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Helping “Future You”

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Thinking ahead is a cornerstone of productivity, right? This concept comes up a lot in relation to work and staying on top of your tasks. But it can be equally powerful when it comes to your personal life.

Yep, I want you to spend more time looking out for “future you.” There are so many ways that prior planning can save you time and stress in the future.

And anything that takes stress out of your life is a win in my book! Burnout is a real thing and if we plan ahead we can reduce it greatly. Here are some concrete ideas for ways that taking action now to help “future you” be less stressed and more efficient

Vacation:

  • Block days off in advance on your calendar so you actually take the vacation. If you end up making other plans, use those days as mental health days. 
  • Call ahead to your hotel to have them add in any specific things that will make you more comfortable (empty mini fridge, humidifier, etc).
  • When you return from vacation, refill your toiletries and makeup immediately so you’re ready for your next trip. 
  • Schedule food delivery for the day you get back. That way, you don’t need to run right out to grab groceries.
  • Schedule a cleaning service or clean the house right before you leave so you’ll come back to a clean home. 

Health:

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Fun:

  • Log all birthdays, anniversaries and important dates as tasks on your list. If a gift is involved, put it onto the list for 1-2 weeks prior to that date.
  • Make reservations for hard-to-get into restaurants months in advance and then invite friends for an impromptu treat. 
  • Keep a running list of restaurants to try and books to read so you don’t have to research later.

Household:

  • Sign up for delivery/subscription services for products you use repeatedly in your household. This will vary depending on your needs — it could be dog food, supplements, wines, fresh flowers, or whatever you find yourself wishing could be magically restocked. 
  • Make a “second batch” when you’re cooking meals that freeze well, like chili or meatloaf. That way you’ll have something ready to go on busy nights!
  • Make a cooking schedule for the week ahead with linked recipes so you don’t need to stress over what to cook.
  • Set up a separate email address for retail accounts/anyone who will send you spam emails.

I chatted more about strategies to help “future you” on PIX11 News — you can check out my full segment here.

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It’s Time for Three-Day Weekend Every Weekend

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Many companies have been experimenting with a four-day work week. And finding a lot of success with that new system!

A four-day work week has been proven to keep workers happier, motivated, and more efficient. Doesn’t that sound great?

I’ve always been a huge proponent of a shorter work week. Because it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter!

Here are three tips to help you integrate shorter work weeks at your office.

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Grandma-Style Productivity

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I LOVE the TV show The Golden Girls. I love it so much it’s become a part of my morning rituals because it puts me in such a good mood.

I even got to meet Betty White once!

She was promoting The Proposal and I was working as a producer at Fox News. When my co-workers and I heard she’d be in the building, we stalked her in the green room. One of the anchors saw us and said, “You have to be in the segment!” We were wearing “Stay Golden” t-shirts as you can see.

And senior ladies are having a major moment right now with coastal grandma style trending. But older women have way more to offer than great TV and cool style…

They’re also productivity masters!

Here are four old-school “grandma” techniques to save yourself time and money!

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How to Stop Doing Busywork

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Busywork is the worst. But we all have those tasks on our lists.

Somehow we all get trapped in the cycle of tiny tasks that eat up our valuable time. And while we can’t avoid every single one of those tasks, we can learn to work smarter instead of harder.

Podcaster and author of Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Jenny Blake, joined me on Inside Scoop, to help us move from friction to flow with smarter work systems.

Here are three tips to help streamline and simplify your workflow.

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Designing a Home Office for Productivity

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We all know the difference between a work space that does and doesn’t work. It’s usually pretty intuitive — especially when you’re working in a place that is hampering your productivity. 

Despite this, many people have trouble pinpointing what elements work together to create a space that does work.

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