How to Simplify Your Schedule

 Are you always forgetting to do things on your to-do list? Or do you find yourself trying to remember "Do I have something going on this weekend"? This is usually the result of a crazy schedule and a disorganized one. Today we're going to look at my all-time favorite tool, Google Calendar, and I'm going to show you how a better calendar system paired with simplifying your days will help you feel a little more sane. Let's jump in.

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How to set Goals you will Actually Reach

How many times do you set new year resolutions that fall short by February? How many times have you read blog posts about hitting your goals? Ouch. I know. Listen, I was a cereal goal-setter-then-goal-forgetter-or-giver-upper before last year. I had only set a couple goals because they were super short-term and easy to hit. Never had I actually reached all my new year's resolutions UNTIL LAST YEAR. So what changed? That's what we're going to talk about today.

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A Season of Hustle: December Updates

This is going to be a bit different than my usual blog post. It's a bit personal, but I think it's important and should be shared. I'm going to give you a little glimpse into my world right now and talk about this season of hustle. I'll also share how I'm making my time work for me and give you some of my favorite resources for managing a busy season in your life.

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How To Make The Most Of Your Goals In 2018

2017 was the first year in my twenty-four years of life where I hit every single one of my new year resolutions. It wasn't because I was super disciplined, or because I set simple goals. It was because this year I had one amazing tool that helped me stay motivated, keep organized, and make my goals my baseline for every single day. I'm talking about PowerSheets.

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How Time Tracking can Boost Your Productivity

Time tracking isn't a new idea, but it's a great productivity trick that many people haven't tried yet. I decided to try time tracking for one month and see if it helped me be more productive. These are my results and some tips to help you get started and try this experiment for yourself.

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A Beginners Guide to Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling has blown up the past few years. If you've never heard of it, you probably aren't a planner person, but you might become one after reading this. Bullet Journals combine planners, notes, tasks, journaling, and braindumps into one super-customizable system. An entire community has blossomed around this idea and today I'm going to walk you through the basics.

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5 Simple Ways to Streamline Your Business

When you start your own business, you put on a ton of hats - accountant, administrative assistant, office manager, sales team, creative director, designer, social media manager, human resources and a million more. It can be overwhelming, and while you're a one-person army trying to do it all, some things can fall through the cracks. Today we're going to look at 5 ways you can streamline your business to help keep you on track.

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A list of Christian Businesses we Love

Over the past year, I've had the chance to meet and work with a ton of different Christian business owners. Because our site is more focused on productivity and business tutorials, I haven't had the chance to really share some of these awesome people with you. So, below you'll find a list of people we've worked with, people we've admired from afar and people doing amazing things in the business community. Check them out!

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How to Build a Morning Routine

Whether you're a "wake up at 4 am" kind of person or a "snooze the alarm 8 times" kind of person, having a solid morning routine will get you out of bed a little easier and give you a better start to your day. Who knows, you might actually learn to like mornings in the process.

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Why we Took a Summer Sabbatical

I've been blogging, working, social media-prepping and doing some thing to grow my site consistently for the past 6 years. Since I started, things have changed a lot. "I" grew into "us", a lifestyle blog turned into a business site and our goals financially have grown over time. But, somewhere along the way, I lost sight of WHY I was doing all this.

So, I asked myself an important question - What is important to me? I wrote down things like my marriage, my family, daily prayer and bible study, our financial goals, getting in shape for a half marathon.... on and on. Basically, my blog did not fall very high on my list. I had gotten to a place where if someone just wiped the slate clean and all the sudden my site was gone, I wouldn't really miss it. I realized that this needed to change. There are a lot of aspects of my business that I love; I love making videos. I love talking to people one-on-one. I love helping small businesses solve a problem they've been struggling with. I love systems and workflows and organization. 

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Taking the Leap: How to Launch Your Freelance Career

Becoming a successful online freelancer means tackling barriers such as the stresses associated with finding your own clients. You have to take steps to increase your visibility online so that you become a trusted source of information. Maintaining a professional personal brand online while producing quality content takes time and effort. We’ve provided you with some advice and tools to help you expand your client base and network with fellow writers. 

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How to Manage a Remote Team

It’s been said that leading a team is not unlike conducting an orchestra ­– with a lot of practice and attention, you can get everyone to play the same tune. But what do you do if the orchestra members are not only in different rooms but on different continents? How do you get your team to perform a symphony when some members are playing while others are asleep? And how can you expect to get everyone on the same page when even something as simple as ensuring a time-sensitive email is read and actioned can pose a logistical challenge?

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What's the Difference between Native Advertising and Content Marketing?

Every day we come across hundreds, if not thousands of online ads. In a fast-changing world, it’s difficult to ignore messages such as “subscribe here” and “buy now.” Approximately $21 billion is the amount expected to be spent on native ads in 2018. That’s a huge amount that only goes to content. Content is king and that’s why we have professional content writing services such as https://writersdepartment.com/ that offer writing help to those with tons of writing jobs.

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Taming Fear- How to Silence the Fear Monster in your Head

Fear....

What images or thoughts come to your mind when you first read that word?  Fear personalizes itself to you which means your mind will spawn a unique fear monster based on your own individual life experiences.  Yep, those pesky fear monsters know exactly what words to whisper in your ear to immobilize and deter you.  But, I bring you good news! If your mind can spawn those monsters, it can also tame them. What if I told you that most of what keeps you from reaching that next level of excellence in your life, your business, or your relationships can be eliminated by simply working through a five step process?  Let's learn how to put those monsters to work for you instead of against you.

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Are you making these 11 SEO mistakes?

SEO is so much more than metadata and tags. It’s not a short-term fix, but a long-term marketing strategy which includes writing content of value and compelling headings, along with formatting, metadata and more.

Although Google’s algorithms use over 200 signals, you can actually take simple, straightforward SEO measures to vastly improve your search engine ranking.

Google’s #1 mission statement is to “Focus on the user and all else will follow” – they’re looking for “relevant content” with “the best user experience possible”.

So, you can stop inadvertently hurting your potential web traffic - it’s easier than you think.

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