Tag: Time Management

5 Quick Tips for A Mobile Lifestyle

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1.  Develop a routine  – Once you have this, there’s no guessing what you have to do each time before hitting the road.  Do your laundry, stock up on toiletries, pack and be ready to go!

2. Learn to pack light – This one is definitely not easy.  But you want to be able to pack everything in a carry-on for quick trips. Coordinating colors with your outfits and shoes will certainly help so arrange everything so you can see how they look by day before you start packing them away.

3. Keep separate toiletries –  This will make packing so much more efficient. You’ll never have to wonder if you’re forgetting your toothbrush or lotion.  From time-to-time, you’ll just have to assess if you need to restock the items you keep in your carry-on.

4. Leverage tools and resources – Apps and tools that you can easily jump into after being on the road are ideal.  Use tools such as Google Drive, Quip and other cloud apps to make your transition seamless.

5. Make friends – Knowing the people who work at your hotel will cut down on the logistics you’ll have to take care of.  They’ll know what your preferences are and have things ready for you in advance.  So be friendly!


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Quick Takeaway: How To Close Each Day And Prepare For The Next




Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

So what’s the takeaway?

Start each day with a plan and knowing what you want to accomplish.  Stay on task to get things done and remain productive.  Stop throughout the day to assess your progress and if you need to shift gears.  Always try to focus on the items that need to be prioritized.  When the day comes to an end, be done with it.  Don’t hold it against yourself if there are a few things left on the list.  The idea is to address important things timely.  Aside from that, start fresh tomorrow with a new list.

How do you make the most of your day and get things done? Do you feel guilty when you don’t accomplish what you set out to?  Do you try to extend your day to make up for it or do you just commit to starting fresh the following day?

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How To Live for More Than Summers and Weekends

At the end of each summer, everyone packs up their beach towels and water coolers and exits the beach.  The once overcrowded shore and boardwalk become eerily quiet and nostalgia sets in through fall and winter. Similarly, excitement builds each week as the weekend nears but as it comes to an end, anxiety sets in for most people.  As each new week begins, so does the countdown to the weekend.  But is this the way to live life? Why should we allow ourselves to only enjoy 2 days out of the week?  Why not enjoy each and every day that we’re granted?

I was looking at this picture of my cousins who are 9 and 4-years-old as they enjoyed a day on the beach. They were lounging and taking in nature’s beauty, without a care in the world.  Why is it that as we grow older we get so caught up in the daily hustle and bustle that we forget to slow down and enjoy the beauty around us?   It doesn’t have to be this way, but changing this mindset takes a conscious effort on our part.


Here are some ways we can live for more than summers and weekends:

Do something that you love. If you’ll be spending the majority of your week working, make sure you’re doing something you absolutely love.  This way, you look forward to getting started each morning and you’re anxious to jump out of bed.

Find an activity or hobby.  Do you like playing tennis, painting or jogging? Make time to do activities that you enjoy.  Everyone has a variety of interests and it is important to not neglect any if you’re looking for a wholesome approach to life.

Volunteer. Find ways to pay it forward and give back.  Whether you’re mentoring or serving food at a soup kitchen, it is great when you can help others.  Never underestimate the impact you’re able to make in the lives of others.  Surely you had help along your journey so imagine what it will mean for someone to know that you’re personally vested in their success or well-being.

Take your vacations.  The summer time is always popular for vacations.  But if you’re not a fan of winter, it could be a great time to escape to warmer climates.  You’ll also benefit from cheaper travel arrangements since it is less hectic then!  Plan your vacation throughout the year so you have something to look forward to every few months and you can rejuvenate periodically.

Do something new each week.  How are you doing with your list of things you want to try?  The entrepreneurial spirit isn’t something that is meant to be active only on the weekends so find time during the week and throughout the year to get involved in something new and different.

Spend time with friends and family.  If you leave the weekend as the only time for catching up with friends and family, you’ll never get to see everyone as frequently as you would like.  Everyone has to eat so using your breakfast, lunch and dinner time to catch up with people in your network is a great way to maximize everyone’s time.  With food and friends, how can anyone go wrong?

Do you feel like you can use your time more wisely during the week to get involved in activities that interest you?  Do you leave all your fun activities for weekends and summer months? Share your comments and experience below!

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