Moving 101 – The Early Phases

I decided to launch this mini series for a few reasons. One, in the past four years I’ve moved about four or five times, and countless times before that. Secondly, I’m in the middle of apartment searching and moving now. As in, within the next 30 days, I’ll be all packed up and headed to a new place.

And lastly, I hate moving. Like with a passion.

Packing and unpacking are the bane of my existence, but I’ve done it a few times and I have a few key systems and techniques that lessen the blow a bit each time. I’ll be using this mini series to document all that and, hopefully, make it easier for me and all of you the next time a move happens.Continue Reading

Keeping An Organized Calendar

I’m sitting down to write this post after realizing that I forgot to add a meeting to my calendar for today, and missed the chance to have a sit down with someone. Woops.

But on non off days, I live and breath by my calendar and day planner. It took me a while to give the digital calendar a try, but after spending the past few weeks getting really close with Google Calendar, I’m definitely swayed.

I doubt I’ll ever give up a paper planner, but having everything in two places help me manage busy and keeps me slightly more sane. Slightly.

If you’re like me and trying to balance a few different hustles without completely losing your mind or developing a coffee addiction, keeping your calendar organized is the golden key. Having a place to dump out what you need to do, when, where and at what time seriously saves me.

Except for todays, er, mishap.

More importantly, when you have a ton of things going on, placing them on your calendar helps to clearly show you how your time and focus needs to be divided and makes things a bit less overwhelming. Because when all of those thoughts are just floating around in the dark whole my brain, leaving bed seems like the worst option.

So, here’s how I break it down:

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An End Of Year Blogger Checklist

Happy post-holiday Monday, everyone! I hope you all had as great of a weekend as I did filled with lot’s of good times and even better foods. As probably one of the most extroverted introverts you’ll ever meet, I recharge daily by spending time alone. Still, nothing gives me more of a positive and creative jolt than being around my family– especially my dad and sisters. If I have to be constantly surrounded by people, I’m glad it’s those people.

If you’re like me, you woke up this morning realizing that the year is literally almost gone. November has officially made it’s grand exit and the ball will be dropping in Times Square before we know!

The end of the year tends to be a slower time for some bloggers with more weeks of, slower posts and people taking some time away from social media to enjoy real life good times (cheers to that). It’s easy to fall way back from things online only to return that first week of January to a huge mess and pile to unfinished to-dos. I know many people are launching big projects, starting blogs and businesses at the tip of the year, so why not leave things well-kept so that you have an easy start in 2015?

I have a general rule when I’m traveling that I always try to abide by: clean your room before you leave, and always make the bed. Why? Because nothing is better than coming home to a room that smells like an apple cinnamon air freshener and clean, crisp sheets after bouncing from unfamiliar beds, trains and long car rides.

I’ve come to feel the same way about my blog, I have to clean before I leave.

Right now, I’m some major items on my checklist include: checking for broken links/images, creating elements for the new design to get it ready for launch, and start planning January’s editorial calendar!

To help you organize all of your end-of-year blogging to-do’s, I created a printable so that you could store it all in one place. If you keep a blogging binder, like I do, you can print it out, punch holes in and and add it to the front for easy storage. If you’re not a binder fan, print a few copies and keep them on your desk (or wherever you blog most often) so it doesn’t get lost in the hustle!

Click here to download the checklist


Thanks so much for those of you who have already taken my reader survey! So many of you have taken the time to provide some amazing feedback that I’m soaking up and using as a launching pad for next year’s content. The survey will be open until 11:59 this Thursday, so if you’d like to provide some feedback, you can do that here!


6 Productivity Tips for Working at Your Desk

There was a point in time when sitting down to work at my desk meant that more than 60% of my to-do list wouldn’t get done. Having a work station in my room is super convenient (especially as the weather gets colder), and I wasn’t making the most of it at all.

During the summer, I’d use my lack of focus in my workspace to explore different coffee shops and outside locations with wifi and a charging station that promoted getting things done. But now that autumn weather has slowed the frequency of my productivity adventures, I’ve made a few changes to my work habits and work stations to make it the perfect place to #GetThingsDone.

Design wise, I made sure that my workspace as a whole is conducive to actual work. I like to keep the walls around my desk clutter free, to avoid feeling too shut in or overcrowded. My desk decor is kept minimal: a mug to hold pens and utensils, two small containers for odds and ends, a lamp for late night work (natural light during the day), and always a generous supply of post-it notes at the ready.

Still, when I sit down ready to get into my work zone, these six tips help me focus hard and end the session with a conquered to-do list.

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