There’s a difference between being busy and being productive and that difference can be summed up into one word: organization. Adopting the habit of being organized and prepared keeps potential disasters at bay and is necessary for our minds and navigating through every day life. Here are my six tips to keeping your day, and ultimately your life, organized from start to finish.
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It’s not over yet, but ‘Hot Girl Summer’ is coming to a close and while the temperature is about to start cooling down, real bosses are just getting started. Summer time is the time for a lot of people to take a break from the long year they endured and get their minds prepped for the fall but those summer months don’t stop the grind for the rest of us who work hard and play harder during every season…
Entrepreneurship is one of the greatest feats in the world. I love to witness people be brave enough to believe in themselves and set out to make their dreams come to life by providing their gifts and ideas to the world. With that pride also comes multiple cringe-inducing thoughts as I see the same first-time-businessmen and women make the same mistakes, I’ve also made, repeatedly.
Have you ever had a dream for so long or a goal you’ve been working at for years that when you finally accomplish it, you feel lost afterwards? It seemed so impossible or just too far away that you didn’t plan for what would come next. When you’re working diligently, success tends to sneak up on you and leaves you longing for that next big thing…
Can you recall the last time you felt those emotions about something? I know of many people who discovered their destinies and have been following their heart’s desires since they were children and some who, well into their adult years, are still hoping that they’ll be able to find that ‘thing’ that keeps them up all night and gets them jumping out of the bed every morning.
It’s amazing the lengths people will go to make it appear they have a little power. This generation in particular has it bad, with the world right at our fingertips and social media being overly saturated with people doing and saying anything to get a little buzz surrounding their names.
We probably should’ve listened when adults told us not to rush to grow up. I’ve been anticipating turning thirty for so long it’s hard to believe, yet exciting to know, it’s finally here. Three decades of life has come with many lessons, heartache, trying times, and amazing moments yet it’s still only the beginning. I’ve reflected on what learned and wish I could tell my twenty-year-old self; now, I’m strutting into my thirties with confidence and a few things I plan to carry with me in the next ten years. So here’s to a new beginning!
Everyone has an opinion. Your mom, the neighbor, every blogger on the internet, the random person at the coffee shop. There will probably never be a shortage of advice in the world and that’s not all bad. However, all advice ain’t good either. There are so many self-help and self-development authors, bloggers, and podcasters in today’s society readily available to tell us “simple steps we need to achieve…”, myself included, but there comes a point when we need to filter out what applies and what should fly in our own lives, otherwise self doubt and all around chaos may ensue. I’ve pinpointed four ways to sort through how to deal with information overload.
The mind is one of the most powerful tools we have and subsequently, is so easy to lose control of. Being mentally stable is not something that comes easily, you have to train yourself and constantly work to be mentally healthy concerning all areas of life, including business. If you’re struggling with your mental health or want to save up some tools for those tough days, here are five tips to keep your mind stable.
Vacation; doesn’t that word just make you perk up in your seat when you read it? Vacation or travel doesn’t look the same for everybody, but it’s typically an escape from the humdrum of the ‘wake-work-eat-repeat’ cycle that so many of us have fallen into. That same cycle has flushed the color out of our faces and assisted crippling emotions like depression right into our lives. It’s time to start being intentional about your travels and to do it often. You only live once, and that life shouldn’t be spent in worry or stress. Here are 4 ways traveling promotes mental health.
I need help and I’m not afraid to say it. Why should I be? Unfortunately, these days acknowledging needing help has become synonymous with weakness. However, I don’t buy it and neither should you. For those of us who are passionate about bettering our lives personally and more specifically, professionally, consider finding a mentor. Not sure about what a mentor could do for you? Here are my top reasons for seeking one out immediately:
Stepping into a new decade or a new season in general has a way of making you look back over your life and think of the people, events, and experiences that have shaped you. While some of the advice I had for my younger self remains, I’ve learned so much more in the past few years. As I get ready to leave my twenties behind, these are the principles I plan to bring with me in this next chapter…
You’ve probably seen posts online that say something like, “Stop waiting for Friday”, “After Tuesday, even the calendar says WTF”, and other sayings that center around the idea that Mondays are a drag. I believe grade school is when the despise for Mondays began and it filtered right into our adult lives as some of us dread the start of a new work-week. I’d like to get us out of the mindset that we have to wait for the weekend to enjoy our lives. It’s time to create a life that you enjoy any and everyday of the week.
As many of us transition from adolescence to the reality of adult life that comes with a plethora of responsibilities, we try to maintain that “work-life” balance. The means to be able to do what we have to do to pay the bills and still enjoy our personal lives including spending time with family and keeping up with hobbies
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The truth is, hurt and pain is inevitable but it doesn’t have to have a perpetual hold on you. You have to actively work to get out of the place of pain and it’s difficult to do without some behavioral and environmental changes. If you’re looking to get out of a tough, emotional rut, read on for my steps to healing.
