April Lane’s Daily Cleaning Checklist: Quick & Simple Tips For A Clean Home 

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Most of us strive for clean home more often than not. But what’s the secret to having a clean home all the time? We’ve found that the easiest and best cleaning tips for constant cleanliness are small, consistent maintenance actions each day. Daily cleaning may sound like it will take a lot of time. However, we’ve come up with a quick, daily cleaning checklist for your Kirkland home to keep it clean while spending as little time as possible doing so.

Kitchen

Clear the Dishwasher:

Remove any clean dishes from the dishwasher to make room for dirty ones.

Clear Out and Wipe the Sink:

Move all the dirty dishes from the sink into the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher and wipe down the sink with a sponge.

Wipe Countertops and Stovetop:

Stoves and counters usually take daily abuse. Use a damp sponge and some all-purpose cleaner to wipe up any spills, crumbs or splatters.

Keep an Eye For Problem Spots on the Floor:

For daily cleanup, skip the mop and save it for the weekends. Use the same sponge and all-purpose cleaner that you used for the counter and quickly scrub and wipe any obvious spots or stickiness on the floor.

Disinfect the Kitchen Sponge:

Get your sponge wet and put it in the microwave on high for 2 minutes zapping any living inside.

Bathroom

Bathroom Mirror:

Grab some glass cleaner and give the mirror a quick wipe. You don’t need to get its entirety, just focus on any foamy toothpaste splatters or other obvious spots.

Wipe Out The Sink:

Use that same glass cleaner for the mirror and spray down your sink. Wipe down the chrome and the porcelain with the same cloth or towel that you used for the mirror. Glass cleaner works great on chrome and won’t leave any streaks.

Clean the Shower Door or Curtain:

If your shower has doors,, use a squeegee or a dry towel to wipe down the water on the glass that can leave spots. If your shower doesn’t have a door, spray the curtain and liner with a disinfecting shower mist to reduce any mildew buildup or soap scum.

Toilet:

Give the seat and the rim a quick wipe using a disinfectant cloth. Take a brush and give the inside bowl a quick scrub to remove any visible ring if there is one.

Bedroom

Put Clothes Away:

If there’s any clothes on the bed, floor or chairs, quickly fold them and either put them away or in a dirty clothes hamper. Do your best to make a habit out of putting them away as soon as you take them off in the first place to make this part easier.

Make Your Bed:

You can straighten all the sheets or for an even faster job, just pull the comforter square on the bed and fluff the pillows, covering the messy sheets underneath.

Open the Curtains:

Open the curtains just to give some natural light to your bedroom during the day.

Tidy Up the Bedside Table:

Put away any items left on the nightstand such as books or water glasses.

Living Room

Clear the Clutter:

Take anything on the floor or the couch that isn’t supposed to be there and put it in its place. Toys, video games, or any other obvious items.

Spruce Up the Couch:

The sofa is usually the focal point of the room, so make sure it gets some attention. Fluff the pillows and fold any throws resting on it.

Scoop up Particles:

Take a quick tour of your living room and pick up any crumbs, dust bunnies or other particles with a handheld vacuum. If you don’t have one, you can use your hands or the suction tube on your regular vacuum cleaner. Check the couch, coffee table, and any visible sights on the rug.

Wipe Surfaces:

Use a microfiber cloth to dust any surfaces including the coffee table, shelves, and cabinets. If there’s any stickiness, moisten your cloth to remove the gunk.

Straighten the Coffee Table:

Take all the magazines, books and remote control and put them in one place on the coffee table, underneath, or in a drawer if possible.

Use this daily cleaning checklist to hit all the quick and easy spots in your home, saving you lots of time while helping to maintain a clean home. Sometimes you don’t even have the time or patience for quick daily cleaning duties, and we can understand. If that’s the case, April lane’s is a professional maid service serving Kirkland and the surrounding areas. If you need help cleaning your home, contact us, today, and see how we can keep your home sparkling while saving you time and energy.

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7 Things To Do On A Sunday For A More Productive Week

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You know that horrible Sunday feeling?! You dread the fact that in the morning it will be Monday and you’ll be back off to school, work or any other commitments that you may have.

Well I think that if you make your Sunday a little more productive then your week won’t be half as bad as you think it will be.

1. Meal plan. Meal planning can help you in so many ways. It helps you when it comes to going shopping, it helps you to avoid the stress of deciding what to eat and it helps you have a balanced diet.

