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How To Make Decisions

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 5, 2013 6:11:00 AM

In honor of National Fight Procrastination Day tomorrow, here are some thoughts about something we all put off at times: making decisions.

Forrest Gump might have thought that life was like a box of chocolates, but there are those of us who think it's more like a yo-yo.

You’re up. You’re down.

There are times when the string gets tangled.

And then there are occasions (hopefully rare) when everything is just one tight knot that takes incredible effort and patience to undo.

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Topics: Productivity

Want To Get More Done?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 15, 2013 7:44:00 AM

As a busy adult juggling countless tasks and responsibilities every day, how do you get it all done – including completing your online degree program?

You don’t consider yourself a procrastinator. Not really. In fact, you’re generally pretty organized.

It’s just that things happen.

Your aging golden retriever gets sick during the night, and it’s all over your living room carpet.

Now you have to work a trip to the vet into a day already packed with meetings, your mother-in-law’s birthday dinner, and several discussion posts to write for your online psychology course.

Last week you reached into the fridge (the day after you went grocery shopping) to find it suspiciously warm.

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Topics: Productivity

Keep Your Batteries Charged

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 13, 2013 6:57:00 AM

Words of wisdom on keeping balance in life while working on your online degree. 

Remember those Southwest Airline commercials a few years back that featured people in awkward and embarrassing moments?

There was one where a rapper on stage in a concert says, “Thank you, Detroit!”

The crowd goes silent, and a fellow band member says, “Detroit was last night.”

And then there’s the punch line, “Wanna Get Away?”

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

9 Ways To Simplify Your Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 4, 2013 7:39:00 AM

With so many important things to do every day, how can you clear the clutter so you can focus on what really matters?

Ever wonder why time flies by so quickly? You blink and it's the end of another week. Blink again and your kids are another year older.

It's because our days are so full of things to do. Working. Taking care of a family. Pursuing an online degree.

We rush from one activity to the next — from the office, to a soccer game, to a committee meeting — with barely a breath in between.

It’s a huge source of stress for many people, and constant stress puts your health at risk.

So how can we simplify our days?

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

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