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Balance

Back to School: Adding Another Block to Work-Life Balance

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You are ready to make the leap. You’re going back to school. Whether you’re dipping your toe in return-to-school waters with one course, or you’re diving right in to a full degree or certificate program, school adds an entirely new and challenging dimension to the work-life balancing act you’ve been trying to master. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this. Delegate You don’t have to do it all. All those things that usually fall on your plate, both at work and at home, don’t necessarily have to be there. Take a hard look at the tasks you’re currently responsible for…

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Master (Life) Gardening 101: Those Dreams Aren’t Going to Grow Themselves

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Think about the first time you planted a garden. You started by tilling the soil. You might have added compost to bolster the nutrients in the ground. You placed the plants, gently resting them in their new spaces, and filling the remaining bits of each hole with healthy soil. You might have placed mulch around the tender plants and given your new garden a good, healthy initial watering. If that’s the last you tended to your garden, it likely didn’t thrive. If there’s one thing even the most novice of gardeners knows it’s this: gardening is an ongoing process. As…

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“Who has Time for Vacation?” You do!

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The person standing in line behind you at the coffee shop is prattling on about her upcoming vacation plans. Her trip sounds just like the recent ad you lingered over earlier that morning. Her friend chimes in with the details of her pending getaway. It seems to be that time of year when time-off requests are as common as trips to the water cooler. “Must be nice,” you think. “Who really has time for such things? Certainly not me.” Your calendar is chock-full of commitments. There’s work – both your full-time job and the side-gig you’re trying to get off…

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Words Matter: Change What You Say to Squash Stress

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You’ve got a lot on your plate. It feels like every time you get your arms wrapped around your responsibilities, something new gets added. “I’m overwhelmed” you hear yourself saying. As the words leave your lips, the weight of them settles on your shoulders. It’s true, you think. You are the living, breathing embodiment of stress. “I just can’t fathom how I’m going to handle another thing,” you confess. Another weight presses down on you. Take a deep breath and a good, hard look at your word choice.  The language you use and the tone in which you use it…

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6 Tips to Get Back in the Groove After Time-off

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It’s been days since you last sat at your desk. Your inbox is stuffed to the gills with emails you haven’t even considered looking at during that time. Your staff is hoping to grab a few minutes with you to catch you up on a whatever they’ve been working on while you’ve been gone. Your first cup of coffee hasn’t even had time to get cold and you’re already overwhelmed. Whether you were out of the office for vacation, a business-related trip, or the flu knocked you out of commission for a stretch, coming back to the office after a…

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Destination Success: The Journey Matters

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How do you define success? It seems like a pretty straightforward question, right? As a word, success has a clear definition: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Your personal definition of success may be identified by meeting certain life and career goals. Success could come in the form of a job title or a salary bracket. It could be something you identify by a measure of fiscal comfort, your relationships with others, or some other tangible component of life. No matter the specifics, however, you always come back to that dictionary definition. You set a goal. You met that…

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6 Reasons Side Gigs are for More than Superheroes

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Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent had a side-hustle. When he wasn’t interviewing sources and writing powerful journalism, he was flying around Metropolis as Superman, saving the world one adventure at a time. In comic books, the outside-the-office gig was left to superheroes with alternative identities. In real life, however, those who pursue passion projects in addition to their daytime jobs are more commonplace than supernatural. If you haven’t given much thought to tackling a second venture in your spare time, you may want to read this. A Profitable Hobby This is your opportunity to delve into that thing you’re passionate about…

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More than Child’s Play: The Benefits of Letting Loose and Having Fun

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You’re staring intently at the space on the table in front of you. The others sitting with you are also focused on the same space to you. You frown. Rub your temple. “Hmm,” you mutter. Then it hits you. “Yes!” You’ve got the solution!  No, you didn’t just solve a work-related conundrum. You’re plunking a set of wooden tiles down on the Scrabble board to turn someone else’s “ox” contribution into “orthodox.” Even better, one of those letters now rests on a triple-word-score tile. Eureka! Sound familiar? If not, you need to keep reading. The word “play” often conjures up…

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Work-on-the-Go: Creating a Functional Nomadic Office

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Technology has created a plethora of perks in our professional lives. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is flexibility. Armed with our laptops, cell phones, and Wi-Fi, we can hammer out a proposal from our home office, pull together a presentation in the hotel before heading over to the client’s HQ for a meeting (slides on the laptop in our bag!), or share a draft business plan with our mentor at the coffee shop over a pumpkin spice latte and a scone. Having a dedicated office space is important. However, having the flexibility to enjoy a sunny day by working…

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Not all To-Do lists are created equal: 7 Tips to Getting It Right

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If there’s one thing all good missives about productivity have in common, it’s the to-do list. Of course, jotting down the tasks that need to be completed is a good idea. Having a running list of your responsibilities and their associated deadlines at your fingertips is a natural way to keep track of them (and to keep you on track to complete them!). The mistake in these articles, however, is assuming you know how to craft the sort of to-do list that makes a difference. Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to get yourself organized…

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