Whether you’re in the corporate world, working with a small business or freelancing, the time comes when ambitious workers desire to grow in their industry. Growth can look like a raise, a promotion or change in title. Whatever the desire is, preparation and confidence are key. Here’s how to professionally get what you want without selling yourself short.
For those of us who have ever interviewed for any kind of position you’ve probably been asked about your time management skills. Are you able to plan out your day accordingly and do what needs to be done in a timely manner? Deadlines come at you fast and it’s important in any industry to be mindful of your time and not be responsible for wasting other’s. If you need a little boost in the productivity department, check out these tips for managing your time wisely.
A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. A girl who has something going for herself is always going to have to deal with a pack of people who “throw shade” or hate on her endeavors. Naysayers and negative people exist all around. They can be random trolls on the internet or the people we think are closest to us. It can be disheartening for anyone to try to crush our dreams, but there’s a way to properly handle yourself when negativity invites itself in your life. Read on to find out how to stand firm in your purpose.
Those aren’t the kind of internal conversations I want to be having with myself years down the line, so I make decisions every day to step out of the familiarity that is the “comfort zone”. The comfort zone is just that, comfortable. It doesn’t feel too hard, it allows us to coast through life without many failures and without much pain, but in the end, it’s gotten us nowhere. A life full of regret and untapped potential is what the person who lives in their comfort zone has to look forward to.
It’s been said time and time again how stress is a silent killer and one of the causes of stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed. That emotion can creep up when our lives are cluttered with literal junk or even when our minds are consumed with internal chaos. When that happens, it’s time to take the steps to de-clutter and free up some space in your life, learn how…
Fear is one of those experiences that every one of us is familiar with. We may not have all of the same phobias or handle them alike, but they can be crippling to our development if we don’t face them and attempt to overcome. If you’re unsure of how to start your journey of ridding yourself from the stagnancy of fear, try these five steps.
While it’s true that some good things do come when waiting, it’s also true that you get them even faster when you go after what you want. Take control of your professional career by taking the steps to make yourself more well versed through classes, workshops, conferences, and other forms of professional development. Take it one step further by convincing your company to sponsor your efforts; here’s how.
or as long as we live, storms are going to come. Some hit harder than others and some we may never truly understand why they landed in our lives. They may force us to be still and endure while others require us to fight and come out stronger for the next battle ahead. The important thing to remember is that every storm serves a purpose and some leave bigger blessings than messes.
A pity party is the one event that no one needs an invitation to. It has to propensity to sneak up on us all at some point in life but it’s not a party you want to make a habit of attending. It’s time to face self-pity head on by dealing with the blows life tends to throw. Here are a few ways to train your mind to stay ready when negativity comes knocking.
“Her confidence is crazy!” When you read that statement I bet someone specific came to mind. Who did you think of, your mom? Your favorite political activist, actress, artist? Did you think of yourself? The confident woman is one who cannot be looked over. There’s something about their presence that exudes ‘#Goals’. Although we should try our best not to compare ourselves to others, sometimes it’s helpful to adopt similar habits of the people we admire in order to become our best selves. Here are 7 of those habits that come with a confident woman:
“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them.” You have to protect your peace and take care of your emotional energy. If you’re taking on all this extra drama, you’re not going to have the emotional energy you need for your dreams, for your family, and for your assignment
It’s no secret that our world shines the brightest spotlight on those who actively seek after it: the performers, the athletic competitors, the politicians, and the list goes on. It’s up to the “introverted” individuals to either wait to be discovered or continue to only dream about their ideal careers or truly connecting with their outgoing friends. Thankfully, the internet and life has an answer for everything and there are a few helpful tips for the introvert who wants to succeed in an extrovert’s world. Here a few of my favorites:
From Negro History Week to Black History Month, the national celebration of Black excellence has become greater and more wide-spread than ever before. Black pioneers like Carter G. Woodsen and Jesse E. Moreland paved the way, but Black women definitely have kept the tempo.
Be too busy watering your own grass that you don’t have time to compete with others.” Don’t get me wrong, competition is exciting; especially when it’s had in a healthy manner. For some, it makes you rise to the occasion and learn things about yourself that you may not have uncovered otherwise. Instead of competing with everyone around you, try teaming up and using your gifts in conjunction with theirs.
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In order to attract the type of friends you need and now want you will have to detox from the relationships that aren’t harboring good energy and inspiration. The right friends will be detoured from you if you are surrounding yourself with individuals that aren’t of the same mindset and maturity level.
I remember wishing and dreaming of being an independent, working adult from the moment I stepped foot on my college campus. It’s not that I don’t appreciate my growth and maturity with age, it’s just I think sometimes we need to relish in the younger years, just as much as we appreciate the older ones!