2. Create a weekly to do list. If you sit down at the start of the week and write out all the things you need to do, it can help you clear your head meaning that you’ll approach the new week already knowing exactly what you need to get done. It’s also a great feeling when you get to check something off your to-do list.

3. Reply to all e-mails. I know that replying to e-mails can be tedious but if you get it done just before the week starts then you don’t have to head through the week knowing that you have 100s of e-mails to reply to.

4. Have a big house clean. ‘A cluttered house is a cluttered mind’ or however the saying goes. Basically, just clean your house so that you can have a clean mind. Trying to think clearly when you’re surrounded by mess is impossible!

5. Clean out your bag. I swear, my boyfriend carries enough rubbish in his bag to fill 3 bin bags. I’m not sure how that can be helpful in any way at all. He is constantly asking me to help him find something in his bag because he can’t find it through all the receipts, empty packets and other random bits of paperwork. I have no idea why anyone would want to carry that around with them all the time.

6. Food prep. I always find it so helpful when there’s tupperware in the fridge, full of foods for me to just grab and eat. It’s great for if you’re in a rush!

7. Outfit plan. If you check the weather forecast and then plan your outfits for the week, you won’t find yourself stood in front of the wardrobe panicking because you’re not sure what to wear.

What do you do on a Sunday to have a more productive week?

6 Things To Do At The Beginning Of The Month 

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It’s the first of September today! Oh my gosh, time is going by so fast.

I always try to see a new month as a new chapter in your life. It’s when you get to start certain stuff all over again. That’s why there’s a few things that I do at the start of every month to make the month roll as smoothly as possible.

1. Fill all important events, birthdays, days off and appointments into your calendar or diary. Seeing all of your events in one place can help you see how much free to that you have so that you can make sure you schedule some time for yourself.

2. Arrange dates with friends and family. I can’t imagine that anyone reading this doesn’t have anyone that they enjoy spending the day with from time to time. The start of a new month is a great time to make plans to go shopping, watch a movie or visit the spa.

3. Clean out your fridge and cupboards. Throwing away all that out of date foods or spices that you’ve had hidden away in the cupboards is such a good feeling! You can then have a really good clean in all the cupboards making them ready for new foods, which leads me on to point number 4..

4. Do a basic food shop. At the start of the month, it’s a good idea to do a shop to make sure that you have all the basics such as bread, milk, butter and teabags. It’s also a great chance to stock up the cupboards of any little bits that you have been wanting to try out.

5. Plan your budget. No one likes doing this but budgeting is so important. It’s a great chance to know how much you can spend that month.  It will make spending money a lot easier. You can just your budget to keep track of finances and then you won’t be shocked when you check the bank and see a smaller number than you expected.

6. Set a month goal. I find that setting a monthly goal is a great motivator to do something new that month. It pushes you a little high is what people need in life.

Is there something that you do each month to make your time run a little more smoother? If so, I would love to know what you do..

How to get your day started right! (3 min read)

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Stephanie Christie

Founder & Owner of: Making Time for Me

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Healthy Living Writer


1.)   Go to the gym, exercise and get it over with.  If you are anything like me, you may like working out or perhaps you just know that you should.  However, if I put it off until after work, the chance that I will have any desire to do it, is slim to none.  A few times a week, I set my alarm, that gets me up an hour and a half before my husband has to leave for work. This gives me enough time to get up, change, go to the gym and get home before he heads out.  Exercise gets the day started right, getting those endorphin’s moving through you and then….you are all done and it is out of the way for the day.

2.) Take some time for you.  Though every day I wake up when his alarm goes off (if I’m not up already).  I make a pot of coffee, while my laptop turns on.  When I come back to my room, I put something on the TV that is taped from the night before.  I spend about an hour on WordPress, either blogging or reading.  I watch one entire episode of something that I enjoy watching.  It helps me kick start my day.  Even if I can’t find any other time in the day for me, this one hour is all I need.  Two hours if I went to the gym and then did this when I got home, BONUS!!

3.) Breakfast, eat your breakfast.  Whether it is right when you wake up or 2 hours later, eat something.  Don’t have time to cook or throw your breakfast together in the morning? Grab a banana.  Super easy, cheap and filling!  Stop making excuses about this, because there really is no excuse to be made.  You can be pre-made.  You can put together breakfast burritos or breakfast sandwiches beforehand, or oatmeal.  The easiest and quickest solution, doesn’t have to be the Fast Food drive through!

