Tips for Life & Work

FIGHT PROCRASTINATION with MICROTASKING

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FIGHT PROCRASTINATION with MICROTASKING

WHAT IS UP WITH PROCRASTINATION? Well, from a habit perspective, we find that humans tend to procrastinate on tasks that fall into one of three categories: (1) Tasks they find boring or unpleasant, (2) Tasks they find overwhelming or (3) Tasks that they (unconsciously or otherwise) are concerned they'll fail at. In a future post, we'll go over methods to tackle the first and third category, but first, let's discuss a myth that gets in the way of addressing all three categories.  WILLPOWER: A pesky myth about procrastination is that it's simply an issue of willpower. Some people are better are...

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FOCUS TIP #1: GO ANALOG

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FOCUS TIP #1: GO ANALOG

When you want to strategize, brainstorm, or just think through a tricky problem, you'll  want to create an “environment of focus” --  going analog allows you to do that easier, faster. THE SCIENCEResearch has found that brainstorming or problem-solving using analog writing utensil (pens, markers, pencils) results in more productive thinking than typing or digital tools.  In addition, using a phone or laptop means you're likely hearing or seeing alerts and notifications, all things that interrupt brain flow, which results in lower overall brain performance.   To get the most of your brain when you're doing creative or complex problem solving, try...

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A Weekly Date With Money

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A Weekly Date With Money

Whether it's saving more money, saving for a specific purpose, paying off debt, earning more, or earning the same amount but for different work/different hours, you might benefit from a Weekly Date with Money. This exercise is a great way to get started on your financial goals on your own.    Financial Habit Exercise: Get Romantic with Money Step 1: Create a Money TrackerIt takes about 5-15 minutes to create an expense or finance tracker on paper.  If you're aesthetically-driven (i.e you're motivated by beautiful things/ good design) be sure to come in to the shop to pick up a copy...

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Year End, Year Start (Freebie!)

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Year End, Year Start (Freebie!)

Hi loves! It's been awhile....the thing is, I decided during the holidays to focus first on keeping up with your amazing orders and keeping the online store stocked - and turns out, this left no time for social media and newsletters. Happy problem!  But I did want to make a little downloadable freebie for you all, in case this may help you get grounded, focused and calibrated for your 2021.  I'll upload my own example later, but for now, here's the PDF version, and a googledoc version for those that want to copy, redesign your own :)    Make sure to share...

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Getting Focused: Choose Your One Thing

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Getting Focused: Choose Your One Thing

As you might remember from my previous newsletter: back in June I was waking up and asking myself: "What are all the things I need to do today?" and this meant I was starting my day feeling harried and already behind schedule. So in July, I started asking myself instead: "What one thing does your body need this week to stay healthy?" and "What one thing matters most today?"  In the beginning, the latter question freaked me out. But I now, it's become so important that my husband and I began incorporating this into another new ritual: a daily morning walk. We bundle up, head out for a walk at 7:30am, ask each other, "What's your one thing...

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