What no one’s ever told you about having an incredible day

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Ever since the beginning of time, people have understood what is important about mornings. Rising with the sun, (or before), has been something that people have done for centuries. If you were running a farm, you’d have to rise before the sun came up in order to get all of the work done.

You only had so much daylight and you had to spend it wisely — the same applies today. …


What no one’s told you about actually living to the fullest

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Many a person has woken up in the morning already tired and depressed about life. I am and have been this person on several occasions. Humans, all of the time it seems, struggle with staying motivated, energized, and primed to do good work. The question is, how do the elite do it? There are many people in the world that somehow combat human nature and operate at their peak state seemingly all of the time.

At the core of every productivity master and high-energy individual is a person who takes care of themself both on a physical and on an emotional level. They might have been born with some inherent optimism and physical ability, but it is their ability to maintain their bodies and minds that allow them to be productive and perform at the highest level.


Focusing too intently might be ruining your productivity.

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Let’s be real y’all — being an entrepreneur isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. As Thomas Frank pointed out in his recent YouTube video, 5 Things I’d Tell My 19-Year-Old Self About Running a Business, every entrepreneur has to wear several hats. Whether that’s shifting between creative and managerial tasks, or something completely different, every business owner/entrepreneur/self-employed individual different modes of working.

After recently starting a blog, I’ve felt this on all sides. Not only are we responsible for the upkeep and layout of our website, but we’re also responsible for managing our social media, responding to people’s questions and comments, and let’s not forget actually writing the blog. …


Guidelines for turning people, things, and commitments down

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We live in a world full of decisions, choices, options, and the corresponding chaos. It’s hard to know when we’re doing the right thing, or even what the right thing is. We are all on a path and are hard-pressed to ensure that we’re on the right one with the decisions we make.

What most people don’t talk about, though, is the psychology of our decisions. There is so much that goes on in our own heads in regards to how we choose things and how we narrow down the options that we simply don’t understand. …


How to avoid categories and labels to become your own brand

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There is an over-saturation of information in the fields of business, blogging, and personal branding. One of the biggest pieces of advice you’ll find, repeated time and time again, is to establish yourself in a niche. I believed this advice for quite some time, especially with respect to my blog — that I had to establish myself as an expert in my field in order to succeed. You know the headlines: “7 Reasons You MUST Define Your Blog’s Niche”; “Survive or thrive: the need to go niche”; and “How To Start a Niche Blog (And Why You Should!)”.

While having a genuine niche can be helpful for a small business, gain you a following for your blog, and help you to focus your interests and garner attention from some potential audience members, having a niche alone won’t help you change the world — and it won’t help you become a world-renowned anything. …


What you need to know about working and staying sane

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I know, I know — no one really wants to think about how we’re all forced to work from home, doing what we have to in order to survive. But, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depending on how much you like your workplace and being alone) that’s the reality we’re currently living in.

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” (Picasso)

Being home alone or with family, surrounded by your life outside of work, can make getting work done rather, well, difficult, as I’m sure you’ve discovered. …


Time breakdowns aimed to show you what you have

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In her book, The Joy of Missing Out, Tonya Dalton writes about how it’s so important to analyze your productivity and think about your wins in terms of the week, and not the day. This is because 24 hours is too short of a time period, but multiply that by 7, and you have a full week.

As you’ve probably heard before, there are 168 hours in a week. While many people acknowledge this fact or have at least read it before, few actually take pen to paper. …


And why you should consider a later start to your day instead

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There’s been quite a bit of talk on the internet both for and against waking up at 5 AM in the morning. As someone who has religiously woken up early and also outright avoided it, I have arguments on both sides. What I’ve come to the conclusion, though, is that while it certainly can be beneficial — it certainly isn’t necessary for being productive.

Business Insider, Inc. Magazine and Fast Company have all recently published articles about how waking up early can actually be harmful to your productivity. …


It’s weird how big of a deal we make about personal finance…

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We make a big deal about what we spend our money on. In the end, the way we spend our money is just a minute detail in the grand scheme of how we spend our life. Don’t get drug down in the details unnecessarily — especially if it doesn’t help you grow in your personal finance journey.

You don’t have to have an impressive spreadsheet, an aggressive budget, or even a detailed plan to spend your money well, get the bills paid, and buy what you want.

1 || Buy whatever you want

As a college student and a nerdy one at that, I’m always on the hunt for the next big tech steal, whether it be on Amazon or FaceBook marketplace. Recently I was contemplating buying an iPad Pro, an Apple Watch, and a monitor to split my laptop screen onto. …


Guidelines for turning people, things, and commitments down

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

We live in a world full of decisions, choices, options, and the corresponding chaos. It’s hard to know when we’re doing the right thing, or even what the right thing is. We are all on a path and are hard-pressed to ensure that we’re on the right one with the decisions we make.

What most people don’t talk about, though, is the psychology of our decisions. There is so much that goes on in our own heads in regards to how we choose things and how we narrow down the options that we simply don’t understand. …

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Katie E. Lawrence

Life is good — let’s talk about it. Author of On Purpose: Discovering You Are With The Enneagram, and online content creator.

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