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My Exact To-Do List Method

As a self-professed systems and organization geek, I’m often told how ‘together’ I am. Even in my corporate days, when I had dozens of products in various stages of the development cycle, coworkers would often tell me how calm I appeared amidst the chaos. Today, fellow entrepreneurs frequently ask me how I manage to keep tasks and projects humming along within my own business, as well as multiple client businesses. I’m a huge proponent of learning and feel you never truly stop, and not just from industry leaders or big brands, but from others in my space as well. And […]

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat for Business

You’ve probably seen the movie Groundhog Day. Right? Maybe it’s because I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Or because my family is a ‘golf family’. Or because when I root for a baseball team, it’s the Cubs (always). Yes, you could say I have a weird affinity for this movie and its main star. But think about the premise – a guy gets stuck in a continuous time loop of his most-annoying day of the year, so that he can learn from his mistakes and do better. What Phil Connors does is take advantage of the ability […]

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How to Cultivate Creativity (Shower Optional)

The warm water rushes over you. You breathe in the steam and decompress from the day and when BAAAMM! Your next blog post writes itself. The narrative flows effortlessly in your mind. You know the post would be a hit with your audience and you try desperately not to forget it before you’re able to get to a pen and paper. But once you’ve hastily toweled off, the words are gone. This used to happen to me fairly regularly. My brain was in overdrive and it was during the quiet solitude of the shower that my mind opened to untapped […]

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Is Your Routine Stuck in a Rut?

It’s getting nearer to the New Year and while this time of year gives people pause to think over all that they are grateful for and all that they want to accomplish once the calendar turns over, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to think about HOW you work. Is the way you go about your day, tackle your tasks, starting to feel stale? Do you wake up, ready to attack the day, but then get sucked down the social media rabbit hole? I have a scheduling suggestion that just may put the life back into your work routine – the […]

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What to do when the S**T hits the fan

Yep, it happens. The real shit that knocks you on your ass and makes you want to totally hide under the covers, with little motivation to do anything. That’s how I’ve felt for the last ten days. But it can pop up at anytime – a divorce, a move to a new city, illness, even setbacks in your business. You feel defeated by something MAJOR in your life and the last thing you want to do is ANY. LITTLE. THING if you’re being honest. So, how do you keep making progress in your business? First, feel those feelings. Take a day […]

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Business Tools I Love: Time Chunking

Today I want to tell you about this amazing productivity tool I use with the most unsexy of names – Time Chunking. Well, unless you’re talking about a chunk of dark chocolate being savored with a roasty, malty stout… then a ‘chunk’ is all sorts of sensuous goodness. Time Chunking works like this – you chunk out time (minutes, hours) on your schedule to focus solely on a specific task. It could be putting together next month’s social media posts or decluttering your inbox. You work for that set period of time, not until the task is finished (which could […]

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The First Step to Being More Productive

Do you often get to the end of your day and wonder “what did I do today?” You look back at your to-do list and, yes, it has a lot of check marks … buy bananas write blog post schedule social media for the month … but did you tackle the big items on the list? Those that will reap dividends in the future, will allow you to ship that much sooner, will give you the courage to stop playing small. In our culture, we’ve gotten into a pattern of unproductive busyness. We wear busyness as a badge of honor. […]

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What To Do When You Don’t Want To Do Anything

Lately I’ve felt burnout, exhausted, dog-tired. I’ve been running a marathon for over two years, first it was juggling a full-time job plus a side gig, which then became my new full time career (yep – this business). Within 2 weeks of taking my little side hustle full time, my client roster was full. I was ecstatic… until it came time to build my business. After taking care of my clients, I sometimes feel like I’m back to having two jobs, with the added pressure of the success of both being squarely on me. There are days I feel like […]

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