How to Be More Focused, Productive, and Sane!

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Do you find yourself lacking focus and filling your plate with more than you can handle? I call that the “The Taco Salad Principle.” It isn’t just what you allow your plate; it’s also what you allow to fill your mind. And when your mind is filled to overflowing, it creates stress, anxiety, and frustration! Your mind might be occupied by replaying the past, which leads to guilt. Or it might be focused on the future, which leads to anxiety. When the past or future is taking up space in your head, there’s very little room for the present. There … Read More

Productivity Begins in Your Mind

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Your mind – it’s powerful! It can work for you or against you! You get to choose! The way you think about time and what’s on your “to do“ list determines your level of productivity. Ultimately, the goal is to get more done in less time, freeing up space for those things that you keep putting off like self-care, connecting with those you love, or perhaps getting around to that  something you’ve been putting off for way too long. Productivity is not being busy. It’s about utilizing your time wisely so that you can accomplish more with less effort. That’s … Read More

Is It Time for a New Groove?

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When buying a house the three most important factors are location, location, and location. And when it comes to music, the most important thing is rhythm, rhythm, and rhythm. Without that foundational timing and groove, music suffers. My four years of piano lessons highlighted for me that musical talent was not my strength. For me, a piano recital invoked great anxiety! What if I hit a bad note? This fear was so real that I conveniently missed my last recital because I never told my parents the date. This is not something I recommend, by the way. The end of … Read More

Where Could You Be If You Weren’t Procrastinating?

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Now and then there’s a task on my “to do” list that lingers for a week, a month, or even a season; a task that I just never seem to get to. The longer a task lingers on my list, the less productive I feel. A few months back, I had a book revision project on my to do list that didn’t get crossed off for much longer than I care to admit. In my head, this project was big, complicated, and involved research that I wasn’t very excited about. Isn’t that the root of procrastinating? The thinking – even … Read More

Getting Stuff Done – A Perspective & Some Practical Tips That Help Me

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I like to plan, but my life…it rarely goes as planned. Knowing that plans don’t always pan out can make this perfectionist respond in one of two ways: getting frustrated and deciding that planning is pointless and giving up or clamping down tighter and attempting to force things to happen. Sadly, neither of those options is particularly effective. That’s why I’ve adopted another way of approaching life, planning, and more. Viewing and doing life from an alternative perspective has brought a sense of freedom and confidence. I also find myself depending on God in greater ways. I am pretty sure … Read More

How I Got Things Done During a Difficult Season

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This past year has been a doozy! About this time last year, a crazy kind of fatigue set in like nothing I had previously experienced, along with a serious lack of appetite. For someone who not only loves to cook, but enjoys eating, this was unusual. There were random bouts of the “flu,” or at least that’s what I assumed it was, every couple of weeks. This too was out of the ordinary, because this version of the “flu” came with other symptoms including my arms and legs going numb. Frankly it was frightening! My preference is to manage things … Read More

Upgrading to Plan B

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How you start the day – that makes a difference. It sets the course of your day. My morning routine includes time connecting with God, reading, exercising, and making a plan for the day. Isn’t that what you would expect from a life coach – a routine and a plan? Armed with my plan, which I now affectionately refer to as Plan A, or my “to do” list, I enthusiastically set out to execute Plan A. Some days, I am able to happily cross things off with ease and my productive side brims with satisfaction. But most days, the unexpected … Read More

Procrastinate on Purpose & Enjoy Increased Productivity

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Typically, procrastinating is a something to avoid. Google it! There are dozens and dozens of tips and tricks to help you kick the habit of procrastinating! What if the real problem is that you’ve been procrastinating at the wrong things? What if procrastinating could be a desirable habit when it is applied to the right things? If you are a pro at procrastinating… this ought to give you some hope! 24 hours – no matter how you slice it, that’s how many hours you get each day. If you are getting the rest you need, exercising, spending time with God, … Read More

7 Reasons to Bring Recess to Work

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Remember when you were in elementary school and someone asked you what your favorite subject was? More often than not, it was recess! Back then, you relished the free time and the chance to mingle with friends. The fact that it provided a much needed break from the rigors of academic subjects, a chance to be active, and an opportunity to learn how to manage unstructured time were not even considerations. Neither were the skills you were learning, like resolving conflict, sharing, leading, collaborating and negotiating. Mostly you knew that you enjoyed recess; that is was fun! You probably didn’t … Read More

12 Tips to More Productive Work Days

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Vacations are wonderful. They provide down time, new experiences and the chance to do life at a different rhythm. I always come back full of ideas and excited to get back to work. Unfortunately, vacations only happen a few times a year. Weekends, on the other hand, happen at the end of every week! Weekends are glorious for me. I release myself from the pressure of being productive and spend time with ones I love doing things I enjoy. I am able to ease from one activity to the next even if there are many things I hope to accomplish. … Read More