4.) Listen to something that gets you pumped.  Whether it is sports radio, a tv talk show or Classic Rock.  When I listen to things that I love, I get a smile on my face and it gets my brain working!!  It sets me in a good mood, whether it is lyrics I have heard a million times or a thought provoking conversation that may give me an idea for a blog.

5.)  Have an attitude of gratitude.  Every day I write down 3 things that I am grateful for in my planner.  There is a special spot on my planner for notes and brainstorming.  Everyday, I write the day of the week and the things that I was thankful for from the day before.  For instance on Monday I write down Weekend: Kids, Relaxing and Health.  Then on Monday I write: Gym, Blogging, Coffee!!  Or just whatever, it can be super simple, but remembering each day that there are things to be thankful for is HUGE.


Article Credits: Stephanie Christie

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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How To Create An Effective Editorial Calendar

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If you’ve ever struggled to come up with content for your blog, you’re not alone.

This post will help you fix that problem. You’ll discover how to create an effective editorial calendar.

One that makes your job as a content creator easier.

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What is an Editorial Calendar

My simple definition of an editorial calendar is this – a calendar that tells you what content needs to be created and when.

This content can be written articles, podcast episodes, videos, live streams, social media updates, emails for your list, webinars, or whatever other kind of content you make.

Why an Editorial Calendar

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It wasn’t that long ago. The day before a podcast episode was scheduled to go live, I had no idea what it would be about.

I would call a friend and we’d have a back-and-forth discussion about what I’d covered recently and what would be a good idea to cover for tomorrow’s episode.

A few stressful hours later and I’d have a rushed episode completed that often ended up being posted later than the scheduled time.

This situation is the enemy, and an editorial calendar is the savior.

Here are just a few reasons why using an editorial calendar is a good thing.

It reduces the stress of last-minute planning.

My situation described above should make this very clear. Having a carefully thought-out editorial calendar helps you to know what to create and when.

You have time to outline each piece of content and then turn it into a masterpiece. That’s worth the cost of admission right there.

It gives you a bird’s eye view of the most important aspects of your online business.

In an “Internetty” world, content is king.

Content it what gets people to engage. It’s what convinces people that you know your stuff. It’s what gets people on your email list.

It’s how they get to know, like and trust you.

Ultimately, it’s what drives your business.

It helps you focus your content on your business goals.

As you plan out your content in an editorial calendar, you’re able to analyse your business goals and make sure that you are planning the right kind of content to meet your objectives.

You’re not just trying to come up with something on the spot. You are carefully crafting a schedule that keeps the end in mind.

It helps you to be more consistent.

Having the best content is great, but if you’re not showing up consistently, you won’t be able to reach to a point where your audience keeps coming back for more.

Consistency is essential to your success as a blogger.

Before you Create your Editorial Calendar

Questions to Ask Before Creating Your Editorial Calendar

Questions to Ask Before Creating Your Editorial Calendar

Whenever you think about the content you create for your blog, there are three questions you should keep in mind:

  1. Who is your ideal target person?
  2. What is his/her goals?
  3. What struggles will he/she encounter?

The best content is focused on the consumer, not the creator.

How to Create Your Editorial Calendar

Now that you have an idea of who you are targeting, it’s time to actually create your editorial calendar. Here are the steps I recommend:

Create a master list of topics, events, product launches, etc.

This is where you will brainstorm all of the different things that can end up on your editorial calendar.

The main question you should answer with this master list is the following – What content do you need to create to help your audience reach their goals or overcome their struggles.

I would encourage you to take the time to come up with a list of at least 20 different items.

For extra credit, go for 50. You may (or may not) use them all, but this brain dump will help to save you time in the long run.

Organize your content into categories.

Organize your content into categories

Organize your content into categories

As you create this list, you will most likely see that they can be naturally placed into a few categories.

Go ahead and group them in whatever way makes sense for your niche.

These categories should be the categories of content found on your blog. If not, do yourself a favor and revisit your blog categories.

For more info on this, check out this podcast episode on using WordPress categories and tags for maximum impact.

Decide on a publication schedule.

Decide on a publication schedule

Decide on a publication schedule

As mentioned above, consistency is key. When you are consistent with your content creation, you will train your growing audience to make you a part of their routine.

How often will you post content? On what days of the week? Also, what types of content/media will you be creating?

I recommend that you stick to a minimum of 1 post/week. The more, the better.

Fill in the dates with content/events.

When doing this, I recommend starting with major events first. These may be things like product launches, webinars, or any other promotions (affiliate products, events, etc).

Once you’ve added these dates to the calendar, schedule the pieces of content that support those events next.

