Time Management

7 Steps to a Harmonious Holiday Season

I used to work with a woman who had a Christmas tree in every room of her house. I do well to get one tree up before Christmas and down before February. For me the time from Thanksgiving through New Year’s really is “the most wonderful time of the year.” At one time, I used…

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How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Business expert and motivational coach Chalene Johnson says that to accomplish your goals you will need to do one or more of the following: invest time, invest money, exert discipline. I think we all instinctively know that, but how do we get from knowledge to execution? One way is by creating an environment for success.…

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3 Books That Will Revive Your Year

When I went away to college, I was terrified of flunking out. I had to take college algebra my first semester, and math was my weakest subject. I failed the class, but before final grades were submitted, I met with the professor. I don’t know what I said, but I cried. Hard. He had mercy…

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How to Avoid a Summer Slump

We hear about children losing academic progress over the summer. Merchants are figuring out ways to combat summer sales slumps. When the weather is nice, we want to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. If you set goals, you’re probably tempted to take a few weeks off for the summer. If you feel…

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Three Reasons to Say No

“Learn how to say no. Don’t let your mouth overload your back.” The late business philosopher Jim Rohn warned that we over commit ourselves when we say yes to too many opportunities. It sounds selfish to say no to people and to worthy causes. We are all good at many things but only great at…

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You Need a 90-Day Plan

  Maybe you planned to accomplish great things this year, but you seem to be stuck in neutral, or worse, you’re moving backwards. Perhaps your big and bad goals were too overwhelming, and you never really got started. About this time last year, I learned the beauty of creating a 90-day plan. Instead of getting…

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How to Create Margin in Your Life

Money management experts advise us to live on 90% of our income and to save 10%. Time management experts tell us to only schedule 65% of our day. These principles seem reasonable enough. Not only do we need margin in our finances and time, we need emotional margin. We shouldn’t take on every single project…

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How to Increase Your Productivity

Do you ever wonder how some people seem to find time to work full time, care for their families and write books, start businesses, and or volunteer in the community? Those folks have the same 24 hours that you do. Billionaire investor Warren Buffet has told interviewers that he says “no” far more often than…

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How to Get More Done

Whether you’re employed full time or you stay at home with children or elders, I’ll bet that you struggle to find time to handle everything. It can be frustrating to always be busy and to never feel that you’ve accomplished much. Allow me to offer a few suggestions to help you to be more productive.…

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Tear It Up!

With receipts and calculator in hand, I was pleased to discover that I was only over budget by $132 following a four-day trip to Disney World. That’s pretty good from the financial angle. But, I’ve been home for a week, and I’m just getting back on track with household management and business responsibilities. While a…

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