Using Time Wisely
Quietdown

Be Quiet and Accomplish More

In a world in which we are usually bombarded with distractions — smart phones, iPods, iPads, radio, TV — we rarely find ourselves with quiet time. We assume that our constant need to check our many devices shows tha...

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The Case for Meditation

Meditation. The word is everywhere these days. From being a central point in the bestsellerEat, Pray, Love to a recent Oprah Winfrey special on Iowa’s own “meditation town” that my best friend forced me to wat...

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In Flight Reading

Today, I’m embarking on my first and only vacation of the summer, back to my hometown for my niece’s birthday and my high school reunion. Can I just say a sarcastic, “woo-hoo” about the latter? But despi...


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Make Time for Learning

We’re almost halfway through August and the back-to-school advertisements are playing during every commercial break. In just a couple of weeks, the kids head back to the classroom. Most of you are likely out of school. I have...

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Regret Minimization Framework

Let me reminisce for a moment – I was a freshman in college. My friends and I had ventured to Mankato, Minnesota to see Kenny Chesney on tour. I’d seen Kenny more than a few times in my young life, so imagine my exc...

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Should You Work This Weekend?

The weekend is almost here, and most of us use those days to turn our brains off and relax.  The workweek is for work, the weekends are for fun — right? I’ve been writing a lot lately about busyness and the work/life b...


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Get “Ahead of Your Time”

There’s the woman who invented the Murphy bed, a gal once nicknamed “The Witch of Wallstreet”, the first self-made female millionaire, and the famed cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden. What do these woman have in ...

balance

Your Passion and the Work/Life Balance

The work/life balance, as we all know, is a delicate one.  I often worry about whether I’m working too much.  I feel guilty when I get caught up in a project and end up spending nights or weekends at home, at my computer. ...

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Tips for Multitasking Successfully

You may have heard recently that busy mom and fashion maven Victoria Beckham admitted that she once drove her kids to school…..missing one child! We’ve all been there. Think of what she was doing. Probably getting b...


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How to Make Your Birthday Sparkle

Summer birthdays are the best (in my opinion) and my summer seems to be jam-packed with them. In celebrating my own and others, conversations about birthdays have been prevalent.  I’ve learned about how some people love thei...