Doing this will make sure that your content is helping to move you toward your business goals.

Then schedule all other content. You can decide if you want to have specific themes for different times of the year and schedule your content accordingly.

If you have a team involved in content creation

The content creation process can be a bit more complicated if you have a team involved. However, it’s something that I recommend for every blogger to strive for.

Whether you have a team of writers or a virtual assistant that helps you with the publication process, there are things you can do to ensure smooth sailing with your editorial process.

Create editorial guidelines

Create Editorial Guidelines for your team

Create Editorial Guidelines for your team

If you have multiple writers, it’s important for you to create editorial guidelines. Doing this will help to ensure that there’s some consistency in the kind of content that gets posted.

It sets a standard for what is acceptable and what isn’t. It gives an idea of what kind of flow is expected throughout the article and helps to guide your authors to create the kind of content that will resonate with your audience.

For more on this topic, check out my interview with Mike Stelzner from Social Media Examiner.

Determine who is responsible for each task.

Have you ever worked at a job (or on a project) where nobody was clear who should be doing what?

It can get pretty confusing. Don’t let that be the case with your blog. Make sure all of the roles are clearly designated.

Have one place for team communication.

Team Communication Tools

Team Communication Tools

When you work with a virtual team, communication can get messy. If everyone is emailing everyone else separately, it can be hard to keep track of what’s happening in your business.

Use one tool to manage all your team communication. If there’s ever a question about what was said about a particular piece of content, you will always know where to find the answer.

Tools you can use

Now that we’ve covered how to create your editorial calendar, I wanted to share some tools that can make this process easier for you:

A Spreadsheet

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Spreadsheet

I decided to start with good “old faithful.” This is something that most people already have access to. It’s not the best option, but if you’re already a spreadsheet-nerd, it can be quite fun.

I recommend using Google Sheets, because it’s cloud-based and makes it easy to share it with your team and see updates in realtime. However, you can also use Microsoft Excel or Numbers (Mac only).

Trello

Trello is a very powerful (and free) project management system where you can manage many aspects of your business with a team.

This is what I recommend for most people who are looking for a project management system that goes beyond simply managing your content. For info on how I’ve used trellocheck out this article.

Coschedule

Some Recommended Tools (Trello, CoSchedule, EditFlow)

Some Recommended Tools (Trello, CoSchedule, EditFlow)

This is my current weapon of choice for managing my editorial calendar and my small team of two (including myself).

It is the best option I’ve found for an editorial calendar because it’s integrated with WordPress and Social media.

Because of these integrations, you can manage every aspect of your content creation process. You can even manage your social media sharing of your content. I love it. You should check it out. It’s not free, but it’s relatively affordable.

Edit Flow

This WordPress plugin is a tried and true editorial calendar plugin that allows you to manage all aspects of your editorial calendar.

It’s not as pretty as Coschedule and it also doesn’t integrate with Social Media, but it’s free.

What About YOU?

Do you use an editorial calendar? If so, how’s it working for you? Did I miss any tips? If you aren’t using one, do you think you will start?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Raphael last year

Hello Leslie,

This whole post points at planning which is one area i must admit to have failed as far as my blog is concerned. Reading through this opened me up to a whole lot of information i may never have gotten.

As for now, its just me in my team but i’m working on getting some more hands (wonder if people help for free 🙂 ), but before then i starting to create an editorial calendar.

Thanks for sharing!

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    Leslie Samuel 11 months ago

    You’re welcome Raphael. Glad to hear you got value from the post 🙂

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Karen Williams last year

Thanks so much for this post! It gave options for how I could access the information, gave the infographic for easy reference, and is advice I truly need. My blog is scheduled to be up and running by June, so I can get a head start on things to avoid stress. My tendency to procrastinate requires a system like this. I’ll let you know how it goes or if I run across anything else helpful along the way. Good work, Leslie!

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Sarah last year

Thanks, Leslie! I appreciate your tips.

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sarahinshape last year

Sometimes I think you read my mind, Leslie. Just last week I was trying to find a guide to setting up an editorial calendar and quickly gave up after finding only brief list posts with no details. I got the the gym and played the next podcast on my playlist and up pops this awesome, actionable episode that walks me through everything I need to do. Keep on smashing it Leslie!

