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How to Say No at Work

How to Say No at Work

Do you need to just say “no”? These days many people are expected to do more work in less time. Since people want to appear eager, be a team player and be well liked, they often understandably say yes to increasing demands. But sometimes saying yes comes with a high cost. Increased stress, decreased focus,… Read more

Are You Stuck in a Cycle of Procrastination?

Procrastination: that undesirable time gap between intention and action. We’re all guilty of procrastination from time to time, and it is one of the biggest time management enemies and productivity killers. You intend to do something, you may even plan time to do it, but then you drag your feet. Getting out of the cycle… Read more

Quick Tip for Improving Focus: Visualize and Verbalize

What does your day look like? Visualize and verbalize your goals to improve focus and results We talk a lot about various tools and techniques for goal setting and time management. Sometimes small simple things can make a big difference in helping you plan your time and stick to your goals. In addition to writing… Read more

Make Time and Space for Relationships to Thrive

Happy Valentines Day!  Simply Placed wishes you a day filled with friendship and love. And of course, that you make time and space for your relationships to thrive. If you have a significant other, you’ve probably encountered a time (or many times) when “stuff” has become an emotionally charged topic.  Whether it’s that comfortable (but… Read more

How to Keep the “Winter Blues” from Affecting Your Productivity

I love the seasons. Living in the Northwest for most of my life, I cherish our (relatively short) summers the most. It’s a running joke, but not entirely inaccurate that summer doesn’t really start until after the 4th of July. But from early July until about the end of September, there’s no placed I’d rather… Read more

Streamlined Processes and Systems Save You Time and Eliminate Stress

Do you use streamlined processes to stay organized? Whether it is automatic bill paying, mobile banking, paperless statements or another automated system, streamlined processes will save you time and stress. There are many ways to streamline a process, but the main goal is to simplify a routine habit or eliminate unnecessary tasks to improve efficiency…. Read more

Saying “No” is a Time Saving Strategy

Do you struggle with saying “no”? Do you take on too much, or allow others to take your time? When that happens, it is easy for your plate to become overloaded. With just 24 hours in a day, sometimes that is not enough for what everyone asks of you and for what you need. Learning… Read more

4 Tools For Editing Your Life

“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” Artist, author and editor Susan Statham aptly points out the importance of “editing” to make sure that we are writing, and living, the life story that is right for each of us. Disciplined editing – the strict elimination of the trivial, unimportant, or irrelevant – is… Read more

What If You Really COULD Have “Time On Your Side”?

How can you get time on your side? Imagine for a minute what your life would look like if you knew how to effectively manage your day – every day – to get your most important tasks done? What personal or professional goals would you be able to achieve? How would you feel? Less stressed?… Read more

Wish You Had More Hours in the Day?

Wish you had more hours in the day? Or are you feeling overwhelmed with your to-do list? How many times a day do you think “If I just had more time, I could do x”?  Or wonder how that impossibly successful friend in your life gets it all done? Debbie is excited to have been… Read more

How Stress Impacts Productivity and How to Overcome It

Stress can negatively affect your productivity and quality of work. High levels of stress can leave you with a lack of energy, creativity and focus, increased feelings of anxiety. When your mind is worrying, it draws your attention away from the task at hand. It is mentally draining and decreases your productivity in the present… Read more

Is It Time for a Device Detox?

Have you ever heard of a device detox or a digital detox? We are all reliant upon our devices. Whether it is a laptop, tablet or mobile phone, many of us are tethered to at least one of them each day. They connect us to work, our family, friends and many other things. As convenient… Read more

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