How many balls are you kicking?

goals productivity Oct 17, 2020

Here at the Jolly Zoo, we’ve been working hard on decluttering and reorganizing our space and it feels so good.

Decluttering is something I wanted to do for a long time, but I never even began to tackle it because it was such an overwhelming project. I mean, my house isn’t huge, but the whole reason I need to declutter is because there’s So. Much. Stuff.

Finally, I had to take...

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Is multitasking real?

focus productivity Oct 17, 2020

In my rest time this week, I picked up one of my favorite books, MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei.

I happened to reread the essay about multitasking by Dr. Christian Jarrett. Now you know I always say…

Multitasking is a dirty lie designed to make you start a million things, finish none of them, and end...

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Read this if you've been feeling anxious & unproductive in 2020

focus productivity Oct 10, 2020

I recently read DIGITAL MINIMALISM by Cal Newport. It’s a great book that covers everything from why we’re addicted to social media (it’s rigged to be addictive), how we’re depriving our brains of the opportunity to think our own thoughts (because when faced with a moment of silence, we pick up our phones), and includes actual strategies you can use to cut back or cut...

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Cleaning Your Email List - Yes or No?

author tips Apr 06, 2020

Hey, friend! Let’s talk about the age old question…

Should I purge inactive subscribers from my list?


Most newsletter providers offer many stats and ways to group people on your list including the option to group people who have not opened the last X number of emails. This makes it easy to find out if you have some subscribers who just aren’t opening (or maybe aren’t...

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How to Get Work Done When You Don't Feel Like It

I know focus and motivation are in short supply, so let me tell you one of my secrets… I keep a FIRE LIST.

 

Mel, what the heck is a FIRE LIST?

 

The FIRE LIST is the list I use when I need to LIGHT A FIRE UNDER MY … chair. It’s a running list of tasks I keep adding to and I post it in a place I know I’ll look even when I’m feeling lazy.

 

To get...

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Upgrade Your Author Website: Give Your Readers What They Want

author tips Mar 08, 2020

Hey there, author! This is just one in a series of posts about your author website. I know how easy it is to read a list of 87 things you MUST DO and then promptly get overwhelmed and quit. That’s why I aim to keep my posts short and highly actionable. Maybe you’ve already got this tip in the bag. Great!

I saw a friend of mine pose the question on Facebook, “Why do you visit...

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