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From Resolution to Routine to Reality

Posted by reallifee on Jan 20, 2014 in E Tips, Encouragement, Health & Wellness, Psychology | 0 comments

From Resolution to Routine to Reality

It’s a bright and shiny New Year. If you’re like most of the world’s population, you’ve made resolutions or at least thought a bit about what you would like to see happen in the coming year. Maybe it looks like training for a marathon or learning a new language or strengthening your friendships. If you are members of Spire or something like it, you have a forum for posting your intentions for 2014 and a crowd of supporters to cheer you on. But sometimes the distance between ambitious goal and successful execution creates a chasm too wide to leap across. When you get to a place where despite your best of intentions you can’t seem to regularly move forward on...

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7 Ways to Experience the Often-Elusive Joy of Christmas

Posted by reallifee on Dec 19, 2013 in E Tips, Encouragement, Home & Entertaining, Psychology, Relationships, Rest & Rejuvenation, Schedule Makeover | 0 comments

7 Ways to Experience the Often-Elusive Joy of Christmas

There’s a lot of pressure this time of year…. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some other holiday, this can be a really challenging season. Not only are you expected to manage multiple extra projects (house decorating, present giving, and family visiting), but also you’re supposed to feel happier than ever (as the expectation is it’s the most wonderful time of the year). Talk about difficult! This can lead to a lot of guilt when you don’t feel that you’re living up to the ideals you have in your head or when you do live up to those standards but feel miserable while doing so and then feel even worse because...

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Focus On Your Talents and Keep Practicing

Posted by reallifee on Dec 16, 2013 in E Tips, Encouragement, Entrepreneurship, Internships & Jobs, Psychology, Resources, Schedule Makeover, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Focus On Your Talents and Keep Practicing

As a time coach, I empower clients to accomplish more with peace and confidence by identifying and focusing on what they have the power to control. So when research comes out like the recent New York Times article on talent, my immediate question is: How can people think about this research in a way that motivates positive action? From my perspective, talent should be seen as potential energy whereas practice is the force that releases the power of this potential energy. As the New York Times op-ed elucidates, talent does matter in terms of your maximum possible performance. However as my friend and fellow time management expert Cal Newport beautifully illustrates in...

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Use “Naked Planning” to Keep Yourself Accountable During Projects

Posted by reallifee on Dec 2, 2013 in E Tips, Encouragement, Entrepreneurship, Internships & Jobs, Psychology, Resources, Schedule Makeover, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Use “Naked Planning” to Keep Yourself Accountable During Projects

Does the thought of planning fill you with dread? When you do force yourself to plan, do you realize at the end of the day that you never actually looked at your list? If so, it could be time to step out from behind all of the project management software, notebooks, and to-do lists and participate in some naked planning. What do I mean by naked planning? Invite another person into the process of planning your days to keep you accountable. Why? The most successful people I know acknowledge what’s hard for them and then put the right support in place to help them achieve their goals. By baring your planning to someone else, you can get over your embarrassment and...

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Finding the Balance Between Good Stress and Good Relaxation

Posted by reallifee on Nov 25, 2013 in E Tips, Encouragement, Health & Wellness, Psychology, Rest & Rejuvenation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finding the Balance Between Good Stress and Good Relaxation

Finding the right balance in life is the key being productive and healthy. When stress threatens to overwhelm our lives, it wreaks havoc with our routines and throws us off balance. A little stress is good; it helps to charge our instincts, increase our creativity and spur us on to better learning. The harmful side of stress, according to the Mayo Clinic, comes when its effect become overwhelming. This leads to a buildup of tensions and frustration, and takes away the state of balance we work so hard to achieve. Unfortunately, stress is everywhere today. It exists externally, with work, family and friends, and internally in how we deal with them all. It is important to...

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Why Logic is an Unproductive Way to Address Illogical Behavior

Posted by reallifee on Nov 5, 2013 in E Tips, Encouragement, Psychology, Relationships, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why Logic is an Unproductive Way to Address Illogical Behavior

Does this sound familiar?: You’ve been trying to implement a change on your team that will lead to increased productivity. Although you’ve explained why the new behavior is important and saves time, certain people won’t budge. And no amount of explaining—or even coercing—seems to bridge the disconnect between what people should do and what they actually do. The answer to the puzzle of why people don’t do what is logical and beneficial for the individual and the team, lies deeper than you might think. In such cases, you most likely have a logic-resistant emotional issue to address. As a time coach and trainer, and author of The 3 Secrets to Effective Time...

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