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    Leslie Samuel 11 months ago

    Sarah, I was essentially thinking – “Hmm, what is Sarah looking for? I know, editorial calendar stuff. Let me record this episode.” Freaky stuff, isn’t it? 😉

    Jk, but I’m glad I was able to give you what you were looking for. Now go CRUSH IT 🙂

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Stephanie Alexander last year

Hi Leslie,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This podcast could not have come at better time. For the last couple of month’s I have been saying to myself that I really need to put a schedule together so I can become more consistent with the two hundred thousand things (LOL) I need to do for my website/blog, and of course it all becomes overwhelming. Your episode today was prefect!! Now I can see a beginning, middle and end and some consistency in what I need to do and how to do it. I’m going to jump on this first thing tomorrow. Now, all I have to do is decide what program to use that best fits my needs and from your suggestions that should be easy.

Thank you again and I absolutely love your enthusiasm.

Keep up the great work and Congrats on the new baby girl to come!!!!!!

Best Regards,

Stephanie

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    Leslie Samuel 11 months ago

    WOW Stephanie, 200 THOUSAND THINGS? That’s wayyyy more than my 100 thousand, LOL. I hear ya though. Glad to hear that the episode helped.

    And thanks for the congrats. We’re excited 😀

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Tan 11 months ago

Hey, Lesile. Thanks for this blog post that includes lots of value in the form of a podcast, detailed blog post, the slides, and an infograph.

I have started an editorial calendar without realizing it. I started by making a mindmap of all the topics that I can write about that the audience (ESL teachers) would need and be interested in knowing. The mindmap consists of categories, which you also recommended. Once I am finish making my content, I can have a bigger picture view, which then allows me to schedule the posts.

Thanks! I’ll start downloading your podcast.

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    Leslie Samuel 11 months ago

    Glad to hear it Tan. And yes, a mindmap is actually a great way to start organizing your editorial calendar. I actually think I will start talking about that whenever I talk about editorial calendars in the future, so thank you 🙂

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Becky Clark 11 months ago

I am just in the planning stages of setting up my blog, but I will definitely use an editorial calendar. Thanks for the great ideas. This will make my job a whole lot easier. 🙂

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robin 10 months ago

I got an assignment yesterday to make an editorial calendar for June. I searched a lot but did not found right content but thank god i found this article. This is what i was looking for. Now i can complete my assignment. Thanks for this article.

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Recipe for Easy Living – Blog 267 – THIS IS NOT WRITTEN BY RACH THE WRITTER. FOR THE ORIGINAL POST PLEASE CLICK THE FOLOWING LINK: http://wp.me/pttZj-JT

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Steven Covey

Last week’s blog drew a BIG response from my readers!  It seems just about everyone recognized that they can use some “lightening up” in their life.  Several commented that they crave more time each week to enjoy family activities or just some relaxing “me” time.  But the challenge is HOW to carve out more free time in an already packed schedule? So I decided to share this lightly-edited blog from one year ago that answers that question:

When one of my clients didn’t call at our appointed time this week, I texted her, thinking she might be absorbed in some task and had lost track of the time. Instead, her reply text confessed that she was sitting in the doctor’s office and had completely forgotten our appointment.

Just the day before, much to my chagrin, I double-booked a coaching slot.  Fortunately, I discovered my mistake well in advance and one client was gracious enough to switch times. Nevertheless, I was quite annoyed because I take pride in being well-organized and detail-oriented.  (My husband and friends have less-flattering terms for this tendency, I’m sure!)

When I notice a recurring pattern among several clients, it’s a signal to me that the issue they are dealing with should be the theme of my blog.  This week, it was not only my clients’ behavior, but also my OWN that clearly signaled what I need to discuss.

Living an “abundant” life doesn’t depend on how much money you have in the bank, although money is certainly a good resource to have.  Abundant living depends on how much you are enjoying your life.  All of my clients are very busy people.  Some run a full-time business from home, while juggling a full-time family life.  Others have a day job AND are working hard to build a thriving business on the side, often with families to look after, as well.

It’s understandable that they sometimes feel exhausted and overwhelmed, so I share tips and techniques I have learned to help them take control of their schedules. Here are seven keys to mastering your own busy schedule and living an abundant, easeful life:

