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What Lights Your Fire?

- Education, Lifestyle, Motivation
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Hi you guys! Things have gotten a little busier for me lately, but I hope all is well with you.

I enjoyed being able to host my very first Weekend Workshop series and look forward to continue sharing tips and tutorials with you guys. If you missed out, no worries – I plan to have some other great things coming up.

In today’s post, I have a question: What lights your fire? If you could done something that you enjoy while making a difference for others, what would that be?

I’m sure that we often think about this question, and I believe it’s one of the more difficult questions to answer. So, how do you find that figurative “match” for your “fire”?

Through my life experiences, I would say that part of it lies in testing–getting inside the “lab of life” and testing that field or area of interest in which you find enjoyment. It’s amazing how different life experiences can attract or propel you, but you’re able to learn something through each.

For instance, if I could give an undergraduate student some advice, I would say to seek out internships or positions in which you can test out the field or area you are interested in. Also, consider free learning opportunities or classes that would give you a peek inside of that field or area on your journey to finding out what lights your fire. With these learning opportunities, you’ll have the chance to make connections and network with others to learn more through their experiences.

I believe that I have found something that lights my fire, and maybe it’s been in me ever since I was a child (I think my family and friends can attest to it). Being able to share my knowledge about a subject or topic and see others’ faces light up from learning is a motivator for me. What’s even more motivating is hearing about how what they’ve learned has shaped their lives–so teaching is something that lights my fire. Is it the only thing? No, but I can learn more in “the lab of life”.

What lights yours? One way to find out is to test. As my challenge to you in the upcoming week, test out your interests through free knowledge that’s available online or even through paid resources such as classes. You won’t know until you try, right?

3 Creative Ways Future Girl Bosses Can Use Trello + A Free Content Calendar!

- Education, Lifestyle, Productivity
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Hi ladies!

I hope your week is going well so far! Mine is a little busy but still great. What progress have you made and what tools are you currently using?

If Trello is one of your go-tos (or you’re even considering trying this tool), then I have a treat for you today, especially my future girl bosses. I use this phrase because I hope to be a girl boss one day. No worries, my current girl bosses can benefit too!

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Where Did the Time Go? How to Track Your Time with Toggl

- Education, Lifestyle, Motivation, Productivity
How to Track Your Time With Toggl

I can’t tell you how many days that I’ve said, “Where did the time go?” And most times, it’s not that you really don’t know where the time went, it’s just that you’re reflecting on what you wanted to do, and it didn’t get done.

When it comes to setting and hitting goals, persistence is key. When you fail however many times that may be, you’ve got to have the mindset that you’re going to get back up and try again or try something different.

And, you guys, this is a process for me as much as it is for anyone else. I can say that I’ve now established a mini habit of spending some time each weekday morning making progress on my graduate school work. This has proven to me that if I put God first and be persistent, I can accomplish anything if it’s His will.

So off of my platform and more talking about time-tracking.

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How to Use Google Calendar + The Pomodoro Technique to Conquer Your Goals

- Education, Lifestyle, Motivation, Productivity
How to Use Google Calendar & Pomodoro Technique for Your Goals

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re working well on achieving Goal 1 for this week. I am making progress on my goal in dedicating some time each day to complete my graduate work.

If you stick around, I want to tell you about two tools that I have used to help with planning and productivity.

These may not be new to you, but I am going to show you how they can be used to help you reach your goals.

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How to Set Reachable Goals Using Trello

- Education, Lifestyle, Motivation, Productivity
Set Goals with Trello

We have all probably been there.

Sitting in your room, looking at your computer screen, you knew that you had a final paper due in about a month.

You had already thought of the topic that you wanted to write on, but with the paper needing to be at least 15 pages long and containing at least 8 outside resources, you didn’t even want to think about sitting down for hours trying to hash out this paper.

So, hours go by and days go by – in the back of your head, you know that you have a paper to do; you’re very nice teacher has reminded you in class. And then finally, three weeks and three days go by and you’re staring down into the mouth of this deadline.

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New Year, New Progress + Plans for Jan. 2018

- Education, Lifestyle, Motivation, Productivity
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It’s 2018, everyone: a new year with the opportunity to make progress! At the outset of a new year, many of us are evaluating our goals and setting goals or resolutions for the year.

Oftentimes, however, we only imagine what we’re aiming towards. Yet, although it’s good to set goals or resolve to make certain changes, what really matters is whether or not we truly make progress.

Sitting down, I thought about some of the progress that I made in 2017:  I started working towards a master’s degree, I started working on SimplyKnowted, I found ways to help me be more productive, and I branched out socially and made more connections amidst other things. And it’s nice to be able to think about the progress I’ve made, but it also helps to think about the failures.

