How using a simple timer can change your life

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So it’s a new year, and you’ve spent some time thinking about your big goals.

As exciting as your aspirations are, is there a nagging doubt that somewhere on that list is that “thing” that you’ve always intended to do, perhaps several years in a row now, but can never seem to get around to completing?

Are you pursuing a big, overwhelming mission, or maybe a simple daily habit that you know will completely turn your life around if you could ever find the time to actually start?

It’s January, so for many of us, this is the year we…

Clear you environment and watch your productivity soar.

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Like many people who create for a living, I work best in orderly, simple, beautiful surroundings. And like many creative people, there are so many other things I find more interesting than cleaning.

When I’m working against a deadline and facing a to-do list a mile long, tidying up my office seems like a luxury that I will just have to get to later, once all the important work is done.

A few weeks ago, I just couldn’t stand the home office clutter a moment longer. I focused a solid few afternoons…

Stop overlooking the most important step in goal-setting.

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I’ve always been good about keeping a running list of to do’s and an updated calendar. Like most of us, I’m spinning several plates. I don’t want to let anyone down or let anything important slip through the cracks, so I look at these tools several times a day.

I’ve been setting personal and professional goals for many years, and the more organized side of my brain has always loved the planning process: envisioning the goals, outlining the milestones, and analyzing all the steps needed to deliver.

But my creative side often resisted the idea of daily planning. Not just…


How to Use Visual Goals to Cross the Finish Line

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If you can see it, you can achieve it.

Creating a visual representation of your progress is one of the most powerful ways to sustain motivation and achieve goals. In The 4 Disciplines of Execution, McChesney and Covey recommend using leader boards to sustain motivation in a group setting.

You can apply the same concept for your own personal goals with the use of a visual goal board.

Note that we’re not referring to vision boards, which are often big-picture visual representations that are useful in revealing everything you dream of having or achieving. Instead, a goal board is a…

Yearning to pursue life on your terms? Do hard things.

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“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, then life will be hard. But if you’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” — T. Harv Eker

Are you yearning for a life that you design, a life of freedom and self-determination? Then I invite you to consider the following three words:

Planning, structure, and discipline

What was your gut reaction?

If you are a planner by nature, your first thought was probably, Yes, of course. How else am I going to get what I want?


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When you shut down for the day, is it with a sense of satisfaction or the unsettling feeling that you did a lot but accomplished nothing?

Do you end most days feeling like you delivered on everything that others needed from you, but didn’t execute on the promises you’ve made to yourself?

Most of us don’t have the luxury of focusing on one thing, all day, every day.

We have multiple roles and responsibilities that need attention, and we have the not-so-easy task of prioritizing

  • what others need from us
  • what everyday life demands in terms of self-maintenance and earning…

Robin Carter

MSHRM—Training & Development. Experienced technical writer and consultant, currently researching how our environment affects our productivity & creativity.

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