  • Write it downThe only way you can remember all of the “To Dos” that come up daily is to write them down in ONE place. You can break the list into categories if you like, under the headings “Work” “Family” and “Personal.”  Keep ONE list in a notepad that you carry with you and review it at least weekly. Trying to keep the list in your head will tax your brain and make you feel stressed.  Once it is written down, your mind can relax and focus on what needs doing NOW.
  • Schedule itThe items on your To Do list are not going to get done unless you transfer them onto your scheduling calendar. You must keep ONE scheduling calendar that has EVERY appointment and action item from all categories on it – work, family and personal. If you keep multiple calendars for your work and family events, you are inevitably going to double-book yourself or miss some important meeting.  The reason I double-booked my two clients was that I noted the appointment change in one client’s file, but must have gotten distracted and forgot to change it on my actual appointment calendar.  You MUST write appointments on your calendar the minute you make them.  Don’t rely on scraps of paper or sticky notes to remind you.
  • Plan your week. I recommend taking a quiet 30 minutes each weekend to sit with your To Do list and appointment calendar and plan the upcoming week. Schedule up to THREE of your To Dos each day AROUND the appointments you already have.  Recurring appointments include your morning personal development time, exercise time, kids’ sports schedules, etc.  If you don’t write all of these down, you will think you have time for your three To Dos, but will quickly discover that your day is actually already full of unwritten items that you can overlook until you have to do them. If you have blocked time in advance for them, you will accomplish at least 15 important To Dos each week.
  • Think ahead. Years ago, one of my dear friends had to wait by the side of the road for AAA to rescue him when his car ran out of gas on several occasions. When I asked him why this kept happening, he said, “I was late for work and didn’t have time to stop at the gas station. I thought I could make it.”Haste truly does make waste, so instead of flying by the seat of your pants, practice looking ahead 24 hours on your calendar to see what you are going to be doing TOMORROW. Make sure you have everything you will need: Gas in the car, clean clothes, cash, meeting supplies, etc. This habit will de-stress your life tremendously.
  • Focus. Men are designed to be single-focused, while women are born multi-taskers.  I know how easy it is to go into a room for one thing, and end up doing three other things while I’m there.  Many of my clients use social media as a vital tool to market their business and make new connections. Most of them confess that they plan to spend just 10 minutes posting something, and they end up mesmerized reading others’ posts for hours.
  • Discipline yourself. If you have your schedule blocked out in detail each week, you should know how much time you plan to spend on a particular task.  Set a timer for doing the task and when it goes off, STOP and proceed to the next item on your schedule, even if you didn’t finish the first task.  That “stick” will teach your brain to FOCUS next time so you can have the “carrot” of proudly accomplishing everything you planned for the day.
  • Do it NOW. Most of us are born procrastinators.  If we don’t want to do something we must do, we often postpone it until the last minute. But more often than not, our well-laid plans for tomorrow get interrupted by unexpected “fires” to put out that may cause us to miss the deadline.  One of my clients declared her New Year’s Resolution to be “Don’t delay; do it NOW.”  She has stuck with it and it has made her days much more calm and productive.  One of my favorite quotes from life coach Mel Robbins’ great bookStop Saying You’re Fine, is “If you only did the things you don’t want to do, you’d have everything you want.”   

Here’s a final piece of hard-won wisdom from this recovering People-Pleaser: If you can easily fulfill another’s request, by all means, do so. But if it will suck up your time or resources so that your own dreams, family or personal well-being are likely to suffer, just say “NO!”  Many things we are invited to attend, join, buy or facilitate aren’t something we truly want and keep us from our own purposeful pursuits. If you respectfully decline, the requestor/inviter will appreciate your honesty and will ask someone else for whom it will be a purposeful opportunity.

If you will implement one or more of these tips, I am confident that you will soon experience more ease, productivity and time freedom in your life!

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Tackle Your Tuesday: Be A Cheerleader 

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An Encouragement Cheerleader that is… I had a pretty good day. I hope you did as well. I had the most interesting time tonight. I was in the presence of lets just say a whole lot of teenagers. It was very intriguing to see how this generation operates and holds conversations. Trust me there is never a dull moment, but as I was listening it became apparent that knowledge was there, but no true wisdom. They weren’t doing what they were supposed to at the time, and it came to my attention that they really need someone to help lead them. Not just an older person, but one of their peers. So it had me thinking why don’t we encourage each other as much as we should. Are we afraid to step out of the box and lead? Are we nervous of the response we will receive? 

Studies show that those who live a more positive life, including encouraging others, are usually healthier. Part of positivity is not only lifting ourselves up, but others as well. It is important to surround yourself with positive people, and for you to be one in return. The more you compliment people, strangely the better you feel about yourself. Give it a try. Spread some love. Be someone else’s cheerleader. Step out the box, and lead by example. You never know who may be watching. It maybe a teenager… wink…wink. Be well you guys, and try to enjoy the last of your Tuesday in peace. 

Live. Love. Well & Fit. 

-Dominique