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Prioritize your tasks in one hour per week!

  A few years ago I stumbled across a strategy that forever changed how I operated my life. This strategy came from Kate White, the author of my two favorite career books: Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do and I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This. She was also the editor-in-chief of five major U.S. magazines, including Working Woman, Redbook and, for 14 years, Cosmopolitan. She. Is. A. Badass. And she’s filled with wisdom that any woman, in any stage of life, can benefit from. Drain the swamp as you slay the alligators. It’s not phrase you hear very often —…

  A morning routine (or lack thereof) can make or break you, especially as a working parent trying to get everyone out the door by a certain time. I’m not one of those “skip a meal” types who can barrel on through the day on energy drinks and a candy bar. My blood sugar starts the downward spiral around 10 AM if my belly’s empty, and I start nearing hangry level as lunch approaches. Heaven help me if lunch gets delayed, too. It can be hard enough to tackle a busy day with a smile, let alone with the added…

What's a Bullet Journal?

  In 2010 I attended a workshop offered by my employer about organization and time management. I know what you’re thinking. “Really, Liza? Slacking off on the job?” No. Thankyouverymuch. I’m lucky to have a day job with a large company that’s big on proactive self-betterment. Learning about leadership and working smart (or S.M.A.R.T.) are encouraged, and there are courses and workshops offered internally to help. Life long learning, you guys. It’s pretty awesome; I’m lucky to love my job and my co-workers. The Beauty Of Task Lists Anyway, a few years ago there was a workshop focused on how to…

Sue, Liza, Jen, Amanda

  Happiness is one of those things you have to work at. I make choosing joy, looking on the bright side, and appreciating the tiny moments that are often overlooked, a mission. It’s something I focus on in my daily life. It’s something I write about when I get the chance. It’s something I put on my “to do” list each and every day as a reminder to myself to just be more happy. It’s what happy people do. And it’s working! That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes get down. That I don’t still have doubt-filled days where…

  When it comes to being traditionally organized, I have to admit, I am an epic failure. But, it’s not for lack of effort. I try. Like real talk. I have a lot on my plate, I crave streamlining in my life. I download apps and I buy calendars. I buy bins and stackable crates. I’ve even invested in time with a professional to guide me towards the path of organized righteousness. All in vain as I remain perpetually discombobulated, consistently disorderly, and dramatically unorganized. In the traditional sense. Because, when you break it on down, there’s a method to…