On Productivity and Smart Habits of Working from Home

On Productivity and Smart Habits of Working from Home

“I work from home.” comes up in conversation regularly for me and before I can add anything else – maybe I was going to say, “I am at my computer 16 hours straight.” (which is an exaggeration but has been known to happen) or “I am building a business and raising three children.” (Only the former of which is true but you get...

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How Does Clutter Impact On Your Productivity?

How Does Clutter Impact On Your Productivity?

I’m not a neat-freak, but I don’t work well when there’s a lot of clutter around me. Like Thursday, I can only tolerate a messy house up to a point – then I find it hard to work at all until I’ve cleared up the place. Clutter and mess has an impact on your productivity. You’ve probably noticed this yourself: when your desk is...

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How Your Home Can Support Your Goals – Instead of Helping You Fail

How Your Home Can Support Your Goals – Instead of Helping You Fail

I spent most of my week at home. It’s where I work and where I live. Some cold, rainy days, I don’t leave the house at all (I’m not advocating this!) Whether you work from home, or only spend evenings and weekends there, your home environment can make a huge difference in whether or not you succeed in meeting your goals. Often, we get hung...

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Does a Separate Office Really Help?

Does a Separate Office Really Help?

My husband sat down on the couch last Wednesday and didn’t move a whole lot until this morning. He was home sick from work for three days and only started feeling better part way through the weekend. I feel like my routine got thrown off a good deal just by having him there. He wasn’t in the same room that I work in, but I could hear him moving...

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Working From Home Without (Quite) Going Crazy

Working From Home Without (Quite) Going Crazy

I tend to brag about my commute. I walk downstairs to my computer — it takes me all of a minute to actually get to work. Living where I do, in the suburbs about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, a short commute is something my friends can be quite jealous of. But there is a tradeoff for that commute. Since I work from home, I expect myself to...

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Happy Holidays from Constructively Productive

You’re probably busy with preparations and holiday plans, so this is just a short post to wish you a great couple of weeks! I’ve been busy wrapping presents, baking biscotti for my grandmothers, and enjoying the snow. And I hope you get to take some quality time off from your usual work this Christmas. I know how tempting it is to work on personal...

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Exercise and Healthy Eating the Paleo Way – Could it Work for You?

Exercise and Healthy Eating the Paleo Way – Could it Work for You?

I am part of the over-50 crowd (52 to be exact).  I do not intend to go quietly into that good night.  Whether the flame goes out at 53 or 103, I intend to be able to express myself fully and that means using my body as more than a chauffeur for my head.  Major knee surgery, arthritis in both elbows and one shoulder, married with children from preschool...

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Going on Sabbatical: More than a Mental Health Break

Going on Sabbatical: More than a Mental Health Break

I believe firmly in the power of a sabbatical, but before I get into why, it’s worth establishing just what a sabbatical entails. I see the word ‘sabbatical’ used as one might use the word ‘vacation’ on a regular basis — it’s become something of a pet peeve of mine. But a sabbatical is not a vacation. Rather, a sabbatical...

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Exercise: You Might Like It More Than You Think

Exercise: You Might Like It More Than You Think

One of Kyeli’s posts over on The Connection Revolution struck a chord with me. She wrote: I view myself as someone who doesn’t exercise. I am someone for whom exercising sucks and is hard. I HATE exercising, in any form. But I don’t hate it. I actually love most of it. And I need to rewrite the way I see myself, because I see myself as someone who...

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7 Tips to Not Feel like Crap After Traveling

7 Tips to Not Feel like Crap After Traveling

Let’s face it: a lot of the time, travel sucks. Specifically, the transportation part of travel. Cramped spaces and long periods of discomfort, combined with unusual situations and changing timezones is enough to make even the most hardened road warrior feel like crap. Want some tips on how to not feel like crap after traveling? Here are a few things I found...

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