Routines, Deadlines and Balancing Your Business Life

Routines, Deadlines and Balancing Your Business Life

I am not the poster-child for work/life balance, as my husband will doubtless attest. Like most of you, I’m head-over-heels in love with working my ass off, because I adore my little Indie Biz and want it to succeed. But I’m also acutely aware that there’s more to life than sitting at my computer all day, and the man I married is actually...

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Become More Awesome in 2011

Every Friday, my calendar has a note: “Awesomeness email”. That’s because, on Thursdays (Friday for me in the UK), I get an email from Pace and Kyeli’s 52 Weeks to Awesome course. As you can see, I’m over half-way through right now: I’m subscribed to a number of email newsletters – but the ones starting “52WtA”...

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The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

On days when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, there are cranky toddlers who are more reasonable to deal with. Those cranky toddlers probably feel better and may even get more done than I do on such days. Something as simple as going to bed an hour late can throw me off: I need my eight hours of sleep and that’s final. Sleep is a Matter...

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How to Start Your Day with a Healthy Bank Account Deposit

How to Start Your Day with a Healthy Bank Account Deposit

Before I get too far into this, I want to give you a frame of reference about the type of food that I grew up eating. For breakfast I had store bought cookies that were individually packaged and that I microwaved for extra texture. For lunch was a peanut butter sandwich on white bread with an apple and some store bought rice krispie squares. Dinner was some...

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How Medicine Screwed Up My Productivity

How Medicine Screwed Up My Productivity

I wrote last week about being diagnosed with PCOS (hop back there if you want the full story). My doctor put me on a form of the contraceptive pill, Microgynon 30. I knew it would take some time to have an effect on the most frustrating symptoms – excess body hair. From month one, my periods came like clockwork, every four weeks (which I’d expected,...

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Thinking In Terms of Preventative Care

Thinking In Terms of Preventative Care

Honestly, I have a hard time remembering to brush my teeth. If I skip one day, it won’t be the end of the world, just like it won’t be the end of the world if I schedule a meeting during the most productive writing time I have. But building good daily habits is an important part of preventative care — the care that catches small problems when...

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Being Diagnosed with PCOS

Being Diagnosed with PCOS

This is the first time I’ve written about this, or even talked about it beyond my very close family. Please be nice! About three years ago, I went to the doctor’s for the first time in … a very long while. I’m generally healthy, and didn’t have any long term health conditions. Correction: I didn’t know that I had any long...

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My Back, A Giant Doctor’s Bill and Some Lost Productivity

My Back, A Giant Doctor’s Bill and Some Lost Productivity

Early this year, I did something to my back. I’m not entirely sure what the specific problem was — after three different diagnoses, the doctor told me it was ‘soft tissue damage.’ But I know what the real problem was. I work hard. I like what I do and it isn’t unheard of for me to sit at my computer for ten hours straight. That, combined...

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10 Things I Learned From Marrying My Business Partner

Okay, technically I businessed my marriage partner, but it all works out the same in the end. (: Anyway, here’s what I’ve learned from three years of co-owning, co-operating, and co-leading the Connection Revolution with my lovely wife Kyeli. 1. Communicate. A lot. Communication is key in any relationship, romantic or business. Ask for what you...

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How to be Productive at Home — Without Neglecting Your Kids

How to be Productive at Home — Without Neglecting Your Kids

In addition to being a writer, a small business owner, and the logistical manager for our household, I’m also an unschooling mom. My son, Dru, is 12 years old, and we’ve unschooled him his entire life. Unschooling is one of the most natural and easiest ways to school your kid at home, but it’s often hard to juggle giving him the attention...

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