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The Early Bird Gets It Done: Does When You Wake Up Affect Your Productivity?

I have noticed that I am more productive on days when I wake up early (5am) than I am on days when I “sleep in,” which for me means 7-8am. It’s decadent to lie in bed and pull out a book – or to be honest my cell phone – and aimlessly scroll through my…

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Year One: The First 12 Week Year

I recently completed my first “12 Week Year.” Overall, it was a productive and more importantly, focused experience. I was able to connect my daily tasks to some overarching goals, and to think about other long-term goals for the next year. To Grow or Not To Grow As an entrepreneur, I love connecting with other…

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Making Decisions in Business & Life

I am in a new phase of life, commonly referred to as “The Empty Nest.” I dropped my youngest child at college last year and am adjusting to what this means for my life and my business, and how these relate to each other. It seems fitting to pay more attention to the decisions I…

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What are Your Expectations for Joy?

“Finding Joy” in life and in business has become a trend. I am sure that 40 or more years ago, the concept of being happy in all that you do was not a prominent philosophy. Joy and happiness have become a criteria for decision making, career and job searching, and social interaction. WHAT IS JOY?…

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Increasing Productivity & Self Confidence with The 12 Week Year

I have written and spoken a number of times about productivity. This is a topic that both fascinates and inspires me. As I reviewed 2017 and planned for 2018, I knew I needed to implement some strategies and habits to help me focus on the “big picture,” while also getting the little things done. I…

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Year In Review and Website Agency Goals

I have spent the past few weeks looking forward and thinking hard about my personal and website agency goals for 2018. As part of that process, I looked at my review of 2016 to remind myself of what my personal and website agency goals were for this year. This is hard to admit … but…

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Learning from a Productivity Challenge: Week 4 & WordCamp DC

This past weekend I was honored to speak at the inaugural WordCamp DC! I talked about my favorite tools for productivity, as well as tips and tricks for being more productive. To help prepare for this presentation, I am undertook a 30 day Productivity Challenge. During this time, I researched different techniques for productivity, and…

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Learning From A Productivity Challenge: Week 3

I am excited to be speaking at the inaugural WordCamp DC this summer. I will be talking about my favorite tools for productivity, as well as tips and tricks for being more productive. As I prepare for this presentation, I am undertaking a 30 day Productivity Challenge. During this time, I am researching different ideas…

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Learning from A Productivity Challenge Week 2

I am excited to be speaking at the inaugural WordCamp DC this summer. I will be talking about my favorite tools for productivity, as well as tips and tricks for being more productive. As I prepare for this presentation, I am undertaking a 30 day Productivity Challenge. During this time, I am researching different ideas…

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Being Nice: A Strategy of Kindness

I recently exchanged a text with my 20 year old, which went like this (I love those emojis!) Being nice has been my parental and personal mantra. I recall a time when an elementary school mom came to me privately and told me my daughter had been mean to her daughter. I had a talk…

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