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Get more done (part 3): Why and how to review your goals

So you’ve set your goals, created a plan to achieve them, and are taking action. But do you review your goals regularly? As you move forward, do you take the time to look back?  Ask any project manager: plans are meant to be changed!  To reach your goals as quickly as possible, you have to […]

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Get more done (part 2): The habit that’s costing you hours every day

We all know that task-switching hurts productivity. Every software engineering team I’ve ever worked with has debated how to minimize interruptions. And yet, we still let it happen. Perhaps because, even presented with data, we underestimate its full impact?  One study shows that it takes 25 minutes to get back on track after a task interruption. […]

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Get more done (part 1): Stop wasting brain power

Where to begin In this 3-part series, I’m going to share my most effective task management* tips so you can get more done in less time. Keep in mind that all of these practices assume you know your most important vision, decided on a strategy, and set measurable goals. *This is the thing you probably […]

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Passion, Purpose, and Pastries: How Michelle Kaiser Found Meaning in Her Work

Michelle Kaiser is a passionate entrepreneur and baker who owns The Omaha Bakery here in (you guessed it) Omaha, Nebraska. I recently interviewed Michelle about her career journey. Read on to learn how this joyful woman has found meaning in her work. This one’s a tear-jerker, folks! Meet: Michelle Kaiser Michelle has shiny auburn hair, a friendly smile, and […]

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Anxiety almost ended my business

Everyone I know suffers from anxiety, depression, or both (including myself, at times.) Not usually in the my-best-friend-just-died sort of way, but because of something else: dirty emotional pain. What do I mean? Clean pain is a natural response to a stressful situation, like a physical injury or the death of a loved one. Once […]

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Need more time? Here’s where to find it.

Oh, the stories I hear from people wanting more time… “There’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to get done.” “I don’t have time to sleep, let alone to be creative!” “I feel like my days, weeks, years just fly by, and I’m missing out on so much.” I hear […]

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Ditch your to-do list (and create this instead)

What’s on your to-do list today? It’s a lot, right? You don?t want to do everything on that list. Some of those things have been there for weeks. Why keep stressing yourself out with that lame, overwhelming list when you could be creating a shorter, more powerful, and energizing list instead? That’s what I’ll show you […]

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The one feeling we can’t stand (It’s not what you think)

Do you want to feel happy? It?s a pretty generic concept with universal appeal, so I’m guessing Yes. So, how often do you feel happy? What portion of each day or week would you say you’re joyful? Maybe less often or less intensely than you’d like? Last fall I wrote a 3-part blog series called […]

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A career change story: from teacher to tech

What do sign language, Python, and socializing with geeks have in common? They’re all things Abby Jones taught herself! A few days ago, I heard Abby share the story of her career change from classroom teacher to software architect. It’s a fascinating story full of lessons. What can you learn from Abby’s story and apply […]

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5 reasons you’re still in that ho-hum job

In the best-selling book I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, Barbara Sher says that if you don’t know what you want, resistance is blocking your desire. And that resistance is worth listening to, because it’s only way you can break free from it. If you don’t know what you want, […]

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