How to Set SMART Goals

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For the New Year I have a BIG goal:

I want to be more productive with my blog. 

Now that I do the majority of my work from home, my home office has become an integral part to my day. As a person who thrives on order and organization it is no surprise that a cluttered work space leads to a cluttered mind and decreased productivity.

I know exactly what I NEED to do to increase productivity. It’s just a matter of finding the time to do it. That is where this big goal comes into play. If I set my goal and make sure it is SMART, then I am far more likely to accomplish this goal.

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So my SMART goal is:

Specific: To organize my office and eliminate clutter.

Measurable: Surfaces (tabletops, desktop, floor) will be free of random papers, supplies and stuff. Systems will be set up to simplify where things go and where to find things. The desks, book shelves and file cabinets will be decluttered by January 19. I will have Brian’s game area and closet decluttered by January 28. I will decide on organizational flow by February 9. Finally, everything put away and systems in place by February 16. I will spend 15-30 minutes 5x a week working on the office decluttering and organization.

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9 Things that Simplified My Life This Year

In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share 9 things I am thankful for this year.

I have chosen these 9 things specifically because of how they have helped to simplify my life this year.

Do you ever feel like life is more stressful than not?

Can you never seem to find time to sit and relax?

Is your mind constantly running with things that need to be done?

Maybe one of my 9 things can help you simplify your life and provide relaxation in 2018.

Without further ado here they are!

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What is a podcast?

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I’m a self-proclaimed Podcast Junkie and I’m okay with it.

I will not seek rehab for this “problem” because I don’t see it as a problem. In fact, I see it as a problem if you haven’t discovered the sheer amazingness of podcasts yet.

If you don’t listen to podcasts or worse yet don’t even know what a podcast is, you have come to the right place. By the time I am done with you, you will know what they are, why they are AMAZING, how to find them, and which ones I am recommending right now.

So what is a podcast?

The “official” definition from Wikipedia is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. A podcast can be downloaded to your computer, a mobile app or your MP3 player.

Or more simply put it’s listening to a show on the radio, but much easier because you can listen on any of your devices, for any topics whenever you want. You don’t have to wait for their regularly scheduled air time.

Why are they amazing?

As a self-proclaimed podcast junkie  I have no shortage of reasons why they are amazing. I will limit myself to the top reasons so as not to drone on and on.

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You Might Be a Podcast Junkie If . . .

Hi, I’m Meg, and I’m a podcast junkie.

It’s true. I’m completely addicted to Podcasts.

I started listening to podcasts a few years ago, back when I had to download them onto my iPod. [It was a lot more work to listen to them then, but then I got an iPhone. I’ve only had a smartphone for two years] Two years ago I got an iphone (I was a complete hold out to the new technology), then I discovered the ease of downloading podcasts, and it was over.

I have never looked back and quickly I became a podcast junkie. I listen to podcasts every day, everywhere.  I listen while getting ready in the morning  – of course thanks to my Oontz speaker. There aren ‘t many times I can’t incorporate a podcast into my daily life. I listen while exercising, driving for work, cleaning the house and cooking dinner.

Of course, I still have some times I listen to music (not many) and some times that I enjoy the quiet or when my family is around. However, the times in the day that many other people would watch television or listen to music, I am listening to a podcast.

Some of my podcasts are educational and informational, and some are just for fun and inspiration. It is amazing the sheer amount and variety of podcasts that exist. There truly is something for everyone.

So are you wondering if you are podcast junkie or not?

You might be a Podcast Junkie if:

  • You start most recommendations and stories to your friends with “I heard on podcast…..”

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