I have failed many times in 2017, but the profit from failing is learning from it and really recognizing where changes need to be made.

So, I want to ask you today, what are you resolved to do in 2018?

Are you resolved to obtain a second degree? Build a new skill? Or even exercising more?

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Well, I want you to ask you some questions, and I want you to think and answer them to yourself:

  1. Are you having a hard time getting started on working towards one of your goals?
  2. In the past, have you had a hard time accomplishing a goal?
  3. Do you feel isolated in working towards your goal?
  4. Do you sometimes feel like you’re biting off too much at one time?

If you answered yes to the majority of those questions, then I have a solution that could help you over the hurdle in goal-setting & goal-getting this January.

Starting this Thursday, January 4, 2017, SimplyKnowted will be hosting its first ever accountability Facebook group. Here is a little more about the accountability group in an FAQ-style:

 

Q: Does it cost anything to join.

A: No, it is a closed Facebook group, but it is free.

 

Q: Do I need any prior or special knowledge?

A: No, you do not need any prior or special knowledge.

 

Q:  What is the purpose of the group? Who is this group for?

A:  The aim of this accountability group is to help its participants set goals, be productive, and achieve those goals. This group is for anyone who is determined, not afraid to work with others, and open to sharing and encouraging others.

 

Q: How will this group benefit me?

A: You will learn strategies that can help you be a self-starter and be more productive. You will also have a community of others who are supportive and be able to support and encourage others in completing their goals.

 

Q:  When does the group open?

A:  The group will open on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

 

Q: What will I be expected to do?

A:  Partner up with one other person, choose 4 goals that you want to achieve this month, share each goal with the group, share your progress and challenges, and provide support for others.

 

So while this accountability group can help you reach your goals, you will also be helping others reach theirs. But, throughout this process, I am hoping that you will find the group helpful and supportive.

I really believe that although we might have a gift, talent, or passion for something, sometimes we need that extra nudge or to know that someone else really cares to help us actualize and see our potential. I recognize this with myself and am aware of the strength of people working together to see each other grow and succeed.

This past semester, I have tried setting goals with my classes. Sometimes they’ve worked and we’ve reached class goals for assignments, and at other times they’ve failed. But I do believe that accountability can sometimes be the nudge that some of us need when it comes to really moving that needle forward.


Interested in Joining?

Be sure to like SK’s Facebook page and subscribe to the email list to be one of the first to know when the Facebook group launches.

Here’s Your First Actionable Step for Thursday

For your first actionable step, take some time to write down 8 goals that you would like to accomplish this year. This can be a mix of long-term and short-term goals.

After you’ve written those 8 down, choose your top 4 goals.

If one of your top 4 goals would take longer than 1 week to accomplish, try breaking that goal down into smaller, steps that can be completed over the course of 1 week.

For a new year and fresh progress!

#WinningWednesday – 3 Ways to Help Yourself Stay Motivated

- Lifestyle, Motivation, Productivity

It’s #WinningWednesday! We’ve made it to the middle of another week and are on our way towards its end.

Yesterday, I raised the question of, “Why is it so hard to establish and keep a routine?” We also looked at 2 reasons why – having a “monkey mind” and cognitive overload, which are 2 destroyers of developing habits.

I want to piggyback off of that thought for today’s post, and ask…

Have you ever at some point felt like the wheels on your motivation vehicle have gone flat?

You get up, prepare for work, go to work, complete your tasks, come home, fix dinner, wind down, and then prepare for the next day…but, something’s missing.

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Why Is It So Hard to Establish & Keep a Routine?

- Lifestyle, Motivation, Productivity
Why is it so hard to establish & keep a routine?

I want to raise the question, “Why is it so hard to establish & keep a routine?”

For some of us, we struggle with getting started, and then for others, we struggle with finishing something that we start. I wanted to bring this up because we’re coming down to the end of another year – 2017 is almost out!

And with the coming of a new year, if we’re able to see it, a lot of the time we’re hoping to change something—whether that’s an aspect of ourselves or some situation. So, you might be thinking, “Well, I want to change _________ about myself next year,” or, “I really hope to be able to _________ next year.”

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Tuesday Tip – How You Can Be More Productive in 1 Hour

- Education, Lifestyle, Motivation
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We all have probably heard that each one of us has the same amount of time in a day. No one person is given more time than anyone else. 

Yet, many, many days we struggle with accomplishing what’s on our plates for the day.

For some, the problem is just getting started (I’ve been there and sometimes I still find myself in that same position). You don’t feel motivated, but the task is looming above your head, and sooner or later, consequences are going to come down the pipeline because you neglected to complete the task.

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