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Do You Have Enough Social Support?

As kids around the country head back to school, it’s prime friend-making season. Some lucky kindergartners are meeting classmates who will be lifelong pals, awkward middle-schoolers are finding each other, and college kids are… well, they’re meeting people in all sorts of ways.

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Are You in Danger of a Summer Backslide?

Summer backslide…have you heard of it? I don’t care how well you did on your final exam in 7th grade math – the first weeks of 8th grade math were probably a confusing slog. Most students forget some of what they learned the previous year during summer vacation. It’s called summer learning loss, or the summer backslide, and if your time management game isn’t on point, it might be about to happen to you.

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Look to Your Past and Future to Shape This Summer

If you could travel back in time to one specific summer, which one would you choose? The one you spent at sleep-away camp? The first one you spent with the love of your life? The first time you go to take your own kids to the beach, or to Disney World?

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Are You Halfway There or Falling Behind?

The halfway point. How you feel about reaching it depends on how you feel about what you’re doing. Crossing the 13.1-mile mark means you’ve finished half the marathon already! Day four of a weeklong dream vacation, on the other hand, feels perilously close to the end....

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It’s Noon on Friday: Do You Have to Keep Working?

You might love what you do. (And I really hope you do!) You might feel inspired and challenged and motivated by your work. But no matter how much you love it, you probably wouldn’t say no to leaving early on a sunny summer Friday, or taking the whole day off.

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What Did Last Summer Teach You?

Do you remember last summer?
I know – it was a three-month period that happened less than a year ago; of course you remember summer. But I’m talking about specifics. Do you remember how last summer felt? Was it an especially good one, or an especially hard one? Were you more relaxed than you were in the spring, or was it the most stressful season of your year? Was there one particularly magical week, or day, or even just one magical moment, that you thought about all winter?

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Is Your Road Map Flexible Enough?

The next time you’re nostalgic for simpler days, before you spent so much time thinking about your Wi-Fi connection, I challenge you to think about paper maps. Just folding those things was frustrating. Using them to navigate was a skill.

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Your Brain: A One-of-a-Kind Masterpiece

Have you ever driven a car across a bridge or along a cliff side road and been struck by a strange impulse to go over the edge? You don’t want to, of course, but you can’t stop thinking about how you could? Maybe you haven’t had that experience, but you’ve found yourself sitting in a quiet meeting thinking about what would happen if you suddenly started cursing at people or dancing on the table.

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Okay, Maybe You Should Copy This One Billionaire

Did you get a chance to read my most recent blog? It was all about the time management strategies that some of the world’s billionaires share, and how many powerful people including Elon Musk and Alan Greenspan schedule their days so carefully that every minute is accounted for.

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Could Working Less Make You More Productive?

It’s a credo we’ve probably all heard before, one of those philosophies that sounds good on the surface but isn’t so easy to put into practice. If there was an obvious way to make work easier, wouldn’t you already be doing it? For people like me who are interested in time management, the quest to work more productively is ongoing.

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Give Me a Break: Making Mental Space for Productivity

When your focus is fading and your mind is wandering, which are you more likely to try: double down and try to concentrate harder, or go grab a snack? I know a lot of busy working professionals try to avoid the latter.
If that line of thinking sounds familiar to you, it’s time to rethink.

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Need to Reboot Your Focus? Try This 20-Second Exercise

How long has it been since someone compared you to a preschooler? This week we’re talking about how treating yourself a little bit like a toddler might actually help you improve your productivity. I’m also sharing instructions for a simple strategy that you can use to refocus your attention and determine what to do next.

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What’s on Your 2018 Top 10 List?

To anyone who loves top 10 lists, the end of the year is like, well, Christmas. Everyone from Buzzfeed writers to scientific researchers are busy compiling lists about the biggest TV moments, the worst financial trends and the most popular tweets of the year.  The...

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Practicing Gratitude: A Path to Productivity

This week, millions of Americans come together to give thanks and eat too much. The food part of the holiday tends to get a lot of attention (with good reason; hello, pumpkin pie), but the gratitude piece is what I’m thinking a lot about this week. I see a clear...

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Finding More Time: Now or Never!

Do you ever think about writing a novel but it never seems like the right time to get started? If so, November is that right time. (Stick with me, non-writers – it’s an important time for you too!)  November is NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a...

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Does It Feel Like Time Is Speeding Up?

It’s a scary time of year, and not just for people who are afraid of spiders and ghosts and sugar-dosed kids. Time seems to speed up after Halloween, doesn’t it?   For one thing, you might already be thinking about Thanksgiving planning, or you’ll need to start right...

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Is Task Switching Killing Your Productivity?

I want you to imagine this scenario: you’re relaxing on the couch, reading a mystery novel. You’re nearing the end; all the evidence has been laid out, the case is getting good and you can picture the scene perfectly. It’s totally engrossing – then suddenly, the phone...

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Frozen By Fall Stress? Do This One Thing to Get Unstuck

We are well and truly into back-to-school season now! For those of you who have kids back at school, I sympathize with your stress – it’s hard enough to get kids back in the groove of the school year, let alone making those adjustments in your own life. And for those...

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Flying Across the Summer Finish Line

Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about fall. Some of us crave it all year and can’t wait for leaves to change and the kids to go back to school. Others dread its cool arrival because it signals the end of another summer. Love it or curse it, fall is coming just...

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What Would You Do With 48 Hours?

Forty-eight hours. When you spend them doing something you love, two days probably fly by too quickly. But spend two days doing something tedious (did someone say ‘taxes’?) and the hours might seem endless.  I’ve been thinking about what I can get done in 48 hours...

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Get Your Best Summer Yet by Adopting This One Simple Habit

Every summer has the potential for at least a few absolutely perfect moments. Watching fireworks from the back of a boat, finally standing up on water skis, seeing your kids laugh by the light of a campfire: it’s all possible in summer.    This is the perfect time to...

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Start Creating Your Effective Work/Life Blend

Remember those old-time performers who lined up a bunch of plates on sticks and then ran up and down to keep them all spinning so they didn’t fall off? (If you’re younger than a certain age, Google can help with this visual…) Trying to live a balanced life often feels...

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Want to Live More Fully? Choose Blend Over Balance

Have you ever watched a gymnast on a balance beam? They don’t simply have to stay atop of a board that is only four inches wide; they must also do turns and jumps and flips—without falling off. Striving for work/life balance is just as challenging. We try so hard to...

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