Monthly routines to save time

Goal setting, Increasing productivity, Writing
Some things, like checking email and social media, are best done in small bursts every day. It's easier to do a little bit of cleaning every day than it is to do all your cleaning at once. Still other things are easy to ignore for months, and yet become monumental tasks when you finally face them. Every year, I spend the first couple months paying careful attentions to these things. I carefully organize my life in January and February, and things soon fall apart as I get overwhelmed by everything in my life that isn't writing. But this year I will be finishing school and be able to focus on my writing full time for the first time, and I'm determined to make every day count so that I can…
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Building new habits in 2014

Goal setting, Inspirational, Writing
Everybody--especially the people that don't admit it--wants to become a better, more successful version of themselves. The specifics vary from person to person, but it always boils down to two things: building good habits and eliminating bad ones. Looking at the big picture of self transformation is scary. Most of us have a pretty concrete vision of how we'd like to change--quit smoking, eat less fast food, write more, exercise regularly--and regularly attempt to make these changes. Many set these goals as their new year's resolutions, put real effort in for a couple weeks or months, then fall off the bandwagon. They set the same goals, year after year, never making more than minimal progress towards becoming the person they want to be. There are all kinds of reasons why…
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