing the pants in this relationship! Let’s just take a second to look at these rather intense email infographics from Mashable.com before I spill my secrets. Did you know 144.8 billion emails are sent every day?!   Create a separate email account just for

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