Why It’s so Darn Hard to Relax

Why It’s so Darn Hard to Relax

Why is it so hard to relax? Do you ever ask yourself that question and can’t come up with a decent explanation? Hardcore relaxation is without a doubt one of my goals in life. I live and breathe for reaching work-life balance nirvana. And while the life part of that equation is filled with many different things, relaxation tends to be relegated to a pretty low spot on the list even when it’s something I always want more of. My…

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Why Weekends Can be the Perfect Time for Professional Development

Why Weekends Can be the Perfect Time for Professional Development

You’ve been trying to convince your boss that your office needs to provide greater professional development opportunities and been given the cold shoulder.  Or you find that every single professional event is scheduled for the hours of 5-7pm when you have to pick up your kids from daycare and start your evening routine at home. While you may not be able to change mandatory networking Friday happy hours, you can definitely exert a greater amount of agency to elevate your…

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Flood Waters – A Weeks Worth of Stress in 24 Hours

Flood Waters – A Weeks Worth of Stress in 24 Hours

So it’s been an interesting 24 hours. We have had pretty intense rain since early Tuesday morning. The rain wasn’t bothering me too much because it ushered in nicer weather; from below freezing temperatures to 65 degrees. I ran an errand before work yesterday and I literally walked out of my car wearing only a t-shirt. The nicer than average February weather took a turn as the humidity kept rising. I have asthma so by the time I got to…

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Why I’m so Excited to Implement the 90% Rule

Why I’m so Excited to Implement the 90% Rule

Do you ever run across an article that completely changes the way you look at things? That’s what happened to me yesterday after I read an article about time management from author Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I wasn’t familiar with this book but immediately ordered it after reading about Greg’s 90% rule, where you rank opportunities from 0 to 100 and only commit to pursuing the ones that rank 90 or higher on your list. While…

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Why I Refuse to Compromise on Work-Life Balance

Why I Refuse to Compromise on Work-Life Balance

I like to think of myself as a crusader in the cause for work-life balance. A bit dramatic maybe but there are few things I’m as passionate about as eradicating the misplaced notion that success means working 80 hours a week. In reality, few of us actually work more than 40-45 hours a week. Yet the insidious notion remains that to be a top producer, an employee of value, requires complete and utter commitment to one’s profession regardless of how…

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How to Make the Most of Your Mornings from a Reluctant Early Riser

How to Make the Most of Your Mornings from a Reluctant Early Riser

I’m officially a morning person, reluctantly so, but a morning person nonetheless. This entire week and a good part of last week, I have woken up every single day before my alarm. Today I was awake almost two hours before my alarm was set to go off. Do I necessarily want to be up while it’s still dark outside? No, not really. The reluctant part comes from the fact that my new early rising habit doesn’t stem from some deep…

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Valentine’s Day Celebration Tips for Busy, Overworked Professionals

Valentine’s Day Celebration Tips for Busy, Overworked Professionals

No one wants to miss out on spending Valentine’s Day with their partner. But professional commitments often come in your way to disturb this most special of date nights. I’m not even going to be home until late in the evening tomorrow as I’m hosting a speaker at our University and will be dining with them in lieu of spending time with my husband. Even with a very full Wednesday ahead, there are some tips I plan on using to…

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The Golden Ratio: How to Successfully Make Time for Friends, Family and Work

The Golden Ratio: How to Successfully Make Time for Friends, Family and Work

If you’re fortunate enough to be employed full-time, you’re spending close to ¼ of your 168 hours a week at work. This is even higher if you’re a salaried employee or work for yourself. Even if you are doing something you absolutely love, work is an inherently draining activity. When you factor a myriad of family obligations and responsibilities, it’s absolutely no wonder 1/10 people report not having even a single, close friend. Friendships, like all relationships, require a great…

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Novel Ways to Make Friends as an Adult

Novel Ways to Make Friends as an Adult

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Balancing Work and Family: 6 Ways to Get it All Done

Balancing Work and Family: 6 Ways to Get it All Done

Monica’s note: Today’s guest post deals with the topic of balancing work and family especially the tips and tricks that make it all possible (most days)! by Shana Thompson I’m a single yet attached, divorced mother of three children with shared custody of one child and split custody of two. If that doesn’t make for some interesting weekend logistics, I don’t know what does. I currently have the luxury of being able to work from home. Of course, I put…

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